The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks

The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks In this collection of his newspaper pieces mostly from the late Forties Davies introduces us to his alter ego a mildly irascible curmudgeon whose opinions and observations have been so popular in C

  • Title: The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks
  • Author: Robertson Davies
  • ISBN: 9780140097719
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this collection of his newspaper pieces, mostly from the late Forties, Davies introduces us to his alter ego, a mildly irascible curmudgeon whose opinions and observations have been so popular in Canada that three volumes of his columns have been published there The Diary , The Table Talk , and The Garland of Miscellania Davies has re edited them to produce a single vIn this collection of his newspaper pieces, mostly from the late Forties, Davies introduces us to his alter ego, a mildly irascible curmudgeon whose opinions and observations have been so popular in Canada that three volumes of his columns have been published there The Diary , The Table Talk , and The Garland of Miscellania Davies has re edited them to produce a single volume and in the prefatory A Drink with Marchbanks even given us his own view of the journalist he created A pleasant entertainment covering such diverse topics as politics, theater, and manners, this volume offers a humorous and insightful picture of postwar Canadian life as seen through the eyes of a delightful eccentric who reminds this reader of a boozeless W C Fields.

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    1 thought on “The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks”

    1. As Tony suggested, I found quite the companion in old Sam, one of the last "true" New Englanders who still does battle with the stove in his basement, and views the world with irony and honesty all at once. I still need to return it to the library -__-

    2. I have enjoyed many of his books, but this one was amazingly boring. Maybe you have to be a Canadian of a certain age to get it.

    3. This is another 3.5 stars.I really enjoyed it, a lot. It's basically just Robertson Davies being random, and making silly observations under the guise of Samuel Marchbanks. It's definitely funny, definitely worth reading. But there's nothing really memorable. I have general impressions, but no specifics. For one, it's not a continuous narraitive. It's diary entries, then random digressions on subjects, then random and often-unrelated samples of correspondence. Which is fun, but I was in no way e [...]

    4. I am unrestrained in my admiration for this book. The book itself is a collection of letters, diary entries, and fragments of table talk which were written ,and in the case of the table talk spoken by Davies alter ego Samuel Marchbanks. It is a book to read straight through but it is also one to dip into. Here is a favorite passage of mine"Saw also a toy train big enough to pull children and a few adults. Would fain have had a ride on it, but I had no child with me, and feared that I might excit [...]

    5. This is a compiliation of 3 books by Samuel Marchbanks (Robertson Davies' alter ego - Davies actually wrote a column for a Toronto newspaper in the forties under this pseudonym), and edited by Roberson Davies: The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks, The Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks, and The Letters of Samuel Marchbanks. If you enjoy curmudgeonly observations of life, you'll love this. I feel like I know Marchbanks and would love to visit Marchbanks Towers for a glass of lemonade on the front porch so [...]

    6. I have dipped back into this book again and again. This is a collection of brief essays published in a Canadian newspaper probably back in the 1950s or so. I find them charming, low-key, humorous and reflective of the character of Samuel Marchbanks, who comes off as a bit crotchety fellow when confronted with the dim, unable to meet the demands of daily life (including wrestling with his coal-fired furnace). I love Davies' novels, but I found this book first in a second-hand bin and bought it on [...]

    7. Samuel Marchbanks, an alter ego of famed Canadian writer Davies, displays the full range of his wit, humor, curmudgeonliness, unreasonableness and charm in this collection of several earlier published books. Many people prefer Davies' novels; I like him in small snippets. This would be an ideal bed book if its size and weight weren't so hard on the wrists.

    8. Funny stuff. I read the 'Garland' in conjunction with 'Samuel Marchbanks' Almanack' since it is excerpt from that with editorial commentary. The 'Garland' makes better reading in the 'Almanack' following the Zodiac signs. :) I have to say that 'Diary' and 'Table Talk' had many more laugh out loud parts though.

    9. An oldie but a goodie. I have read this over and over and it is still delightful. I love the fiction that the author and the character are not the same I enjoy the insights into Canada of the 40s and 50s and I adore his curmudgeonly persona.

    10. Laughed myself silly over this extensive collection of diary entries from Marchbanks, the alter ego of Davies. Many years ago when the author was at UCLA for a signing he read a few of these. Quite funny, probably due to fact that Davies had such strong theatrical experience.

    11. Read in my desperate effort to find more Robertson Davies to imbibe once his death made it obvious that there would be no more novels and trilogies, this collection of articles and columns he had written under his Samuel Marchbanks persona: cantankerous and funny, funny,funny!

    12. Fun bits on everything from Historical Novels to Snow Removal. Dry and funny. Probably not the place to start with Davies

    13. Hillarous commentary of on Canadian Life.If this man doesn't make you laugh at least he will enrich your vocabulary.

    14. One of my perennial re-reads. I like to take a nip or two from this book before bed. Not all of it has aged well, but overall, a fantastic read.

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