Robertson Davies
What's Bred In The Bone
April 06, 2019 Comments.. 702
What s Bred In The Bone 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 a master art restorer a Bavarian countess and

  • Title: What's Bred In The Bone
  • Author: Robertson Davies
  • ISBN: 9780140264326
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, a master art restorer, a Bavarian countess, and various masters of espionage, the events in Fracis life were not always what they seemedIn this wonderfully ingenious portrait of an art expert and collector of internationaCornish was always good at keeping secrets From the well hidden family secret of his childhood to his mysterious encounters with a small town embalmer, a master art restorer, a Bavarian countess, and various masters of espionage, the events in Fracis life were not always what they seemedIn 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, endowed with lavish portions of Davies wit and wisdom.

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    1. Panagiotis says:

      Ο Ντέιβις είναι ένα ιδιαίτερο κράμα συγγραφέα: γράφει σαν Βρετανός παρότι είναι Καναδός (βλ. εμβρίθεια, καυστικότητα, αυτοσαρκασμός και μικρές δόσεις κυνικότητας), οι ιστορίες έχουν ένα υψηλό επίπεδο πνεύματος το οποίο δεν χρησιμοποιείται προς εντυπωσιασμό ή καλλωπισμό, α [...]

    2. Terry says:

      This is Robertson Davies’ best book. No, really it is. And he’s written some pretty awesome ones, let me tell you. Certainly, at the very least, I can say that this one is my favourite. It has everything I want and expect from a book by Davies: a concentration on artistic and intellectual matters, exploration into the ways in which heredity and upbringing shape the soul of an individual, characters who are both ‘realistic’ and odd, witty insights into human nature and foibles at both the [...]

    3. Supratim says:

      This novel has been penned by Canadian author Robertson Davies and is the second book in the Cornish trilogy, but it can be read as a standalone novel.I had chanced upon this book while book hunting in a second hand bookstore. I had never heard of Robertson Davies but something about the book, most probably the blurb appealed to me and I bought it.The story starts with a meeting between the sole three members of the newly founded Cornish Foundation for Promotion of the Arts and Humane Scholarshi [...]

    4. Francisco H. González says:

      Lo que arraiga en el hueso es la segunda parte de la trilogía de Cornish. Si en la primera parte, Ángeles rebeldes, Francis era el mecenas que moría y desempeñaba un papel secundario, prácticamente inexistente, aquí es el protagonista absoluto. La novela es una biografía, la que el padre Darcourt (al que conocimos en la primera entrega) se propone escribir -donde los narradores son un par de daimones-, una novela de formación, donde los lectores seguiremos los pasos de Francis desde su m [...]

    5. Wes Christensen says:

      An artist friend gave this book to me, years ago when we were both in school. He didn't tell me anything about it, but since I liked him and his art work, I gave the book a try and went on to be a huge fan of the author, searching out everything I could find by him to read over the years. Being an artist myself, and painting in a rather traditional manner like the protagonist, it was bracing to read Davies' account of an artist who felt out of step in a Modern era -- much like I did, trying to m [...]

    6. Ted says:

      What's Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies is my favourite novel. It is the second in the otherwise unremarkable Cornish trilogy and details the life of the second Francis Cornish from birth to death, including a confusing religious upbringing by everyone but his parents in a rural Ontario town, his education from 'Spook' to Oxford, his apprenticeship in art fraud to cheat the Nazis and his secret life as a spy. Along the way, Cornish 'assassinates' an art faker as it takes one to know one, fal [...]

    7. laura says:

      Had this one on my shelves for so long I thought I'd already read it. But, nope. It's the story of a half-provincial half-royal kid from Canada who is raised by a Catholic aunt and learns to draw in the local funeral home, then turns to Renaissance painting in the face of his family's craziness during WWII. Funny and intriguing all the way through. Must read more Robertson Davies.

    8. Margaret says:

      What's Bred in the Bone is the second of a trilogy of books which are bound together by the life of one Francis Cornish, Canadian artist, critic, and collector, and by a host of other characters who are tied to him in one way or another. This book tells Cornish's life story, starting from a conversation between his heirs and his biographer and featuring interjections from a pair of supernatural beings, the Lesser Zadkiel (the Angel of Biography) and Maimon, Francis's personal daimon. The daimons [...]

    9. Wanda says:

      It is always a wonderful experience to re-read What's Bred in the Bone. Although I have not read Davies' entire oevre, I certainly declare this to be his best novel of those I have read, possibly of all of them. It so masterfully brings together all the themes that he has played with in fiction over his writing life (which, according to him, could not begin while his parents were alive). Francis Cornish, whose life tale this is, is a loveable scoundrel--sometimes more loveable, sometimes more sc [...]

    10. Lobstergirl says:

      The other Robertson Davies I tried to read was The Cunning Man and I had to abort. It just wasn't serving my needs. This one was better. In fact, at the end of the book I liked it better, much better, than at the beginning. The novel began to get interesting for me at about the three-quarters mark. Up to that point there was too much quirk, and meandering, for my taste. Quirky books should bear a sticker, like the Oprah book club sticker but for quirk, so I know to stay away from them.At the end [...]

    11. David says:

      Many of the same concerns as The Recognitions, but with a distinctly Canadian flavour. What is “genuine”? What is “forged”?

    12. Pierre Fortier says:

      L'érudit auteur canadien Robertson Davies nous raconte la vie imprévisible de Francis Cornish. Un canadien né dans un petit village perdu à 100 km d'Ottawa qui, après plusieurs rebondissements, va parfaire ses études à Oxford. Le déménagement en Angleterre, avant la deuxième guerre mondiale, de ce passionné pour les arts visuels l'amènera lentement au cours de sa vie dans une série de situations et de contextes que le lecteur ne pouvait prévoir. Sans en dire plus, pour ne pas dimin [...]

    13. Cathy (cathepsut) says:

      I read this ages ago, before . I don't remember much, but I loved it at the time. Imaginative, unusual, weird.

    14. Krista says:

      I first read What's Bred In the Bone 25 or so years ago and the only things that I remembered from it were: Francis Cornish sketching at the autopsy of the dwarf tailor; the Drollig Hansel; and the huge triptych of The Marriage at Cana. I only remembered the art: and while this book is certainly about art, it is more about those lucky few who are able to access the deep well of common experience -- the Collective Unconscious -- and drag forth images to interpret and present as their own; it's ab [...]

    15. Pere says:

      La primera de las novelas que componen la trilogía de Cornish, Ángeles Rebeldes, dejó el listón de la excelencia literaria a una altura considerable. La lectura de Lo que arraiga en el hueso, arranca con tal expectativa que inevitablemente conduce a una cierta decepción, sobre todo si funcionan los mecanismos de la comparación.El planteamiento resulta atractivo: la historia de Francis Cornish contada por sus dos Ángeles o Daimones particulares, Zadkiel y Maimas, encargados de guiar sus pa [...]

    16. Paul says:

      A reminder of the pleasures (and limitations) of Davies at his best. A light novel of ideas, with perhaps somewhat schematic characters, an un-convoluted and engaging plot, and a generous helping of authorial aperçus that do not attempt to hide their provenance (i.e they aren't clanging and unconvincing ventriloquisms from the mouths of characters). I say "light novel of ideas" rather than "novel of light ideas" because the themes at the heart of the book (belief and the construction of the sel [...]

    17. Radio2isstatic says:

      This was the first Davies book I ever read, during the Canadian Studies student phase of my life when all books were acquired by picking at random from the CanLit shelf at the used bookstore. I've since gone back and read the whole Cornish trilogy, and much as I love the rest of it I really never felt it was necessary for my development as a person to have read more than this book. Possibly because it's so structurally different from the other two, Bred in the Bone sticks out. Its focus holds to [...]

    18. Oscar says:

      La primera novela de la Trilogía de Cornish, 'Ángeles rebeldes', giraba en torno a la figura de Francis Cornish, millonario y benefactor de artistas, o más bien a su legado y todas las batallas por hacerse con él. 'Lo que arraiga en el hueso', segunda novela de dicha trilogía, trata justamente de la vida y milagros de tan enigmático personaje, desde su gestación hasta su muerte, pasando por su infancia, muy significativa para él y parte importante dentro del libro (de ahí el título, ya [...]

    19. Rafa Sánchez says:

      Gran novela de Davies, con su estilo lleno de humor y profundidad filosófica, nos introduce en el mundo de la restauración de cuadros, en la lucha encubierta dentro de la Segunda Guerra Mundial por el prestigio cultural al sevicio de la propaganda política, en la duplicidad moral y miserias intelectuales de los expertos de pintura, etc. Todo un mundo soterrado dentro de la gran cultura occidental, como nos tiene acostumbrados el autor en otras novelas, a la vez que ilustra al lector sobre la [...]

    20. Yuichiro says:

      Bred in the Bone is the only book I have read by Robertson Davies, but it is not for the of lack of talent on the author's part. Davies has clear control of the plot, characters, and the English language and forms a story that is creative and believable, though not something we can relate to. (at least in this case) I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books by John Irving. There are many similarities between the two authors, especially in the way the plot follows one character for much of [...]

    21. Mitch says:

      I have to say, the thought of Canadian governmental machinations, British secret service, and Italian art restoration did not excite me at all. And, though a slow starting book, I found myself wanting to read more and more of this oneThe story ended up being fascinating, character development was adequate to the point of care, and overall, a very enjoyable read.

    22. Jesse says:

      Very strange and wonderful. If you're interested at all in the world or art, hermeticism, history and philosophy, this is for you. One of my favorite writers :)

    23. Simon Hollway says:

      One of the best books I have ever read. Kaboom!

    24. Sheryl Dunn says:

      I avoided Robertson Davies for many years, and the only reason I read this one was that a friend asked me to read it aloud to him. I'm glad I did.While the writing style felt old fashioned to me, Davies' wit and charm, especially when he's being satiric, is extremely engaging. Sometimes we laughed out loud; sometimes we discussed the issues raised in the novel. If the satire had continued at the same rate through the entire novel, I would have given this five stars instead of four, but the novel [...]

    25. Leslie says:

      I fell in love with Robertson Davies while in high school. The vivid strangeness of the worlds he creates, clothed in a style so sedate that it can be difficult to notice, captivated me entirely, especially in The Deptford Trilogy. I returned to What's Bred In The Bone after stumbling upon a tattered copy in a used bookstore, and, while I was still transported, I got to look at it a little more clearly. He definitely tells instead of showing at times, and may lay things out a little too clearly [...]

    26. Peter says:

      Although this novel has the elements and characters of any great novel including a European dimension, it is quintessentially Canadian (and in my view, only a "what's bred and bone" Canadian might realize the truth of the statement above.)We're not talking Hockey Night in Canada here.This is the story of Francis Cornish who emerges from a once small-town family, which has become wealthy on the exploitation of Canada's resources (human and natural) and which later, in the process, enables the fam [...]

    27. Bill says:

      This is the second book in the Cornish trilogy. It basically tells the life story of Francis Cornish, with side discussions by his daimon and an angel analyzing how his life is progressing. The reason for this story is that Simon Darcourt is one of a trio, including Arthur Cornish (Francis' nephew) and Maria, Arthur's wife, are tasked with managing Francis' Trust. Darcourt is having difficulties writing Francis' biography, feels there are potential scandals in his life and finds too many secrets [...]

    28. Mag says:

      A perfectly nice and entertaining literary work, but definitely not Canadian the way I understand it. If I didn’t know any better, I would think he is British, and very much imperial British. He represents everything one associates with colonial times in Canada: white, male, comfortably well-off, elitist, and monarchist. His writing is very accessible, definitely not post-modern, much more in the "by-gone" 19th century style. He draws exclusively on European tradition and good solid knowledge [...]

    29. Lara says:

      Much as it pains me to rate this only 2 stars, especially when I love Robertson Davies so much and when most other people seem to really like this one, I justwell. This book bored the pants off of me. I didn't like the angels snickering in the sidelines about everything, and I didn't really much like the story-within-a-story framework of the novel. And I didn't find it anywhere near as humorous as Davies' other stuff. It just didn't work for me. But I hear the third book in the series is fantast [...]

    30. Sylvester says:

      I'm thinking of going back and re-rating all the Robertson Davies books I've read simply because his characters are still in my head after all these years, and that's got to count for something.So saying, "What's Bred in the Bone" is by far my favorite. (And yes, Davies does remind me a little of John Irving.)The whole story around the art forgery is fascinating.(A topic I love - see "Drawn to Trouble: Confessions of an Art Forger" by Eric Hebborn if you want to re-examine some of your ideas abo [...]

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