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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (692 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: September 2009 ISBN: 9781455173075
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An amateur production of The Tempest provides a colorful backdrop for a hilarious look at unrequited love. Mathematics teacher Hector Mackilwraith, stirred and troubled by Shakespeare’s play, falls in love with the beautiful heiress Griselda Webster. When Griselda shows she has plans of her own, Hector despairs on the play’s opening night.

Weaving a tapestry of wonderfully developed characters, smoldering rivalries, and witty satire, Robertson Davies introduces the first book in the Salterton trilogy—a modern classic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “High comedy with a spice of satire to give it savor.”

    Montreal Gazette

  • “An exercise in puckish persiflage.”

    Toronto Star

  • “Hilarious, satirical, witty, and clever.”

    Edmonton Journal

  • “[Davies’] characters fascinate, and his gentle, graceful style makes no demands on the reader. His civilized prose should read well aloud—indeed, Davidson helps one hear its strengths. He provides an intelligent, expressive, well-paced rendering of the narrative…as well as vivid impersonations of the characters.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 2/19/2014

    " What a disappointment. Unlike the other Robertson Davies books I've read (two other trilogies & one other novel), I found this superficial & boring. I will not finish the trilogy (the Salterton Trilogy). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry | 2/3/2014

    " Just great fun. The characters are so well drawn, i wish I hadn't already read the final book in the trilogy as it spoiled it to a small degree knowing how some of the characters would be developed. He was such a great story-teller and he read his fellow Canadians so very well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/14/2014

    " Old World writing in the best sense from an author unafraid of high-flying grammar and proper syntax. The wry wit and attention to character, the humanity underscoring even the most unattractive characters, result in a story that is Dickensian in everything but length. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/14/2014

    " Entertaining but seems dated. I am interested enough to try to read the next one in the trilogy tho. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri-lee | 1/14/2014

    " This is a much lighter topic than the Deptford Trilogy and I am quite enjoying it. It is interesting the breadth of Davies' writing. Nicely done, Sir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 María | 12/25/2013

    " Un descubrimiento divertido. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shadallark | 12/8/2013

    " Robertson Davies continues to weave stories with well developed and fully believable characters. This was an enjoyable story that moved along pleasantly from start to finish blending the pasts and present times of characters very smoothly and comfortably. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ibis3 | 12/4/2013

    " Good first effort by Robertson Davies! Humourous, thought-provoking, and filled with great characters. Looking forward to the rest of the trilogy. For more, read my blog post at Reader of the Stack. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.J. | 8/19/2013

    " Hard to believe that this book was published sixty years ago. It's timeless in its portrayal of human frailties, hopes and fears. A novel to savour and wallow in, like a hot bath. Wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 11/22/2012

    " Loved the character development - all characters were vividly drawn. The description of the champagne-producing Freddie made me want to see a book all about her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Athos | 10/3/2012

    " Reading Robertson Davies is like being at the circus or watching a play in which your own sense of high drama and the ridiculous is surpassed beyond all expectations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 7/21/2012

    " Having grown up in a community-theatre family, I enjoyed this novel about a small Canadian town's pastoral production of Shakespeare very much. Davies good-naturedly (and accurately) lampoons the world of amateur theatre. Not in the same league with the Deptford Trilogy, but a charming story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 6/29/2012

    " I was a bit concerned when I found out I had read the second book of the "Salterton Trilogy," "Leaven of Malice" before this one, but honestly, some moments of this book are far more entertaining when you know what's going to happen to the characters later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 2/8/2012

    " An early work of Davies', nothing really happens in this first book of the Salterton trilogy. However, the characters are terrific and you can't help feeling emotion toward them as you would real people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriel | 12/26/2011

    " Certainly not his best, but still very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gordon | 7/30/2011

    " Funniest thing of his I've read so far ... and a sympathetic exploration of human beings to boot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 7/6/2011

    " An old fashioned comedy of manners and morals. Everyone is a fool, and no one is a fool. Not one of Robertson Davies' best, but still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 7/5/2011

    " Had to read it in college, reread it a couple years ago and still thought it was hilarious. I think the characters are just so well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 3/9/2011

    " Outstanding Wordsmith and so ,so, much relief from the drudge of Joyce.

    "Money its often said, does not bring happiness;it must be added however,
    that it makes it possible to support unhappiness with exemplary fortitude."
    Now where did i put those lottery tickets? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 11/1/2010

    " Old World writing in the best sense from an author unafraid of high-flying grammar and proper syntax. The wry wit and attention to character, the humanity underscoring even the most unattractive characters, result in a story that is Dickensian in everything but length. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 10/6/2009

    " Entertaining but seems dated. I am interested enough to try to read the next one in the trilogy tho. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 9/13/2009

    " An old fashioned comedy of manners and morals. Everyone is a fool, and no one is a fool. Not one of Robertson Davies' best, but still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 5/5/2009

    " I was a bit concerned when I found out I had read the second book of the "Salterton Trilogy," "Leaven of Malice" before this one, but honestly, some moments of this book are far more entertaining when you know what's going to happen to the characters later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriel | 2/15/2009

    " Certainly not his best, but still very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 6/13/2008

    " Had to read it in college, reread it a couple years ago and still thought it was hilarious. I think the characters are just so well written. "

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About the Author
Author Robertson Davies

Robertson Davies (1913–1995) was an internationally acclaimed author, actor, publisher, and, finally, professor at the University of Toronto. The author of twelve novels and several volumes of essays and plays, he was the first Canadian to be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.