Ramsay is a man twice born, a man who has returned from the hell of the battle-grave at Passchendaele in World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross and destined to be caught in a no man's land where memory, history, and myth collide. As Ramsay tells his story, it begins to seem that from boyhood, he has exerted a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious, influence on those around him. His apparently innocent involvement in such innocuous events as the throwing of a snowball or the teaching of card tricks to a small boy in the end prove neither innocent nor innocuous."One of the splendid literary enterprises of this decade." Peter Prescott, Newsweek
Fifth Business stands alone as a remarkable story told by a rational man who discovers that the marvelous is only another aspect of the real.
"A marvelously enigmatic novel, elegantly written and driven by irresistible narrative force." The New York Times
"A mature, accomplished, and altogether remarkable book, one of the best of this or any other season, and it simply cannot be ignored." Washington Post Book World