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El mundo de los prodigios (The Deptford Trilogy #3)

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En El mundo de los prodigios, cierre y espectacular colofón de la Trilogía de Deptford, se resuelve el misterio que rodea la muerte del magnate Boy Staunton. Acciones en apariencia inocentes -una pelea con bolas de nieve o el aprendizaje de juegos de manos- se revelarán como acontecimientos decisivos en la vida de Paul Dempster, un niño de Deptford al que Staunton había co ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published April 2007 by Libros del Asteroide (first published 1975)
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Terry
Jan 15, 2014 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
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 ...more
Diane S ☔
Aug 07, 2014 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amazing trilogy, all taken together. Ramsay was by far my favorite character and was glad to see him back in this last story.Also loved learning how Paul became an amazing magician. More of Liesel was in this book and I found her character fascinating. Of course the big question of who killed Boy Staunton is solved in this ending piece.

Wonderfully well written this whole trilogy pinpointed the small minds that can live in a village, where everyone knows everything about each other. Judgments
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Alan Chen
Mar 27, 2015 Alan Chen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the final novel of the Deptford Trilogy and focuses on the story of Magnus Eisengrim,who was born Paul Dempsey, from the village of Deptford that gave us the heroes of the other two novels: Dunstan Ramsay and Boy Staunton. The novels are more different angles of the same major events that begin in Deptford and highlights the times when the lives of those main characters converge. Each of the novels can be read by itself but theirs a richness/depth when read together. Because Davies allow ...more
Ben Babcock
Yay, Ramsay is back! Not that David Staunton was a terrible narrator, but I will always, always have a soft spot in my heart for that irascible old teacher, descended from Scots and obsessed with saints. And now here he is, back to narrating the book. Sort of.

Although Ramsay is technically the narrator, he is consigned to the frame story, and Magnus Eisengrim (or Paul Dempster, back when he was from Deptford) takes centre stage. World of Wonders is notable if only for the fact that most of the p
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Wanda
World ofWonders completes Robertson Davies’ Deptford Trilogy, giving the reader a third window on the same period of time—after Dunstan Ramsey and David Staunton, now Magnus Eisengrim aka Paul Dempster. Although this book is nominally narrated by Ramsey, it is Eisengrim’s story that is highlighted, with Ramsey reporting [the recording angel?]—the trip from being Nobody to being very much Somebody.

This is very much a universal trip, that of being Nobody within our mothers’ wombs to becoming Som
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Dale
Jun 09, 2008 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sabrina
Oct 22, 2007 Sabrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
World of Wonders is the least captivating of the Deptford Trilogy, but the work as a whole -- starting with Fifth Business -- is certainly one of the best I've ever read. The books examine the lives and thoughts of three men who are all linked to one another; Davies' structure and storytelling are extraordinarily polished and fine.

I can't recommend anything more heartily than the Deptford Trilogy, but if you have any doubts about committing to the entire trilogy, I can say this this: Go pick up
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Justin
Aug 05, 2007 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who killed Boy Staunton? That's the question finally answered in this final installment of Davies' Deptford Trilogy. The first book "Fifth Business" is the best of the bunch and worth reading on its own. The second ,"The MAnticore" is a bit dull and this one is somewhat better. It's certainly an interesting bunch of characters but I am not sure it was worth reading the entire trilogy just to tie up the loose ends from the first book.
Steve
Mar 17, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 sympathize
Davies 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
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Victor Sonkin
Well, "Fifth Business" keeps its place as No. 1 in the Deptford Trilogy for me, but both of the other books, and World of Wonders especially, are almost encroaching on it. A pseudo-memoir, an extravaganza of unreliable narration, a panorama of carnie life in Canadian wilderness and of theater life in interbellum London, with a couple of twists and turns along the way. The trilogy is a must-read.
Counsel182
Jul 04, 2015 Counsel182 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dree his weird...that's the summation of the 'epic' question to this fascinating Deptford trilogy: "Who killed Boy Staunton?" Like many reviewers, I found this third--and 'unfortunate' ending to this series (unfortunate in the sense I did not want it to end)--a bit more difficult to read as it is at times a rambling monologue of Magnus Eisengrim's point of view of his life. The first section of the book (A Bottle in the Smoke) tells of his travails in the carnival followed by (Merlin's Laugh) a ...more
Michael Bedford
Sep 15, 2015 Michael Bedford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading the final instalment of Robertson Davies's Deptford trilogy a little while ago. This novel is the longest in the series at around double the length of the previous two. Davies's character-driven style is pushed to the limit in this novel highlighting the life and times of Magnus Eisengrim, readers of the previous novels will remember Eisengrim as a close confidante of both Dunstan Ramsay and David Staunton, as described by himself.

Eisengrim's incredibly detailed and personall
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Anna
May 25, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2013
The Deptford Trilogy comes full circle with this installment, where Magnus Eisengrim relates the story of his life to Dunstan Ramsey and a handful of others. Through this telling, readers get another perspective on some events from the previous books - especially Fifth Business - but Magnus as a narrator (and a character) is very different from Ramsey and David Staunton.

Ramsey is actually our main narrator, as in Fifth Business, and readers have access to his thoughts and feelings, but his narra
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Terri Jacobson
Another amazing reading experience from Robertson Davies. This book is the 3rd volume of The Deptford Trilogy. It's the story of the life of Magnus Eisengrim after he left the Canadian town of Deptford, where he and the narrator, Dunstan Ramsey, got their start in life. This was a reread of the trilogy for me. I first read it 25 years ago, but this time around the writing was, for me, still fresh and meaningful. Davies explores the usual theme of Canada and the Canadian character, especially in ...more
Janet
Jun 29, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first discovered Robertson Davies in the late 1970s. I started with 'Fifth Business', the first book in "The Deptford Trilogy". I immediately fell in love with Davies and I quickly devoured the other two books in the trilogy. In May of 2012 I read 'Fifth Business' again, and I fell in love again. I consider it a masterpiece; it is very likely my favorite book of all time. In February of 2013 I reread the 2nd book in the trilogy, 'The Manticore'. As it was when I read it the first time, it is m ...more
Timmy
Mar 14, 2015 Timmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the triumph that was Fifth Business and the wonderful sequel The Manticore, I wondered how the series would end and also how this book would stand against the previous impeccable books. While not as good as the first book, because few things are, this was still an amazing read. Paul Dempster's life is odd but enthralling and the story brings the events of Fifth Business full circle and closes the trilogy nicely.
Lauren Hu
Jul 01, 2009 Lauren Hu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The quintessential Davies. His abilities to ground a setting, tell a fantastical story in a subdued fashion, and draw wonderful, lifelike characters are at their peak here. Davies is so remarkably intelligent and well-reasoned that he manages to make Freudian psychoanalysis, so out of fashion, entirely logical. His psychological insight into the inner lives of his characters is deep and eschews trendy scientific jargon, saving it from becoming dated.
Zoe
Apr 23, 2011 Zoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
This is the third book of "The Deptford Trilogy" <-----A masterpiece.

Interesting message implies here ,that while one takes accountability for one's actions is imperative to understand that there must be a limitation on your guilt.

"Who killed Boy Staunton ? " -"dree his weird "( his suffering) -What a perfectly and logically mystery resolved at the end .
Bizarre,inspiring ,engaging read.Loved it!!!

Emily
Jan 13, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Final book in the Deptford trilogy that starts with Fifth Business, and the narrator returns to being Dunstan Ramsay of the first book, although mostly he is framing the story being told by others. Mostly it's the story of Paul Dempsey, who was a boy in Deptford with Ramsay (and Staunton), and his experiences on the way to becoming the famous magician Magnus Eisengrim.

The whole trilogy revolves around a death that happens at the end of Fifth Business, and the circumstances of the death are fina
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Alberto
Feb 04, 2014 Alberto rated it really liked it
Se cierra la trilogía con otro libro absorbente. La historia de Paul Dempster resulta ser de esas que te incitan a leerlas de un tirón.
Hay detalles en la primera parte que no encajan, lo que hace que me pregunte si la discordancia obedece a un fallo del escritor o a que se nos insinúa que parte de la historia ha de estar forzosamente falseada: por ejemplo en ningún momento se alude a que el crecimiento de Dempster le provoque problemas dentro de Abdalá, o el hecho de que cuando muere el orangut
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Kim
This was my least favorite out of the Deptford Trilogy. It was still a good read, and it was interesting to learn what really happened to Boy Staunton, but something about Magnus Eisengrim just annoyed me!
Jackie "the Librarian"
Oct 21, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if you like weird characters
The weirdest and most fantastic of the Deptford Trilogy.
Becky
Aug 09, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I may have the entire Deptford Trilogy on the bookshelf upstairs. These are great books, well worth revisiting. So many books, so little time!
Edgar Samar
My thoughts on this book are posted here: http://edgarsamar.com/2013/04/12/tran...
Elle
Jul 24, 2015 Elle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discover-dragons
World of Wonders, the last installment in The Deptford Trilogy, was my least favorite of the series and it took me the longest to finish. I am not quite sure why, and I find myself wondering if I had simply exhausted this story or if the magic was really gone from this novel. The longest stretch came during the middle of the book when I just could not get excited about the theatre nor the quarrels between Magnus and Ingestree. In fact, the most interesting parts of World of Wonders were its begi ...more
Karina
Oct 06, 2015 Karina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This piece of the puzzle was fascinating. Heavy at times, incredibly detailed, and just as confusing as it was enlightening. It kept me guessing until the end and wrapped everything up perfectly. Talk about complex characters! I'm kind of in love with how the different characters are all tangled up in the events and how you can see the ripple effect of decisions. And the idea of memory as the story we tell ourselves, and how the same moment can be interpreted in so many different ways. Yep. I'm ...more
Julia
Aug 02, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the final installment in Davies' Deptford trilogy, and wow, what a great payoff... I was really glad that this book returned to the lives and perspectives of Ramsay and Paul Dempster/Magnus Eisengrim, now old. We finally get to hear what happened to Paul Dempster, or at least what he chooses to tell as his story, unreliable narrator though he may be. Lots of magic (not actual magic, but stage-performed magic) and theater, and such a deeply weird/human understanding of who these odd peopl ...more
Coyle
Nov 07, 2007 Coyle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A good book to have under your belt, but not particularly exciting putting it there.
Tara
Mar 21, 2016 Tara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my least favorite of the Deptford Trilogy, which clearly is not the popular consensus. If you are interested in stage magic, vaudeville, and traveling acting shows, this is the book for you. I have no interest in those things, but I liked the previous two books so much that I made an enormous effort to care.

I didn't. Instead I wasted a month grinding through three pages at a time, which was the most I could handle. It gets two stars because I was always pleased when we re-encountered ch
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Marian Deegan
Aug 29, 2014 Marian Deegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
During the 2004 holiday season at a client party, I met a speaker on the public circuit famous for exploring what he dubbed the "cult marketing" of corporations like Harley and Target. He captures his audience's attention by performing the most technically skilled card tricks I've ever witnessed at close range. Cults and cards. I decided to chat him up. Turned out, he shared my interest in Jung. Cults, cards, and the collective unconscious. This was getting interesting. And then, his description ...more
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William Robertson Davies, CC, FRSC, FRSL (died in Orangeville, Ontario) was a Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor. He was one of Canada's best-known and most popular authors, and one of its most distinguished "men of letters", a term Davies is sometimes said to have detested. Davies was the founding Master of Massey College, a graduate college at the University of Toro ...more
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