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World of Wonders By Robertson Davies Wayne Johnston World of Wonders 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 mysteriou

  • Title: World of Wonders
  • Author: Robertson Davies Wayne Johnston
  • ISBN: 9780143039143
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Paperback
  • World of Wonders By Robertson Davies Wayne Johnston 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 World of Wonders the third book in the series after The Manticore follows the story of Magnus Eisengrim the most illustrious magician of his age who is spiHailed 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 World of Wonders the third book in the series after The Manticore follows the story of Magnus Eisengrim the most illustrious magician of his age who is spirited away from his home by a member of a traveling sideshow, the Wanless World of Wonders After honing his skills and becoming better known, Magnus unfurls his life s courageous and adventurous tale in this third and final volume of a spectacular, soaring work.For than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators.
    World of Wonders By Robertson Davies Wayne Johnston

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    1. Terry on said:

      My 5 star rating of this book really reflects my feelings on how I think Davies masterfully wrapped up the Deptford trilogy than it does an individual rating for this volume itself don t get me wrong, it s great, but I think Fifth Business is the strongest, and best, volume in the trilogy I guess I d say that the individual books themselves range from around 3.5 to 4.5 stars, but the series overall is a five star read As with all of the Deptford books _World of Wonders_ is a personal memoir that [...]

    2. BlackOxford on said:

      Canadian Gothic The Uses of IllusionIf the first part of the Deptford Trilogy, Fifth Business, explores the bare facts of rural Canada on the turn to a civilized and ethnicly diverse culture and if the second part, The Manticore, suggests the fundamental ideas that shape these facts then this third part, World of Wonders, provides the parallel universe of feeling that is the substrate of both facts and ideas World of Wonders retells the previous stories, filling in the missing material necessar [...]

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    4. Diane S ☔ on said:

      An amazing trilogy, all taken together Ramsay was by far my favorite character and was glad to see him back in this last story.Also loved learning how Paul became an amazing magician More of Liesel was in this book and I found her character fascinating Of course the big question of who killed Boy Staunton is solved in this ending piece.Wonderfully well written this whole trilogy pinpointed the small minds that can live in a village, where everyone knows everything about each other Judgments are [...]

    5. Ben Babcock on said:

      Yay, Ramsay is back Not that David Staunton was a terrible narrator, but I will always, always have a soft spot in my heart for that irascible old teacher, descended from Scots and obsessed with saints And now here he is, back to narrating the book Sort of.Although Ramsay is technically the narrator, he is consigned to the frame story, and Magnus Eisengrim or Paul Dempster, back when he was from Deptford takes centre stage World of Wonders is notable if only for the fact that most of the paragra [...]

    6. Wanda on said:

      World ofWonders completes Robertson Davies Deptford Trilogy, giving the reader a third window on the same period of time after Dunstan Ramsey and David Staunton, now Magnus Eisengrim aka Paul Dempster Although this book is nominally narrated by Ramsey, it is Eisengrim s story that is highlighted, with Ramsey reporting the recording angel the trip from being Nobody to being very much Somebody This is very much a universal trip, that of being Nobody within our mothers wombs to becoming Somebody in [...]

    7. Sabrina on said:

      World of Wonders is the least captivating of the Deptford Trilogy, but the work as a whole starting with Fifth Business is certainly one of the best I ve ever read The books examine the lives and thoughts of three men who are all linked to one another Davies structure and storytelling are extraordinarily polished and fine.I can t recommend anything heartily than the Deptford Trilogy, but if you have any doubts about committing to the entire trilogy, I can say this this Go pick up a copy of Fift [...]

    8. Paul Secor on said:

      Rating should probably be 3 1 2 stars Read this last volume of the trilogy before I ve read the first two Probably the wrong way to do it, but that s how it went This volume was enjoyable enough that I ll read the others at some point.Edited review and rating Once again, reading the novel in the order in which it was intended to be read made all the difference Robertson Davies was the Dickens of the last half of the 20th century.

    9. Justin on said:

      Who killed Boy Staunton That s the question finally answered in this final installment of Davies Deptford Trilogy The first book Fifth Business is the best of the bunch and worth reading on its own The second , The MAnticore is a bit dull and this one is somewhat better It s certainly an interesting bunch of characters but I am not sure it was worth reading the entire trilogy just to tie up the loose ends from the first book.

    10. Steve on said:

      The first hundred pages seems to drag as we delve into Paul Dempster s early life as a carny However, World of Wonders finally begins to take off as Dempster arrives in Europe and we are introduced to some interesting new characters with whom we can sympathizeDavies saves the last fifty pages of the trilogy to finally give us some tidbits into the life and personality of Liesl whom, for myself, was one of the most interesting characters in the entire series As to the Deptford trilogy itself, Wor [...]

    11. Elizabeth on said:

      Much as it pains me to say it about one of my favorite writers, this is not my favorite Davies book Lots of people love this trilogy, but I prefer his later Cornish trilogy.To be fair it s still a Robertson Davies book, so it s still beautifully written, and full of oddments of history and philosophy that can leave you breathless I m giving it three stars as judged against the very high standards of the Davies oeuvre, not against fiction in general.

    12. Victor Sonkin on said:

      Well, Fifth Business keeps its place as No 1 in the Deptford Trilogy for me, but both of the other books, and World of Wonders especially, are almost encroaching on it A pseudo memoir, an extravaganza of unreliable narration, a panorama of carnie life in Canadian wilderness and of theater life in interbellum London, with a couple of twists and turns along the way The trilogy is a must read.

    13. Michael Bedford on said:

      I finished reading the final instalment of Robertson Davies s Deptford trilogy a little while ago This novel is the longest in the series at around double the length of the previous two Davies s character driven style is pushed to the limit in this novel highlighting the life and times of Magnus Eisengrim, readers of the previous novels will remember Eisengrim as a close confidante of both Dunstan Ramsay and David Staunton, as described by himself Eisengrim s incredibly detailed and personally r [...]

    14. Anna on said:

      The Deptford Trilogy comes full circle with this installment, where Magnus Eisengrim relates the story of his life to Dunstan Ramsey and a handful of others Through this telling, readers get another perspective on some events from the previous books especially Fifth Business but Magnus as a narrator and a character is very different from Ramsey and David Staunton.Ramsey is actually our main narrator, as in Fifth Business, and readers have access to his thoughts and feelings, but his narration is [...]

    15. Eugene Lakinsky on said:

      The plot that s to say Magnus , Roly s and Liesl s stories is certainly very interesting And the Magnus Roly conflict takes us by surprise Actually, the whole book looks like a theatrical play, where a secondary character who set quietly for a half of the performance suddenly gets up and turns out to be the protagonist s old enemy And that s impressive.The descriptions of the circus inside world and the Canadian tour of Sir John s troupe are wonderful The last hour of Boy s life was a strong poi [...]

    16. Terri Jacobson on said:

      Another amazing reading experience from Robertson Davies This book is the 3rd volume of The Deptford Trilogy It s the story of the life of Magnus Eisengrim after he left the Canadian town of Deptford, where he and the narrator, Dunstan Ramsey, got their start in life This was a reread of the trilogy for me I first read it 25 years ago, but this time around the writing was, for me, still fresh and meaningful Davies explores the usual theme of Canada and the Canadian character, especially in relat [...]

    17. Counsel182 on said:

      Dree his weirdat s the summation of the epic question to this fascinating Deptford trilogy Who killed Boy Staunton Like many reviewers, I found this third and unfortunate ending to this series unfortunate in the sense I did not want it to end a bit difficult to read as it is at times a rambling monologue of Magnus Eisengrim s point of view of his life The first section of the book A Bottle in the Smoke tells of his travails in the carnival followed by Merlin s Laugh a telling of his life in the [...]

    18. Timmy on said:

      After the triumph that was Fifth Business and the wonderful sequel The Manticore, I wondered how the series would end and also how this book would stand against the previous impeccable books While not as good as the first book, because few things are, this was still an amazing read Paul Dempster s life is odd but enthralling and the story brings the events of Fifth Business full circle and closes the trilogy nicely.

    19. Lauren Hu on said:

      The quintessential Davies His abilities to ground a setting, tell a fantastical story in a subdued fashion, and draw wonderful, lifelike characters are at their peak here Davies is so remarkably intelligent and well reasoned that he manages to make Freudian psychoanalysis, so out of fashion, entirely logical His psychological insight into the inner lives of his characters is deep and eschews trendy scientific jargon, saving it from becoming dated.

    20. Zoe on said:

      This is the third book of The Deptford Trilogy A masterpiece.Interesting message implies here ,that while one takes accountability for one s actions is imperative to understand that there must be a limitation on your guilt Who killed Boy Staunton dree his weird his suffering What a perfectly and logically mystery resolved at the end Bizarre,inspiring ,engaging read.Loved it

    21. Kim on said:

      This was my least favorite out of the Deptford Trilogy It was still a good read, and it was interesting to learn what really happened to Boy Staunton, but something about Magnus Eisengrim just annoyed me

    22. Becky on said:

      I think I may have the entire Deptford Trilogy on the bookshelf upstairs These are great books, well worth revisiting So many books, so little time

    23. Jackie "the Librarian" on said:

      The weirdest and most fantastic of the Deptford Trilogy.

    24. Amanda Gallagher on said:

      Amazing World of Wonders completes the trilogy of the Deptford boys and brings the questions of their world to a close at last I highly recommend this entire series, and I m surprised it took me a decade to complete it myself

    25. James on said:

      Maybe the best privilege of being a Canadian reader is how easy it is to find Robertson Davies books at thrift stores Mind you, this is only based off my reading of his Deptford Trilogy quick note I am nearly certain that Davies based Deptford off a small Ontario town less than half an hour away from where I grew up , but Davies writing is so good that I m confident he rises above the rest of Canada s authors, and above many of America s top authors of the last century.Fortunately this book cont [...]

    26. Susan on said:

      A reread of the Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies to recreate a love affair with the books I had back in the 1980 s Oh, dear, oh, dear, I can t go home again, at least not to Deptford No magic this time I must have been smarter 30 years ago, although I would swear not I got the Cornish trilogy and the Salterton trilogy, one of which I also read in the 80 s, and they are sitting lumpishly on the counter waiting Oh, dear, oh, dear.

    27. Merrilee on said:

      I just finished this 3rd and final book in the trilogy It sheds even light on the original story begun in the first book and ties up all the missing pieces all the while entertaining the reader with the lives of carnival performers, actors in a touring group and a magician and a film crew Very, very interesting and well written not a book to rush through Savor it and enjoy visiting a magical world.

    28. Rafa Sánchez on said:

      Briallante colof n a la trilog a de Deptford, relata el desenlace vital de los personajes de El quinto en discordia y de la trama de los Staunton Quiz s sea menos sorprendente y ciertamente mucho m s dura que las anteriores, pero tambi n es un canto optimista a la vida En conjunto, la trilog a es magn fica.

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