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Cornwall, 1783-1787Tired from a grim war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and family, only to find his father has died, his estate is derelict, and the girl he loved is engaged to another. But then he rescues a half-starved urchin girl and takes her home; an act which, it turns out, will alter his life...

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  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-02-25 11:36

    Some of my friends in two different groups I'm in started reading this series so I thought, let me watch a little bit of the show on Amazon Prime. Um, yeah, then I decided I needed all of the books even though there is something going to happen that I didn't like but let the pictures do the talking =) *******LET ME JUST SAY THERE WILL BE SPOILERS*******Okay, so we have the beautiful Ross Poldark going off off to war thinking he would be coming home to his wonderful Elizabeth that he had fell in love with.....Uh, no. Ross comes back 2 years later to his cousin, Francis, marrying his wonderful Elizabeth. Happy day to you dear, Ross. All is fair in love and war, right? < --- I can't believe I just said that! Moving on. So Ross then has to work himself to the bone to get Nampara back to rights. His father died not long ago and the keepers, Jud and Prudie, let it go to hell in a handbasket! I loved these two though, they are so freaking funny! And then Ross happens to be in town one day with Jud buying some livestock for the home when he spies some street urchin fighting with some boys over a dog. They were going to do bad things. The only thing I don't like about these books is a few bad things they do to animals. They can kiss my arse! And Demelza feels the same, so there. And we have the beautiful, Demelza, playing a boy but is really a beautiful warm soul underneath. Her and her dog Garrick. Okay, so she can hold her own in a brawl as best she can and says whatever she feels but that's the way it should be! Ross is starting to looking into going into partnership in a mine. He doesn't really want to bother with his own for reasons. But, we get the beginning of what could be something started with the Wheel Leisure mine. There are a lot of different things going on in the book but I believe I have rambled forever and a day! Let me just add that some things turn around for Ross and Demelza. He starts to notice her among other things. And then they get married, yes married. And I love Ross cousin, Verity. She is so sweet and she tries to help tame Demelza and becomes a most cherished of friends. I love this book, I love the tv show and I do believe I will love the rest with the exception of one thing I know that's going to happen and will make me want to beat the living you know what out of Ross. That's all I'm saying. Team Demelza all the way! ♥MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2019-03-17 10:15

    Ross Poldark, published in 1945, tells the story of Ross, a British man in his twenties, from the time he returns from the war in America in 1783 until about four years later. It's the first of a series of a dozen Poldark books that has spawned a couple of BBC miniseries, one in 1975 and a remake in 2015:I think it's safe to say that Ross v. 2.0 was a serious upgrade.Ross is landed gentry, but not particularly wealthy. In fact, he's skirting the edge of poverty, and his father had let their home and land fall to pieces in his later years, especially in his final illness. When Ross returns from the war, with some lingering physical injuries, he's further injured when he finds out that his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth, with whom he had an "understanding," is about to marry his cousin Francis. If this were a historical romance his love would prevail in the end, but this isn't that kind of book. Elizabeth says sorry, she's really going to marry Francis, and Francis is so in love that he doesn't see how deeply he's hurt Ross. The wedding goes on as planned, and Ross is left to pick up the pieces and try to put his life and his estate back together. This is the story of how that happens.It's told in a very leisurely manner, and more than one reader has foundered on the slow pace. I almost did myself. But it's well told if you don't mind the pacing, and it gives you a real feel for living in the area of Cornwall, England in the late 1700s. Winston Graham really did his research. This is a warts and all type of tale; bad stuff happens and it's not always made right. But this volume, at least, has an ultimately hopeful feel to it.A soft 4 stars for me. Even if the plot is rather slow and meandering (and leaves a few plot threads hanging for resolution in later books), Ross Poldark has some lovely moments and great, detailed characters and settings that suck you in. I don't regret the time I spent with it. It wasn't entirely my cuppa tea so I probably won't read the sequels, but I might page through some of them in the library to see if I can figure out what happened with a couple of those loose plot threads (view spoiler)[Verity and Captain Blarney, and Jim Carter the poacher (hide spoiler)].["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Candi
    2019-03-07 11:44

    4.5 stars rounded up"A wet October evening is depressing, but it drapes some soft shadows on the rough edges of ruin and decay. Not so the light of morning."Captain Ross Poldark is eager to return to his land and his love after fighting for the British in the Revolutionary War. He is jolted into reality when he finds that with the death of his father, his property has been neglected and ruined, and that his beloved is now engaged to his cousin. It will require much hard work and determination if he is to save his estate and rebuild all that has been precious to his family. Regarding the girl, well that will take a different sort of resolve to face this reversal in his fortune. It’s been quite some time since I’ve immersed myself in a saga such as this, and I am ready to see this one through to the end! If the first book is any indication, then this series is going to be excellent and well worth the commitment! The Cornwall landscape is somehow so very alluring to my travel-hungry imagination, and the descriptions here are beautiful. The characters are developed skillfully and the differing social classes from the gentry to the mineworkers are well-drawn. I love Ross’s interactions with the people that earn their living by working his land or by submerging themselves in the depths of the earth in order to bring copper ore to the surface. He’s not above sitting and having a drink with these rougher sorts of men and is bold enough to stand up for those that cannot defend themselves, despite the risk of gossip that such acts inevitably attract. "He wondered if the real world was that one in which men fought for policies and principles and died or lived gloriously – or more often miserably – for the sake of an abstract word like patriotism or independence, or if reality belonged to the humble people and the common land."I was thoroughly entertained with my introduction to Ross Poldark and all the other wonderful people I have met during my excursion to late eighteenth century Cornwall. I look forward to spending more time with loyal cousin Verity, carefree Demelza, unpredictable Aunt Agatha, and of course the unconventional (and yes, somewhat irresistible!) Ross - and a host of others as well. Am I a fan of the television series? Well, having just finished episode one of the first season, I am happy to say that my husband may actually have to share some screen time with me for some time now. I have a bit of catching up to do, and it is safe to say that I am hooked! I highly recommend the book (and most likely the series) for lovers of historical fiction and engaging family sagas.

  • Mischenko
    2019-02-23 15:23

    This book is featured on this week's Shabby Sunday @ https://readrantrockandroll.com/2017/...It’s 1783, and Ross Poldark is returning home after fighting in the American Revolutionary War. When he arrives he learns that his father is dead, his copper mine is failing, and his sweetheart Elizabeth, whom he loves, is engaged to his cousin Francis. Not only that, but the servants haven’t been keeping up with the estate, and it’s in shambles. His joyful homecoming is crushed and everything is a mess with chickens scattered around in his living room.Ross plans to get back on his feet again, but his finances are a mess and he struggles to fit back into society. The future is looking fairly grim. He meets a fourteen-year-old girl named Demelza, rescues her from her abusive father, and gives her a job as a kitchen maid at Nampara where he resides. As time moves on, Demelza grows up into a beautiful young woman, their relationship changes, and they get married against everyone’s wishes. There’s hardly a single soul who approves of their marriage and Demelza will have to prove that she’s a worthy wife. Not only does she struggle with society, she struggles with herself because she knows Ross still loves Elizabeth and Demelza is the one who wants to be number one in Ross’s life.The book is full of memorable characters with Demelza being my favorite. Winston Graham has a way of making the wind, sea, weather, and landscape connect to the feelings of the characters and the imagery of Cornwall pulls you in with all the vivid details.“He felt he would like one more look at the sea, which even now was licking at the rocks behind the house. He had no sentimental notions about the sea; he had no regard for its dangers or its beauties; to him it was a close acquaintance whose every virtue and failing, every smile and tantrum he had come to understand.” The book started off slow for me, but once I got into the story I loved it and couldn’t wait to read the other books in the series. I ended up reading every single book in The Poldark Saga and highly recommend it to all that enjoy reading historical fiction.My rating on this is 5*****

  • Tracie Banister
    2019-02-23 18:37

    I've been hearing a lot about the new Poldark TV-series that's being filmed for the BBC and thought the multi-generational saga sounded like something I'd enjoy, so I decided to give the first book a read. I'm so glad I did! I was instantly drawn into the story of Ross Poldark, the young officer who returns to Cornwall after fighting in the Revolutionary War, sporting a scar on his face and a limp, to find that his father is dead, his family home is in ruins, and his love, the beautiful and genteel Elizabeth, is now engaged to his cousin. The latter is the most difficult cross for Ross to bear, and he must throw himself into the restoration of his property and the Poldarks' mining business in order to distract himself from his loss. As you can imagine, family gatherings, which force Ross to break bread and exchange polite conversation with his cousin, Francis, and Elizabeth are both awkward and torturous.But Ross is a strong man and he discovers new purpose in rebuilding his family's small empire and in providing counsel to the tenants on his land. He's helped along the way by several very entertaining and well-drawn supporting characters, including Jud and Prudie, the comically lazy and foul-mouthed couple who are caretakers of the Poldark estate, his cousin Verity who provides moral support, and a feisty ragamuffin named Demelza whom Ross rescues from a street brawl and brings home to work in his kitchen. Winston Graham did such a wonderful job in describing the Cornish land and its people; I was so transported by his words that I could almost feel the sea spray on my face while I was reading! And I loved the complexities of all the relationships in this book. How conflicted Ross continues to be over his feelings for Elizabeth, how there are so many different levels to his interactions with Demelza, how kindhearted Verity falls in love with a man who has a dark past which leads to discord in her family. It's all great, soapy stuff, and I stayed up late several nights in a row because I couldn't put the book down!The story ended with several storylines left up in the air, so I had to immediately download the next book. I can't wait to see what happens next in the lives of Ross & Co. and I highly recommend this read to anyone who loves Historical Fiction. You won't find a more compelling protagonist than Ross Poldark.

  • Jill
    2019-02-22 15:26

    These books are totally under-rated. Although they may be slightly trashy Pre-Victorian love stories, so was Jane Eyre when it was written. Graham is a very good writer and these books are full of powerful and descriptive pros which ignite the imagination - even if said imagination is that of a hopeless romantic who watches too much Masterpiece Theater and too many Lifetime movies. As the title suggests, it is a saga - melodramatic like 'Gone with the Wind,' but like 'Gone with the Wind' it is good history. Although written in the 1950's, Graham paints a rather accurate picture of life in Cornwall in the late 18th century, and I love this part of the part of the books as well.These may be written off as trashy love stories set in period, but I think they are very well written and very inciteful. Graham sees into the hearts of very clearly defined characters, which all have their own inner thoughts and fears which are completely believeable and relatable. These books really suck you in, and I plan to read all 10.

  • Linda
    2019-03-20 12:39

    "But in the depths of horror and despair one comes to a new steadiness. There is no farther to fall."And I've fallen into the depths of this historical fiction series by Winston Graham. PBS has taken it to new heights in their offering which will debut Season 2 later in September. Ross Poldark is a returning British soldier having served in America during the uprise of the Revolutionary War. March of 1783 brings news of his father's death. Setting foot upon this once beloved estate, Ross is confronted with a wide array of discouraging upheaval battles. The house and adjoining buildings have been left to decay and abandonment. The former prosperous mine is no longer functioning. Money and a source of credit is not even within reach.And then the heart suffers even more rebuke. Elizabeth, the love of his life and beyond, is marrying his questionable cousin, Francis. Elizabeth had believed that Ross was dead. Fickleness runs in this girl's veins as frigid as ice water as she still has time to turn the tide before the ceremony. Marbles must be rolling in this girl's head as she willfully chooses Francis over the dashing, but broke, Ross. Oh, clueless Liz will regret that move most certainly.Winston Graham presents this story set in Cornwall through a currently rendered trilogy. I'm already into the second book of this series, Demelza. I find the characters, and there are many of them, to be well-drawn and painfully human. The theme throughout seems to be of Ross' rising from the ashes breaking through the mire of heartbreak, family treachery, injustice, and despair. All the goodies that make for an intriguing work of historical fiction. I believe that once you pick up the first book in this series you will be drawn in as well. And there's also the PBS version that adheres quite well to the book series. It's the perfect answer to shoring up a depleted, dry book craving. And who couldn't use a dashing figure riding a dark horse galloping across the fields of your mind about now?

  • Sara
    2019-03-24 10:28

    4.5 rounded up.I couldn’t resist this book...it has a picture of Aidan Turner on its cover. Seriously, I have loved watching the Poldark series on PBS and I find the book it is based on to be just as interesting and fulfilling. I will be reading the entire book series, although at what pace I am not sure.Book 1 deals with Ross Poldark, who comes home to England (Cornwall, no less) from the American Revolution to find that his father has died, his land is in complete disrepair, and his love is about to marry his cousin, Francis. Ross appears to have picked up some ideas about freedom and equality while across the Atlantic and he finds himself outside the normal bounds of his class in his thinking. We are set up for a tale of class struggle and moral choices in the heart and hands of a very independent and atypical man. The characters are developed beautifully, there is enough of romance and intrigue to keep you guessing and the writing is well-paced, even though you can sense this is going to be a long story. I am in for the full ride and expect it to be delightful.

  • Julio Genao
    2019-03-05 16:37

    fuck this book.fuck this showfuck the day this story shat on my lifei don't care how hot this character isor wossiname from being humanwho always kinda looked like a concussed goat to me anywayall i know isthis one time this fictional person was more important than anything i am or could ever be or could ever have lostso this shitright herecan die in a dumpster firesurrounded by solemn hobosand like four confused hipsters who think they're at bonnaroothe end

  • Tim Vicary
    2019-03-11 13:45

    This site is called Goodreads and this book, together with the eleven other Poldark novels which follow it, is one of the best reads you could possibly find. Winston Graham is not just a good writer - he is in in my view a great writer. He has all the gifts and skills you could possibly want in a novelist: he creates wonderful, well-drawn characters, he has a brilliant, accurate ear for dialogue, he writes beautiful, concise description, he creates dramatic, page-turning plots - what more could you want? The plots of these novels are wonderfully crafted; he is the master of setting a little time-bomb which will tick away in the back of your mind for hundreds of pages before it explodes. His plots are very dramatic - these believable, very real characters do things of quite breath-taking audacity which the author has the skill to develop thoroughly so that all the consequences are quite fully worked out. The villains are truly evil but in human terms thoroughly understandable, and the good characters sympathetic but satisfyingly flawed. He has a great gift for comedy too - particularly in the early books where the antics of Jud and Judie Paynter had me laughing out loud. The historical research should not be forgotten either - he paints a wholly believable picture of nineteenth century Cornwall during the Napoleonic Wars and the early Industrial Revolution, which brings a bygone world to life. Like many people of my age, I first knew of these books through the TV series which was a great hit at the time. I think I read the first two books then, before university, work and family took over. But coming back to them in later life I realise what an enormous achievement they really are. I started with this book about two months ago and I have just finished book ten, with two more to go. After that I think I shall explore Winston Graham's other books - he wrote about 40 novels all told, many made into films. If I could write half as well as him I would be proud. If you are looking for a long, well-written, fully realised series of historical novels to sink into and enjoy, these are the books for you!Tim Vicary. www.timvicary.com

  • Diane Barnes
    2019-03-23 18:37

    Long story short, this book and the next five in the series have been on my shelves for 13 years. I remember when and where I bought them, but not why. This was way before the recent PBS series, and way before I joined GR, but I must have heard about them in some way. Despite being mass market paperbacks, I have lugged them around with me from house to house, from NC to SC, intending to read them at some point.Last year I resolved to read any 2017 book purchase before year's end, and was fairly successful at that, so this year I added the requirement that I make a dent in my physical shelves. Enter GR reviews, the Poldark Series that everyone is talking about, and my resolution. I decided to start the first book, dnf if I didn't like it, then get the others off my shelves by purging.Well, the purging is not going to happen. I fell into this novel of eighteenth century Cornwall, and stayed there happily for a while, living life with Ross Poldark and his existing and cobbled together family. He returned to Cornwall in 1787 after going to America to fight in the Revolutionary War, finding his father was dead, the woman he loved married to his cousin, his estate in disrepair, and his reputation in tatters. One of the best things about the novel is that there are 11 more in the series, so I could turn the last page without feeling that I would lose the characters that I had grown to love. And I get to read 5 more from my shelves, although now I need to find all the rest of them. And I can now watch the series, having the books as background.But the very best thing is that I now have a new literary crush. Ross Poldark is a kind and principled man, who can be tough when he needs to be. He has a sense of humor, is intelligent, loves to read, does not care what people think of him, and always tried to do the right thing. How can I resist that?

  • Anna
    2019-03-12 11:24

    Rating 3.5 starsThe BBC recently aired their new version of Poldark, and whilst I and a nation of women went gaga for the brooding and shirtless Aidan Turner (oh dear God *drool*), I also adored the beautiful Eleanor Tomlinson and the sizzling chemistry they had together. When Ross and Demelza fell first in passion (the dress scene *swoon*) and then in love (the singing scene *sigh*), so did I with them. Just gorgeous. Away from the TV show, the first book in the series, Ross Poldark, took a while to get going for me, probably because I was waiting impatiently for them to notice each other so I could re-live my favourite moments; Demelza's devotion and Ross's realisation are as much a joy to read as they are to watch. It's not all sighing and swooning though as Ross can be a self-righteous pain in the arse at times, and I'm simply not buying his pining for Elizabeth; why would such a practical and passionate man be so hung up on that insipid cold-fish? Yeah yeah yeah, first love n' all that, but c'mon, a choice between sitting around looking pretty and taking tea, or having funny, feisty, adorable Demelza getting stuck into village life and looking after you in both the kitchen and the bedroom - it's no contest. Ross and Elizabeth don't have a single drop of chemistry, whereas Ross and Demelza crackle with it on every level. As for the rest of the plot, when Ross and Demelza aren't centre stage, my attention begins to wander; with the exception of Ross's cousin, Verity, I'm nowhere near as interested in the other characters or storylines, which may not bode too well for the future books in the series. However, I'll be reading Demelza next as her story with Ross has completely captivated me. I'm also hoping that knowing the TV series became more engrossing as it progressed, so too will the books.

  • Jaylia3
    2019-03-08 14:29

    I have a shameful confession. Other than a few notable exceptions (Tolstoy, Anthony Trollope, Jasper Fforde) I rarely enjoy fiction written by men. I can’t even discuss it without resorting to stereotypes I would resent if it was women being lumped together, but if I was forced to say something it would be that even when I’m intrigued by the stories male authors have to tell, their characterizations, particularly of women, tend to make my skin crawl.So while I’ve been eagerly awaiting each TV episode of BBC’s Poldark, I remained hesitant to try the books by Winston Graham that the series is based on. Hesitant, that is, until I read the opening pages of this first book and got hooked. The prose is beautiful, even graceful, without being ornate or fussy and Graham writes his characters, female and male, with clear-eyed but sympathetic insight that reminds me of George Eliot. There are touches of history (the doings of mad King George, the unrest in France, etc.) and humor, but the heart of the story centers on the families--noble and not--of Cornwall. We see their courtships, their marriages, and their home lives, and we travel to the mines, farm fields, and ocean waters where they earn their livings. It’s a credit to Graham’s skill as a writer that I was actually interested in the sections on copper mining.In the first chapter of the book--and first episode of the TV series--Ross Poldark returns to Cornwall after fighting with the British in the American Revolution, only to find his father dead, his property in ruins, and his girlfriend engaged to his cousin. Ross is the son of a younger son, and not much interested in the niceties of class and society, making him an appealing character for modern sensibilities. His quick to learn but almost feral kitchen maid Demelza also plays a major role in the story, and so does Elizabeth, his former girlfriend, and his cousins Verity and Francis.The book and the TV show complement each other wonderfully. The gorgeous scenery of the BBC production made my reading pleasure all the more vivid, and the book fills in details that the show has to skim over. The novel also gave me a chance to dwell in the story a little longer--an addictive pleasure. Immediately after finishing the first book I started the second volume in the series.

  • K
    2019-03-08 15:15

    I used to think I hated historical fiction; I've since realized that what I hate is bad historical fiction. In a lot of the historical fiction books I've read, it seemed as if the author hated to waste the hours spent researching the period and instead, chose to incorporate what they'd read in lengthy text-book style asides about contextual events which really detracted from the novel itself. However, since forming that impression I've read some excellent historical fiction (e.g., "Year of Wonders" by Geraldine Brooks) where the book is clearly well-researched in that it remains true to the period, but the focus is on the story itself. I feel that this book is another example of great historical fiction. I would never have noticed it or picked it up except that I saw some later books in its series were highly rated on Tamar's list (thanks, Tamar!). Now, I want to read the whole series. I really enjoyed the writing style, which I would describe as literary but not inaccessible. I would definitely place this book above a "page-turner," but the events in the book held my interest the way a page-turner would. I also thought that the characters and particularly their relationships were well-developed and depicted; I liked the fact that relationships went through a perceptible transition as opposed to conveniently becoming what the author wanted them to be. For example, even once Ross and Demelza were married, they didn't instantly fall in love, or even into this grand passion. Demelza's relationship with Verity also went through a realistic transition, even though Verity was clearly a character who was meant to be unusually open-minded and able to rise above her class, and the author could have copped out and given them this instaneous rapport. I'm really looking forward to getting into this series.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-03-14 17:32

    KERMIT FLAIL: re-visit 2015 via new BBC seriesEpisode 1 of 8: Cornwall, 1783. Ross Poldark returns from the battlefield to find his father dead, the estate in ruins and his sweetheart Elizabeth engaged to his cousin. On impulse, Ross rescues young urchin Demelza and resolves to forge a new life in the face of hostile forces.Episode 2 of 8:Ross resolves to reopen his family mine with Francis. Demelza struggles to fit in at Nampara, and Verity makes an unsuitable match.Episode 3/8: Ross celebrates the opening of Wheal Leisure as rumours spread of a scandalous relationship between him and Demelza. Francis and Elizabeth celebrate the birth of their new son. Ross must fight to save his friend Jim, sparring in court with Reverend Halse.4/8: News of Ross and Demelza's marriage spreads through the community, damaging Wheal Leisure's prospects. Demelza is filled with anxiety when Francis and Elizabeth invite the newlyweds to spend Christmas at Trenwith. Demelza gives birth and resolves to help Verity reconcile with Captain Blamey. Ross welcomes old friend Dr Dwight Enys to Cornwall, and Francis's persistent gambling threatens the security of all he holds dear. 6/8: With Jim gravely ill in Bodmin jail, Ross and Dwight launch a desperate mission to save him. Demelza is excited to attend a grand ball held by George, who is determined to ruin Ross and his smelting company. Aidan Turner as Captain Ross Poldark Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza Jack Farthing as George Warleggan Kyle Soller as Francis Poldark Warren Clarke as Charles Poldark Phil Davis as Jud Beatie Edney as Prudie Alex Arnold as Jim Carter Robert Daws as Dr Choake Robin Ellis as Reverend Mr Halse Heida Reed as Elizabeth Ruby Bentall as Verity Richard Harrington as Captain Andrew Blamey Tristan Sturrock as Zacky Martin John Hollingworth as Captain Henshawe Gracee O'Brien as Jinny Martin Harriet Ballard as Ruth Teague Jenny Coverack as Connie CarterI know, I know - no-one can replace Angharad Rees, especially not this scrawny tall piece of womenwork - but hey! let's give the lass a chance, think you? I'm all for getting behind her because she has a tough act to follow. ETA-Eleanor Tomlinson had won me over by the end of episode 2 - what a pushover I am!But for those, like me, who whallow in the past here is some Rees/Demelza footageBwhahaha - good spot by dear M - Robin Ellis the original Poldark is playing Rev Halse in this new edition.There are 347 pages in this edition. phthisis = tuberculosisA Novel of Cornwall 1783 - 1787.Joshua Poldark died in March 1783. In February of that year, feeling that his tenure was coming short, he sent for his brother from Trenwith.Charles came lolloping over on his great roan horse one cold grey afternoon, and Prudie Paynter, lank-haired and dark-faced and fat, showed him straight into the bedroom where Joshua lay possed up with his pillows and cushions in the big box bed. Charles looked askance round the room with his small watery blue eyes, at the disorder and the dirt, then lifted his coattails and subsided upon a wicker chair which creaked under his weight.

  • Karen
    2019-02-23 12:45

    Brilliant!!!

  • Piper
    2019-03-24 18:39

    5 second time around stars!!! Loved the re-read even more than the first. The sun had gone down, and the brows of the sky were dark.And Ross again knew himself to be happy- in a new and less ephemeral way than before.He thought, If we could only stop life for a while I would stop here. Not when I get home, not leaving Trenwith, but here, here reaching the top of the hill out of Sawle, dusk wiping out the edges of the land and Demelza walking and humming at my side.This has been such a fabulous audiobook and I am quickly moving on to the second. I began this journey by watching the BBC drama which was recommended by my good friend, Karen!!! I was instantly smitten by the story and by Aidan Turner. ♥♥ sigh ♥♥I would not be totally truthful if I did not mention that, had I not watched the tv adaptation first, I might not have loved this book as much as I did. I do not normally need any visuals to increase the appeal of a story- but OMG, the cinematography just brought it all to life. Now in reading the series, I can picture the gorgeous, brooding Ross Poldark along with all the other characters whom I have met, as well as look forward to meeting new players to come.

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2019-03-04 13:25

    I am a big fan of British mysteries, comedies and dramas so it is no surprise that I am a fan of Masterpiece Theater. I recorded Poldark when it appeared on PBS and enjoyed the series, but did find it a bit on the slow side. I heard that there was also another "mini-series" done in the 1970s. I knew that both were based on a book so I looked it up and saw that the first book was published in 1945 (post-world war II) and the last book was published in 2002. I was really curious in reading Ross Poldark and suggested it for my online reading group. It won the poll so I was motivated in reading it. ROSS POLDARK (The Poldark Saga: #1) Written by Winston Graham1945 (reissued: 2015); 393 Pages (Pan/Sourcebook Landmark)Genre: historical fiction, romance, saga, seriesRATING: ★★★★1/2"Cornwall, 1783-1787Tired from a grim war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and family, only to find his father has died, his estate is derelict, and the girl he loved is engaged to another. But then he rescues a half-starved urchin girl and takes her home; an act which, it turns out, will alter his life." (From Publisher)I started this book thinking it would an okay family saga, but was really surprised on how much I loved this book. For me it was a bit like the first moment I read Outlander. I could reread this book a few time like I did with Outlander. it is because I really connected with this novel. The character development throughout the book was so well-written. You were given more than just a snippet of the person and their life. Throughout the book we would visit key characters and learn more about them this way. Ross is what I would call a "Bronte/Austen" hero in that he is brooding, flawed but also wants redemption. I liked him as a character and a hero. I was always rooting for him, but also had a bit of a crush on how he wants to help others. Graham is also great with the dialogue and interactions between the characters. It is through different characters that we also get the whole of who Ross is. His genuine affection for his cousin Verity shows his sensitive caring ways. You see the vulnerability and yet strength when he interacts with Elizabeth. I also liked that Graham did not turn characters in caricatures or one dimensional. Even the "villains" and "quirky" characters have all sides. I wanted to have constant hate-on with Elizabeth but you do see how she gets the way she does and I end up feeling pity for her. Books defined as "sagas" can either be angsty dramas, sex and gossip or really gripping portraits. Or it is for me. This one worked for me because it was well-researched in the historical time it took place. You didn't just get the sense of the time, but what was going on in those days - politics, social norms, courtships, war, etc. Ross Poldark has a great mix of drama, action, romance and history. It balances out perfectly so that you just really are entertained by a well-written book. I highly recommend you just try this book as it may be better than you think it will.My Novelesque Life

  • Laurel
    2019-03-09 12:17

    At first glance, it is easy to see why some modern readers might overlook Ross Poldark, the primogenial novel in Winston Graham’s The Novels of Cornwall family saga. Originally published in 1945, most seventy-year-old books are now long forgotten. Its main character is a man—when to appeal to its primary audience most historical fiction is carried by a female protagonist. The setting can be off putting too. It begins in 1783, a difficult and depressing time in English history after the loss of the American Colonies, when social, political and economic upheaval crippled the country. Fueled, by angst, obsession and regret, it is about as far removed from the refined country drawing rooms, witty repartee and genteel romance found in Jane Austen novels as it could be.Despite these questionable first impressions, this novel and its eponymous hero have “legs.” It has never gone out of print and continues to build a fan base, mostly generated from the 1975 – 1977 landmark television adaptation, Poldark, starring Robin Ellis. And now after forty years the BBC and PBS have joined forces again for a reboot of this very popular classic starring Aidan Turner as the swashbuckling hero. With so much clout behind it, who could not be tempted to see what the original novel was all about?Set in Cornwall, Royal Army officer Captain Ross Poldark returns home a scarred and weary soldier from fighting in the American Revolutionary War. It is a disheartening homecoming. His father Joshua has recently died, his sweetheart Elizabeth Chynoweth is engaged to his cousin Francis Poldark and his inheritance, the family residence, farmland and tin mines lie totally derelict. There does not appear to be any reason for him to stay.The local economy does not fare much better. The tin and copper mines owned by the landed gentry are in serious decline while nouveau riche banker George Warleggan prospers by extending credit, foreclosing and building a financial empire on the hard work of others. Bonded to the land, his tenants and the hope that Elizabeth will return to him, the temptation to leave and take the easy road is not even a serious option for this Poldark. With the help of two of his father’s idle servants, Jud and Prudie Paynter and a street urchin turned kitchen maid Demelza Carne, Ross fights to rebuild his pride and his family fortune.“Looking east, upon Hendrawna Beach, the sea was very clam today: a smokey grey with here and there patches of violet and living, moving green. The waves were shadows, snakes under a quilt, creeping in almost unseen until they emerged in milky ripple at the waters edge.” (p. 33)Surprisingly, we are immediately drawn in by author Winston Graham’s opening chapters. His writing is succinct, lyrical and hypnotic. He throws so much adversity in our hero’s path that we cannot help but root for the underdog. We learn early on that Ross Poldark is not your typical landed gentry. He may have left for the war a young ensign with a dubious reputation, but he returned two years later a seasoned captain—a mature leader of men tempered by British injustice and influenced by the ideals of liberty and equality by the American patriots. Deeply committed to helping the local villagers, his proletariat views are not welcomed by his own class. In his mind, what is right to be done cannot be done soon enough regardless of the consequences. He abhors aristocrats and their privileged way of life—delighting in thumbing his nose at them in scandalous ways.About half-way into the novel we realize that Captain Ross Poldark could be an iconic romantic hero to rival Mr. Darcy, Mr. Rochester and John Thornton. He’s handsome. He’s rebellious. He’s broody. He’s the dark Poldark; the one with the youthful reputation as a wastrel, gamester and smuggler clutching at his left shoulder. He drinks and thinks way too much, and his cousin Verity, the only family member to visit him, is deeply concerned for his welfare.Ross reaches a low point in his life at the wedding of his beloved Elizabeth to his cousin Francis. “All of the time at the back of his mind had been the half conviction that somehow the wedding would not be. It was as hard to believe as if someone had told him he was going to die.” (p. 44) During the wedding banquet at his uncle’s estate, Trenwith, while a cock fight is underway in the dining room for the amusement of the guests, Ross seeks out an encounter with Elizabeth who attempts to explain her decision to not follow through with their youthful promises to each other.“There is no time to explain everything; perhaps I couldn’t explain it if there were. But I do want you to try to forgive me for any unhappiness I may have caused you.”“There is nothing to forgive,” said Ross. “There was no formal undertaking.” (p. 48)This conversation, and their choices of how to deal with the situation, foreshadows their continued, tormented relationship—her fickle nature and need to please her family and society, and his poker-faced indignation against adversity. Each of these personality foibles are the backbone of this story; while there are many other characters and subplots churning throughout the novel, it all comes back to Elizabeth’s decision to marry another man and Ross’s obsession to possess her.Author Winston Graham’s writing is superb. Fast faced, descriptive and engaging, his style is a clever blending of both literary and commercial fiction. He particularly excels at multi-character scenes where the action and dialogue joyfully skips about a room. The Truro Assembly Room ball is one of our favorites. In the course of one chapter we are introduced to Cornwall’s polished society bathed in candlelight and decked out in elegant frocks and swaggering finery. Here we witness polite conversation and scurrilous gossip, flirtations and put-downs; meet a scheming mother with five unwed daughters, a handsome captain courting an on-the-shelf spinster and our hero Ross, scandalously dancing more than two times with a young, ambitious debutante, then fleeing the scene in anguish upon the arrival of Elizabeth and Francis. “Elizabeth’s beauty struck him afresh. The fact that another man should be in full enjoyment of her was like the torture of damnation.” (p. 64) Sullen and brooding, he arrives at a local tavern to drown his sorrows in brandy and the local light skirt.This scene is as close as we get to anything remotely resembling a Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer novel. Refined society is not where Ross Poldark chooses to spend his time, nor does Winston Graham. This story is about money, or the lack of it, the shifting fortunes and social standing of the ruling classes, and the emotional forces that drive men to achieve success and the women that they desire. Along the way we learn a lot about late eighteenth-century copper and tin mining in Cornwall while swash and buckling through fist fights, riots, prison breaks, duels, poaching and pillaging. After all, this is a man’s story and we certainly see life through Ross Poldark’s manly eyes. When he rescues thirteen-year-old street urchin Demelza, and her mongrel dog Garrick at the Redruth Fair from a gang of bullies, we begin to see that there might be a softer side. Nobly, he feeds her and offers her a ride home to her father.“They reached a break in the track. Ahead lay the way to Illugan; the right fork would bring him to skirt St. Ann’s whence he could join the usual lane to Swale.” (p. 75)Before they part, he generously offers her a job as his kitchen maid. She gladly accepts, if only to get out of the thrashing that awaits her at home. Unknowingly, he has reached an important juncture in his life and it will never be the same after this point. Society is scandalized by his altruistic actions, thinking he has taken her for carnal reasons, but he holds firm and pays her greedy father her annual wages. She brings life to his lonely home with her youthful energy, humor and dedication to him. It will redeem his embittered soul.When after three years of service her father wants his daughter back, and commands her to return, Demelza must comply. Heartbroken, she is certain that Nampara is her home now and that she cannot leave Ross. She loves him, even though he has never shown her anything but the respect that a master owes their servant. Desperate to stay, her first attempt at coquetry is a painful failure. Ross is angered and confused. “He felt like someone who had adopted a tiger cub without knowing what it would grow into.” (p. 215) Concerned by her flirtations he angrily tells her,“You know what people say of you, Demelza?”She shook her head. “What?”“If you act like this, what they say of you will become true.”She looked at him, candidly this time, without coquetry and without fear. “I live only for you, Ross.” (p. 217)If you read one historical fiction novel this year, let it be Ross Poldark. Adventurous, addictive and wholly romantic, history buffs will applaud Graham’s meticulous research, Jane Austen fans will delight in the witty repartee and humor, and romance readers will swoon over the discovery of an iconic romantic hero truly worthy of wearing the mantle.Laurel Ann, Poldarkian.com

  • Lucia
    2019-02-27 10:17

    Ross Poldark is historical drama/romance that reads as realistic historical fiction not as romantic chic-lit. It has very realistic feel to it, mainly because all characters are flawed, multi-dimensional and brilliantly written. I really liked that. I will take grey character over one-dimensional one any day. I love historical family sagas and Poss Poldark is a promising start to Poldark series. I definitely plan t read next books very soon!

  • Enchantressdebbicat ☮
    2019-02-23 13:38

    Buddy read with some friends in The Reading for Pleasure Book Club. I had not seen the series on Masterpiece - but, I had friends who liked it. I joined the buddy read late. Everyone was already on to the second book. After I read some of the discussion I decided this might be something I would like, tho, it is not my typical read. All of that said, I am hooked and in for the remainder of the series. I just loved this. The characters are so well fleshed out. You really get to know them. My favorite character is Demelza. The second book, which I am on now, is her story. Basically, Ross rescues her as a 13 year old from a really bad situation. She comes to live with him and work for him. She is a survivor and has such a compassionate and loving spirit. I don't really want to summarize too much. I imagine others have done that. That is quite easily a 5+ star book for me. It is so rich and satisfying. I have now watched part of season 1 of the series and it is very well done. I highly recommend this book to anyone. Even if you don't usually read Historical Fiction - you will fall for the characters in this series and want to hear their story. This will be one of my favorite reads for 2017. So glad my buddies decided to read it and let me tag along. A very pleasurable read!

  • Karen
    2019-03-04 15:18

    Again... just as wonderful. On to Demelza.

  • Dorcas
    2019-03-07 12:26

    At 122 pages I'm bailing. It may be that I'm just not in the mood. I did enjoy the humor at the beginning but after a while the story kind of dragged. I was hoping to feel a bit more invested in the characters as well but it never really happened for me. oh well. Cant win them all. But looking at all the 5 star reviews I think there might be something wrong with me...lolThe 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...

  • Kimberly Carrington-Fox
    2019-03-17 16:20

    Una agradable sorpresa, especialmente por el modo de narrar la historia, muy ágil y sin entretenerse en dar excesivos detalles.Me ha encantado Ross, es el tipo de hombre que levanta una ceja y me sube las enaguas hasta las orejas.Muy recomendable si quieres unas enaguas no guarrers pero con un protagonista digno de ellas.

  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    2019-03-07 14:44

    This was SO. GOOD. I'm 100% in love with the TV show, and I was surprised at how much this felt like watching the first half, when everything is good and Ross is first falling in love with Demelza. Ross and Demelza are such an OTP, I can't wait to read (and watch) more!

  • Marialyce
    2019-03-13 16:19

    Ross Poldark, how do I love thee, let me count the ways.I had become enamored with the BBC series of Poldark. It is what spurred my desire to read the books that the series has been based upon. I have not been in the least disappointed with this the first book in the series written by Winston Graham.In this novel, we encounter Ross Poldark newly returned from the war in the American colonies to find the love of his life, Elizabeth, engaged to his cousin, Frances, his father dead, and his estate in ruins. Ross takes on these challenges in a steadfast manner and faces what life has dealt him in a headstrong way. He attempts to overcome his love for Elizabeth while taking on the running of his estate as well as the mine that were part and parcel of the life and community of which he is a part. As time progresses he meets and hires Demelza a young girl so mistreated by her own father that she immediately finds happiness and solace as Ross's kitchen maid. Time moves forward for all the Poldarks and eventually Ross, because of a growing liking for Demelza marries her and takes on the job of raising Demelza up to his station. She provides for Ross a sense of solace and creates for him a felling of love and acceptance.Demelza, raised in such poverty and at a lower social standing than Ross starts to develop into a woman of character, intelligence, and most importantly of all, makes Ross become enamored of her.I am anxiously looking forward to the next book in this series Demelza and the continuing story of Ross and Demelza and their love for one another, their land, and the people who are within their life's circle.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-20 17:26

    After binge watching the show, I decided that I should probably pick up the book about the story that has so captivated me. I found the book to be quite enjoyable. To me it read very much like the show in the beginning of the novel and then it shifted towards the middle to something new and fresh. I love how the books always provide a larger window into the world of the author, more so than a show or a movie could ever do. Although it took me awhile to finish this book, it is a very quick read; the words practically fly off the page. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys period dramas with a hint of romance. I look forward to reading the other novels in the series.

  • Inés Izal
    2019-03-13 16:41

    AYY ROSS DE MI VIDA Y DE MI CORAZÓN.

  • QNPoohBear
    2019-03-16 10:22

    By now all of my faithful followers should know about the hit TV series based on this series of novels. In case you live under a rock (might I politely suggest you crawl out from under the rock and get on Amazon or get a copy of the DVD and watch the series?), this story is a saga about a family of Cornish gentry, the Poldarks. Returning home after fighting the rebels in America, Captain Ross Poldark discovers his home in ruins, his family mine shut and his people in need of help. He also learns his sweetheart, Elizabeth, has not waited for him but has agreed to marry his more prosperous cousin Francis. Ross has a strong sense of justice and is determined to set things to rights ASAP, but with no money and a tapped out mine, it will not be an easy task. This story spans many years and many books so the pace of this first novel is fairly slow. I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much without having first seen the show. The first season of the show is so fast paced that it makes the slow pace of the novel seem nice. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and setting better. Also the book provides the reader with historical background knowledge and the inner thoughts of some of the characters. I really liked reading what was going on inside their heads. That is the only limitation of the TV series! The historical background seems well researched and true, given the little I know of this time period. Ross is an admirable character. He has a strong sense of not just noblesse oblige but also of what is right. He doesn't suffer fools gladly and has a wonderful way of putting someone down without them knowing it. He's a bit too brooding for me but so far, he is not as much of a loose canon, temper wise, as he is in the TV series. There is one dark subplot that was left out of the TV series that I found disturbing. It made the story of the miners a little darker than it needed to be. This plot involves a creepy stalker of a teenage girl and some violence. My favorite character is Ross's cousin Verity. She's physically strong, sweet, kind and good. I normally hate those types of characters but she's just so genuinely nice, that I can't help but love her and want the best for her. She is basically Ross's best friend for the first few months he is home. They're as close as siblings or closer. I also love Demelza but not as much as TV Demelza. Book Demelza doesn't quite come into her own yet. She is still very young but she's sweet and sassy at the same time. Her youthful energy would wear out anyone half as strong as Ross. Jud and Prudie Payntr, the old family servants, provide the comic relief here. Jud is especially comical. If you like Twister in the TV series Larkrise to Candleford, you'll probably enjoy Jud. Great-Aunt Agatha also provides some comic relief.The characters in the novel are a little more complicated than in the TV series. Elizabeth is a little more likable, so far. Francis is a little less likable. George is still mostly an unknown. He hangs with the gentry but isn't one of them. That doesn't make him a bad person. I neither like him nor dislike him.This series is best suited for older teens and adults. There is some violence, language, dialogue and love making. The love scenes are all tasteful, fade to black without any body parts (except face) mentioned. They're implied rather than explicit. I can't wait to read Demelza next. Hurry up library patrons and return your books!

  • Ian
    2019-03-05 11:23

    Remember that episode of Seinfeld?WINSTON G: See, this should be a book. This is the book. JEAN G: What?WINSTON G: This. Just talking. JEAN G: (dismissing) Yeah, right. WINSTON G: I'm really serious. I think that's a good idea. JEAN G: Just talking? Well what's the book about?WINSTON G: It's about nothing. JEAN G: No story?WINSTON G: No forget the story. JEAN G: You've got to have a story. WINSTON G: Who says you gotta have a story? Remember when we were waiting for, for the pilchards that time? That could be a book.JEAN G: And who is in the book? Who are the characters?WINSTON G: I could be a character.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQnaR...And that's Ross Poldark. A moderately entertaining book about nothing.