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The Rebel Angels

Robertson Davies

Publisher: RosettaBooks

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The first book in the acclaimed Cornish Trilogy. “[A] darkly funny scuttle through academe’s more covert passageway . . . saucy stuff indeed.”—Kirkus Reviews   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 in this first book of The Cornish Trilogy. 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. The story is set in motion by the death of eccentric art patron and collector Francis Cornish. Hollier, McVarish, and Darcourt are the executors of Cornish’s complicated will, which includes material that Hollier wants for his studies. The deceased’s nephew, Arthur Cornish, stands to inherit the fortune.  Rebel Angels “is an enlarging and engaging marvel . . . one does not read this book to be surprised but rather to ponder the ideas its characters encounter in their lives and their readings. It ends like all good comedies end; it proceeds in a manner both picaresque and poignant” (AllReaders.com). “A compelling performance.”—Library Journal
Available since: 04/22/2019.
Print length: 467 pages.

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