Ocean Hermit – sailing, solitude and stories

My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.

* Are you responsible for your own life?

Are you responsible for how your life turns out or is it decided before you’re born? That’s the intriguing, and ancient, question Canadian author Robertson Davies asks in his famous novel Fifth Business. A boy puts a stone inside a snowball and hurls it at his friend. He ducks and the lethal snowball hits a pregnant passer-by who gives birth to a premature baby boy.  Of the three boys, one becomes a wealthy businessman, another a priest and university teacher, and the third a Houdini-type escape artist.  Which boy became which adult? The puzzle is an entertaining and engrossing read.  And what of the influence of other people on our lives — the theatrical Fifth Business of the novel’s title. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies was first published in 1970.

buy now: Fifth Business (Penguin Classics)


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This entry was posted on January 18, 2010 by in Books/Language and tagged , , , , .
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