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Restoration by Rose Tremain
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May 31, 2010

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This thoughtful historical novel follows the tumultuous fortunes of Robert Merivel during the reign of Charles II. Merivel is the narrator of his own story and Tremain gives him a voice of wit, humor, and insight. She also provides ample historical detail and an excellent sense of the era. Restoration is not just the title of the book, nor merely a description of the historical setting, it is a central motif and theme of the narrative. The central events and experiences of Merivel and the people around him involve the loss and regaining of social and psychological states. Through this progression, Merivel finally achieves wisdom, contentment, and maturity.
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