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The Cornish Trilogy Paperback – 1992

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  • Paperback: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) (1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140158502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140158502
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 5.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,012,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Woven around the pursuits of the energetic spirits and erudite scholars of the University of St. Joh....


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I discovered Rebel Angels;first part of the trilogy by chance. What an amazing piece of fate. It was truly marvellous. What's bred in the bone was nominated for the Booker and just got better. By the Lyre of Orpheus I was transfixed. The mixture of fact, myth & legend is unique.
These books are each terrific good reads. They made me change the way I looked on life in a genuine and deep way. They are erudite and complex with feelings that far transend the populist "feel good trashy", "Alchemist" type novels. I even quoted one at a family funeral.
Truly RB was a great writer but having read all his books for me the Cornish trilogy is his most poignant and touching. Yes, he did save the best till last.
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Francis Cornish is a mysterious millionaire spy, art-collector, forger and academic around whose life this trilogy is woven. Although the context of the novels is academic, it's a very funny, intrigue-filled and fascinating book. After putting down this trilogy (which was difficult, in spite of its bulk)I felt more informed and entertained than I would have thought possible. The characters are all beautifully drawn, almost Dickensian in their richness. I love it. Who's got my copy?
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Davies's Cornish trilogy should be read by anyone with an interest in the philosophy of art -- questions of attribution, forgery and fakery, and authenticity pervade all three novels, which deal with literature, painting and music respectively. Art in general, and art objects in particular, take on a shadowy, slippery aspect in spite of the very palpable (and almost erotically desirable) qualities they have for Davies's characters. Aesthetic and spiritual experience are intertwined. But the style, while elevated, is never dry or preachy -- the characters are rounded and often delightfully vulgar and even the most intellectual threads of the story are brimming with life and humour.
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I don't know...this could be the best book I've ever read. And I read it as an adult so that's not nostalgia speaking. Can't remember the plot very well because I tend to have a terrible memory for that kind of thing and I read the book ten years ago. I still consider finding it in a second hand bookshop while bumming around Thailand a wonderful stroke of luck. I found the Depford Trilogy first and then this about a week later! Certainly made a change from Alex Garland's 'The Beach', which was what every other backpacker was reading at the time.

So what's so good about it? Mr Davies doesn't patronise the reader, so it's intellectually satisfying. At the same time he works HARD to entertain us. It's much more than 'just' a pageturner but I was certainly dying to know what happened next. Basically the writer was an incredibly wise, learned, witty guy. His characters are original and REAL. After ten years what stays with me is the quality of the reading experience. I was completely sucked into his world. It was much more real and interesting than my real life and I was very sad to reach the last page.

I'm waiting for the perfect occassion to re-read this masterpiece.

The Depford Trilogy and The Cunning Man are also very good but this is his very best work. I'm sure it'll be read in a couple of hundred years when eveyone has forgoten about Salman Rushdie and Ian McEwan et al.
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I read many books on an immensely diverse range of subjects, and up to a dozen books concurrently but the cornish trilogy travels by my side almost always and has been read and reread since I was lucky enough to be given a copy in 1996. A thoroughly engrossing work of litery excellence, an absolute must for anyone with an avid interest in reading.
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I read his Deptford Trilogy years ago, and found it an intriguing mixture of worldly wisdom, arcane knowledge and fascinating characters. I bought a copy of What's Bred in the Bone a while ago and started reading it, but when I realised it was the middle section of another trilogy, I decided to get the whole trilogy and start reading it again from the start! I haven't embarked on it as yet, but am looking forward to it, particularly as (unlike The Deptford Trilogy) it is in a university setting, and I find his style and characters most appropriate to that kind of environment.
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Davies writes about inheritance, fabulous wealth, poverty & disability - all of this and it's affect upon a family in a small town. His insights are astounding. His knowledge of magic, mystery, art, history are amazing. The man is a magician.
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A great story written by a wise man and a shrewd observer of human nature. The description of the nature of the creative genius is smooth and elegant. I can't say that I'm entirely happy with the author's philosophy, but that does not make the story any worse.
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