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The Manticore By Robertson Davies Michael Dirda,

  • Title: The Manticore
  • Author: Robertson Davies Michael Dirda
  • ISBN: 9780143039136
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 witHailed 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 than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With 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.
    The Manticore 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 mysteriou

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    1. If the first volume of this trilogy had me dreaming about saints view spoiler review show hide spoiler , I could expect fantasy to continue in this second volume This time it appeared in the guise of psychoanalysis Thank god, or thanks the saints it was not Freudian rant, since I have very little patience with that the Jungian mode is the one developed instead Much creative And artistic.The world of conjurors and miracles and tricks of the hat has given way to the universe of Jungian Archetypes [...]

    2. The Foreigners We DeserveA remarkable journey of Jungian psychoanalysis Manticore will therefore appeal to Platonists as myself who recognise the limits of language but also its necessity in figuring out what we are Aristotelian scientific types are likely to be disappointed Freud thought in terms of flaws in the psyche brought about through trauma, Jung in terms of psychic purpose and its adaptations There is no rational way to choose between the two perspectives the facts fit either Aesthetica [...]

    3. I wavered between demoting this to a 3 star really 3.5 and keeping it at a 4, but I think it deserves a 4 even if it isn t near my favourite of Davies work and is, I think, the weakest of the Deptford trilogy We were first given an account of the small town of Deptford, and the players who would be the major cast of characters in the series, in Fifth Business under the guiding hand of Dunstan Ramsay Now we see things from a different angle David Staunton, the hard drinking criminal lawyer son of [...]

    4. Be sure you choose what you believe and know why you believe it, because if you don t choose your beliefs, you may be certain that some belief, and probably not a very credible one, will choose you Robertson Davies, The ManticoreThe second novel in Davies Deptford Trilogy, The Manticore focuses largely on the life of Boy Staunton s son David Like Fifth Business before, this novel contains amazing prose and a caste of characters that are not quite loveable, but amazingly human at the same time Th [...]

    5. The Manticore begins by betraying us Dunstan Ramsay, that incorrigible saint chasing old man who provided the heart and soul and voice of Fifth Business, is no longer our narrator Instead, this is the story of David Staunton, the son of Dunstan s lifelong frenemy, Boy Staunton At the end of Fifth Business, Boy dies, and now David has gone to Zurich seeking the wisdom of a Jungian analyst to make sense of his behaviour since his father s death Partly an exploration of the psychology of Jung and p [...]

    6. Me You simply HAVE to read The Manticore , by Robertson Davies.Customer What s it about Me Well it s about this insufferable middle aged lawyer who drinks to forget his fabulously wealthy upbringing He is so unhappy he decides to undergo Jungian analysis in Switzerland for a year or so The story is told via entries from his therapeutic journal.Customer I ll take eight I have decided that describing the premise of a Robertson Davies novel is pointless That is unless, you want to deter someone fro [...]

    7. I love the way that Robertson Davies chooses narrators after Fifth Business, I would probably have continued using Dunstan Ramsey as a narrator and indeed Davies returns to him in the third novel, World of Wonders But my inclination would not have been nearly as interesting Instead, by choosing Boy Staunton s son, David, as the focus, it gives this second novel a different tone This is probably as close as I will ever get to Jungian analysis and I enjoyed a peek into the process Davies is very m [...]

    8. In the second volume of the acclaimed Deptford Trilogy, we switch narrators, from Dunstan Boy Staunton, to his son David David is a successful lawyer but is a heavy drinker and is emotionally stunted He travels to Zurich to receive therapy and to deal with his haunted past and the looming shadow of his, indomitable father.David Staunton is a difficult main character and readers may find him cold and reserved, but in Davies, deft and crafty hands, he has created another sharp and inventive narrat [...]

    9. Book Two of The Deptford Trilogy, one of the oddest, most entertaining series of books ever written Davies serves up a delicious, witty, Jungian ice cream sundae.

    10. In this follow up to Fifth Business, the main character, David Staunton, tells his therapist Ramsay always insisted that there was nothing that could not be expressed in the Plain Style if you knew what you were talking about This is an apt description for Davies style his eloquence is in his simplicity Picking up where Fifth Business left off, The Manticore switches protagonists, moving from Dunstan Ramsay to Staunton, the son of Ramsay s childhood friend enemy Staunton s father has just died a [...]

    11. Don t read this book on its own It is the middle book of the Deptford Trilogy, a masterpiece of quirky details and great flawed characters Like Cormier, but without the cynicism So, start with Fifth Business before you pick this book up.David Staunton, poor little rich boy, the thrower of that fateful snowball, a boy impressed by his rich father for the wrong reasons He is in Switzerland for Jungian therapy, and we get his perspective on those childhood events that lead to a mysterious death.But [...]

    12. Can t say that I fully understood this book because I didn t It was interesting to see David s perspective on His father and the way he influenced his life as well as the other characters previously introduced in the first novel I very much enjoyed the last 40 pages or so and I thought the ending was truly beautifully written Although this book lacked the exciting quality of adventure that was fully present in the first book, this book was nonetheless beautifully written and some of the imagery, [...]

    13. Part two of a trilogy, this book wouldn t make much sense on its own But it was a fascinating story because a majority of it is the detailed Jungian analysis of one character We follow this man through a year of therapy as he uncovers his motivations, internal archetypes, and reassesses his childhood and family relations Although nominal on plot development, I found it to be a strangely satisfying journey and a nice compliment contrast to the first book of the series.

    14. Ah, Jungian psychology I finished Hermann Hesse s Steppenwolf just before I read The Manticore and felt like Hesse was just beating me over the head with his Jungian psychology throughout the entire story I was not a fan And so when I realized that this book is also totally steeped in it, I got a little nervous But I needn t have Somehow, even though the entire first two thirds of this book consists of a guy talking to his analyst, it still never felt anywhere near as heavy handed as Steppenwolf [...]

    15. This is the second book in Davies Deptford Trilogy, following Fifth Business Here we have David Staunton as the main character, and he provides a viewpoint much cynical and sarcastic than did Dunstan Ramsay It is illuminating to have David s perspective on some of the events that happened in or were hinted at during Fifth Business, but the feeling in this book is much clinical and less romantic than in its predecessor As a narrator, Ramsay had a way of coloring things with wonder even when bad [...]

    16. The second book of the Deptford trilogy deals with David Staunton, the son of the formidable Boy Staunton, the initially sugar tycoon already familiar from Fifth Business While a little inferior to FB, it is nevertheless a wonderful narrative My main complaint is its rather inconclusive ending though the scene in the bear cave provides a very substantial crescendo finale of sorts.This is, in part, a book about Jungian analysis but it is much than that The whole story of David s life unfolds bef [...]

    17. A manticore is a monster, face of a man, head of a lion and a scorpian tail In the second part of the Deptford trilogy focuses on David Staunton the son of Boy Staunton the Canadian millionaire David is in Zurich to consult a Jungian analyst about life, death, power, symbols A tale that is written by a stylist that goes into the murky area of the soul us, our purpose, the myths we carry, the burden of our ancestors and past Truly a masterpiece.

    18. its not really about a manticore on murder and psychology so far Never buy anything unless you really need it things you want are usually junk Be sure you choose what you believe and know why you believe it , because if you don t choose your beliefs, you may be certain that some belief, and probably not a very credible one, will choose you.

    19. I didn t love this as much as I did the first part of the trilogy The focus was on a less interesting and less convincing character But it was still pretty engrossing, and I m looking forward to the final book SPOILER The manticore turns out to be a Jungian metaphor We don t even find out how many hit dice it has.

    20. Found this book fascinating even though I am not a psychologist It was really one long psychoanalysis session Learned alot about Jungian archetypes.

    21. Imagine if Hamlet had had a psychiatrist and you ve got a pretty good idea of what Davies The Manticore is getting at The cleverly presented autobiography of David Staunton.

    22. This book was mentioned as a good way to understand the undergoing of Jungian analysis I had not heard of the Canadian writer, Robertson Davies, nor the Deptford Trilogy, of which this is a part According to the Introduction, Davies has the process of Jungian analysis down pretty well, though he never underwent analysis himself However, he was very well read in terms of Carl Jung I honestly did not find much of this book to be intensely interesting or compelling until the last part where the mai [...]

    23. It s probably blasphemy to be Canadian and attack anything written by Robertson Davies, but I m going to do it anyway I ve done it before back in university, I argued that Tempest Tost was a great failure of literature The Manitcore is not a lousy book but it is massively underwhelming, especially given that it won the Governor s General Award back in 1972 Rumor has it this was an apologetic award, as in the Governor General was apologizing for not giving Davies the award for the far superior Fi [...]

    24. As usual, Davies writes wonderful prose and can turn a great anecdote here and there, but there wasn t much story here apart from what seemed like a somewhat trite process of self discovery through fictionalized, heavily exposition laden Jungian psychoanalysis.

    25. I read this one when I was 18 or 19 and it still holds up But of a quaint portrait of a Canadian man that no longer exists David Staunton is a bit of a sad character in that he s forced to live in the shadow of his larger than life father as well as refusing to see him as a man He s got issues, to be frank And seeing his life held out in psycho analytic sessions, it s obvious to see why he is the way he is.But once he pulls the curtains back of his life and events, at the end, there is hope he [...]

    26. The second of Davies s Deptford trilogy picks up or less at the end of Fifth Business but shifts focus to David Staunton, who narrates his own life story across most of the volume, as he undergoes Jungian psychoanalysis Almost certainly readable if one has not read the first book, this one nevertheless gains resonance if one has knowledge of the first book Davies is quite skilled at unsentimental, complex characterization, and this is a novel almost entirely of characterization, lacking as it d [...]

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