The Rebel Angels
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... show more
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. 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.
Publish date: January 1st 1983
Pages no: 326
Edition language: English
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Canadian Literature
Series: The Cornish Trilogy (#1)
Robertson Davies’ The Rebel Angels is an engaging and energetic novel with a vigorous sense of humor. The novel reads quickly and never feels weighed down by ideas or seriousness. This is deceptive. Davies gives us a novel populated by Medieval and Renaissance scholars. Their intellectual landscape...
I read Fifth Business by Roberston Davies maybe 20 years ago, and though I can't remember many details (something about a snowball?) I think of the book often. There is just something. . . indefinably odd about Robertson Davies. His books worm their way into your psyche without you noticing they are...
4 - 4.5 starsSome books are comfort reads. They are old friends whose familiarity provides us with a sense of stability and well-being, and they fit like a glove to the intellectual, emotional, and purely personal elements of our psyche. Sometimes this is because we came to them in formative years w...
As Francis Cornish, art expert and millionaire philanthropist, looks down from Limbo, nervously awaiting whatever is in store for his soul, his family and colleagues in Toronto oversee the disposal of his art collectionn.
Another smart witty novel from Robertson Davies. A collection of eccentric characters gather at a small liberal arts college in Canada. Along the way are digressions on Paracelsus, Gypsies, curses and Baby Jesus.