From an early age, Jonathan Hullah developed a€ua high degree of cunninga€ in concealing what his true nature might be. He kept himself on the outside, watching and noticing, most often in the company of those who bore watching. As the cunning man takes us through his own long and ardent life, chronicling his varied adventures in the worlds of theatre, art, and music, in the Canadian Army during World War II, and in the doctor's consulting room, his preoccupation is not with sorrow but with the comedic canvas of life. Robertson Davies intertwines language and story, as perhaps never before, to offer us profound truths about being human.
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"Admirers of the late actor James Mason will delight in the narrative gifts of Frederick Davidson, who also projects a delicious irony in the instrument of his voice. And what better material to give expression to that talent than Robertson Davies's, Canada's most prodigious ironist. THE CUNNING MAN is dense, difficult material full of Davies's usual digressions and narrative complications. But Davidson's reading never flags. He remains buoyant and wry throughout, a witty companion to have on a long journey. The book's protagonist, Jonathan Hullah, shares those qualities himself as he recounts his life as a Canadian physician with a large appetite for the mysterious, the miraculous, the spiritual and, most particularly, the ironic. M.O. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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