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The Rebel Angels (King Penguin) Paperback – 31 Mar 1983


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (31 Mar 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140061762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140061765
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,401,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two professors--one a goodhearted priest, the other a dabbler in the darker arts--becomes involved with graduate student Maria Theotoki, who knows the gospel of the angels who betrayed heaven's secrets. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 April 2001
Format: Paperback
An addictive read, combining the tantalising page turning plotlines of the blockbuster novel with the erudition of Anthony Burgess and the light comic touch of Alison Lurie. Davies introduces us to more than just a novel, he creates for us a world populated by scholars, priests, witches and itinerants, whose journey leads to more questions than answers but teaches the reader more about himself than he thought possible.
In the Rebel Angels, Roberston Davies has created an intricate web connecting the threads of science, superstition, scholarship, desire and friendship. Davies uses the most base of themes: scatology, pornography, mysticism and vanity, woven together with the most elegant of prose, to confuse the reader. His exuberant writing style and eclectic cast of characters suck you into the narrative while obstinately obscuring his message until the final brilliant denouement.
Three cloistered scholars, a brilliant Mediaevalist, his Vicar contemporary and his Venus-like protégée are brought closer together by the discovery of a Rabelais Manuscript which threatens to undermine the cornerstone of their academic reputations. However, their comfortable existence is disturbed not by the contents of the manuscript, which are tantalisingly kept from the reader, but by the seemingly innocuous arrival of the brilliant but evil Brother Parlabane.
Unable to overcome the weight of his intellect and personality, they reluctantly indulge what they think to be his attempts at intellectual banter and his frequent demands for financial assistance. As they continue to indulge him, he draws them deeper into his world, a world populated by scepticism, deceit and decadence, but also by an intellect greater and far more dangerous than each of their own.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jan 1999
Format: Paperback
If you have never read Robertson Davies don't worry, it's not too late. He is one of the wittiest, intelligent, erudite authors I know. Don't let the word "erudite" worry you into thinking that this is some impenetrable work written by some dusty sage for other academic literati. This, like all of his books, is a wonderful, wild ride through the weird world of academia, peopled by characters we would love to meet, set against a backdrop bejewelled with sparkling prose. I like to read Dick Francis and usually consume one of his novels in one sitting, I adore to read Robertson Davies and recently reread this whole trilogy during a single trans-world flight without sleeping. This story is a tale of lust, envy, deceit & hate scattered with gems of humour and highlighting again Davies' astonishing breadth of knowledge. A breathtakingly brilliant book, and fortunately, the first in a Trilogy. Do yourself a favour, buy the trilogy. Save time & money.
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If you like Robertson Davies you will enjoy this fine Robertson Davies book. Contains some of the writings of Robertson Davies. If you like his stuff, this won't disappoint. The usual erudite Canadian fun and games wormed through with metaphysical gubbins and big-eyebrowed wit. Enjoy it and feel the leather patches grow on your elbows as you read.
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By Diana on 26 Dec 2010
Format: Paperback
For anyone who has not read Robertson Davies please, please do!
He was a fascinating writer with a wide range of interests and knowledge whose books show this combined with immense readability.
I bought The Rebel Angels (1st part of the Cornish Trilogy)because I had lent out my previous copy and it didn't come home!
For me his 3 trilogy's and 'The Cunning Man' are all 'must have's' in my bookcase.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jaybird on 29 Mar 2007
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I first read this book in back in the 1980s and got totally sucked into the dark, Gothic romance. Parts of the story stuck with me and, although not entirely a book to take seriously, when I reread it recently I still thought it had something to say.

It is a flight of fantasy, for lovers of John Irving and the best introduction to Robertson Davies that there is.
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