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Fifth Business is a 1970 novel by Canadian playwright, critic, journalist, and professor Robertson Davies. It is the first instalment of the Deptford Trilogy and is a story of the life of the narrator, Dunstan Ramsay. It is Davies' best-known novel and has been called his finest.

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Ramsay is a man twice born, a man who has returned from the hell of the battle-grave at Passchendaele in World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross and destined to be caught in a no man's land where memory, history, and myth collide. As Ramsay tells his story, it begins to seem that from boyhood, he has exerted a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious, influence on those around him. His apparently innocent involvement in such innocuous events as the throwing of a snowball or the teaching of card tricks to a small boy in the end prove neither innocent nor innocuous. Fifth Business stands alone as a remarkable story told by a rational man who discovers that the marvelous is only another aspect of the real.
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interesting choice - looking forward to making the aquaintance of "slipstream" fiction (thanks wikipedia )
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interesting choice - looking forward to making the aquaintance of "slipstream" fiction (thanks wikipedia )
Likewise! Not a clue about the book or the author, but I am really looking forward to being educated! Will post feedback online as usual. Have a great week!
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Re: Zurich Book Club - Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

It turns out I did not have enough time to read the book. How was the meeting? I have my copy though, I might read it this weekend as I will be in San Diego, CA with my feet in the sand for a long-awaited break!
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We had a very fruitful and focussed discussion - a remarkable book which I will cherish for a long a time to come. I have definitely added Canada (which I felt very ignorant about) to my personal geography.

We decided, though, that until more people join again, we will "go private" since it seems too much of an effort to organise official meetings and it works quite well with small numbers, too. Please PM me or CDN_lake for details of book choice, venue etc. if interested.
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We had a very fruitful and focussed discussion - a remarkable book which I will cherish for a long a time to come. I have definitely added Canada (which I felt very ignorant about) to my personal geography.

We decided, though, that until more people join again, we will "go private" since it seems too much of an effort to organise official meetings and it works quite well with small numbers, too. Please PM me or CDN_lake for details of book choice, venue etc. if interested.
Sorry to miss! I will add it to the list of things to read... We're moving back to the US and life is a little crazy, but I always need books Will miss our discussions!
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Re: Zurich Book Club - Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

Ahhh, so much loss! I actually read the book and was ready to join, but I missed the fact that the location changed and found it out only when I came back home after spending somewhat uncomfortable 20 min in Stall 6...
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Thanks for your valuable and continued contribution to the Book Club Anowheels, and all the best for a smooth move back!

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Sorry about that, bluecherry! It's always good to subscribe to the thread or to check for last minute changes. Have already PMed you for the future meetings

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Sorry to miss! I will add it to the list of things to read... We're moving back to the US and life is a little crazy, but I always need books Will miss our discussions!
Where are you moving to? Anywhere near here? (PM is fine if you want to share). Best of luck with the transition!
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Re: Zurich Book Club - Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

As a great fan of Abraham Lincoln I love your new avatar, BokerTov
I would be curious to know what book is on your bedside table right now??

On mine ist Kafkas "Trial", which seemed the natural choice after Camus "The Plague". Not a disappointment!

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As a great fan of Abraham Lincoln I love your new avatar, BokerTov
I would be curious to know what book is on your bedside table right now??

On mine ist Kafkas "Trial", which seemed the natural choice after Camus "The Plague". Not a disappointment!
I have three.

First: "Il Matematico Impertinente" (The Impertinent Mathematician) by Odifreddi. I agree with some of his views, but I am distant thousands of miles from others, and yet, it is very refreshing to read rational, sound arguments even for ideas I disagree with.

Second: "Winter of the World" by Ken Follett. Yes, I got suckered in by the first book of the trilogy over the Christmas holidays (thanks, mom!) got attached to the characters, and felt the compelling need to read book 2 above. Plus, it's a good read for when I fly (frequently). So yes, rather than my bedside book, it's my airplane book!

Third: "Living History" by Hillary Rodham Clinton, not started yet. I am and have long been a huge fan of Mrs. C and I am lookig forward to starting this book.
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I have three.

it is very refreshing to read rational, sound arguments even for ideas I disagree with.
Very well said!

Let's say that Kafka is my "bus book" rather than my bedside table book, which is terribly frustrating because the trips are much shorter and hectic than by plane... but I find it a bit too "dark" to read at night. Also due to the onirical structure of "The Trial" I'm afraid if I read it at night I will be dreaming about poor K.s plight every night...

I quite admire you for the non fiction. I find it difficult to get to the end of biographies, historical or political essays etc., even if I admire the author (which doesn't include Mrs Clinton, I'm afraid).
I've been wishing for ages to finish another "bus book": Richard Dawkins "The God Delusion". Some parts are really entertaining and brilliant, but still, I need to concentrate too much... probably I'm just lazy!
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Re: Zurich Book Club - Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

Wow, so cool there is a book club.

I'd love to come along to the next meeting, is it open for anybody to join?

Being a massive bookworm and at the same time looking to meet some new friends here in Switzerland, it sounds great
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Re: Zurich Book Club - Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

Is someone still running a Zurich Book Club?
Not for me (too busy with other projects) but a very interesting discussion partner is looking for a book club. Any suggestions, please?
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Is someone still running a Zurich Book Club?
Not for me (too busy with other projects) but a very interesting discussion partner is looking for a book club. Any suggestions, please?
I'm only aware of Zurich Book Swap, they usually meet on Fridays. There is one book club listed on the meetup website I think, though I'm not a member of it.
In the meantime, there's a virtual book club (a social experiment) going on, in case he/she is also interested in participating.
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Re: Zurich Book Club - Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

There's two that I know of:
1. Meetup:https://www.meetup.com/zurichbookclub/events/233427784/

2. Internations:https://www.internations.org/activit...?ref=gro_yg_ti

I might organise one myself and will post here when I do.
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