Fifth Business (The Deptford Trilogy #1)
Hailed by the Washington Post Book World as "a modern classic", Robertson Davies' acclaimed Deptford Trilogy is a glittering, fantastical, cunningly contrived series of novels, around which a mysterious death is woven. This first novel in the trilogy introduces Ramsay, a man who returns from... show more
Hailed by the Washington Post Book World as "a modern classic", Robertson Davies' acclaimed Deptford Trilogy is a glittering, fantastical, cunningly contrived series of novels, around which a mysterious death is woven.
This first novel in the trilogy introduces Ramsay, a man who returns from World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross but who is destined to be caught in a no man's land where memory, history, and myth collide. As we hear Ramsey tell his story, we begin to realize that, from childhood, he has influenced those around him in a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious way. Even his seemingly innocent involvement in as innocuous an event as throwing a snowball proves to be neither innocent nor innocuous in the end.
Publish date: 2011-12-02
Publisher: Audible Studios
Edition language: English
Series: The Deptford Trilogy (#1)
What a brilliant book. hands-down brilliant. I was a little hesitant about it when our English teachers told us how amazing "Fifth Business" is, especially since I have found that my literary tastes and theirs don't always cross paths. And at first I was a little suspicious once I started reading, b...
The most delightful thing about this novel is that it is full off absolutely perfect sentences.
Not positive I'm rating the right book, although quite a few of his books deserve such a rating it seems. It has been many years, but was this the book with the scene of half a dozen lawyers fighting for a place behind a small table?
I finished reading then immediately went back to first page to read it again. Which is rather curious, I can't say that the language is really special nor the pace & plot gripping. But there's just something about it that is really comfortable to read. I can say, though, that the ending satisfy me. ...
4.5 starsRobertson Davies is one of my literary heroes. At a time in my youth when I had been engulfed with ‘Canadian Literature’ that was, in my humble opinion at the time at least, depressing, uninteresting, and decidedly parochial, here was a man who wrote stories with verve, humour, erudition an...