Robertson Davies


wow hes an amazing author, i never knew of him before
im doing a project on him and he has such a facinating life

>>By kitty kat   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:59)

Can anyone tell me where i might find some criticism about the deptford trilogy? or the manticore in perticular

>>By Jesse   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:59)

Does anyone know exactly what the ending of Fifth Business means??? Who really killed Boy?

>>By Lauren   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:59)

It was Paul Dempster who killed Boy staunton, its writen in his structure book, before he wrote the novel!

>>By Pigeon   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:59)

The novel, Fifth Business is one of the most amazing works of Canadian fiction ever published!

>>By Dana   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:59)

Mr. Davies once said ..
Education, if it is real and not a sham, is a releasing, not imprisoning thing..
Can anyone tell me what he means exactly or closely???

>>By Misty   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:59)

Um, archetypes, yeah, uh, where's my whiskey, uh, yeah, uh, whiskey

>>By Mr. Kelly   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:59)

I thought Fifth Business was a great book, an excellent example of great Canadian literature. The rest of the trilogy is also just as good!

>>By Sheridan   (Tuesday, 25 Mar 2003 04:36)

Anyone looking for real literature analysis should read Particia Monks' Mud and Magic Shows. It's a little more literary than what is studied at the high school level, but this is not really a high school book. It really takes a mature individual to appreciate the complexity of Davies' structure and form. I'm not overwhelmed by Davies' genius as some of you are, but I have to say that he must have been a truly dedicated and sophisticated writer.

>>By HelixGrl   (Wednesday, 9 Apr 2003 04:38)

seriously, I don't like books that don't emphasize war, but this book is really good, I'd have to say. Now the problem is, i need a goddamn character sketch for Boy Staunton. Where can I find such critical info?

>>By me   (Thursday, 10 Apr 2003 00:41)

The book was a little out on the wing. Not hard to follow just messed up. Don't get me wrong it was well written and had a strategic method of writing style, but robertson davies must have had a different upbringing in an strange atmosphere.

>>By Timothy   (Thursday, 24 Apr 2003 01:35)

good stuff! ie njoyed th e implications raised by DAvies as he attemplts to unravel the mysteries of the mind

>>By J. overgaard   (Monday, 28 Apr 2003 21:11)

Davies strikes me to have no answer to scepticism, when asked the question why is it important that men know literature history etc. the only answer he can summon in the mouth of Geraint in the Lyre of Orpheus is that one reads in order to know what others will do. Is that good enough? He seems to imply that that is the best form of knowledge, does that mean that truth is unimportant and the only truth is what human beings feel, knowledge is a mere self help guide.

>>By Matthew   (Monday, 12 May 2003 02:15)

Yo davies was a good writer but i find he likes to over emphasize an over analyze the points of thought and behaviour in his books, it's very interesting but it can really slow down the pace of the book.

>>By Hot Nixx   (Thursday, 29 May 2003 05:11)

robertson davies is a genius because hes left handed.

anyhow thats not what i came to say, if you like fifth buiness read the second book, dont bother with World of Wonders. and yes, it was Paul Dempster who killed boy staunton, but it wasnt. cos by the time he did kill him he wasnt Paul Demptser anymore he was Magnus. so i guess if you wanted to actually read that part you do have to read World of Wonders. not just the structure book

>>By razzbarry   (Sunday, 18 Apr 2004 20:20)

It has been a while since I read the trilogy but I found myself reading things into the book because it was referred to me by someone I got involved with. I guess I had trouble following the story from "the 5th Business" to the "Manticore" because the narration switched from Dunstan to Boy's Son and the "voice" seemed the same to me... it took time, all through the analysis and his comments of revulsion and curiosity of Dunstan. I did enjoy the manticore. I would say that I was always surprised by this book. I thought I had gotten a handle on it and then something extraordinary would pop in. The same ex- who referred me to this trilogy told me she found "What's Bred in the Bone" to be his strongest work.

>>By Pictman   (Friday, 23 Apr 2004 21:35)

What about the Salterton Trilogy????
Fantastic books all of them. Funnily enough they got me into university on a whim by the head of my department when he heard me mention them. He still talks about it to this day. Thanks Mr. Davies!

>>By mebaroo   (Monday, 26 Apr 2004 13:21)

Wow, I wish I had mentioned Davies at my college interviews!

I love everything he wrote - his pacing, his characters, the way he plays around with them. I miss him sorely and genuinely grieved when he died.

>>By RedReader   (Thursday, 29 Apr 2004 20:28)

Yeah true; but his books are still here and incredibly re-readable!

>>By mebaroo   (Wednesday, 19 May 2004 14:00)

I reread Fifth Business and am amazed by it even more. I think that there is such a subtlety of character in his writing...I love how he develops characters , we are sure of who this person is after he's given a lot of surface detail... impressions, and then he rips to the core and this minor player by implication, suddenly adds so much to the story. Everything is turned over. I want to read more now...the Cornish Trilogy, and whatever I can get my hands on.

>>By Pictman   (Monday, 28 Jun 2004 17:48)

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