Suspense Robertson Davies The Cunning Man

ISBN 13: 9780140248302

The Cunning Man

3.91 avg rating
( 2,283 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780140248302: The Cunning Man

 “A delight, a novel that travels 70 years of history on its own swift feet, a book of love and wisdom, loss and irony”—The Boston Sunday Globe

When Father Hobbes mysteriously dies at the high alter on Good Friday, Dr. Jonathan Hullah – whose holistic work has earned him the label “Cunning Man” (for the wizard of folk tradition) – wants to know why. The physician-cum-diagnostician’s search for answers compels him to look back over his own long life. He conjures vivid memories of the dazzling, intellectual high jinks and compassionate philosophies of himself and his circle, including flamboyant, mystical curate Charlie Iredale; cynical, quixotic professor Brocky Gilmartin; outrageous banker Darcy Dwyer; and jocular, muscular artist Pansy Todhunter. In compelling and hilarious scenes from the divine comedy of life, The Cunning Man reveals profound truth about being human.

The crowning achievement of “one of the most learned, amusing... accomplished novelists of our time and... of our century.” – The New York Times Book Review

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap:

This novel of a doctor?s life shows Robertson Davies at his elegant and entertaining best.

??Never neglect the charms of narrative for the human heart,? said Mr. Ramsay.? And we are back at Colborne College listening to the history teacher Dunstan Ramsay, the narrator of Fifth Business. In his audience are three close friends, boys whose lives will closely intertwine: Brocky Gilmartin, who will become a distinguished Professor of English at Waverly University; Charlie Iredale, destined to become an Anglican priest; and our narrator, Jonathon Hullah, soon to be a medical man.

?I am an observer,? says Dr. Hullah; like his predecessor in Fifth Business he has gone through a rich life always slightly on the outside, watching, noticing. His power of observation is the quality that makes him an extraordinary doctor. Known as ?The Cunning Man,? he enjoys fame as a diagnostician that attracts even the Governor General, who comes to him with a very personal problem. His skill also makes him a perceptive storyteller and a shrewd chronicler of what he calls ?flat-footed, hard-breathing, high-aspiring Toronto.?

Jonathon Hullah has watched the growth of the city over a lifetime; first as a boy from Northern Ontario at Colborne College, then as an undergraduate, then as a medical student at the University who falls in love both with the stage and with the lovely Nuala Conor. Away on war service in Europe he loses Nuala to his best friend, but returns to the city with a greater desire to settle down and become a doctor with a practice rooted in somewhat unconventional medical beliefs.

When he does, he finds himself thrown into contact with ?the Ladies? ? the two English artists who establish an artistic salon which everyone attends. He also finds himself thrown into the high drama of the feuds at St Aidan?s Anglican Church, which involve his school friend Charlie Iredale, and which culminate in a very suspicious death at the altar.

In the course of Dr. Hullah?s extended memoir, we encounter at least one miraculous cure, and one well-publicised miracle; a Bad Breath Contest of Olympian standards; tales of cannibals and of Tsarist bordellos; an extended visit to Salterton; life in the Canadian army in the Second World War; horror in the London Blitz, a row in the dining room of the York Club; the murder of Dr. Hullah?s godson, Conor Gilmartin; medical solutions to several literary mysteries; and much insight into theatre, art and music (including Miss Annie McGruder?s very own composition ?Let me call you Jesus?), not to mention the secrets of a doctor?s consulting room.

This novel allows Robertson Davies to display his wit (school, he tells us, is ?a form of jail with educational opportunities?) and his wisdom in a novel which, of course, never neglects the charm of narrative for the human heart.

About the Author:

Robertson Davies (1913-1995) had three successive careers during the time he became an internationally acclaimed author: actor, publisher, and, finally, professor at the University of Toronto. The author of twelve novels and several volumes of essays and plays, he was the first Canadian to be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Davies, Robertson
ISBN 10: 0140248307 ISBN 13: 9780140248302
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 1996. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VP-9780140248302

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.60
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Robertson Davies
Published by Penguin Books Australia, Australia (1996)
ISBN 10: 0140248307 ISBN 13: 9780140248302
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Australia, Australia, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. Should I have taken the false teeth? This is what Dr. Jonathan Hullah, a former police surgeon, thinks after he watches Father Hobbes die in front of the High Altar at Toronto s St. Aidan s on the morning of Good Friday. How did the good father die? We do not learn the answer until the last pages of this Case Book of a man s rich and highly observant life. But we learn much more about many things, and especially about Dr. Hullah. From an early age, Jonathan Hullah developed a high degree of cunning in concealing what his true nature might be. And so he kept himself on the outside, watching, noticing, and sniffing, most often in the company of those who bore watching. Among them, flamboyant, mystical curate Charlie Iredale; outrageous banker Darcy Dwyer; cynical, quixotic professor Brocky Gilmartin, whose son Conor, also Hullah s godson, makes a fateful and too brief appearance in Robertson Davies s last novel, Murther Walking Spirits. Hullah also lives in close proximity to Pansy Freake Todhunter, an etcher in Toronto. Indeed he becomes privy to her intimate letters to British sculptor Barbara Hepworth. It is Chips, as she is called, who writes Dame Barbara: The doctor is a bit of a puzzle. Long and cornery and quiet and looks like a horse with a secret sorrow. As the Cunning Man takes us through his own long and ardent life of theatre, art, and music, varied adventures in the Canadian Army during World War II, and the secrets of a doctor s consulting room, his preoccupation is not with sorrow but with the comedic canvas of life. Just as Dr. Hullah practices a type of psychosomatic medicine by which I attempt to bring about changes in the disease syndromes throughlanguage, so does Robertson Davies intertwine language and story, as perhaps never before, to offer us profound truths about being human. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780140248302

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.21
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Davies, Robertson
ISBN 10: 0140248307 ISBN 13: 9780140248302
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 1996. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780140248302

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.47
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Robertson Davies
Published by Penguin Books Australia, Australia (1996)
ISBN 10: 0140248307 ISBN 13: 9780140248302
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Australia, Australia, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. Should I have taken the false teeth? This is what Dr. Jonathan Hullah, a former police surgeon, thinks after he watches Father Hobbes die in front of the High Altar at Toronto s St. Aidan s on the morning of Good Friday. How did the good father die? We do not learn the answer until the last pages of this Case Book of a man s rich and highly observant life. But we learn much more about many things, and especially about Dr. Hullah. From an early age, Jonathan Hullah developed a high degree of cunning in concealing what his true nature might be. And so he kept himself on the outside, watching, noticing, and sniffing, most often in the company of those who bore watching. Among them, flamboyant, mystical curate Charlie Iredale; outrageous banker Darcy Dwyer; cynical, quixotic professor Brocky Gilmartin, whose son Conor, also Hullah s godson, makes a fateful and too brief appearance in Robertson Davies s last novel, Murther Walking Spirits. Hullah also lives in close proximity to Pansy Freake Todhunter, an etcher in Toronto. Indeed he becomes privy to her intimate letters to British sculptor Barbara Hepworth. It is Chips, as she is called, who writes Dame Barbara: The doctor is a bit of a puzzle. Long and cornery and quiet and looks like a horse with a secret sorrow. As the Cunning Man takes us through his own long and ardent life of theatre, art, and music, varied adventures in the Canadian Army during World War II, and the secrets of a doctor s consulting room, his preoccupation is not with sorrow but with the comedic canvas of life. Just as Dr. Hullah practices a type of psychosomatic medicine by which I attempt to bring about changes in the disease syndromes throughlanguage, so does Robertson Davies intertwine language and story, as perhaps never before, to offer us profound truths about being human. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780140248302

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.92
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Robertson Davies
Published by Penguin Books Australia, Australia (1996)
ISBN 10: 0140248307 ISBN 13: 9780140248302
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Australia, Australia, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. Should I have taken the false teeth? This is what Dr. Jonathan Hullah, a former police surgeon, thinks after he watches Father Hobbes die in front of the High Altar at Toronto s St. Aidan s on the morning of Good Friday. How did the good father die? We do not learn the answer until the last pages of this Case Book of a man s rich and highly observant life. But we learn much more about many things, and especially about Dr. Hullah. From an early age, Jonathan Hullah developed a high degree of cunning in concealing what his true nature might be. And so he kept himself on the outside, watching, noticing, and sniffing, most often in the company of those who bore watching. Among them, flamboyant, mystical curate Charlie Iredale; outrageous banker Darcy Dwyer; cynical, quixotic professor Brocky Gilmartin, whose son Conor, also Hullah s godson, makes a fateful and too brief appearance in Robertson Davies s last novel, Murther Walking Spirits. Hullah also lives in close proximity to Pansy Freake Todhunter, an etcher in Toronto. Indeed he becomes privy to her intimate letters to British sculptor Barbara Hepworth. It is Chips, as she is called, who writes Dame Barbara: The doctor is a bit of a puzzle. Long and cornery and quiet and looks like a horse with a secret sorrow. As the Cunning Man takes us through his own long and ardent life of theatre, art, and music, varied adventures in the Canadian Army during World War II, and the secrets of a doctor s consulting room, his preoccupation is not with sorrow but with the comedic canvas of life. Just as Dr. Hullah practices a type of psychosomatic medicine by which I attempt to bring about changes in the disease syndromes throughlanguage, so does Robertson Davies intertwine language and story, as perhaps never before, to offer us profound truths about being human. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780140248302

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Davies, Robertson
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0140248307 ISBN 13: 9780140248302
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0140248307 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI2132207288

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Davies, Robertson
Published by Penguin Books (1996)
ISBN 10: 0140248307 ISBN 13: 9780140248302
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # 0140248307

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.63
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Davies, Robertson
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0140248307 ISBN 13: 9780140248302
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Qwestbooks COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0140248307. Bookseller Inventory # Z0140248307ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.39
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Robertson Davies
Published by Penguin Books (1996)
ISBN 10: 0140248307 ISBN 13: 9780140248302
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Published in Penguin Books 1996. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140248307

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.21
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Robertson Davies
ISBN 10: 0140248307 ISBN 13: 9780140248302
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. Should I have taken the false teeth? This is what Dr. Jonathan Hullah, a former police surgeon, thinks after he watches Father Hobbes die in front of the High Altar at Toronto's St. Aidan'.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 480 pages. 0.386. Bookseller Inventory # 9780140248302

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 23.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book