World of Wonders

World of Wonders

Book - 1996
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This is the third novel in Davies's major work, The Deptford Trilogy . This novel tells the life story of the unfortunate boy introduced in The Fifth Business , who was spirited away from his Canadian home by one of the members of a traveling side show, the Wanless World of Wonders.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Books, 1996
ISBN: 9780140260472
0140260471
Branch Call Number: Pbk DAV
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 21 cm

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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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