Books: Beasts in the Jungle

THE MANTICORE by ROBERTSON DAVIES 310 pages. Viking. $7.95.

One of the best novels of a couple of years ago was Robertson Davies' Fifth Business, an investigation of the psychological and metaphysical tangle surrounding the life of a Canadian schoolmaster. Now comes The Manticore, a working out of one of the dark patterns visible in the earlier book.

It is a satellite, dependent on Fifth Business for its orbit. Yet it is a good novel for all that—subtle, solid and funny. David Staunton, the main figure, is a successful Canadian criminal lawyer. The court...

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