Restoration

Restoration

A Novel of Seventeenth-Century England

Book - 1989
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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.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario: Penguin books, 1989.
ISBN: 9780140244885
0140244883
9780670831098
0670831093
Branch Call Number: FIC Trema
Characteristics: 371 p.

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empbee
Aug 10, 2017

Wonderful writing. Amusing, entertaining, educative.

cathalogue Feb 19, 2017

A very accessible look at a part of English history from a great writer - London in the 1600's through the eyes of Robert Merivel, a patchy character who falls in and out of favour with Charles 11. A great insight into the lives of commoners and royalty at the time, all living in and around the seething pot of London when the Great fire breaks out.

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finn75
Dec 22, 2015

A fantastic study of the evolution and development of a vain and shallow man into a decent human being - with a few hiccups along the way. A lovely read.

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booklover717
Jul 10, 2010

I generally don't like books written in the first person, but this was the exception. Rose Tremain does an amazing job of making you care about an otherwise not very likable main character ... I could not put this book down!

Not surprising it was short listed for the Booker Prize in 1990.

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GAD
Dec 19, 2008

This is a book, where even if you are a plot hound, you will cannot help but notice how wonderfully it is written.

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