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September 28, 2009


Oh, I have Roberstson's "Fifth Business" on our shelves. I don't remember when and how I got it, it's been decades since I read it. Now you inspire me to re-read it, and the other two in the trilogy that I don't think I ever did get to. More for the long to-read list that never gets any shorter for lack of time on my part. I think I may have to retire to a tiny apartment and spend my days only reading!

Well now, Beth, Robertson Davies is astonishing
and The Deptford Trilogy is to me
his best

I envy you the "first read"
though having so recently reread it
and found it as rich and fertile a Tale as it was
the first time
I'm not dying
of envy

enjoy enjoy

Oh my goodness ... when I lived in Vancouver, some decades ago, I read most of Robertson Davies' work, and now I can't recall a single one!

You have inspired me to start my own book list.

I read the first part two years ago and while I admired the writing greatly, I knew I probably wouldn't be able to get through the other two. Many, many layers and lots and lots of details that got me dizzy. But, oh, the writing!

I just lent the first one to my father in law next door. And I have all of Davis on my favorites shelf. I don't even remember how I found him. I could list a few other Frozen North favorites we love here. Why don't you start a Beloved Books lists and I will go over my shelves and contribute. I don't tend to keep all of my books anymore but anything I might enjoy re-reading I do keep.

Between my sister and me we have all of Davies on our shelves. And I re-read them every several years. The layers and layers that make for richness also make them last, I think. I find new things with each rereading.

And I like the idea of a Beloved Books list. For me it'd be easy; I've kept ONLY the ones I am likely to reread. I just had to get out from under that load a few years ago, and books [plus record albums] are the heaviest boxfuls in the moving process.


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