Robertson Davies

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What's with some of these clip art covers? I guess it is a picture of RD himself, but still kind of cheesy.

Working in the POLL Mine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 21 May 2021 16:21 (four months ago) link

I acted in a production of Hunting Stuart about 20 years ago; it was surprising how lively his dialogue was onstage, even with amateur actors, when it seems so baroque on the page.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 21 May 2021 16:24 (four months ago) link

The whiff of 'the stage' and what the Greeks called 'the smell of the lamp' does pervade his books. My early life as a high school theater nerd and subsequent rejection of that niche probably accounts for my general lack of delight in his otherwise very well devised novels. When I read him, I can see what a good writer and storyteller he is, but what ought to excite me about him fails to connect on any visceral level and on the intellectual level I resist him.

I like his essays much better.

What's It All About, Althea? (Aimless), Friday, 21 May 2021 17:41 (four months ago) link

Not to mention the roar of the greasepaint.

Working in the POLL Mine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 21 May 2021 19:17 (four months ago) link

Hah! V pleased w/ this revive - just yesterday I was literally blowing the dust off a pile of books and on top, requiring a wet wipe, was my (unread) copy of the The Cornish Trilogy and I was thinking, "Am I ever going to read this fucking thing? Does anybody in the world give a shit about Robertson Davies now?'

I think I have it because Burgess included it in his mad 99 Novels list, where he concludes that RD is 'prime Nobel Prize material'! But now I want to read him after looking through this thread

Ward Fowler, Friday, 21 May 2021 19:41 (four months ago) link

I loved the Cornish and Deptford trilogies. I came to Davies through 99 Novels as well, was led to a lot of good reading by that book.

In my house are many Manchins (WmC), Friday, 21 May 2021 19:46 (four months ago) link

Yeah, that is a lot of fun, 99 Novels.

Working in the POLL Mine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 21 May 2021 20:11 (four months ago) link


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