Poldark Group Read: April (Warleggan)

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Poldark Group Read: April (Warleggan)

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1christina_reads
Edited: Apr 2, 2017, 8:47pm



April appears to be here already, so it's time to start reading Warleggan, the fourth book in the Poldark saga! Are you still enjoying the series? What do you think so far of the Warleggans, particularly George? They do seem antagonistic to Ross and his family, but are they really out-and-out villains? For me, the jury's still out...I'm interested to see what happens in this installment. Please feel free to post thoughts, questions, and reviews below!

2fuzzi
Edited: Apr 2, 2017, 8:15pm

Here's my cover!

Sorry it's missing a piece, but that's my book. :)

If you want to add it to the OP, just add the brackets:

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George is such a insecure bully, the character you love to hate. He was portrayed so beautifully by Ralph Bates in the original BBC production, but is given more depth in the books.

Trivia: this book was originally titled The Last Gamble.

3VictoriaPL
Apr 3, 2017, 7:11am

I'm about 50 pages in and I love it so far. No surprise.

4fuzzi
Apr 8, 2017, 2:19pm

Loved my reread. George is a stinker, but not a caricature.

Review sans spoilers, below:

Warleggan by Winston Graham

Francis' partnership with Ross in the mine continues to bring the cousins closer, though it does little to pay their creditors, including the arrogant George Warleggan. Dwight and Caroline's romance blossoms, but with unexpected consequences, while an impulsive act threatens to sever Ross' ties to his wife Demelza.

I love how the author draws deep into his characters, showing their flawed, human sides, tackling their complicated personal relationships in a way that is so seldom found in novels. What a pleasure it has been for me, reading (and rereading) the stories of these fictional yet oh-so-real families in late 1700's Cornwall.

5christina_reads
Apr 10, 2017, 1:07pm

>4 fuzzi: You're making me more eager to read it! I'm planning to start Warleggan tonight.

6VictoriaPL
Apr 11, 2017, 7:48am

>4 fuzzi: , >5 christina_reads: I almost finished Warleggan last night but my eyes would not stay open. Wow. That "impulsive act" (as fuzzi called it) is a doozie!

7fuzzi
Apr 11, 2017, 6:45pm

>6 VictoriaPL: one of the things that I love about the Poldark series is the people are real people, with inner thoughts, pride, shame, just ordinary people. They are as prone to doing wrong, or not thinking before acting upon impulse, as any of us.

>5 christina_reads: hahaha! That's why I write reviews as I do: to get people to want to read the book (or not, if it's a stinker).

8VictoriaPL
Apr 11, 2017, 8:44pm

>7 fuzzi: oh, I agree!

9avatiakh
Apr 27, 2017, 11:51pm

I'm picking up Warleggan tonight, finding this series quite captivating. Love the commonfolk. Tedn good Tedn right!

10fuzzi
Apr 29, 2017, 9:37pm

>9 avatiakh: pfft, yer ded!

11avatiakh
Apr 30, 2017, 12:42am

>10 fuzzi: very apt.

Very happy to report that I finished Warleggan just now so am finally up to date. I'm obviously hooked on the series and can't wait to pick up The Black Moon.

12christina_reads
Apr 30, 2017, 8:28pm

I finished Warleggan last night, and all I can say is WTF ROSS?! He cheats on Demelza and basically rapes Elizabeth! I am SO MAD at him right now, and I can't believe Demelza has actually forgiven him already! And now Elizabeth is pregnant, and Ross could totally be the father...gee, I wonder if *that* will come back to haunt anyone later. I am definitely hooked on this series now -- must find out what will happen next!

13fuzzi
Apr 30, 2017, 9:23pm

>11 avatiakh: >12 christina_reads: I love it, getting others hooked on something I love.

The characters in the Poldark series are like people we know, they are not caricatures...they love, and hate, they can be stubborn or unreasonable, and yes, they do dumb things (to put it mildly!).

We're 1/3 through the series, woo!

14rabbitprincess
Apr 30, 2017, 9:43pm

>12 christina_reads: That incident is the reason I couldn't watch much of Season 2! Couldn't bear to see Aidan Turner portraying a character who did that :(

15christina_reads
Apr 30, 2017, 11:04pm

>13 fuzzi: Certainly, the characters' flaws are part of what makes them so compelling. But also very frustrating at times! :)

>14 rabbitprincess: Yeah, it's a big problem. I haven't finished season 2 of Poldark yet, and I'll be interested to see how they handle certain events from the book.

16christina_reads
Apr 30, 2017, 11:05pm

Oh! Forgot to mention, the May thread for The Black Moon is up! http://www.librarything.com/topic/256304

17VictoriaPL
May 1, 2017, 12:37pm

>15 christina_reads: I stopped watching before the events of Warleggan because I knew that I wanted to read the books first. But my DVR has been faithfully recording them, so at some point I can binge and catch up.

18fuzzi
May 1, 2017, 12:41pm

>17 VictoriaPL: binge! Binge! Woo!

19VictoriaPL
May 1, 2017, 1:47pm