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↠´ World of Wonders Ñ Download by Ë Robertson Davies 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 gives us further insight, from yet another angle, into the lives and motivations of the characters we met in earlier volumes, most of whom hailed from the small Ontario town of Deptford The problems of the memoir style itself the inescapable desire to make oneself in 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 paragraphs begin with an opening quotation mark, as the majority of the story gets retold via dialogue almost a monologue, in fact, though there are crucial points where the listeners to Eisengrim s tale interrupt and interject.
The book takes its title from the carnival that abducted Paul on that fateful day back in Deptford This event, combined with the interest in prestidigit So bizarre So perfect So Canada.
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 formed and never changed Yet, for some all points still lead to home.
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 wider world Not all of us will become famous, rich or even well known, but we will make our presence felt in our corner of the world, be it a traveling carnival, the law courts, a boy s school or any other workplace Davies time spent as an actor really shines through in this novel he knows what will work with an aud 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 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 WorkFor Than Seventy Years, Penguin Has Been The Leading Publisher Of Classic Literature In The English Speaking World With Than , 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 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.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen From the Letter to the HebrewsDavies Deptford Trilogy is completed by this, World of Wonders, and like the New Testament phrase from the Epistle to the Hebrews, is about the evidence of things not seen As is reiterated a couple or times in these pages, Without attention to detail there is no illusion, and true to this epigram we focus a great deal of attention on establishing how illusion is created, maintained and, ultimately, dispelled when the eye of faith is put to the test.
Here, after the hiatus of the second volume in which the focus is on David Staunton we return to the first volume s narrator, Dunstan Ramsay, ensconced in Schloss Sorgenfrei in the Swiss Alps near St Gall It is the early 1970s and our attention is held by the illusionist Magnus Eisengrim, who s taking part in a BBC drama documentar 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, World of Wonders should be read as part of the Deptford trilogy and not as a stand alone title Although it is a good book on its own, neither this book nor Manticore was as interesting as the initial title, Fifth Business A person could stop after reading Fifth Business and be satisfied in knowing they have read the bes