Merivel lives for pleasure and is something of a rake, and after curing the King's Spaniel, becomes a favoured courtier. This is an excellent story and I highly recommend it. I cannot wait to read which is the other book I own by Tremain, it sounds really good but has a different feel to it - not being historical and seeming less dream-like. Merivel's best friend is a Quaker. The first time I read this, I cried I was so moved by the way he transforms.
In the teaching of Jesus and the apostles such a restoration is taken for granted as a matter of course. Over the years the building was dramatically remodeled and altered to meet the changing needs of the state. Perhaps the most pointed expression of the idea of restoration as a special event or crisis is found in the address of Peter , where the restoration is described as an apokatastasis panton, and is viewed as a fulfillment of prophecy. At the time it housed all offices of state government. At once pleasingly rich but with annoying inaccuracies like the Quaker studying at an English university Anglicans only back then. Merive A really enjoyable Restoration farce with a great deal of heart. At first the situation is agreeable to Merivel but after a period of time he becomes dissatisfied and restless with his life.
English history presents no period so disgraceful as the Restoration. The book is split into 3 volumes and the second and third ones, whi I liked the beginning best. I found this book quite intriguing. This was one of my audiobooks so the narrator that was chosen was excellent. Soon he has you laughing, and then you begin to like the guy - more and more and more.
This is my second book by Tremain, my first being Music and Silence and I have enjoyed both. Restoration, the first of her novels to feature Robert Merivel, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 8, 1660—1667. London: His Majesty's Stationery Office:. And through his eyes I learn more about England in the post civil war period. Merivel is a wild, lascivious, gluttonous young man fully enjoying the excesses of 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.
Whoever twisted Hollywood arms to get her on this project should be quartered and drawn. However, the views and angles of historical events such as the Plague and the Great Fire of London are notably different than other historical fiction novels in a good way. Merivel joins the King's court and lives the high life provided to someone of his position. But people sometimes do have hollow lives! On top of that, Rose Tremain succeeds in creating a king who is both unpredictable and charming, as one imagines Charles must have been. Her style is unique and quirky and very easily draws you inwards. I never thought I could like such a character, but I did. 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.
Love has entered me like a disease, so stealthily I have not seen its approach nor heard its footsteps. Tremain does a great job with her historical research, creating a nuanced seventeenh century world. The audiobook is narrated very well by Paul Daneman. He winds up in trouble and much misunderstood, and his inherent selfishness and immaturity don't help. Merivel is a wild, lascivious, gluttonous young man fully enjoying the excesses of the king's court, thinking very little of his purpose in life. He struggles to find something to inspire him and give him a feeling of accomplishment. I liked the beginning best.
He lives for pleasure and is something of a rake and does not take his medical studies too seriously. Merivel is commanded to marry the king's mistress and rewarded with a modest country estate with the understanding that he will have little or nothing to do with his wife Celia Clemence. To celebrate His Majesty's Return to his Parliament, 29 May was made a public holiday, popularly known as. Although there is a touch of Tom Jones about it; the descriptions of madness are moving and perceptive. 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 bedroom of a laundry-woman cum prostitute, to the living-room of a widowed letter-writer for the illiterate poor. On 3 March 1660, Lambert was sent to the , from which he escaped a month later. Parts of the script were a bit slow but the visuals tended to make up for it.
We observe not only the antics of the king, but also the life of the poor and the insane. The narration I have given four stars. It began in 1660 when the , and were all restored under. Once again I read a little outside my comfort zone with an unlikeable character. 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. Tremain does a great job with her historical research, creating a nuanced seventeenh century world. He was too much of a caricature to be sympathetic or even amusing.
Wanton, lascivious and a jovial fool, Merivel is a man of his times. Certain sayings of Jesus are sometimes regarded as favorable to the more inclusive view. Merivel is ordered to marry one of the King's mistresses in order to divert the suspicions of another one of his mistresses. They affirm only that God's plan makes provision for the redemption of all, and that His saving will is universal. Merivel slips easily into a life of luxury and idleness, enthusiastically enjoying the women and wine of the vibrant Restoration age.
At least one review says it is close to historically accurate, though with an occasional error. My cover: It seems I like Rose Re-visit via film Robert Downey Jr. Some is a little disturbing and some is very funny. So, too, does Robert Merivel grow and change over the course of this novel. In the ensuing trials, twelve were condemned to death. The doctrine of the restoration of all can hardly be deduced from the New Testament.