Deptford Trilogy

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 815 ratings

Fifth Business Publisher's Summary

Hailed by the Washington Post Book World as "a modern classic", Robertson Davies’ acclaimed Deptford Trilogy is a glittering, fantastical, cunningly contrived series of novels, around which a mysterious death is woven.

This first novel in the trilogy introduces Ramsay, a man who returns from World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross but who is destined to be caught in a no man's land where memory, history, and myth collide. As we hear Ramsey tell his story, we begin to realize that, from childhood, he has influenced those around him in a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious way. Even his seemingly innocent involvement in as innocuous an event as throwing a snowball proves to be neither innocent nor innocuous in the end.

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  • Book 1

    • Fifth Business

    • The Deptford Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Robertson Davies
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 501
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 457
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 453

    This first novel in The Deptford Trilogy introduces Ramsay, a man who returns from World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross but who is destined to be caught in a no man's land where memory, history, and myth collide. As we hear Ramsey tell his story, we begin to realize that, from childhood, he has influenced those around him in a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious way.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Been waiting for this

    • By Vinity on 12-10-11

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • The Manticore

    • The Deptford Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Robertson Davies
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 155

    The Manticore, the second book in The Deptford Trilogy 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Be sure you choose what you believe

    • By Darwin8u on 05-20-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • World of Wonders

    • The Deptford Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Robertson Davies
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128

    Hailed by the Washington Post Book World as a modern classic, Robertson Davies' 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great North American Novel

    • By Sarah R. Jacobs on 11-17-16

    Regular price: $24.95