Search Results: "Robertson Davies"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"But Davies's many fans will find themselves well sated by the portraiture, the detail, and the richness shared here. (32 pages b&w photos)"
An amiable, discursive ramble through the several lives of Canada's octogenarian novelist. ``Sometimes I quake and grow pale, for it looks as if the Twilight Years, when I ought to be growing roses and sucking my dentures in peace, are going to be passed in back-breaking toil,'' once quipped the then 64-year-old author. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1978

"A bedside book, perhaps, but only for those fully prepared to doze off and dream not at all."
After-dinner speeches, commencement-day speeches, some humor, and a few lectures by the Canadian novelist-playwright-scholar. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1990

"A grab bag, but a good one, suitable for browsing while waiting for Davies' next novel."
The slightly revised (and first American) edition of the 1979 Canadian collection of journalistic essays, reviews, columns, and character profiles from the esteemed novelist (The Lyre of Orpheus, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1998

"Lovingly collected, these scatterings of Davies's singular talent are typically abundant and a welcome addition to a corpus like no other in contemporary literature."
On the evidence of his immense legacy in print, the late novelist Davies was a man of profound artistic appetite; this, the second posthumous collection of his criticism, shares the exuberant and casual erudition of the first (The Merry Heart, 1997). Read full book review >

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THE CUNNING MAN by Robertson Davies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Davies at his best. (Author tour)"
Davies (Murther and Walking Spirits, 1991, etc.) deftly combines metaphysics, magic, and modern medicine to tell a contemporary story with ancient roots as he introduces healer and ``cunning man'' Jonathan Hullah. Read full book review >

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TEMPEST-TOST by Robertson Davies
Released: April 10, 1952

"Through the ticklish problems of casting, to rehearsals and the first night, with some asides at an auction and a local ball, this gently taunts the petty snobberies, rivalries and vanities of a close Canadian community, manages some careful observation but only a mild diversion."
..... in a teacup is the production of a "pastoral" by the Salterton Little Theatre group, and all the dramatic — and romantic rivalries it provokes in a quite considerable cast of characters. Read full book review >

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THE LYRE OF ORPHEUS by Robertson Davies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1988

"A spry jaunt from an old master—once again in full command of the form."
Canadian novelist Davies once again delivers the goods—with this solidly entertaining finale to the trilogy struck up by Rebel Angels (1982) and carried through in What's Bred in the Bone (1985). Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 1997

"As Davies noted in a diary entry prefacing one of these talks, he had to leave special room for laughter in his running time."
The inimitable novelist gives an exuberant posthumous performance in this eclectic collection of (mostly) previously unpublished addresses, talks, and incidental pieces. ``We Canadians are gluttons for instruction; we dote on lectures,'' Davies observed to one of his many audiences, but anyone's literary appetite will be glutted on these collected talks—with such topics as his own novels, forged paintings, and Canadian cultural identity. Read full book review >

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MURTHER AND WALKING SPIRITS by Robertson Davies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Minor work from a major talent—though there are enough flashes of former glory here to make this a must for serious fans."
A jovial but haltingly uneven tale of how several generational strands came to form one eccentric family. Read full book review >

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THE REBEL ANGELS by Robertson Davies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 1981

"And though for rather a special audience, this is saucy stuff indeed—swept with vaporous invention and fertile with miraculous minnows of donnish wit."
In this darkly funny scuttle through academe's more covert passageways, Davies—a veteran provider of civil entertainments who's ever Jung-at-heart—first edges his people into medieval archetypes and unexpected passions, then caps the Scholarly spectacle with a splendidly horrid murder. Read full book review >

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THE PAPERS OF SAMUEL MARCHBANKS by Robertson Davies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1986

"While that invites his many fans, others will find this volume sometimes amusing, but mostly ephemeral."
This hefty volume brings together three collections of newspaper columns by the pseudonymous Marchbanks. Read full book review >

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HIGH SPIRITS by Robertson Davies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1983

"Despite all the in-jokes and donnish asides: spry, inventive, modestly amusing parodies for fanciers of senior-common-room giddiness."
For 18 years, starting in 1963 when he became Master of the U. of Toronto's Massey College, veteran novelist Davies told an original "cheerful ghost story" at the college's annual Christmas party. Read full book review >