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Warleggan (The Poldark Saga) Paperback – March, 1996

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"From the incomparable Winston Graham...who has everything anyone else has, then a whole lot more."

About the Author

Winston Graham is the author of more than forty novels, which include Cordelia, Marnie, The Walking Stick and Stephanie as well as the highly successful Poldark series. His novels have been translated into seventeen languages and six have been filmed. Six of Winston Graham's books have been filmed for the big screen, the most notable being Marnie directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Two television series were made of the Poldark novels which were broadcast in twenty-two countries. Winston Graham was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 1983 was awarded the OBE. He died in July 2003. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Poldark Saga
  • Paperback: 471 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan UK (March 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033034496X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330344968
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,617,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The Poldark saga continues, spanning the years 1792-94. Ross and his cousin Francis are trying to keep afloat a mine that they have maintained for some time. But Ross is hard put to get the necessary additional financing and finds himself falling deeper in debt. George Warleggan firmly establishes himself in Cornish society and as an economic powerholder in Cornwall.

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.
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Warleggan, the fourth novel in the twelve-book Poldark series, was written in 1953 by Cornwall's Winston Graham, and is the one book in which it can be said the stage is carefully set for the transition from the early cycle of Poldark novels, to those in the middle of the legendary series.

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...
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Starts off very happily indeed but disaster, tragedy, anger, duplicity, heartbreak and much, much more follow. Ross behaves horribly to those he loves most, but in the end he does right by the one who has loved him most of all. All the characters from the previous novels are still there, even one you never expected to see again.

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.
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** spoiler alert ** OMG... oh my gosh... this was such a hard read! Demelza and Ross go through a very difficult patch, and I'll say it here... adultery.

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.
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