Robertson Davies: A Portrait in Mosaic by Val Ross

By Val Ross

National bestseller and a Globe and Mail top booklet

A attention-grabbing, larger-than-life personality, Davies left a treasure trove of reports approximately him while he died in 1995 — expertly prepared right here right into a revealing portrait.

From his pupil days onward, Robertson Davies made an enormous influence on these round him. He used to be so truly certain for a wonderful destiny that a few younger acquaintances even conscientiously preserved his letters. and everybody remembered their encounters with him.

Later in lifestyles, as a world-famous author, might be Canada’s pre-eminent guy of letters (who “looked like Jehovah”), he attracted humans wanting to meet him, who additionally vividly remembered their conferences. So while Val Ross set out looking for people’s stories, she used to be confronted with an excellent embarrassment of riches.
The 100 or so individuals right here diversity very extensively. There are family members stories, in fact, and stories from colleagues within the educational international who knew him as a professor and the founding grasp of Massey collage on the college of Toronto.

Predictably, there are different significant writers like Margaret Atwood and John Irving. much less predictably, there are humans from the realm of Hollywood, resembling Norman Jewison and David Cronenberg (who recollects Davies on-set, peering via a digital camera lens as he researched his most up-to-date novel). And we even listen from his barber, and from his gardener, Theo Henkenhaf.

Some audio system give a contribution only a energetic paragraph; others a number of pages. but them all, throughout the magic of Val Ross’s paintings, support to create an fascinating, full-colour portrait of a posh guy cherished by way of hundreds of thousands of readers round the world.

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