By Winston Graham
A good and easy read for me. I wouldn’t call it exactly light, and it didn’t have the battles of Bernard Cornwall, but I found this first book in the Poldark series interesting. It’s well written and easy to read. There are likeable and unlikeable characters.
The action centres around Ross Poldark (oddly enough!). In 1783 young Ross Poldark returns from fighting in American war of independence to his native Cornwall. His father has died, and has inherited his fathers land, crumbling house and not much more, and the woman he loves is engaged to his cousin.
It’s not a rollicking pot-boiler, although it does include some romance. I started reading it because of the new sumptuous BBC series, Poldark, then I couldn’t be bothered watching the TV series and stuck the book! It’s not as saucy as the TV series … but in it’s day it may be been (the novel was first published in 1945).
Poldark sets about restoring his fortunes, by opening an abandoned copper mine. I don’t know much about Cornish history, so I did find the mining and the life of the minors fascinating. That is to say if you can call such hardship fascinating. Poldark was a man who liked to support the working and poor people of his community. He spoke up for them. There may have been people like Ross Poldark in the 1780’s … or this seemingly noble and heroic character may just have a few 20th century sensibilities.
This is the first in a series, and I would consider reading another in the series.
Feel free to disagree!