The Manticore

The Manticore

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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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more 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.

Baker & Taylor
David Staunton, a successful man haunted by his relationship with his larger-than-life father, uses therapy to come to terms with his past.

Baker
& Taylor

In the second book of the Deptford Trilogy, following Fifth Business, David Staunton, a successful man haunted by his relationship with his larger-than-life father, uses therapy to come to terms with his past. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006
ISBN: 9780143039136
014303913X
Characteristics: xxii, 262 p. ; 20 cm

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spiderfelt_0
Jan 30, 2017

This book would make little sense if read by itself, as opposed to within the context of the trilogy. Davies is a masterful writer whose prose is utterly captivating.

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HunterHearts
Mar 19, 2015

Wonderful piece of writing but sometimes too much bloat and superfluous information present themselves in annoying ways. However, the psychoanalysis are pertinent, and adds great to the already superior character development this series has. A must read if you liked Fifth Business!

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meyoubou
Mar 02, 2013

I thought the writing was masterful. I can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy.Different content than what most of us fiction readers are used to.

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jessicacoles
Jan 05, 2010

As much as I enjoy Davies' writing in general, I'm a little puzzled that this particular novel received a Governor General Award. It's the second book in a trilogy, and a lot of the story is a regurgitation of Jungian psychology. Worth the read within the context of the trilogy, but I would have felt a little disappointed if this had been my introduction to Robertson Davies.

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