Ross Poldark

Ross Poldark

A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787

Book - 2015
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Tired from a grim war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and his family. But the joyful homecoming he has anticipated turns sour, for his father is dead, his estate is derelict and the girl he loves is engaged to his cousin.But his sympathy for the destitute miners and farmers of the district leads him to rescue a half-starved urchin girl from a fairground brawl and take her home - an act which alters the whole course of his life..."From the incomparable Winston Graham... who has everything that anyone else has, then a whole lot more" Guardian
Publisher: London : Pan Books, 2015, c1945
ISBN: 9781447281528
Branch Call Number: GRA
Characteristics: 471 p. ;,20 cm

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mynovelesquelife
May 01, 2019

I am a big fan of British mysteries, comedies and dramas so it is no surprise that I am a fan of Masterpiece Theater. I recorded Poldark when it appeared on PBS and enjoyed the series, but did find it a bit on the slow side. I heard that there was also another “mini-series” done in the 1970s. I knew that both were based on a book so I looked it up and saw that the first book was published in 1945 (post-world war II) and the last book was published in 2002. I was really curious in reading Ross Poldark and suggested it for my online reading group. It won the poll so I was motivated in reading it.

RATING: 4.5 STARS
1945 (Reissued: 2015); Pan/Sourcebook Landmark

"Cornwall, 1783-1787
Tired from a grim war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and family, only to find his father has died, his estate is derelict, and the girl he loved is engaged to another. But then he rescues a half-starved urchin girl and takes her home; an act which, it turns out, will alter his life." (From Publisher)

I started this book thinking it would an okay family saga, but was really surprised on how much I loved this book. For me it was a bit like the first moment I read Outlander. I could reread this book a few time like I did with Outlander. it is because I really connected with this novel. The character development throughout the book was so well-written. You were given more than just a snippet of the person and their life. Throughout the book we would visit key characters and learn more about them this way. Ross is what I would call a "Bronte/Austen" hero in that he is brooding, flawed but also wants redemption. I liked him as a character and a hero. I was always rooting for him, but also had a bit of a crush on how he wants to help others.

Graham is also great with the dialogue and interactions between the characters. It is through different characters that we also get the whole of who Ross is. His genuine affection for his cousin Verity shows his sensitive caring ways. You see the vulnerability and yet strength when he interacts with Elizabeth. I also liked that Graham did not turn characters in caricatures or one dimensional. Even the "villains" and "quirky" characters have all sides. I wanted to have constant hate-on with Elizabeth but you do see how she gets the way she does and I end up feeling pity for her.

Books defined as "sagas" can either be angsty dramas, sex and gossip or really gripping portraits. Or it is for me. This one worked for me because it was well-researched in the historical time it took place. You didn't just get the sense of the time, but what was going on in those days - politics, social norms, courtships, war, etc. Ross Poldark has a great mix of drama, action, romance and history. It balances out perfectly so that you just really are entertained by a well-written book. I highly recommend you just try this book as it may be better than you think it will.

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tjdickey
Sep 18, 2018

Viewers of the hit TV series should love the books - very faithfully rendered onto the screen, and here with better and richer details of the individuals and their Cornwall lives.

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thebritlass
Sep 05, 2018

Love the series? Enjoy the book - and note with satisfaction how closely the screen version followed the first novel, while picking up interesting details - e.g. what is the age difference between Demelza and Ross? (10 years). How old was Demelza when they wed? (17).

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Kathrynsbraunstein
Jan 03, 2018

I enjoyed the PBS Poldark series very much. The acting was good and the scenery beautiful.
I reserved the book and could hardly wait to get into it especially since all the comments were so favorable. Let me tell you this book is one of the most boring books I ever read. There is not much plot and the author's attempts to write in the accents and expressions of the people of that area left ,e cold. I persevered until the third chapter and that was all I could take. A big disappointment.
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kyranthis
Mar 02, 2017

I watched the mini series before reading the book and really liked the story and feel. Now that it's read I like the book even more than the show! Graham has an easy comfortable writing style that really lets you focus on the characters. He goes from person to person without jarring you with a different personality all while creating very real very multifaceted characters. It left me hurrying to the next book.

DBRL_KatieL Nov 14, 2016

This book covers Ross Poldark's return to Cornwall, up to the Christmas he spends with his family, just before Demelza announces her pregnancy.

At times the phrases used to describe characters, or situations is humerus, especially when describing Jud or Purdie. Readers also get more of an inside look into Ross and Demelza's characters, and their relationship. The flow of the writing is very well done, the descriptions are detailed enough for readers to form images with out slowing down the story. You end this book feeling like the characters have grown, changed and will continue to do so, however it is not a cliff hanger. The style of writing makes a historical novel easy to read, understand, and very enjoyable. It was kinda refreshing to read a book with out entire chapters devoted to violence or sex.

JCLKatieS Oct 18, 2016

I love the TV show and the book! The show has been adapted from the novel for today's viewers but if you are into beautiful and lengthy descriptions of Cornwall and it's people, then the book will be right up your alley. I found that I understood Ross more after reading the book and plan to continue the series.

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ba_library
Jul 03, 2016

Wanted to read the books before I watched the TV series. Unfortunately, SPL only has the first 6 books (out of 12). Poldark is a British veteran of the American War for Independence. He returns home to Cornwall, England to take up copper mining. Great British setting with interesting characters and melodrama. Interested to read about his heirs and successors.

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melmccurdy
Jun 02, 2016

Perfectly British; there's something quite mystical about 18th century Cornwall. This ended up being quite lovely, the characters much more multifaceted than in the BBC series, and the development of Ross and Demelza is utterly romantic.
Can't wait to start book#2 and for season #2 to broadcast!

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BeckyR21
Feb 15, 2016

Very good. The TV show did a very good job taking the best of the book. Great characters. Looking forward to reading more, and to more of the TV series.

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