Troublesome priests and professors

8 06 2019

The Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies

 

 

Defrocked monks, mad professors, and wealthy eccentrics – a remarkable cast peoples Robertson Davies’ brilliant spectacle of theft, perjury, murder, scholarship, and love at a modern university. Only Mr. Davies, author of Fifth Business, The Manticore, and World of Wonders, could have woven together their destinies with such wit, humour-and wisdom.

A cracking campus novel. Set in a really not that modern Canadian institution it does really have the lot as listed here. It’s finely written and really well paced and is, despite the deaths, every entertaining indeed. Looking forward to reading the next two in the trilogy.

And there are some striking contemporary resonances:

 

(With enormous thanks to Gaby Neher for lending me the book.)

 

four stars

 

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