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."-- p.4 cover.
Publisher: London, Eng. :, Pan Books,, 2015
Copyright Date: ©1945
ISBN: 9781447281528
Branch Call Number: FIC Grah
Characteristics: 471 pages ; 21 cm


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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

CMLibrary_jkrajewski Feb 03, 2016

After falling in love with the first episode of the PBS miniseries Poldark, I had to read the book that inspired the TV adaptation. This is the first novel in the 12 volume series. Winston Graham's writing is so descriptive, and his characters are so real, that I ended up being disappointed in the rest of the miniseries. This first volume is one of my favorite of the series, beginning with the return of Ross Poldark from the American war.

Historical fiction full of detail. I love Jane Austen, and this was right up my alley though it was written in a different style.

EuSei Nov 11, 2015

Not everyone has the gift of telling a story. Winston Graham most definitely had it. His story flows in perfect harmony, like the waters of a crystalline river, with no impediments. His prose is elegant, cultured and the characters are perfectly developed. I was drawn into the Poldarks’ world from the very first phrase. It was such a pleasure I decide it will be repeated every few years! (Unfortunately the series—the new and the 1970’s—do no justice to this most excellent book. It always amazes that someone reads a book, likes it so much they decide to turn it into a series, only to change almost everything, creating a new story!)

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