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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THE MANTICOREUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Fifth Business (1970) reintroduced Mr. Davies after more than ten years to a very appreciative audience and some of the same characters appear here although the two novels are quite independent ... Read full review
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.