Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787 (The Poldark Saga #1)
A gorgeous new release of the heartwarming and hilarious first novel in the Poldark series, the subject of the landmark BBC series
Ross Poldark is a heartwarming, gripping, and utterly entertaining saga that brings to life an unforgettable cast of characters and one of the greatest love stories of our age.
Ross Poldark returns to Cornwall from war, looking forward to a jo...more
Oddly, though, this does not seem to be the case, much; the television show has proven to be very faithful to the books, or at least to this first one*....more
The shame is that I own the first three books in the series (with the nice covers) and now don't know if I'll ever read them...
The author dares to do things that 'modern' authors would not dare - such as start before the action with the return of the hero, Ross Poldark, from war. Winston Graham has the audacity and confidence in his writing to know he will snare the reader from the start, even though he stretches the story out over a number of years - none of which detracts from the pace and tension of the unfolding plot.
I wouldn't recommend this author for those who don't know how to read between the lines. It's definitely not a typical historical romance like I'm used to but I thoroughly enjoyed it and will continue on to the next.
An online friend from the UK told me about this series.
Wiki says: "There are a total of twelve novels. The first seven novels are set during the 18th century, until Christmas 1799. The remaining five are concerned with the early years of the 19th century and the lives of the children of the main characters of the previous novels."
There are movie adaptations too:
Ross returns from America in 1783 (after a stint in the Army), world-weary, seeking the security of home and hearth to recoup his spirit. For a time, he is emotionally adrift as he goes about the business of making needed improvements to the family estate and opening a mine.
Through Winston Graham's writing, you become fully immersed in the lives of Ross, his relations, and friends.
Like a fine win...more
The BBC is making a new version of the popular TV series of the 1970s that starred Robin Ellis as Ross Poldark.
So glad I re-visited this book - doubt I'll get the rest of series but really enjoyed this book.
What did I like about it. The relationship between Ross and Demelza. The master and the servant girl. the seduction scene I found at the time to be quite erotic. I wanted to be Demelza I wanted to be taken by Ross. Many happy hours spent in a fantasy of various scenarios. The period that it took place- 18th century. I liked history at school and the...more
This first of six adventure novels in Graham’s POLDARK saga
introduces readers not only to mesmerizing protagonists, but to the
semi-enchanted milieu of Cornwall. Molded by sea and land, rugged coast and begrudging copper and tin mines, poorly concealed illicit activity in the form of smuggling and poaching the local characters weave their frenzied lives while pursuing their frustrated dreams of wealth, power or happiness. Set just after the successful Ame...more
The story seemed to be as much about the villagers on Ross's estate as Ross himself. And I couldn't help feel that every time the plot got pulled off in the direction of one of these other characters, that the story has just lost its focus. One instance of this was, at the marriage of two of the villagers (which Ross was not at) there was almost an entire chapter dedicated t...more
I'm pretty sure this is the Last Book I Finished before our wedding, so it's as good a place to start as any. I picked Ross Poldark up on the recommendation of a dancing friend. I reacted to it so differently from her that I'm almost not sure we read the same book, but I did like it very much.
It's got the classic problem of modern historical fiction -- I can't figure out whether or...more