Fifth Business is a 1970 novel by Canadian playwright, critic, journalist, and professor Robertson Davies. It is the first instalment of the Deptford Trilogy and is a story of the life of the narrator, Dunstan Ramsay. He spends much of the book struggling with his image of Mary Dempster as a fool-saint and dealing with issues of guilt that grew from a childhood accident. The entire story is told in the form of a letter written by Ramsay on his retirement from teaching at Colborne College, addressed to the school Headmaster.
It is Davies' best-known novel and has been called his finest. Davies is acknowledged as an outstanding essayist and brilliant novelist who was short-listed for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1986. Davies’ novels seem to flow effortlessly, partly due to the charming and fluid voice he attains in them, and partly, through his clever weaving of myth and symbol throughout what is, on the surface, a rather mundane plot.
The venue, being a hotel bar/lounge area, requires that everyone buy at least one drink each if they are not hotel guests. It doesn't have to be alcoholic, so feel free to get coke/juice/etc. before we start. The group usually heads out for dinner after the meetup so feel free to join in.
We're usually by the "fireplace". If not, look for me.