We follow the story of Ross and Demelza Poldark, their friends, family and enemies through marriages, deaths, children, disaster, war, politics tragedy and love set in Cornwall divided by class systems and poverty and further threatened by the French revolution.
So the BBC made me start reading Poldark. And book one was pretty good. But since then… I’ve read very little else! Partly because I was terribly bored by the other book I was reading but largely because the books are just BRILLIANT!! I’m just finished book seven, and don’t know how long I’ll be able to resist downloading number eight to the kindle. Here are some reasons I think it’s brilliant:
Ross Poldark returns from fighting in America to native Cornwall to find the woman he loved engaged to his cousin. Trying to contain his anguish and anger, he gets on with transforming his family home and starting to build a life for himself again. With disdain for his cousins’ finery and a love for the common man he helps various people around him – including Demelza, a girl beaten by a gang of boys. His actions have consequences he could never have foreseen …
But you knew all that, right? Surely like me you have picked up enough information about the BBC version without even watching it to know that much? My readers stubbornness forced me to read the books first (read more here) but I am now embarking on the series, safe in the knowledge that I have read the book first. And the book? It was good. Not crazy or exciting or thrilling, but really good. It had the feel more of a real chronicle of someone’s life than of a story with beginning, middle, end, etc, but it did that really well!