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Warleggan (The Poldark Saga) Paperback – March, 1996
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The growing power and influence of Warleggan throughout the novel is highlighted, as are the lives of Ross & Demelza, Francis & Elizabeth Poldark, Dr. Dwight Enys (a close and trusted friend of Ross, whose radical approach to practicing medicine has made him both loved and scorned throughout the district), and Caroline Penwenen. Ross and Demelza, in particular, experience some struggles that put their marriage to the test. There are also some surprising, relationships which take root among some of the other main characters, which are described in rich and colorful detail.
Once again, Winston Graham has written a novel that grips and holds the reader throughout, and ends as a cliffhanger. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
In this installment, Ross and Francis's partnership in the Wheal Leisure mining operation is threatened when the backing of key members of the Cornish business community begins to be inexplicably withdrawn. It soon becomes apparent that Poldark's hated foe, George Warleggan, rapidly becoming the wealthiest man in Cornwall, is pulling strings, intent on ruining the Poldarks. In addition, the results of Dr. Enys relationship with the aristocratic Caroline Penvenan drives the doctor to drastic actions, and even the marriage of two such similar souls as Demelza and Ross founders.
This is a novel in which perhaps the very deepest and most vital events in the first half of the entire series come to pass, and the one in which English society of late-Georgian times is most creatively explored, frequently even insofar as Graham seems to step away from his central characters and take asides that could only be termed "sociological." Warleggan features much financial battling, showcases Ross's nature as a gambler, and sees the death of a character who had seemed so central to the plotlines of all other books as to be indispensable, proving that in the Poldark novels nothing may ever with certainty be predicted. In Warleggan, sexual passions long buried for dead explode, disaster looms throughout the story, the forces of malignity seem prepared to achieve absolute and utter triumph, and never before have the Poldark fortunes looked so drear as near this novel's end...and then a twist comes into the plot and the novel ends in a cliffhanger that must have tormented original readers forced to wait TWENTY YEARS for Graham to release his next Poldark installment...
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.
1981 - The Stranger from the Sea
1982 - The Miller's Dance
1984 - The Loving Cup
1990 - The Twisted Sword
2002 - Bella Poldark
I am not sure I will pick up the last book as from the the reviews I don't think I will enjoy it as much.Read more ›
Marriage in those days rarely ended in divorce. Polite Society did not approve of divorce and the poor could not afford it. It could be very costly and usually neither party wanted to pay such a fee. It was easier to run away with another... if that were the case.
Demelza and Ross still must deal with ghosts of the past as they realise their love for each other. It is on a shaky bridge but it is something they both realise they want, and will work towards it.
On the other side is the on again/off again romance of Dr. Enys and Caroline. I swear I wanted to smack them both, and then I was with Ross and wanted to hit Caroline. Both are beyond stubborn. They are allowing their differences in society rule them, and to have a love that's true you cannot let outside influences dictate how things must be.
The mines are always in the background, affecting all lives around them. Fortune, though, has begun to turn in Ross's favour.
A really good, rich story for this 4th book in the Poldark series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read, as are all of the Poldark series. I've read the entire series twice. Winston Graham is a fabulous writer, and the Poldark saga takes you on an exciting gallop... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Nancy D. Reynolds
I got started reading these books after I watched the new PBS series Poldark with Aidan Turner. I love the characters and the history behind the story. A very interesting read. Read morePublished 23 days ago by melissa alderman
Historical , well developed characters, beautiful descriptions. You will want to read this as a stand alone or in the seriesPublished 24 days ago by Jennifer B. Ayers
Really enjoying the series. Looking forward to the next book. Thanks to PBS for introducing me to Winston Graham's works.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love this Poldark series. I'm on the 6th novel now! Beautifully written with great plots in a fascinating setting.Published 1 month ago by LH