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: 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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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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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 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 >

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WORLD OF WONDERS by Robertson Davies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 1976

"But then illusion relies on more than detail and sonorous metaphysical inquiry particularly if cast in the form of a mystery play."
This is the third volume of the Canadian writer's roman fleuve (Fifth Business—1970; The Manticore—1972); they are interlocked by ideas rather than events (which hardly exist for Davies) and reappearing characters—Dunstan Ramsay in particular. Read full book review >

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THE MANTICORE by Robertson Davies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 1972

"He also returns the novel to its primary domain so that it serves its resident characters on the level of insight rather than sensation."
Fifth Business (1970) reintroduced Mr. Davies after more than ten years to a very appreciative audience and some of the same characters appear here although the two novels are quite independent. Read full book review >

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FIFTH BUSINESS by Robertson Davies
Released: Nov. 23, 1970

"MPSLUGMISTER Davies' first novel in some years again attests to certain virtues: a quiet humor; a scrupulousness of observation; a civilized overview; but regretfully the unlived life, however well-examined, is not very interesting and all this 'moral bookkeeping' leaves a faint net figure."
The fifth business in classical drama is undertaken by a lesser character who assists the denouement; he's the odd man out. Read full book review >

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A MIXTURE OF FRAILTIES by Robertson Davies
Released: Aug. 25, 1958

"Something of a virtuoso performance, this relies more on its wit than its warmth, but the musicianship is very knowledgeable and the fingerwork light."
The town of Salterton, Canada (some may remember its Little Theatre comedy- Tempest-Tost- Rinehart-1952) again is the scene of considerable dismay after the death of imperious Mrs. Bridgetower, whose will disinherits her only son Solly (unless a male heir is to follow) and leaves her estate toward the advancement of a career in the arts. Read full book review >