-- 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 ..Show More »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.
I loved this book (including the reader) and only wish it would go on and on. Less humerous and a bit darker than some of Robertson Davies' others (S..Show More »alterton Tril, for example) but equally as entertaining. With Davies' superb subtlety and attention to detail and his extraordinary characters and their surroundings, the story of Francis Cornish takes us through the first half of the 20th century and two world wars almost as an aside. The Francis, the story and the words are the thing, well read and exquisitely crafted. A really brilliant, thought provoking work.
Robertson Davies is a recent discovery and what a treasure! The Lyre of Orpheus is my second favorite book of his, not far behind the first book in t..Show More »his trilogy, The Rebel Angels, both of them comic masterpieces. The middle book, What's Bred in the Bone, begins with a very boring exposition of the class origins of the central character, Francis Cornish. When Francis grows up, the books gets much more interesting. You need all three books for the third book to have its maximum impact. Frederick Davidson (a/k/a David Case), my favorite narrator, makes these books come alive. Well worth your time!