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What's Bred in the Bone Hardcover – 27 Feb 1986

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; American ed edition (27 Feb. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670809160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670809165
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 944,869 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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What's bred in the bone will out in the flesh, the saying goes. Sheer genius must have composed the vast mass of Robertson Davies' bones. This wonderfully witty novel is typical of Davies' brilliant, erudite & gripping style. It left me aghast with wonder that one man can know so much, cover it so well and tie his references together and all the while remain hugely entertaining. This is the middle part of the Cornish Trilogy and as stunning as the other two. Two angels discuss the life of a deceased art collector and philanthropist and flashbacks show how the young man came to be widely respected from a life as an art forger. If you haven't already read "The Rebel Angels" do it, If you have, you have no need to read further, you will want to buy this book anyway. This is one of the best books I have ever read and Robertson Davies is one of the greats.
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The book arrived very quickly Good!, but, although there were indeed no pages ripped or missing, the book is in very poor condition.
I will lend it out when I've finished it and I won't worry about its return.
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A great read - will get his other books when I have finished this. Also a good service although annoyingly, I wasn't able to cancel my mistakenly duplicated order which I attempted to do within seconds. I was told I could return the second copy but it would have been more trouble than it was worth as I was just about to go on holiday.
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This is the 2nd in the Cornish Trilogy. I read this first because it was what was available whilst on holiday when I was about 18 and, since reading the other two, I would say it was the best. I have since read almost all the Robertson Davies I could lay my hands on and he is one of my favourite authors. Although now deceased I still wish I could have met him and talked about his works. A wonderful writer.
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The previous review is spot on - this trilogy is one of the most outstanding achievements of 20th century literature*, and this (the middle) is, along with A Prayer for Owen Meany, one of the greatest books of the last two decades. It didn't win the Booker prize, but, then again, 'How Late It Was, How Late' did - nuff said..
*along with his other Deptford and Salterton trilogies
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