The Manticore

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Penguin Books, 2006 - Fiction - 262 pages
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Hailed by the Washington Post Book World as "a modern classic," Robertson Davies's acclaimed Deptford Trilogy is a glittering, fantastical, cunningly contrived series of novels, around which a mysterious death is woven. The Manticore--the second book in the series after Fifth Business--follows David Staunton, a man pleased with his success but haunted by his relationship with his larger-than-life father. As he seeks help through therapy, he encounters a wonderful cast of characters who help connect him to his past and the death of his father.

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This book was a marked departure from my usual subway commute reading; instead of Metro horoscopes (don't judge!) and time-wasters like Dating Diaries, I was treated to a metaphysical journey through Jungian philosophy. Our Fifth Business hero, Dunstable Ramsay, takes a backseat to Boy Staunton's boy, Davey. Then again, having read the book, I know that the last thing Davey wants to be known as is "Boy Staunton's boy". A fantastic, intelligent, sometimes dream-like books that bears re-reading... and re-re-reading.  

Review: The Manticore (The Deptford Trilogy #2)

User Review  - Carolyn - Goodreads

i suppose it could be enjoyable if one read the fifth man. i was never a huge fan of lit fiction and here's another reason why. 95% of the book was exposition either in the form of dialogue or long, boring narrative. very painful. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

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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