Customer Reviews


4 Reviews
5 star:
 (3)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant tale of opera and academics
The final part of the Cornish Trilogy. This is the story of an opera. Boring? Never. An unfinished opera by E.T.A. Hoffman is to be completed by an unlovable music student as a part of a bequest from a charitable foundation. From the beginning Davies' coruscating prose enchants and, as the twin plots begin to unfold, the richly eccentric characters begin to draw the...
Published on 14 Jan 1999

versus
3.0 out of 5 stars Lyre gone off tune a lttle with passage of years
Last of the Cornish Trilogy & to be honest its not the best, only worth reading for sense of completion if you've read the earlier two in series.
Published on 12 Sep 2011 by Tuskie


Most Helpful First | Newest First

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant tale of opera and academics, 14 Jan 1999
By A Customer
This review is from: The Lyre of Orpheus (Cornish Trilogy) (Paperback)
The final part of the Cornish Trilogy. This is the story of an opera. Boring? Never. An unfinished opera by E.T.A. Hoffman is to be completed by an unlovable music student as a part of a bequest from a charitable foundation. From the beginning Davies' coruscating prose enchants and, as the twin plots begin to unfold, the richly eccentric characters begin to draw the reader in. Davies has a way of tying the most obscure facts together and making his huge knowledge accessible through humour and his immensely gifted, exhilarating, writing. If you have never read Robertson Davies you should start now. Start with The Lyre of Orpheus if you like, it is a superb book in it's own right, but it is a part of the outstanding "Cornish Trilogy" so you may prefer to begin with The Rebel Angels, the first in the trilogy. Personally, though, I would buy the trilogy right now.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robertson Davies - I like him and cleverer people than me also say he's great., 16 Nov 2010
This review is from: The Lyre of Orpheus (Cornish Trilogy) (Paperback)
This is brilliant, warm, funny, psychologically perceptive and humane. The characters are all the more sympathetic for their faults and as usual with Davies he did his research and you are treated to the kind of detail about gypsies, opera singers, college professors and secret agents which makes you believe the author must have personal experience. As this is the third in a trilogy, probably best to start with The Rebel Angels but all three books have their own character and would stand alone. Still, get them all because once you've read one you'll want the others!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3.0 out of 5 stars Lyre gone off tune a lttle with passage of years, 12 Sep 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Lyre of Orpheus (Paperback)
Last of the Cornish Trilogy & to be honest its not the best, only worth reading for sense of completion if you've read the earlier two in series.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Robertson Davies is the most wonderful yet curiously unknown writer.Can this be because he is Canadian?, 6 Jun 2011
This review is from: The Lyre of Orpheus (Cornish Trilogy) (Paperback)
If you like thrilling and complicated plots, wonderfully insightful drawing of characters, and a wise,quirky philosophy, have a go at these. Alas! Robertson Davies is dead now , but he wrote three trilogies. Lyre of Orpheus is the last book of the Cornish TRilogy. Just read the blurb about him and that might be sufficient to grab you.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

The Lyre of Orpheus (Cornish Trilogy)
The Lyre of Orpheus (Cornish Trilogy) by Robertson Davies (Paperback - 26 Oct 1989)
£16.79
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews