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The Manticore Reader’s Guide

In this follow-up to “Fifth Business,” the main character, David Staunton, tells his therapist: The second of Davies’s Deptford trilogy picks up more or less at the end of Fifth Business but shifts focus to David Staunton, who narrates his own life story across most of the volume, as he undergoes Jungian psychoanalysis. You thinkers drive me to shake you up” p.

By the end of the day, David can put into words what has happened to him davjes the time in the cave, that he has been “renewed – yes, and it seemed to me reborn, by the terror of the cave and the great promise [Liesl] had made to me” p. Jung and others London: Ramsay was certainly not always sympathetic, but David roberhson downright unpleasant: The modern hero is the man who conquers in the inner struggle Davies’ cast of characters are all far too self-aware.

All of this is unfortunate because when David finally shuts up – that is, when he simply tells his life story – the book is far more interesting.


It is the middle book of the Deptford Trilogya masterpiece of quirky details and great flawed characters. World of Wonders The Deptford Trilogy. I’ll love you” p.

But I must assure you that there is nothing personal about it” p. Davies is quite skilled at unsentimental, complex characterization, and this is a novel almost entirely of characterization, lacking as it does the plot focus of its predecessor.


Judy is also an Anima figure for David, but he has not yet recovered this projection, a necessary task before he can be in a proper relationship to his Anima: Ramsay is amusingly portrayed as the somewhat eccentric schoolmaster as seen by a child who may also share a deeper relationship with the child robsrtson either of them would want to admit.

The killing of the monster is part of the hero’s lift-pattern, sometimes called the hero-journey, “the way of life [which] passes through death.

Click here to learn more about this month’s sponsor! And so when I realized that this book is also totally steeped in it, I got a little nervous. Furthermore, Pargetter is a bachelor with apparently little use for women; David himself admits that Pargetter may have had something to do with his rejection of sex.

The Manticore by Robertson Davies – Reading Guide – : Books

But it is further intended to “educate” his weak emotional side, just as her explanation of the theory of analytic process is designed to take advantage of his highly-developed “thinking function” in order to facilitate the work of daviex analysis.

Somehow, even though the entire first two-thirds of this book consists of a guy talking to his analyst, it still never felt anywhere near as heavy-handed as Steppenwolf did to me. He is a positive and rather appealing figure, and David manticote no difficulty in accepting his presence or his significance, although he is at first surprised: So, start with Fifth Business before you pick this book up.

This book was mentioned as a good way to understand the undergoing of Jungian analysis. This anamnesis, however, raises but does not resolve two closely interrelated problems of David’s life: I have to admit that I find Jung’s psychology more appealing than Freud’s, as much as I find any psychology appealing which is not very.


She also reassures David, “I am not going to do anything to you. David Staunton, poor little rich boy, the thrower of that fateful snowball, a boy impressed by his rich father for the wrong reasons.

The Manticore (The Deptford Trilogy, #2) by Robertson Davies

David Staunton thus emerges as more of a Gnostic than a brooding analysand trying to get through a mid-life crisis by solving the riddle of his father’s death. They in essence become more fully human, not to mention subtly transformed, from their first roberrson to us. He distrusts dream interpretation: David is in Zurich to consult a Jungian analyst about life, death, power, symbols. The same note is repeated in David’s response to davvies presence of Dr.

His novels are now timeless classics studied in university and college literature courses across the world.

I understand why Davies chose to depart from the voice of Ramsay in this book, and David is a competent replacement—but he’s not Ramsay. That it should make its appearance under the control of the Anima is significant in two ways.

There will be lions in the way. David’s ignorance of Jung – “Of the Jungians I knew nothing” p. In fact, although Dr.

The realism is further emphasized by David’s disappointment at the ordinariness of things. I did not lose consciousness” p.