To be read at the Sweeping Sagas group in February 1st.
This book is about Camilla and her sister Eugenia and their cousin Indiana. There is a lot of i...moreTo be read at the Sweeping Sagas group in February 1st.
This book is about Camilla and her sister Eugenia and their cousin Indiana. There is a lot of intrigue and misunderstandings among characters but the plot moves on. It seems there is a great influence from Austen's work into this book.(less)
This is the fifth volume of Poldgark saga where the fighting between Ross Poldgark and George Warleggan is still very intense. Some new characters are...moreThis is the fifth volume of Poldgark saga where the fighting between Ross Poldgark and George Warleggan is still very intense. Some new characters are introduced such as Sam and Drake Carne (Demelza's brothers) and Morwenna (Elizabeth's niece), who falls in love with a man she cannot marry. In the meantime, Ross tries to recover some Cornwall people who have become prisoners in France. Excellent plot, as usual. Still looking forward to read the whole series of 12 books.(less)
Opening lines: I sit down to give you an undeniable proof of my considering your desires as indispensable...moreFree download available at Project Gutenberg.
Opening lines: I sit down to give you an undeniable proof of my considering your desires as indispensable orders. Ungracious then as the task may be, I shall recall to view those scandalous stages of my life, out of which I emerged, at length, to the enjoyment of every blessing in the power of love, health and fortune to bestow; whilst yet in the flower of youth, and not too late to employ the leisure afforded me by great ease and affluence, to cultivate an understanding, naturally not a despicable one, and which had, even amidst the whirl of loose pleasures I had been tossed in, exerted more observation on the characters and manners of the world than what is common to those of my unhappy profession, who, looking on all though or reflection as their capital enemy, keep it at as great a distance as they can, or destroy it without mercy.
I wonder why this book was considered as a banned book. Just found out at Wikipedia:
In the 19th century, copies of the book were sold "underground." The book eventually made its way to the United States, where in 1821 it was banned for obscenity. It was not until 1963, after the failure of the British obscenity trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover in 1960 that Mayflower Books, run by Gareth Powell, published an unexpurgated paperback version of Fanny Hill. The police became aware of the 1963 edition a few days before publication, after spotting a sign in the window of the Magic Shop in Tottenham Court Road in London, run by Ralph Gold. An officer went to the shop and bought a copy and delivered it to the Bow Street magistrate Sir Robert Blundell, who issued a search warrant. At the same time, two officers from the vice squad visited Mayflower Books in Vauxhall Bridge Road to determine if quantities of the book were kept on the premises. They interviewed the publisher, Gareth Powell, and took away the only five copies there. The police returned to the Magic Shop and seized 171 copies of the book, and in December Ralph Gold was summonsed under section 3 of the Obscenity Act. By then, Mayflower had distributed 82,000 copies of the book, but it was Gold rather than Mayflower or Fanny Hill who was being tried, although Mayflower covered the legal costs. The trial took place in February 1964. The defence argued that Fanny Hill was a historical source book and that it was a joyful celebration of normal non-perverted sex—bawdy rather than pornographic. The prosecution countered by stressing one atypical scene involving flagellation, and won. Mayflower decided not to appeal. However the case had highlighted the growing disconnect between the obscenity laws and the social realities of late 1960s Britain, and was instrumental in shifting views to the point where in 1970 an unexpurgated version of Fanny Hill was once again published in Britain.(less)
Page 113: ‘My words are my own and my actions are my ministers’. - Charles II
Page 203: But now and then you do not have all the control of your feelings...morePage 113: ‘My words are my own and my actions are my ministers’. - Charles II
Page 203: But now and then you do not have all the control of your feelings that you should have – and then thoughts and feelings surge up in you like – like an angry tide. And it is hard, sometimes it is hard to control the tide.’
Page 410: ‘The importance of money is that it should always be treated as of no importance.’
I do love this Poldark series, one never gets bored with the developing plot of each book.
I’ve just heard that the Welsh actressAngharad Rees passed away. What a pity, I am going to miss you Demelza, rest in peace.
Let the new faces play what tricks they will In the old rooms; night can outbalance day, Our shadows rove the garden gravel still, The living seem more s...moreLet the new faces play what tricks they will In the old rooms; night can outbalance day, Our shadows rove the garden gravel still, The living seem more shadowy than they.
William Butler Yeats, The New Faces
Page 41: ‘Ever try to hold a butterfly? It can’t be done. You damage them,’ he said. ‘As gentle as you try to be, you take the powder from their wings and they won’t ever fly the same. It’s kinder just to let them go.’
In order to avoid repeating what has been said before by other reviewers, I would add the historical background that provides the basis for this story.
In 1715, Trelowarth was the home of the Jacobites which plans were to defeat King George I and put in his place the catholic claimant of this throne, James Stuart.
The Jacobite rising of 1715 is often referred to as The Fifteen.
There is an interesting book on this subject written by Daniel Szechi.
And don't forget to mention also another book with the same historical background written by Anya Seton, namely Devil Water.(less)