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I loved this book (including the reader) and only wish it would go on and on. Less humerous and a bit darker than some of Robertson Davies' others (Salterton Tril, for example) but equally as entertaining. With Davies' superb subtlety and attention to detail and his extraordinary characters and their surroundings, the story of Francis Cornish takes us through the first half of the 20th century and two world wars almost as an aside. The Francis, the story and the words are the thing, well read and exquisitely crafted. A really brilliant, thought provoking work.
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Recently I had the opportunity to listen to dozens of novels as I convalesced. This was one of my favorites as both novel and listening experience, undertaken just after a marathon of George Eliot,Trollope, & Galsworthy. Although Frederick Davidson is one of my favorite narrators, I was at first disappointed that a Brit was reading Can Lit, but he turned out to be almost perfect. His "almost British accent" while narrating suited perfectly a novel set in a time when Canada was emerging slowly from its colonialist ties to England. Some of Davidson's "Canadian" voices sounded a little "south of the border" to my ears, and I cringed when he at first anglicized the pronunciation of "Prime Minister Laurier," but overall, the narration was delightful, and the accents no more artificial than when a North American takes a stab at British dialects, I suppose.
Bred in the Bone is both a traditional novel and contemporary - A tale told traditionally but by an author with contemporary social and psychological insight and delightful wit. I wish Audible featured more of Davies' novels! And more classic Can Lit!
If you're looking for a clever read but without too much postmodern angst, this may be for you.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Excellent book, very well narrated. Couldn't stop listening. Very inspiring for any artist. Beyond the obvious.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is my favourite of all Davies' books, and as an audiobook it is entertaining and very enjoyable. At first I did not like the narration but once the story got underway and the reader started providing voices for the characters, he was excellent.
I'd recommend this very highly.