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Restoration Restoration is a dazzling romp through th century England The main character Robert Merivel not only embodies the contradictions of his era but ours as well He is trapped between the longing for we

  • Title: Restoration
  • Author: Rose Tremain
  • ISBN: 9780241126950
  • Page: 265
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Restoration is a dazzling romp through 17th century England The main character Robert Merivel not only embodies the contradictions of his era, but ours as well He is trapped between the longing for wealth and power and the realization that the pursuit of these trappings can leave one s life rather empty.

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    1. I have the same problem and pleasures with this historical novel set during the reign of Charles II as I do with the author's Music and Silence.At once pleasingly rich but with annoying inaccuracies like the Quaker studying at an English university (Anglicans only back then). These grated on me at one time. A less irritable reader however might be moved to accept that this is less a historical novel and more a fantastical novel, with a dreamlike atmosphere in places.The hero lives in a world of [...]

    2. I found this book quite intriguing. The character of Robert Merivel is sympathetic and does a believable character arc, changing from a shallow person into a thoughtful physician. Tremain does a great job with her historical research, creating a nuanced seventeenh century world. My favorite parts are Merivel’s medical challenges and discoveries. One of my pet peeves in historical fiction is that the hero/heroine is far more medically advanced than they should be, like for instance knowing all [...]

    3. A really enjoyable Restoration farce with a great deal of heart. Robert Merivel is a would be physician and son of a glove-maker to the king. He lives for pleasure and is something of a rake and does not take his medical studies too seriously. He comes to the attention of the king and for a while he is part of the court and plays the fool. The king decides to marry him to one of his mistresses. This involves going to live on an estate in the country and much partying and debauchery ensued.Merive [...]

    4. First paragraph: Look at me. Without my periwig, I am an affront to neatness. My hair (what is left of it) is the colour of sand and wiry as hogs' bristles; my ears are of uneven size; my forehead is splattered with freckles; my nose, which of course my wig can't conceal, however low I wear it, is unceremoniously flat, as if I had been hit at birth.And I knew I was going to like this.The prose tends to be quite formal. Tremain has written this in such a way to help the reader feel with the times [...]

    5. This is a story about Robert Merivel. At the beginning of the story he is an aspiring physician. The setting is Restoration England, this being when the English, Scottish and Irish monarchies were restored under the Stuart, King Charles II, in 1660. Merivel comes to be married to the king's mistress, but the hitch is that he may not bed her! He is certainly not to fall in love with her. That’s the deal made between the king and Merivel the fool. Merivel gets an attractive young wife, albeit ju [...]

    6. Tremain’s book is written in first-person, which doesn’t usually work for me, but I really enjoyed this. The book follows the misadventures of Robert Merivel, who is really immature and even a little thick at times, despite being a rather gifted physician. In his pursuit of pleasures, finery, and a courtier lifestyle at Whitehall, he loses sight (if indeed he ever had it) of the important things in life. Merivel is, at the beginning of the story (and indeed in several episodes throughout), a [...]

    7. You may be familiar with the Restoration and Charles II. Or maybe not. Regardless, Rose Tremain gives this historical period double-meaning in her novel, “Restoration”. “Restoration” is a novel which can’t be ignored as it is simply “alive” with sounds, emotions, and colors immediately jumping from Tremain’s pages the second the reader opens the book. Saying that “Restoration” has a heartbeat is putting it mildly. This lively novel is supplemented by the main character of Rob [...]

    8. This is one of my favourite books of all time. The main character, Merivel, is a person ahead of his time in nearly everything he attempts. When he decides to paint, it is in a Fauvist style - in the 1660's. He winds up in trouble and much misunderstood, and his inherent selfishness and immaturity don't helpuntil he figures out ways towards a personal Restoration. The first time I read this, I cried I was so moved by the way he transforms. A very hopeful read.

    9. This is my second book by Tremain, my first being Music and Silence and I have enjoyed both. I like her as an author and I think it is so nice to find an author whom you know you will enjoy whenever you read one of their books. There's something very comforting about this. In both her historical novels - they feel as if they are written in another plain - in some strange kind of dreamland almost. Her style is unique and quirky and very easily draws you inwards. You cannot help but like Robert Me [...]

    10. Truly delightful. This is the third Tremain I've read (The Road Home, Trespass) and each is completely different but the one constant is really good, felicitous writing -- the kind that makes you look forward to getting back to your book, and staying up too late to read a few more pages. In Restoration, Tremain takes on historical fiction -- the Great Fire of London, the plague, and the sensual court of Charles II-- with a wry tone, great attention to atmosphere and no sentimentality. Another gr [...]

    11. The first half of this book read like an MTV music video version of the 17th century: gaudy clothes, binge drinking, general debauchery. I was disappointed by the superciliousness of Tremain's portrait of her protagonist, Merivel. He was too much of a caricature to be sympathetic or even amusing. But I'd passed the point of no return, it's a slim book, and I retained enough faith in Rose Tremain's tremendous abilities to carry on. I'm so glad I stuck to the task, as Part 2 redeemed the book, par [...]

    12. Re-visit via filmRobert Downey Jr. Robert Merivel Sam Neill King Charles II David Thewlis John Pearce Polly Walker Celia Clemence Meg Ryan Katharine Ian McKellen Will Gates Hugh Grant Elias Finn Ian McDiarmid AmbroseDidn't like the way they changed the site from Norfolk to Suffolk however the film was enjoyable with an outstanding performance by Meg Ryan.==============================Opening line: I am, I discover, a very untidy man.My cover:It seems I like Rose Tremain:4* Trespa [...]

    13. I can never figure out just what it means or what I should expect when reading a book that is either a Pulitzer or Booker winner or nomination. I think it's going to mean that I will just love it because it is so fabulous, but somehow that doesn't seem to be the way it turns out for me and this book is no exception. 'Restoration' starts out well enough, with Robert Merivel falling into favor with King Charles II. Merivel is a wild, lascivious, gluttonous young man fully enjoying the excesses of [...]

    14. Restoration is the story of Robert Merrivel, the son of James the second's glove-maker and a man very much of his age, dedicated, as the book opens, to little more than pleasure and idleness but doomed to experience a series of triumphs and disasters that will develop in him a greater understanding of both himself and society he inhabits.Rose Tremain presents an impressive pageant of Restoration life from the court of James the Second to the inside of an insane asylum run by Quakers, from the be [...]

    15. I liked the beginning best. It was funny and engaging. The obvious feature of the character is his insatiable love of women. As the book is in first person, he is constantly talking about it. Some is a little disturbing and some is very funny.One of his favorite paramours calls her parts The Thing and that gets a fair amount of repetition in various ways.Strangely, none of it put me off, I found it a well told and amusing story. The book is split into 3 volumes and the second and third ones, whi [...]

    16. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. It initially appears to be a frivolous romp of a story- and much of it is- but such heart and depth are revealed throughout. Engaging, entertaining, poignant at times- just marvellous.

    17. This is delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not my typical pick nonetheless, quite an unexpected surprise. This was one of my audiobooks so the narrator that was chosen was excellent. He was probably the sole reason that Marivel's time at Bitnel Manor (sp is probably wrong due to only hearing the names) was so entertaining. He had a sort of Henry Higgins humor which I personally find hilarious. Looking back, I believe that was the author's intention, to make Marivel seem foolish and sill [...]

    18. Robert Merivel is a young medical student in London in the early years of the reign of Charles II – the glamorous ‘merry monarch’. By chance Merivel becomes an amusement to the king, and in time is chosen to be the husband (in name only) of Charles’s latest mistress. An estate in the country is his reward. Unfortunately he becomes smitten with his ‘wife’, which was not the idea at all, and this leads to a new and challenging chapter in his life.Robert is a lovely character because he [...]

    19. Technically, this was a very good book. It was very well-written and objectively, you'd have to give it a good review. Which I am. I'm giving it four stars because that's what it strictly deserves.However, I'm torn. While it was technically well-executed, it left me feeling a bit hollow. I don't know if it was because of all the gratuitous sex or the fairly hollow lives of everyone involved. (But people sometimes do have hollow lives! So I shouldn't dock a book for accurately depicting that.)I'm [...]

    20. A rollicking tale of a rogue. Tremaine paints the 17th century scene with skill and draws the characters well. Her comparison to Thatcher's Britain in her introduction gave the story an interesting touch. Looking forward to reading the sequel.

    21. A beautiful first half, magical prose and a great lead character. Sadly i started to drift in the second half and really struggled to finish it. It might have been me, I still rate Tremain very highly.

    22. About time I finished it! Well crafted and interesting story, but I found the main character highly irritating, so it took me a bit longer to finish this than it should have.

    23. Robert Merivel, orphelin et apprenti médecin se retrouve, par un hasard de circonstances à devenir "bouffon" du Roi d'Angleterre, Charles II, qu'il amuse beaucoup par ses pitreries et ses mœurs légères. Sa laideur et son caractère si peu sérieux l'amènent à se faire confier une mission singulière : il doit épouser Celia Clemence, une des favorites du Roi, afin de la soustraire à la jalousie de la Première Maîtresse. En compensation, il recevra le manoir de Bidnold et une rente trè [...]

    24. I didn't expect to like this book when I started it because I didn't like the main character, from his first description of himself, which emphasizes his flaws, both physical and moral. Yet he grew on me as he apparently grew on the author (who says in an Afterword that she wanted him to redeem himself much earlier but he insisted on going on his own way, which involved many foolish and selfish acts and transgressions against those he loved). It is a picaresque novel, and wanders all over the pl [...]

    25. This very fine novel was first published in 1989. Writing some twenty years later about this book, the author states that this story was her 'fictional response to the climate of selfishness and material greed that began to prevail in our society during the Thatcher years, from which we have never recovered and for which we are now beginning to pay a terrifying price'. Four years on from making this statement of course, society is no better off. Which ensures that a story such as as this has as [...]

    26. I read "Restoration" on the recommendation of another member (Hi Alex), after telling him that I didn't much like "historical fiction." I was assured that I would indeed like Rose Tremain's "Restoration" in spite of my general dislike of the genre. And the recommendation proved true; "Restoration" was a truly enjoyable work, far beyond what I expected."Restoration" is set in the latter half of the 17th. century, and is narrated by Robert Merivel, who, throughout the course of the book, begins a [...]

    27. Restorationby Rose Tremain5 starspp. 371England is ready to indulge in a healthy dose of hedonism after loosening the bonds of Puritanism installed by Cromwell. Charles II the new king is an advertisement for hedonism with his long locks, flamboyant clothing and some healthy number of mistresses and illegitimate children. Robert Merivel the protagonist of Rose Tremain's The Reformation is perhaps one of its most enthusiastic adherents. He reminds me of Tom Jones, but quite different and looks th [...]

    28. A tragi-comic male central character, Robert Merivel and his life in 16th Century England. If Feathers was like King Lear, then Merivel is the Fool. Indeed he fulfilled that role for the King at the time, Charles, who exploited Merivel’s sycophantic feelings towards him to his own ends. The worst of these was making Merivel marry his mistress, thus ensuring no-one else could steal her away from the King, who felt safe in the knowledge Merivel had no chance of becoming his love rival. Merivel, [...]

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