What’s Bred in the Bone: The Cornish Trilogy, Book 2

By Robertson Davies
Read by Frederick Davidson

The Cornish Trilogy: Book 2

16.17 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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Narrated by two angels acting as commentators on Francis’ life, this novel is a curious blend of fable, religion, and mythology. Francis Cornish was always good at keeping secrets. From the well-hidden family secret of his childhood to his mysterious encounters with a small-town embalmer, an expert art restorer, a Bavarian countess, and various masters of espionage, the events in Francis’ life were not always what they seemed. In this wonderfully ingenious portrait of an art expert and collector of international renown, Robertson Davies has created a spellbinding tale of artistic triumph and heroic deceit. It is a tale told in stylish, elegant prose and endowed with lavish portions of Davies’ wit and wisdom.

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Summary

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A 1986 Man Booker Prize Finalist

Narrated by two angels acting as commentators on Francis’ life, this novel is a curious blend of fable, religion, and mythology.

Francis Cornish was always good at keeping secrets. From the well-hidden family secret of his childhood to his mysterious encounters with a small-town embalmer, an expert art restorer, a Bavarian countess, and various masters of espionage, the events in Francis’ life were not always what they seemed.

In this wonderfully ingenious portrait of an art expert and collector of international renown, Robertson Davies has created a spellbinding tale of artistic triumph and heroic deceit. It is a tale told in stylish, elegant prose and endowed with lavish portions of Davies’ wit and wisdom.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A deliciously readable story…An altogether remarkable creation, his most accomplished novel to date.” New York Times
“Robertson Davies is the sort of novelist readers can hardly wait to tell their friends about.” Washington Post Book World
“[An] intelligent and entertaining novel…Davidson employs a rhythmic rising and falling of pitch, which is surprisingly effective in entertaining and relaxing the listener.” AudioFile
“Extraordinary…A gripping story of artistic triumph and heroic deceit, told with deep insight into the worlds of art and international espionage. This work is tailor-made for the eloquence of narrator Frederick Davidson.” Library Journal
“Davidson’s carefully modulated, vocalized reading brings to life the gallery of players in Cornish’s world, working together with Davies’s rich prose to peel back layer after layer of deceit." Kliatt

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Author Bio: Robertson Davies

Robertson Davies (1913–1995) was 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 16.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English