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 Merivel, complete plonker that he is Tremain takes you on Merivel s personal and spiritual journey I do not mean spiritual in any religious sense but in the terms of his own spirit I cannot wait to read The Road Home which is the other book I own by Tre 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, RestorationRestoration 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 Robert Merivel who has disgusting flaws and yet is so relatable, that he is an extremely likable character Tremain successfully turns a character which would be hated in any other novel into a lovable one Restoration is not a typical novel but isof a character study following Merivel At times, the reader may think that there is no real plot and yet Restoration continues to be a p Merivel, Son Of A Glove Maker And An Aspiring Physician, Finds His Fortunes Transformed When He Is Given A Position At The Court Of King Charles II Merivel Slips Easily Into A Life Of Luxury And Idleness, Enthusiastically Enjoying The Women And Wine Of The Vibrant Restoration Age But When He S Called On To Serve The King In An Unusual Role, He Transgresses The One Law That He Is Forbidden To Break And Is Brutally Cast ✓ Restoration ½ Download by È Rose Tremain Out From His Newfound Paradise Thus Begins Merivel S Journey To Self Knowledge, Which Will Take Him Down Into The Lowest Depths Of Seventeenth Century Society 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 the 17th Century She is not as obscure as often Shakespeare was and her spelling is 100% better This is Merrie Olde England with its bawdiness and drunkenness and perhaps a serving wench or two At least one review says it is close to historically accurate, though with an occasional error I am not at all familiar with the time period, so I could just go with what was on the page Another review consi Í Restoration ¹ Utterly charming, poignant and beautifully written After the brilliance of The Gustav Sonata 2016 , Sacred Country 1992 which has rocketed into the list of my all time favourite books , The Darkness Of Wallis Simpson 2005 which is a collection of her short stories, Restoration 1989 was next up on my Rose Tremain a thon It s another winner utterly charming There are few writersversatile than Rose Tremain This enjoyable Restoration farce is as always brilliantly written Robert Merivel, son of a glove maker, and a trainee physician who does not take his studies seriously, comes to the attention of the King Charles II Merivel lives for pleasure and is something of a rake, and after curing the King s Spaniel, becomes a favoured courtier The King decides to marry him to one of his mistresses which gives him a Norfolk estate Alas Merivel transgresses the one law that h 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 just for show, and the freedom to take as many other mistresses that may please him to his bed He and his wife are given the means to live in style and a splendid estate in Norfolk to decorate as they may so wish Norfolk is distant from the king s residence in London For the king this is simply a way to have access tothan one woman, without them getting 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 very weak fellow Some reviewers stated that Merivel doesn t change, and I would have to disagree the reduced circumstances he lives through do impact him, although he perhaps isn t able to see it for himself He loves people he shouldn t, and doesn t love
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. 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. Merivel eventually falls and loses everything He ends up working in a Quaker madhouse as a physician in the Fens He also moves back to London and experiences the plague of 1665 and the fire of 1666 Lots of gaps there to avoid spoilers. It is very funny, beautifully written and most of all there is real character development not just for Merivel, but also for the excellent supporting cast Although there 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 farmedically advanced than they should be, like for instance knowing all about penicillin bread mold way before its discovery That doesn t happen in this book Tremain sticks with the time period and brings to life what it would be like to be a physician during this period In fact, that s what I loved the most about this book and if Restoration had mostly been
About The Author
Rose Tremain s best selling novels have won many awards, including the Baileys Women s Prize, the Whitbread Novel of the Year, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Prix Femina Etranger Restoration, the first of her novels to feature Robert Merivel, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer Richard Holmes.