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Currently reading

Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature
Margaret Atwood
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals
Robert M. Pirsig
Simulacra and Simulation (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)
Jean Baudrillard, Sheila Faria Glaser
Leaven of Malice
Robertson Davies
The Salterton Trilogy
Robertson Davies
Effi Briest (Penguin Classics)
Theodor Fontane
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Cases And Materials On The Law Of Torts
Robert M. Solomon
Public Law : Cases Materials and Commentary
Philip Bryden, Craik, Neil, Craig Forcese, Forcese, Craig
A Property Law Reader
Bruce H. Ziff
The Manticore - Robertson Davies, Michael Dirda After the brilliance of Fifth Business, The Manticore was a bit of a struggle. Granted, I wasn't really expecting a Jason Bourne-style murder mystery, but I wasn't totally prepared for a month-long Jungian psychotherapy session in Switzerland either.

Robertson Davies proves once again his masterful ability to take the mundane and spin it into something far more compelling than anyone could imagine. While Fifth Business chronicled Dunstan Ramsay's unique experiences, The Manticore focuses on the son of Dunstan's friend Boy Staunton. For me, the plot took a back seat to the novel's psychological overtones; however, I'm no expert in the field, so I imagine I missed quite a bit of information of consequence. The Manticore really requires repeated readings to fully grasp what the Manticore means to David, but the plot meshes well with Fifth Business, meaning you don't have to be a psych graduate student to enjoy the novel.

I hope to reread The Manticore soon and perhaps even increase its rating to 5 stars. Bravo once again to Robertson Davies.