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Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall 1783 – 1787 (Poldark Book 1)

Ross Poldark is the first novel in Winston Graham’s hugely popular Poldark series, which has become a television phenomenon starring Aidan Turner.

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.

Ross Poldark is a wonderful story,the beginning of a terrific saga of twelve great books.Once you have read the first one you want to read more.A story of romance, courage,historical fact all interwoven with magical characters totally believable,nothing remotely far fetched.All the characters ,their big houses,their cottages,the mines,all aspects of living in the 18th century,the poverty and the grandeur ,even the illnesses they suffer are so brilliantly described one feels as though you are actually in the story itself.The much loved Ross and Demelza will find their place in literary history for centuries to come.

Things I liked:

  • Ye old English spoken by the voice actors!
  • The continuous descriptions of Ross’s father as a notorious womanizer (counted at least 12)
  • The slow pace (it’s good to know the people)

Things I have to do: watch the TV Series