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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (673 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robertson Davies Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Salterton Trilogy Release Date:
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The following announcement appeared in the Salterton Evening Bellman: “Professor and Mrs. Walter Vambrace are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Pearl Veronica, to Solomon Bridgetower, Esq., son of…” Although the malice that prompted the insertion of this false engagement notice was aimed at three people only—Solly Bridgetower, a junior instructor in English at Waverly University; Pearl Vambrace, the subdued daughter of a domineering professor; and Gloster Ridley, the anxiety-ridden editor of the Evening Bellman—the leaven of malice will change permanently, for good or ill, the lives of many of the citizens of Salterton.

In the second book of the Salterton Trilogy, Robertson Davies jumps at the opportunity this situation provides to create memorable characters and lasting impressions.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “His writing is full of zest, wit, and urbanity. The soundness of his moral is apparent. The leaven of malice grows, and swells, and sooner or later touches all of us.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The reader will find it a riot—engrossing from opening prank to final curtain.”

    Toronto Star

  • Leaven of Malice is leaven of sheer delight.” 

    Globe and Mail

  • Winner of the 1955 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humor

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joy | 1/3/2014

    " The second book in the Salterton trilogy. I think it's a bit funnier than the first one, Tempest-Tost, though my memories of that are admittedly dim. I'm not in any rush to read the next book, though; it's a pleasure I'm happy to save for later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Adam | 12/29/2013

    " This is far from Davies' best work (for that, pick up Fifth Business and the rest of the Deptford Trilogy), and much of the humor is in the parlor comedy style, which rings a bit quaint today. Still, as a newspaper man, I loved all the comedy he found in newspaper editors, writers and readers. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kara | 12/28/2013

    " College is over, I couldn't get through this one. Too complicated, not enough plot for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ken Ludwig | 12/8/2013

    " One of best comic novels of the 20th Century. "

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