Robertson Davies - Hooray Canada!
I finally found the time to read that most acclaimed novel by Canadian master Robertson Davies, 'Fifth Business'. It was a thoroughly engaging and deeply satisfying read. It is the story of the life of the narrator, Dunstan Ramsay, a retired school master who relates his experiences from early childhood to the present. We meet a host of wonderfully told characters engaged in any number of mild and intense encounters, and follow Dunstan’s development as an insightful but conflicted man. All of the story lines – from small town gossip and meanness, to the terror of World War I, to the intricacies of the magician’s craft, to unrequited love – draw you in with wonder and exquisite writing. I plan to read both sequels in this series, known as The Deptford Trilogy.