Author: Winston Graham
Provided Synopsis: In the first novel in Winston Graham’s hit series, a weary Ross Poldark returns to England from war, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his beloved Elizabeth. But instead he discovers his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth—believing Ross to be dead—is now engaged to his cousin. Ross has no choice but to start his life anew.
Thus begins the Poldark series, a heartwarming, gripping saga set in the windswept landscape of Cornwall. With an unforgettable cast of characters that spans loves, lives, and generations, this extraordinary masterwork from Winston Graham is a story you will never forget.
Review: What can I say? After watching the most-recent BBC adaptation of this series, I knew I needed to read the books as well. Due to time restraints, I actually listened to the audiobook, which was absolutely amazing in case you wanted to know; the narrator was fantastic!
I think the appeal of this series is that it is a generational saga that sucks the reader to the coast of Cornwall. All of the characters, primary and secondary alike, are given their own voices, personalities, flaws, and further complexities to carry them through their lives. I felt as if these were real people: there is depth to the interactions and relationships with one another. Because the writing of the characters is so strong it becomes compulsory to want to be amongst them more and more, hence I understand the lasting appeal of the Poldark saga.
Beyond the strong characterization is also the firm sense of time and place. This is superb historical fiction, taking place after Ross returns from the Revolutionary War to find his places at home in Cornwall. The towns, homes,the coast, and the way of life are all depicted give the reader proper footing to understand these people and why they feel the need to make certain choices.
Excellent read/listen. I can’t recommend this enough.