The Deptford Trilogy

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Overview

Who killed Boy Staunton?

Around this central mystery is woven a glittering, fantastical, cunningly contrived trilogy of novels. Luring the reader down labyrinthine tunnels of myth, history, and magic, The Deptford Trilogy provides an exhilarating antidote to a world from where "the fear and dread and splendour of wonder have been banished."

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Overview

Who killed Boy Staunton?

Around this central mystery is woven a glittering, fantastical, cunningly contrived trilogy of novels. Luring the reader down labyrinthine tunnels of myth, history, and magic, The Deptford Trilogy provides an exhilarating antidote to a world from where "the fear and dread and splendour of wonder have been banished."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140147551
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1990
  • Series: Deptford Trilogy Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 832
  • Sales rank: 198,748
  • Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.74 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 1.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Robertson Davies (1913-1995) had three successive careers during the time he became an internationally acclaimed author: actor, publisher, and, finally, professor at the University of Toronto. The author of twelve novels and several volumes of essays and plays, he was the first Canadian to be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2001

    'FIFTH BUSINESS' CORNERSTONE OF GREAT CANADIAN TRILOGY

    No one has yet written the Great Canadian Novel, but in Fifth Business, World of Wonders and the Manticore, Robertson Davies may have given us something like the Great Interlinked Canadian Trilogy. I would recommend you buy the paperback Fifth Business/World of Wonders/Manticore trilogy. It only costs a little more than buying Fifth Business by itself, and more than likely you'll want to read the other books once you've finished Fifth Business. Fifth Business is the novel with which to start. The book's central figure is schoolteacher Dunstan Ramsay, who grew up in the tiny village of Deptford in the sugar-beet growing district of Southwestern Ontario. The town's pretty boy-slash-bully Percy Boyd Staunton hits the minister's wife with a snowball containing a rock, which causes her to go into premature labor and give birth to the underweight Paul Dempster. (This is an early 20th Century level of obstetrics, you understand.) The rest of the book is a fascinating weave of Canadian social and political history from the 1910s thru the 1960s as Dunstan, Paul and Percy Boyd (now the raffish 'Boy') Staunton are pushed together by the whims of fate. Boy and Paul become world famous in very different ways. Not bad for two kids from the sticks and Dunstan, the humble schoolteacher, has reason to envy them. Or does he? A 'fifth business' is theater talk for a leavener, a kind of enzyme agent that, while not significant in itself, makes other things happen. In the telling, both the reader and Dunstan himself come to appreciate the life he has led.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

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    One of the best

    I read this trilogy 15 years ago and still remember it as one of the best books I've ever read. It is involved and convoluted and glorious. I am very pleased to see it back in the spotlight. A bit of the art world, the university life and even some romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2008

    Great payoff

    I started this book for no other reason than I was out of fresh ones and this seemed inviting in its singularity-I also didn't know anything about it. Having just finished it, I can impart that it was strange in part, funny, and not altogether conventional. The real mystery of this novel enters very late, and is true to the title and the title's allusion as defined by one of the more colorful characters in the book. The denouement, which is also defined in terms of the title by the very same character, is the real payoff here, and the reason this book haunts one for quite a while after its reading. One more thing: I was told to read 'Pillars of the Earth' by many a person, and I even bought it and read a couple of chapters, but it was crap on its own, and definitely crap compared to this novel. Do yourself a favor and read something strange and wonderful and filled with real assertions about the human condition and mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2003

    One of my favorite all-time novels....

    I read this book over three years ago and have come back on-line to purchase a second copy as a gift to one of my friends for Christmas. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves good literature and well-written novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2000

    I've read this trilogy three times now...

    ... and I've never been disappointed. Every time I come back to it I see layers, nuances, things I've never noticed before. A little bit memoir, a little bit history, a little bit myth; tremendously interesting and alive.

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