The Cunning Man: A Novel

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When Father Hobbes mysteriously dies at the high altar on Good Friday, Dr Jonathan Hullah - whose holistic ideas have earned him the soubriquet 'cunning man' - wants to know why. But it is only through looking back at his own long life that answers are forthcoming. He recalls the dazzling intellectual high jinks of his circle of friends, from the High Church homosexual Darcy Dwyer (an expert on the theory of sin) to the curious occurrence of the Coburg Social Parlour's Seventh Annual Bad Breath Contest. Compelling and hilarious, The Cunning Man is a profound exploration of what it means to be an actor in the divine comedy of life.

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"Canada's leading man of letters and literary virtuoso" (Chicago Tribune) crowns an astonishing literary career with a new novel in the spirit of hi s bestselling What's Bred in the Bone. A mysterious death prologues a rich and meaty saga, narrated by Dr. Jonathan Hullah, which looks back over a long life punctuated by the dazzling intellectual highjinks and compassionate philosophies of Hullah and his circle.

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Irresistible, unflaggingly vital. A wholehearted and sharp-minded celebration of the Great Theatre of Life ( Sunday Times)

A novel brimming with themes of music, poetry, beauty, philosophy, death and the deep recesses of the mind ( Observer)

An amazing coup. Davies has written a brilliant, never less than engaging work of fiction which is also a philosophical meditation on the business of living. I have not read anything so good in a very long time ( Financial Times)

A wise, humane and consistently entertaining novel ( New York Times Book Review)

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Book Description Penguin Books Australia, Australia, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 196 x 127 mm. 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 # AAC9780140248302

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