©1981 Robertson Davies; (P)1997 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"[Davidson] accomplishes the task of preserving this restless story with a flowing narration. He modulates the voice of Maria, a graduate student, separating her from male companions with expressive accuracy. His slight English accent and dry, earthy elocution soundly stir this fiction to its concluding moment." (AudioFile)
"A compelling performance." (Library Journal)
Narrative makes the world go round.
-- or at least love to laugh at it. A quirky love story told from two perspectives serves as a framework for a meditation on human nature. There are Classics specialists cavorting with Roma to trump academic rivals, with Jungian archetypes, alchemy, Tarot, and scientists studying feces thrown in, set in what appears to be U of Toronto before the university "modernized" (or post-modernized).
Though characters are immersed in Classics and Medieval studies, you don't need to be an academic to follow the fun. You can listen to the novel with with a Jungian ear, or you can listen to it as a bizarre tale, well woven, well written, well-narrated and often humorous (but not in the light hearted campus comedy tradition). Warning: There are with several scenes of lengthy debate among academics.
Volume two of the trilogy is on Audible ('What's Bred in the Bone') but not tagged as v. 2. V. 3 ("Lyre of Orpheus") is tagged as such.
If the arguing academics put you off the download, try v. 2., which is more a ride through the early 20th century with an eccentric, with even more Jung thrown in.
50ish retired public radio news broadcaster, female, rancher. I love good writing from historical fiction and interesting, off beat mysteries to history of religions and interesting biography coupled with excellent voicing. I have no use for poorly delivered reading. I'll suffer though so-so writing if the content is engaging, but if the narrator is bad, I'll buy the book and read it myself.
Robertson Davies is one of the great writers of our time, and if you fancy yourself an enlightened, educated individual, this will put you right. If you have anything to do with a "higher education," this ought to be required reading. Hah!
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