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I finally finished Robertson Davies' modern classic, the Deptford trilogy, and I'm sorry to report that the third entry, World of Wonders, provided a disappointing finish to what started so brilliantly with the first book, Fifth Business. I almost gave World of Wonders one star, and not two, but couldnt quite bring myself to do that because it was a creative story with interesting characters. However, I just found the last book's series of biographical monologues to be really tedious.
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I'm convinced, after this trilogy, that everyone after Twain trying to write a wistful, picaresque Bildungsroman and call it the Great American Novel, has actually written the Great Canadian Novel.
This is an outstanding piece of writing by Robertson Davies. I read these as books 20 years ago and have enjoyed listening to these versions thoroughly. Although the performance is not great, it is much less intrusive than in the other audio versions of the previous parts of the Deptford trilogy. It's possible I've got used to it but I think the narration is more consistent and the characters don't bleed into each other. Certainly highly recommended.
I read the Deptford Trilogy 35 years ago and remembered enjoying it but little else. Have just finished listening to the final book World of Wonders and it has surpassed my expectations. Robertson Davies has a playful touch yet deals with important issues. The novels have not dated one bit. There were times during the first novel that the narrator grated a little but by World of Wonders he did not intrude - despite an atrocious Scottish accent! Very enjoyable