02. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Kira

Ross Poldark : a novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787 by by Graham, Winston, 347 pages, read by Kira, on 12/27/2013


I recently watched the dramatization of this Masterpiece series for the 3rd time in my life (once as a youngster forced to view it as my parents watched it, a decade ago on VHS, after I suggested MRRL purchase it, and now checking out the DVD series from DBRL).  The story weaves in economic and class injustices alongside sudsy and dramatic storylines.  What was especially interesting was contrasting the book version with the TV series.  So much more happens in film, than in the book, much more drama.  For example in the film series, the protagonist marries Demelza, only after she is forced to reveal that she is pregnant by him.  And he is still in love with his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth who ended up marrying his cousin Francis (they understood that he had died fighting over in the colonies).  In the book, he gives Elizabeth up right after he sleeps with Demelza – no protracted struggle to do the right thing.  Also, in the book Ross is clearly fascinated with Demelza this creature who has bloomed as she became his housemaid.

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