“A delight, a novel that travels 70 years of history on its own swift feet, a book of love and wisdom, loss and irony”—The Boston Sunday Globe
When Father Hobbes mysteriously dies at the high alter on Good Friday, Dr. Jonathan Hullah – whose holistic work has earned him the label “Cunning Man” (for the wizard of folk tradition) – wants to know why. The physician-cum-diagnostician’s search for answers compels him to look back over his own long life. He conjures vivid memories of the dazzling, intellectual high jinks and compassionate philosophies of himself and his circle, including flamboyant, mystical curate Charlie Iredale; cynical, quixotic professor Brocky Gilmartin; outrageous banker Darcy Dwyer; and jocular, muscular artist Pansy Todhunter. In compelling and hilarious scenes from the divine comedy of life, The Cunning Man reveals profound truth about being human.
The crowning achievement of “one of the most learned, amusing… accomplished novelists of our time and… of our century.” – The New York Times Book Review
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Once again the wonderful Canadian man of letters has combined engaging storytelling with sparkling wit and profound humanity. The late Robertson Davies was a thought-provoking observer of both the absurdities and the glories of mankind's search for knowledge through science and for understanding through religion. Rather than taking the easy way out by championing either one over the other he lets the characters in this charming novel show us the strengths and weaknesses of both. Yet this is not a didactic novel with ideas in place of people; it is full of all-too-human characters who constantly engage the reader's interest.
Insightful book, and well written. The characters come alive, and it moves at a leisurly pace, though it is a bit too long, I found myself working to keep an avid interest in the middle third.