Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787

Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787

by Winston Graham
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Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
bbMO More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of this character since the 1970's, when I saw Poldark as a Masterpiece Theatre miniseries on PBS. The story follows the life of Ross Poldark, his family, friends and of course enemies, in Cornwall, England during the 1700's and early 1800's. There are a series of I believe 14 books, which sounds daunting, but they're all an easy read, and I looked forward to each book. Written by an English author, it became impossible to find the books for several years, and I was actually able to buy a few of the books in England. Thanks to the internet, and apparently continued interest from readers, the series is now in reprint, and I've been able to complete my purchases. After gathering them all, I recently was able to read the entire series for the first time. I bought "Ross Poldark", the first book of the series, as a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law, whose family orignally came from Cornwall. It's one of those kind of books, and series of books, that makes you want to share with people you care about. I consider it a classic, and would recommend to anybody who enjoys historical drama. As a matter of fact, they have finally relased Series 1 of the tv program on DVD. I intend to purchase it and can hardly wait for it to arrive!
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It has a story I couldn't put down. Very heartwarming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ross and Demelza's story is so compelling because it is NOT a romance, it's a love story. It's realistic. I can't stand fairy tale, happily-ever-after stories but this book was exactly my cup of tea. It's a fantastic start to the series. So far I've read the first seven books in this series and have enjoyed them immensely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was inspired to read these novels by the TV series running on public television (Season 1) and I'm so glad I did. Went from one book right into the other. I'm only disappointed that it had to end sometime. If you like historical fiction with both drama and romance, it is a great read.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Can't wait to read the entire series.
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DianaH-Maine More than 1 year ago
I recently read Winston Graham’s POLDARK and DEMELZA. These titles are part of a series written by Mr. Graham about a Cornish family spanning the years 1783-1820. Ross Poldark returns home to Cornwall after a 2 year stint in the British Army fighting in the ‘colonies’ during the American War of Independence. He returns home to his father’s death; an estate in a ruined state; his ‘intended’, Elizabeth, engaged to his cousin, Francis; a depressed economy and poverty for the miners, fishermen and farmers of the region; and rumors of his own demise in America. The story includes copper mining, unethical banking and politics, marrying, family strife, smuggling, poaching, class inequalities, the natural beauty of Cornwall, elopement, epidemic, death, treachery, deceit, duels and sea captains. The books subtlely overpower your life. You are totally engaged in the lives, the struggles, the passions of these characters. I was first aware of this series in the 1970s. I was reading Daphne du Maurier who used Cornwall as a backdrop to several of her brilliant novels. Winston Graham was mentioned in several book lists as another excellent Cornish author. Before I read any of Mr. Graham’s novels, his first 4 Poldark novels were adapted as a BBC TV series running from 1975 to 1977. Masterpiece Theatre broadcast the series in the U.S. in 1976 through 1978. I fell immediately in love - with Cornwall, with Ross Poldark (and with Robin Ellis, the actor who portrayed Ross Poldark), with Demelza Carne, Verity and all the characters. (Well, not the Warleggans!) There is presently a fresh production of the Poldark saga on the BBC and Masterpiece Classic in the U.S. It is just as stunning as the first and I find myself falling in love all over again. Winston Graham lived in Cornwall for 30+ years and his historical Poldark series presents (quite accurately) the wildly fluctuating economic fortunes of the region. Mr. Graham wrote 12 Poldark novels over a span of 40+ years, the last title published in 2002, a year before his death. He wrote many other novels, plays and short stories. His novels are a fantastic read and I plan a Poldark reading marathon this winter. Thank you, Mr. Graham, the BBC and Masterpiece Theatre.
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