The Rebel Angels

The Rebel Angels

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Gypsies, defrocked monks, mad professors, and wealthy eccentrics--a remarkable cast peoples Robertson Davies' brilliant spectacle of theft, perjury, murder, scholarship, and love at a modern university. Only Mr. Davies, author of Fifth Business , The Manticore , and World of Wonders , could have woven together their destinies with such wit, humour-and wisdom.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, 2008, c1981.
ISBN: 9780143053378
Characteristics: xv, 319 p. ;,20 cm.


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Jun 15, 2016

"It is a terrible thing for an intellectual when he encounters an idea as reality. . ."
The prolific Canadian novelist Robertson Davies wrote a number of trilogies, including "The Deptford Trilogy" and "The Salterton Trilogy." "The Rebel Angels" is the first in his "Cornish Trilogy." Set in a Canuck university, "Angels" is a campus novel, a love story, and a dive into theology, art, and literature. It's erudite without being pretentious and witty without being smug. His eccentric and flawed characters, which include a medieval scholar, a defrocked priest and a researcher with Gypsy heritage, positively leap off the page. The other two books in the series are "The Lyre of Orpheus" and "What's Bred in the Bone."

Dec 02, 2009

I had always meant to read Robertson Davies; my undergraduate English degree hadn't included Canadian literature. (And frankly, I tended to stick to Drama and Poetry for the lighter reading load...) One day I bit the bullet and this novel was the most readily available. I was enchanted by wit and quirkiness. When the man himself came to do a reading at the University of Victoria a couple of years later, I brought my ragged paperback copy along for him to sign. I don't think his agent was at all pleased; she wanted us to bring brand-new hardcovers of his latest publication. But this book started it for me, and I believe I've read everything he's written.

Feb 13, 2009

Really enjoyed Davies' style.

Oct 14, 2008

just can't get into it at all.

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