Book Review: Poldark


Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

I first heard of the Poldark series after watching BBC’s Poldark starring Aiden Turner. Curious, I picked up the first novel and discovered that it exceeded every expectation I had. It is the story of Ross Poldark—a wounded British officer returning home after three years of fighting in the American Revolutionary War. But life takes a drastic turn when he discovers that his father is dead and the girl of his dreams is engaged to his cousin.  Grieving and angry, Ross turns his attention to his own derelict estate and the declining mining economy of Cornwall as he acquires a new resolve to help the suffering farmers and miners around him.

Winston Graham’s descriptions of the Cornish landscape and inhabitants were so gripping that I was immediately captivated by the story.  I very much felt that I understood his characters and the motivations behind their actions based on Graham’s portrayal of their way of life. Characters have a breath of realism, as they are neither entirely good—nor entirely depraved —and each one struggles with his or her inner conscience daily. It was refreshing to step away from the stock characters so often seen in books today.

While the plot keeps a steady pace, it does take its time to develop and shape the story. This book isn’t for readers who instantly desire action or romance; rather, it is for readers who appreciate immersion into a way of life and a story that naturally evolves around its characters.  Furthermore, the story can become depressing at times as certain character’s lives take blow after blow from the harsh society around them. But watching as they stumble back and doggedly fight on is both inspiring and heartening.

Ross Poldark was a wonderful read, if at times a bit slow, and I would readily recommend it as a fantastic historical novel.

 Review by Andover Public Library Staff

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New Graphic Novels September 2018

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx

Cross Time Capers by X-Men Blue

Curses! Foiled Again by Jane Yolen

The Flash vol. 14-27

Green Valley by Max Landis

Mystik U: 1-3

Revival 8

Star Wars: Mutiny at Mon Cala

Superman: Red Son

Trench Dogs

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New Young Adult Fiction September 2018

  • As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows
  • The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest
  • Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Anderson
  • Our Stories, Our Voices by Amy Reed
  • Part of Your World by Liz Braswell
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee
  • The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Kingele
  • Two Dark Reigns by Blake Kendare
  • Unstoppable Moses by Tyler Smith
  • Wildcard by Marie Ya Lu
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Great American Read

We kicked off PBS’ Great American Read on Monday with a display in the library featuring staff and community member’s favorite books from the list.

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The Great American Read is a nation-wide program celebrating reading and the books that have inspired, moved and shaped us.

The library has copies of many of the books in print and ebook formats:

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You can vote for your favorite Great American Read books here through October 18.


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