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Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
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Mar 09, 11

Fifth Business is the first novel in The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies. The trilogy is centered around several common themes, including the town of Deptford, the residents of this town and their offspring. After reading Fifth Business, I immediately started reading The Manticore, the second book in the trilogy.

Dunstable Ramsey, the protagonist of Fifth Business, is an extremely likable character. You feel a little like an outsider while reading this novel, because Dunstable seems to live as a spectator in his own life. Even so, the author does an incredible job of putting the reader at the center of his life, his travels, his careers & his obsessions. I’m really enjoying The Manticore now, and plan to read the final book of The Deptford Trilogy, World of Wonders, immediately after.

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