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Partly an exploration of the psychology of Jung a The Manticore begins by betraying us.

Around this central daviea, Robertson Davies spins a story, or rather a multitude of stories, that illuminate the human condition with uncommon brilliance. He is a positive and rather appealing figure, and David has no difficulty in accepting his presence or his significance, although he is at first surprised: The Manticore Robertson Davies book reviews: Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. And it should never be forgotten that they made the inward journey while they were working like galley-slaves at their daily tasks, considering other people’s troubles, robertxon families, living full lives.

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According to the Introduction, Davies has the process of Jungian analysis down pretty well, though he never underwent analysis himself. The cleverly presented autobiography of David Staunton.

This is one of the few times where a character is actually allowed to be an archetype rather than a three-dimensional person. I imagine alone the subject might be rather dry, whereas this is a kind of “case study” that provides robertso suitable material.


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However, he was very well read in terms of Carl Jung. David is also no Dunstan Ramsay.

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. David realizes what has happened to him. I have known her since she was a child.

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I look forward to seeing what happens in the concluding volume. Open Preview See a Problem?

Johanna’s Comedy Company of the Psyche. But the ambivalence of robertxon author’s attitude is made visible by the device of constantly undercutting the analytic process by means of the narrator’s responses and criticisms of it in the course of listening to his analyst’s exposition of the theory and of undergoing that theory in practice.

manticord This ambivalence is developed in a number of ways. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The Viking Press, Jan 08, Victor Sonkin rated it really liked it Shelves: This anamnesis, however, raises but does not resolve two closely interrelated problems of David’s life: He illustrates another of the unusual features of David’s analysis because he appears quite late in David’s development: Lists with This Book.

She also reassures David, “I am not going to do anything to you. Maticore is quite skilled at unsentimental, complex characterization, and this is a novel almost entirely of characterization, lacking a 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.

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I took the manticore to be a symbol of his raw and largely unexplored inner feeling state and his unmet shadow, the sting of an awakening to come. The only pointers to its importance in the section are that it is the eponymous figure of the novel as a whole and that we are explicitly told that “the Unconscious chooses its symbolism with breath-taking artistic virtuosity” p.

robertaon The only way he can really learn to feel is by feeling – that is, by being so overwhelmed by rogertson that he is willing to abandon thought and common sense altogether and trust his feeling as a mode of functioning. Martin, 20 Augustin The Letters of C. Shaking up this particular thinker involves demolishing his reliance on “common sense. As he seeks help through therapy, he encounters a wonderful cast of characters who help connect him to his past and the death of his father.

The theory of functions has to be introduced for the same double reason: There is, as Goethe puts it in Faust, an ‘untrodden, untreadable’ region whose precincts cannot and should not be entered by force; a destiny which will brook no human intervention.

The Manticore —the second book in the series after Fifth Business —follows David Staunton, a man pleased with his success but haunted by his relationship with his larger-than-life father.