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The Four Swans Mass Market Paperback – May 12, 1978

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"From the incomparable Winston Graham...who has everything anyone else has, then a whole lot more." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Winston Graham (1908-2003) is the author of more than 40 novels, and is best known for the highly successful Poldark series. His novels have been translated into 17 languages and six have been filmed, the most notable being Marnie, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and in 1983 was awarded the OBE.
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 12, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345260058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345260055
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dai-keag-ity on October 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Four Swans, book six, marks the mid-point in the Poldark series. Set in Cornwall and also elsewhere in England at this time, The Four Swans sees Ross Poldark, survivor of war, feuds, plagues, murder attempts, raids, rivalries and marriage to the longsuffering but fiery Demelza Carne, discovers a new danger in his midst when a young (and gradually dying) naval officer he rescued from certain death in a French prison, becomes openly enchanted with Demelza, and quietly seeks to gain the love of this ever-loyal, beautiful woman. Trouble also stirs in the Enys household, where tragedy pays a visit to Caroline and Dwight, and the doctor's health is still not all it could be as a result of his incarceration. And even amid the extravagance with which George Warleggan surrounds himself and his family, all is not well. George tries to quell fears about Valentine's paternity, but his terrible suspicions that the child he is raising as his own heir is in fact the offspring of his enemy Ross Poldark, sets off a venomous fever that imperils his relationship with Elizabeth, the only woman he has ever loved. Meanwhile Morwenna's wedded life with the moneyed cleric, Osborne Whitworth, is an ongoing nightmare from which a pure-hearted boy, Demelza's younger brother Drake Carne, wishes to rescue her, unaware of the danger in which he places them both. The Four Swans was perhaps the last time Graham allowed such a deliberate pace to be used in his Poldark books, and this novel stands as a sort of gift from the writer to those who love the series, and lets a reader sit back and feel the totality of this immense literary undertaking go on around him...right before the series leaves familiar waters and plunges into the rapids of the year 1799 and the violent nineteenth-century after that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. B. MULLIGAN VINE VOICE on September 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Poor George, she has a son, an heir, with a woman he has coveted for the last dozen years. She cares for him, wants to be the devoted wife, the loving wife, the loved wife. And all George in his insecurity can do is destroy.
Demela, Demelza, Demelza, either stay with Ross and recapture what you once had or leave him, but don't treat him like a cat would a mouse.
*sigh* caring for these characters like one would dear friends - the author is to blame, he made them all so real.

Totally addicted to this series back in the 70's watching it on Masterpiece Theatre Sunday nights with my mom and sisters. I eagerly gobbled up the first 4 books
1945 - Ross Poldark
1946 - Demelza
1950 - Jeremy Poldark
1953 - Warleggan

Were I to have named them it would have been Poldark; Demelza; Warleggan; Elizabeth

I stopped reading the series in 1977 as the novels had gotten so dark that I wasn't enjoying where the author was taking the characters.
1973 - The Black Moon
1976 - The Four Swans
1977 - The Angry Tide

I was poking in a book store on vacation and picked up `The Twisted Sword' and enjoyed it tremendously (with one exception - I didn't care for the outcome for Jeremy at all).

It was so good seeing Zacky Martin & Mrs. Zacky, Tholly Tregolis, Jud & Trudy Paynter - they hadn't changed at all. Dwight & Caroline Enys (and Horace), Verity & Andrew Blamey. And of course Demelza and Ross (still all too human). George Warleggan remains the same fascinating character. And Cornwall, Nampara (the Ross Poldark home) Wheal Grace and Wheal Leisure all so familiar 40 years later.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carole H on April 21, 2014
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This one in the saga is fascinating from the women's point of view: the four swans being the four principal females in the story. These characters are, on the whole, stronger than the men and get their way despite their social standing at the time. There is a lot of politics and history in this part of the saga, and at times I wished I had a better understanding of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Mueller on July 25, 2015
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Winston Graham's writing style is very satisfying. He knows how to build suspense, and all characters, locations and life events are absolutely believable. Having read several books in the series some twenty years ago does not diminish my enjoyment of re-reading the series now.
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Poor George, she has a son, an heir, with a woman he has coveted for the last dozen years. She cares for him, wants to be the devoted wife, the loving wife, the loved wife. And all George in his insecurity can do is destroy.
Demela, Demelza, Demelza, either stay with Ross and recapture what you once had or leave him, but don't treat him like a cat would a mouse.
*sigh* caring for these characters like one would dear friends - the author is to blame, he made them all so real.

Totally addicted to this series back in the 70's watching it on Masterpiece Theatre Sunday nights with my mom and sisters. I eagerly gobbled up the first 4 books
1945 - Ross Poldark
1946 - Demelza
1950 - Jeremy Poldark
1953 - Warleggan

Were I to have named them it would have been Poldark; Demelza; Warleggan; Elizabeth

I stopped reading the series in 1977 as the novels had gotten so dark that I wasn't enjoying where the author was taking the characters.
1973 - The Black Moon
1976 - The Four Swans
1977 - The Angry Tide

I was poking in a book store on vacation and picked up `The Twisted Sword' and enjoyed it tremendously (with one exception - I didn't care for the outcome for Jeremy at all).

It was so good seeing Zacky Martin & Mrs. Zacky, Tholly Tregolis, Jud & Trudy Paynter - they hadn't changed at all. Dwight & Caroline Enys (and Horace), Verity & Andrew Blamey. And of course Demelza and Ross (still all too human). George Warleggan remains the same fascinating character. And Cornwall, Nampara (the Ross Poldark home) Wheal Grace and Wheal Leisure all so familiar 40 years later.
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