The Cornish Trilogy : What's Bred in the Bone; The Rebel Angels; The Lyre of Orpheus Paperback
The University of St John and the Holy Ghost (known affectionately as Spook) has a problem - and an opportunity.
Strange, eccentric art patron and collector Francis Cornish has died and faculty members have been made executors of his complicated will.
But in the realization of their duties, they find themselves drawn into Cornish's bizarre, secretive and mystical world.
In this spellbinding trilogy a host of memorable characters - defrocked, mischief-making monks, half-mad professors, gypsies and musical geniuses - become entangled in a story that involves theft, perjury, scholarship, murder, love, and the squandering of plenty of cash.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 1152 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/07/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780241952610
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Review by Jannes
Review by denmoir
What can you expect from Robertson Davies? Generalities discussed in great detail, erudition, irony and surprise. The Cornish trilogy delivers it all.In The Rebel Angels I particularly like the character of John Parlabane, an appalling person, clever beyond challenge in everything but what is essential where his folly is tremendous. The alternation of two narrators, Maria and Simon is enables those characters to be observed and to observe simultaneously.What's Bred in the Bone is more conventionally structured and puts Francis Cornish centre stage in the definite role of hero. His very interesting history explains why he is referred to as an oddity in the first book where he is merely a device to bring the others together.The Lyre of Orpheus is, I think, the best of the three. It rounds the circle, pulling the first two books together tightly and very satisfyingly.