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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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Part of Davies' Depford trilogy this book provides us with yet another perspective on things. My favorite is still the first in the series (_Fifth Business_), but all three need to be read in order to truly appreciate Davies' genius. Read full review

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User Review  - sageness - LibraryThing

Structurally a 2.5, though some of the writing is really well done. Or, well...okay, I get what RD was doing in terms of thwarting the accepted structure of a bildungsroman, but there's a reason traditional narration is traditional. It WORKS. At least there are awesome women. 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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