The Cunning Man

The Cunning Man

A Novel

Book - 1994
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"A delight, a novel that travels 70 years of history on its own swift feet, a book of love and wisdom, loss and irony"-- The Boston Sunday Globe

When Father Hobbes mysteriously dies at the high alter on Good Friday, Dr. Jonathan Hullah - whose holistic work has earned him the label "Cunning Man" (for the wizard of folk tradition) - wants to know why. The physician-cum-diagnostician's search for answers compels him to look back over his own long life. He conjures vivid memories of the dazzling, intellectual high jinks and compassionate philosophies of himself and his circle, including flamboyant, mystical curate Charlie Ireda≤ cynical, quixotic professor Brocky Gilmartin; outrageous banker Darcy Dwyer; and jocular, muscular artist Pansy Todhunter. In compelling and hilarious scenes from the divine comedy of life, The Cunning Man reveals profound truth about being human.

The crowning achievement of "one of the most learned, amusing... accomplished novelists of our time and... of our century." - The New York Times Book Review
Publisher: New York : Viking, c1994.
ISBN: 9780670859115
Branch Call Number: DAVI
Characteristics: 469 p. 24 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jan 22, 2021

"Take heed, old magician! Take heed, Cunning Man!"

Nov 29, 2013

a mysterious doctor with unorthodox methods, a glamorous church led by a humble holy man, and decades of shadows and unspoken scandal--but all that byzantine glitter is tempered by quiet canadian understatement. - See more at:

Jul 22, 2012

Read 2009


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at BDL

To Top