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The Lyre of Orpheus Paperback – 26 Oct 1989

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Open market ed edition (26 Oct. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140114262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140114263
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,128,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robertson Davies (1913-1995) had three successive careers during the time he became an internationally acclaimed author: actor, publisher, and, finally, professor at the University of Toronto. The author of twelve novels and several volumes of essays and plays, he was the first Canadian to be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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Excellent, fast transaction. Product was as described. Very satisfied customer, thank you.
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