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Ross Poldark (1945)

por Winston Graham

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Séries: Poldark Saga (1)

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Ross Poldark returns to Cornwall from war, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his family and his beloved Elizabeth. But instead he discovers that his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth, having believed Ross dead, is now engaged to his cousin. Ross must start over, building a completely new path for his life, one that takes him in exciting and unexpected directions.… (mais)
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I made it halfway through this in March 2020. Then the quarantine began and I couldn't get back into it. Definitely not the fault of the book.
  bookworm12 | Jul 6, 2021 |
Captain Ross Poldark comes home to Cornwall after fighting for the British in the Revolutionary War. He has been dreaming of coming home...but everything has gone wrong. The woman he loves is marrying his cousin. His father is dead. The family home and lands are a rundown mess. But Ross is not a man to be defeated. He starts working to repair the house, plans to go into copper mining, and builds a new life for himself.

I have known about this book series for years and saw many commercials for the PBS series, plus the new series on Amazon. The concept sounded interesting, but I just never took the time to try the books or watch the shows. I saw several of the later books available for review...and decided it was time to finally jump in and discover the Poldark family for myself. I'm glad I did! The story and characters are engaging and interesting. The story had a bit more romance than I usually like, but it didn't over power the rest of the plot.

There are 12 books in The Poldark Saga. I enjoyed this first tale about Ross Poldark enough to read more in the series. It might take me awhile to work my way through all 12 books....but I will over time. And, now that I've read book 1, I can watch at least most of season 1 of the show. :) I will watch until I catch up with the book....then pause long enough to read book 2, Demelza.

I listened to the audio book version of this story. Narrated by Oliver Hembrough, the audio is just under 14.5 hours long. Hembrough reads at a steady pace and gives a good performance. A nice listening experience! I can tell people are enjoying this series and the television show. I tried to check out book 2 on audio from the library --- and the waiting list is 6 months long! Yikes! lol. Only had to wait a week for the ebook (they have many copies of that version)....so moving on to book 2! :) ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
4.5* rounded up to five because of how surprised I was to enjoy this so much.

For those not all caught up on Masterpiece Theatre, the BBC/PBS have resurrected Winston Graham's epic, 12-novel series for its second miniseries treatment, following the 1975 production. While I've now seen both adaptations, these books passed me by until being reissued this summer.

Ross Poldark, our titular protagonist, returns home to Cornwall after fighting in the American Revolution. The war has matured him and developed his sympathies for the working poor, which is fortunate, as he returns to find his father dead, his fortune ruined, and his sweetheart engaged to his cousin. He copes with his ruined life (when not drinking) by advocating for and befriending a variety of poor neighbors and employees and resurrecting his family's mining operations. Along the way, he manages to offend various powerful members of his class and ruffle his family's feathers with his unconventional outlook.

I can't blame Masterpiece for getting on the epic-series-adaptation bandwagon, what with the crazy success of shows like [b:A Game of Thrones|13496|A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)|George R.R. Martin|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1436732693s/13496.jpg|1466917] and [b:Outlander|10964|Outlander (Outlander, #1)|Diana Gabaldon|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1402600310s/10964.jpg|2489796]. If you enjoy Outlander's great sense of history and place but are less drawn to its fantastical elements and occasional tendency towards minutiae, Poldark might fit the bill. In some ways, the vividness Graham's writing reminded me very much of [a:C.S. Forester|932179|C.S. Forester|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1218219226p2/932179.jpg]'s Horatio Hornblower books, with just slightly less self-loathing and a bit more self-awareness by our hero. If historical fiction with a well-developed male POV interests you, you could certainly do much worse; with season 2 forthcoming, this is a series to rediscover. ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
Fantastic family saga. Really better than the PBS series. ( )
  lhaines56 | Jul 8, 2020 |
Ok, even if Ross Poldark didn't look like Aiden Turner, he'd still be an awfully attractive man. He returns from war in America to find his corner of Cornwall has turned on it's head. His father is dead, his cousin has married the woman he loved and the land and house has gone to rack and ruin. And so he sets about rebuilding his life, little by little. And along the way he finds his heart again and some egalitarian principles that set him at odds with some of his class. This is in contrast to his cousin, who has all the advantages (including Elizabeth). It's a very pleasant place to spend some time in and, once the library re-opens, I will be continuing with this series. ( )
  Helenliz | May 23, 2020 |
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Ross Poldark returns to Cornwall from war, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his family and his beloved Elizabeth. But instead he discovers that his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth, having believed Ross dead, is now engaged to his cousin. Ross must start over, building a completely new path for his life, one that takes him in exciting and unexpected directions.

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