World of Wonders

World of Wonders

eBook - 2006
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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 work. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more 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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9780525505525
0525505520
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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DorisWaggoner
Feb 28, 2017

Felt ambivalent about this last in the trilogy, which purportedly hangs on the filming of a the life story of a 19th c. magician. Magus Eisengrim, who has had many other names, is the film's star. But the book is really the life story of Magus himself, with the "narrator" an elderly schoolteacher from "Magus's" small Canadian home town. Confused? Some of the book is fascinating, as Magus tells his story of how he was spirited away from that town and forced to spend years as part of a third rate traveling show. Brilliant but uneducated, he learns the ways of trickery and vaudeville, working his way up to new shows and new magic tricks. There's a great deal of dialog, not a lot of action. I stuck with it, in spite of some boring sections and characters who were hard to tell apart.

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thepudman
Oct 27, 2016

I thought I'd get some Canadiana and read the Deptford trilogy by Davies. Read, or suffer through. I got through all three books (painfully), but found the main characters to be too intellectual and preachy, with rather unbelievable and contrived dialogue. Should have stopped after the first book.

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