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World of Wonders 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 World of Wonders the third book in the series after The Manticore follows the story of Magnus Eisengrim the most illustrious magician of his age who is spirited away from his home by a member of a traveling sideshow, the Wanless World of Wonders After honing his skills and becoming better known, Magnus unfurls his life s courageous and adventurous tale in this third and final volume of a spectacular, soaring workFor than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than , 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 ❴Reading❵ ➻ Muerte en Hamburgo (Jan Fabel, Author Craig Russell – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Robertson Davies s acclaimed Deptford Trilogy is a glittering ❴Download❵ ➾ Jazz Age Stories Author F. 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and contemporary authors ➾ An Obsession with Cigar Box Guitars Download ➹ Author David Sutton – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk as well as up to date translations by award winning translators The first hundred pages seems to drag as we delve into Paul Dempster s early life as a carny However, World of Wonders finally begins to take off as Dempster arrives in Europe and we are introduced to some interesting new characters with whom we can sympathizeDavies saves the last fifty pages of the trilogy to finally give us some tidbits into the life and personality of Liesl whom, for myself, was one of the most interesting characters in the entire series As to the Deptford trilogy itself, W The first hundred pages seems to drag as we delve into Paul Dempster s early life as a carny However, World of Wonders finally begins to take off as Dempster arrives in Europe and we are introduced to some interesting new characters with whom we can sympathizeDavies saves the last fifty pages of the trilogy to finally give us some tidbits into the life and personality of Liesl whom, for myself, was one of the most interesting characters in the entire series As to the Deptford trilogy itself, World of Wonders should be read as part of the Deptford trilogy and not as a stand alone title Although it is a good book on its own, neither this book nor Manticore was as interesting as the initial title, Fifth Business A person could stop after reading Fifth Business and be satisfied in knowing they have read the best of the series One could easily skip the second title, The Manticore, and move immediately to World of Wonders and not lose much in terms of continuity As to the question we are left with as Fifth Business comes to an end, who killed Boy Staunton , World of Wonders gives a conclusion with which we can be satisfied.My biggest disappointment with the trilogy is that we were never given a chance to see life from Mary Dempster s perspective Her story would surely have been farintriguing than that of David Staunton s Perhaps someday an aspiring young writer will give us Mary s account in the same manner Jean Rhys did for Bertha Mason with Wide Sargasso Sea Canadian Gothic The Uses of IllusionIf the first part of the Deptford Trilogy, Fifth Business, explores the bare facts of rural Canada on the turn to acivilized and ethnicly diverse culture and if the second part, The Manticore, suggests the fundamental ideas that shape these facts then this third part, World of Wonders, provides the parallel universe of feeling that is the substrate of both facts and ideas World of Wonders retells the previous stories, filling in the missing material Canadian Gothic The Uses of IllusionIf the first part of the Deptford Trilogy, Fifth Business, explores the bare facts of rural Canada on the turn to acivilized and ethnicly diverse culture and if the second part, The Manticore, suggests the fundamental ideas that shape these facts then this third part, World of Wonders, provides the parallel universe of feeling that is the substrate of both facts and ideas World of Wonders retells the previous stories, filling in the missing material necessary to understand the comprehensive illusion that Davies has created.Is there a definable boundary between fictional, or for that matter everyday, illusion and the truth Illusion demands extreme attention to detail in order to work If truth is in the detail, then illusion is at least a kind of truth, a truth of feeling perhaps rather than a truth of facts or ideas It is a truth about what we want to be true Not all illusion therefore qualifies as truthful Truthful illusion must be willed by both the illusionist and those who experience him This is what makes illusion an art form rather than a lie The highest expression of this art form is theatre, a place where feeling expressed and feeling perceived meet to create an illusory but authentic world.World of Wonders is about the art of theatrical illusion and how it is produced It takes an incredible amount of experience as well as talent to touch the unexpressed desires of an audience Dexterity, timing, memory, and courage are the minimal skills involved But these personal skills are only a foundation Theatrical illusion requires sharply honed coordination among a cast that includes at least as many in back of the stage as in front of it Creating truthful illusion therefore is a social, even a managerial, task of dense complexity.What is sought by an audience to illusion is wonder, the feeling that there is living mystery in the most mundane of things Wonder is a spiritual state, an awareness of the transcendent, most thoroughly investigated by the Austrian American theologian Peter Berger Berger s book, The Social Construction of Reality, touches precisely the same themes as Wonders of the World the nature of reality, the feeling of truth, the desire for the beyond Oswald Spengler called this the Magian World View Max Weber called it Enchantment Berger s death earlier this year emphasizes for me both the importance of these themes as well as their datedness in today s Trumpian loss of culture, including its banal degradation of religion.Davies knows how to keep his fictional illusion about the creation of illusion going at just the right pace He knows the details that are essential to its credibility And he knows from experience how his audience will react In the final section of World of Wonders, Davies has his symbolic protagonists from each of the three books in bed together arguing the merits of facts, ideas and feelings He is, in short, a master of illusion and its truthfulness, a literally wonderful writer My 5 star rating of this book really reflects my feelings on how I think Davies masterfully wrapped up the Deptford trilogy than it does an individual rating for this volume itself don t get me wrong, it s great, but I think Fifth Business is the strongest, and best, volume in the trilogy I guess I d say that the individual books themselves range from around 3.5 to 4.5 stars, but the series overall is a five star read As with all of the Deptford books World of Wonders is a personal memoir My 5 star rating of this book really reflects my feelings on how I think Davies masterfully wrapped up the Deptford trilogy than it does an individual rating for this volume itself don t get me wrong, it s great, but I think Fifth Business is the strongest, and best, volume in the trilogy I guess I d say that the individual books themselves range from around 3.5 to 4.5 stars, but the series overall is a five star read As with all of the Deptford books World of Wonders is a personal memoir that gives us further insight, from yet another angle, into the lives and motivations of the characters we met in earlier volumes, most of whom hailed from the small Ontario town of Deptford The problems of the memoir style itself the inescapable desire to make oneself into the hero, the inability to really understand the motivations and actions of others from one s limited point of view, the unreliability of looking back onto the past from the vantage of the present are perhaps brought evento the fore in this volume than they were in the others as we sit back and listen to the harrowing tale of the life of the mysterious magus Magnus Eisengrim, nPaul Dempster.Magnus, along with our old friends Dunstan Ramsay and Leisl Vitzliputzli, is in the midst of starring in a film in which he is portraying the legendary conjurer Jean Eug ne Robert Houdin During the course of filming, and in a completely characteristic attempt to demonstrate his own personal greatness and provide a sub text to the film, Eisengrim decides to reveal to his friends and the filmmaker s entourage the details of his life that led to his becoming, in his own words, the greatest conjurer that has ever lived It is certainly not a story that bears any resemblance to the romantic biography fashioned by Ramsay as a piece of propaganda for Eisengrim s Soiree of Illusions What we are instead presented with is a tale of abuse, loneliness, and fortitude as we see young Paul Dempster kidnapped from his awful home in Deptford only to have it replaced by an awful purgatory in the travelling carnival Wanless World of Wonders Eisengrim only the last in a long line of many aliases is truly a self made man As he himself mentions, the treatment and conditions under which he lived from the age of ten onwards were of a kind that would either have killed him early or strengthened him beyond expectation Luckily for Paul Dempster the latter proved to be the case We see how a lonely, frightened boy could be transformed into the monster of ego and talent that was Magnus Eisengrim, and once again observe how the ripples of effect from one small action the throwing of that fateful snowball on a cold winter day in Deptford in 1908 helped shape yet another life Eisengrim, for all of his suffering, is not a sympathetic hero though hero he is, in all of his outsized grandeur and once again it is fascinating to see the same characters and actions from the previous volumes of the trilogy as viewed through a completely different lens Luckily in my opinion at least we once again have the voice of Dunstan Ramsay, that clever old schoolmaster and saint hunter, though in a decidedly minor key Eisengrim is certainly not going to let anyone interfere with his own personal hagiography, but Ramsay s caustic tongue is given some range of expression and his scholar s eye is always on the look out for the truth at least inasmuch as he is able to perceive it We discover in this tale the final pieces of the puzzle in the coming together of Magnus, Leisl and Ramsay and the production of that great work of illusion and art, the life of Magnus Eisengrim as depicted in his own Soiree of Illusions , but I will leave the details of Paul Dempster s hero s journey to you Rest assured that the culmination of it is a thoroughly entertaining, one might even say enlightening, tale that takes us very far indeed from the environs of little Deptford but still manages to come full circle and comment on the series that was born there as a whole Boy Staunton, that unchallenged giant and yet largely obscure figure in the lives of others, makes his final appearance and we can now look back on the many stories of the Stauntons, the Ramsays and the Dempsters in order to get a much fuller though still never really complete picture of those intertwined lives that affected each other in such significant ways So, I would guess, do all of our lives knowingly or unknowingly intertwine and create an inextricable web of story and interdependence, whether we realize it or not Also posted at Shelf Inflicted So bizarre So perfect So Canada.

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