Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
TYPE OF NOVEL: Historical Fiction
SETTING: Cornwall, England 1783-1787
- Captain Ross Poldark: Only son and heir to Nampara, a ruined family estate. Just returned home from the American Revolutionary War where many family and friends thought he perished.
- Elizabeth Chynoweth: Love interest of Ross Poldark, but presently engaged to his cousin, Francis Poldark
- Francis Poldark: cousin and friend to Ross Poldark, heir to Trenwith, lives a more leisurely and carefree life
- Verity Poldark: unmarried sister to Francis and cousin to Ross
- Jud and Prudie Paynter: lazy servants at Nampara who frequently enjoy imbibing and being idle
- Demelza Carne: an abused thirteen-year-old daughter of a poor miner, taken on to work as kitchen maid at Nampara
WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:
- This series was first recommended to me last year by a lovely reader from my blog, Michelle Hall!
- This series was raved about on this blog post by lots of readers and authors from across the pond.
- Poldark Fever is currently in progress here in the US and I wanted to see what this series is all about!
WHAT I LOVED:
- Ross Poldark: Oh yes, I am in love! A most admirable and worthy hero! Ross is a responsible and compassionate landowner (kind of reminds me of Mr. Knightley in that regard). He thinks for himself, isn’t overly concerned about class and status, and in all he does is fair, loyal, and just. Adding to his appeal is his broken heart and brooding nature. The woman he thought of and loved while at war became engaged to his cousin. Ross goes through a very dark time as he deals with his disappointment and feelings of rejection, but unlike Captain Wentworth he is not bitter or resentful. Truly a man to admire in all quarters!
- A New Saga to Immerse Myself Into: This series is twelve books long, spans forty years, and follows the course of many characters and story-lines. After reading just the first book I already feel invested in these characters and interested in what becomes of them. The first book of the series doesn’t fully resolve on all accounts, so the desire to continue reading is definitely to be expected. And with the miniseries on PBS and the loveliness that is Aidan Turner, I fully expect to become as obsessed with this series as I am Downton Abbey!
- Vivid and Detailed Prose: I’m quite captivated by Winston Graham’s Cornwall. I haven’t watched the mini-series yet, but I feel like I have because of how the story was written. The scenes are descriptive, the events memorable, and the narrative filled with various types of emotion. It was definitely a story you could visualize in your head while reading.
WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:
- Sometimes Hard To Follow: (in several small aspects) There are some regional dialects and a character with a speech impediment which were sometimes difficult to understand. Oftentimes two conversations/scenes were taking place or being described at once and it was a bit challenging to tell immediately when a switch occurred. And with so many characters introduced (and some of them just in passing) it sometimes became hard to keep track of and remember each character’s relationship/role. I wish there was a character list in this book. I’d definitely recommend making your own when reading this series!
COMPARED TO JANE AUSTEN:
I thought it may be of interest (to my lovely blog readers) to do this comparison. On first impression, this book is quite the opposite of Jane Austen novels. It is earthy, coarse, and gritty. We do not sit in drawing rooms and converse politely, we work the fields and mines, interact with the working class and servants, and see what happens in the kitchens and tenant homes. If anything, I felt the story with its harshness and grim realities more reminiscent of Emily Brontë‘s Wuthering Heights then any Jane Austen novel. However, what these two authors do have in common is their well-drawn characters and penchant for creating entertaining comedic reliefs (the Paynters and Aunt Agatha are prime examples of that!)
How happy am I to finally encounter Captain Ross Poldark! Like Mr. Darcy, Edward Rochester, and Heathcliff, I think he is a character I can have a lasting literary love affair with. 🙂 Ross Poldark, Poldark #1 has left me with questions I can’t wait to have answered: What happens between Francis and Elizabeth? Will Wheal Leisure prosper? Will Ross travel to Falmouth? Looks like I must read Demelza, Poldark #2 to find out!
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