Monday, July 27, 2015

Demelza Poldark by Winston Graham Review and Giveaway

Demelza Poldark is book 2 of the Poldark series.  It continues right where book one, Ross Poldark, leaves off.  Ross and Demelza are happily married with their first baby on the way.  After the baby’s birth, Demelza happily accepts motherhood, but also tries to find her way in society.  She also is obsessed with trying to find happiness for Verity, through trying to find Captain Andrew Blamey.  Ross starts a new venture to try to make copper mining more financially feasible by getting into the smelting business with other like-minded folks.  Ross runs against the upper classes again on several occasions, and also tried his hardest to help the people his land.

Cousin Francis continues his downward spiral into drinking and women, while Elizabeth focuses all of her love on their son Geoffrey Charles.  Verity feels herself fading away into nothing.  She runs Francis and Elizabeth’s home, but has no love for herself.  She is a great friend to Demelza and Ross. 

Mark Daniel falls in love with and weds an actress from a traveling group, Keren.  Keren finds it exciting at first to marry a miner, but then dreams of finding something more. Jim is still in prison and his wife Jinny helps at Ross and Demelza’s home. Worthless servants Jud and Purdy finally go too far and find they are no longer welcomed by Ross.

I love how in the Poldark novels, the story is not just Ross and Demelza, but on an entire cast of interesting characters that live with them as servants, around then as tenants, close to them as neighbors and relatives in their own social sphere.  I enjoy the different interactions they all have together, and how there are still social rules that must be followed like Jane Austen novels, but that Ross has a habit of flaunting these rules.  This habit has dire consequences for him and his family.

I also enjoyed the entire subplot about the copper mines, their problems in the global economy at the time and the scheme to try to start a new copper smelting works.  The scheming that goes on to start the works and by their enemy’s to end the copper smelting works is quite intriguing.  I also appreciated that one of my favorite foods, the Cornish pasty, was mentioned again, this time as a lamb pasty.  I have never had a lamb pasty before.

I haven’t watched yesterday’s episode yet, but the new Poldark series on PBS has been closely following the novels.  It is not only based on book one, Ross Poldark, but also on this novel, Demelza Poldark.  I have been greatly enjoying reading it as I’m also watching the show.  The 2015 PBS production has been quite faithful to both novels.  There are slight changes from the book, but even these changes keep the spirit of the story.  I also appreciate how actor Aidan Turner, as Ross Poldark, is a hardworking man that has to shed his shirt often.  Oh look – Ross is working the field with his shirt off.  Now Ross is in the mine with his shirt off.  I definitely do not have a problem with this.  Reader Jamie has left a comment on the “About Me” section of the my blog and wants to know how I feel about the 1970’s Poldark TV series as compared to the new series.  I take you up on this challenge. After this current series ends, I will watch the old series and write a blog post comparing the two!

Demelza Poldark ends on a sad note.  Ross thinks, “Was all of the last joy gone?  …And his own life; what did it add up to?  A frenzied futile struggle ending in failure and near bankruptcy.  A part of his life was ended too, a phase, an epoch, a turning, and he could not see himself starting again along the same track.”

I want more!!  I’m not ready to stop reading this series and I’m glad there is so much more to read although I’m not sure if the entire series is currently available.  I preordered the third book in the series from Amazon, Jeremy Poldark, and it should arrive this week.

Book Source:  Sourcebooks as part of the Poldark Tour – Thanks!

Grand Giveaway Contest 

Win One of Three Fabulous Prizes 

In celebration of the re-release of Ross Poldark and Demelza, Sourcebooks Landmark is offering three chances to win copies of the books or a grand prize, an Anglophile-themed gift package. 
Two lucky winners will each receive one trade paperback copy of Ross Poldark and Demelza, and one grand prize winner will receive a prize package containing the following items: 
(2 ) Old Britain Castles Pink Pottery Mugs by Johnson Brothers
(1) Twelve-inch Old Britain Castles Pink Pottery Plater by Johnson Brothersr
(1) London Telephone Box Tin of Ahmad English Breakfast Tea
(1) Jar of Mrs. Bridges Marmalade
(1) Package of Duchy Originals Organic Oaten Biscuits
(2) Packets of Blue Boy Cornflower Seeds by Renee's Garden Heirloom (1) Trade Paperback Copy of Ross Poldark & Demelza, by Winston Graham
To enter the giveaway contest simply leave a comment on any or all of the blog stops on the Ross Poldark Blog Tour starting July 06, 2015 through 11:59 pm PT, August 10, 2015. Winners will be drawn at random from all of the entrants and announced on the Buzz at Sourcebooks blog on August 13, 2015. Winners have until August 20, 2015 to claim their prize. The giveaway contest is open to US residents and the prizes will be shipped to US addresses. Good luck to all!


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