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The Rebel Angels Audiobook
The Rebel Angels
Written by: 
Robertson Davies
Narrated by: 
Frederick Davidson
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The Rebel Angels Audiobook

The Rebel Angels: The Cornish Trilogy, Book 1

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A goodhearted priest and scholar, a professor with a passion for the darker side of medieval psychology, a defrocked monk, and a rich young businessman who inherits some troublesome paintings are all helplessly beguiled by the same coed. Davies weaves together the destinies of this remarkable cast of characters, creating a wise and witty portrait of love, murder, and scholarship at a modern university.

©1981 Robertson Davies; (P)1997 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"[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)

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 10-28-09
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 10-28-09

    Narrative makes the world go round.

    "must love academe circa mid 20th C"

    -- 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.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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