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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 for I found this book uite 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 heroheroine is far medically 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 Merivel s growth as a doctor I would have given it five starsUnfortunately it s not The middle of the book drags when Merivel is sent into exile and he spends his time decorating his house in putrid colors making ridiculous fur coats and chasing a woman who loathes him My belief is Tremain was inspired by The Diary of Samuel Pepys They are much alike in many ways The problem with this though is that while Pepys diary is a valuable historical document it doesn t really have a proper end because Pepys just uit writing There s no real climax no real plot or cohesive tale and Restoration kind of has that feel to it as well The real arc of the story is Merivel s character change but I m not uite sure that s a strong plot I suppose Merivel goes full circle and comes away with an enlightened point of view but it doesn t have the true feeling of a full storyConseuently I ve given it four stars

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Bidden to break and is brutally cast 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 societ 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 to than one woman without them getting in each other s hair The king has power and money but he cannot control hearts You think maybe I have given too much away I haven tWanton lascivious and a jovial fool Merivel is a man of his times Yet he has appeal to a reader because he is funny and without pretensions even if the humor is rather crude I was utterly amazed at the author s ability to pull this off I never thought I could like such a character but I did Right from the start his free spirit is contagious and then he grows on you Soon he has you laughing and then you begin to like the guy and and Merivel changes and it is Merivel that this book is about What we are given is a bit like a fable with a lesson to be learned What does Merivel s life sayThe setting being England in the 1660s alongside the characters story we see also the plague and the fire of London We observe not only the antics of the king but also the life of the poor and the insane The tale draws you in The atmosphere of the times is captured in the guise of an engaging story The book is not chock full of historical facts about the Restoration If you are looking for that look elsewhere Most is believable except for the end and a few other details for example a man view spoilerwith a visible heart that can be touched hide spoiler

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Robert 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 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 SilenceAt once pleasingly rich but with annoying inaccuracies like the uaker 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 a fantastical novel with a dreamlike atmosphere in placesThe hero lives in a world of illusion and delusion at the apex of which is his love for Charles II I note how in German this novel is called The King s Fool which is appropriate The hero is sent down through the world and has to remake himself A process that involves seeing and experiencing the insanity of existence from a variety of points of view departing a fantasy existence in a Norfolk manor house as fake husband to one of Charles II s mistressesview spoiler a twist perhaps on normal for Norfolk hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “Restoration

  1. says:

    Steeped in the voices and eccentricities of the age of Charles the second Restoration A Novel of Seventeenth Cen

  2. says:

    I have the same problem and pleasures with this historical novel set during the reign of Charles II as I do with

  3. says:

    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 H

  4. says:

    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 writers versatile than Rose Tremain This enjoyable Restora

  5. says:

    I found this book uite 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 heroheroine is far medically adva

  6. says:

    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 “

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    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 birthAnd I knew I was going to like thisThe prose tends to be uite formal Trem

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    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 h

  9. says:

    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 b

  10. says:

    This is such an enjoyable historical fiction book set in the 17th Century during the reign of King Charles II The protagonist Merivel is likable and relatable despite making some bad decisions and I really enjoyed following the complex relationship between him and the King and the difficult situations Merivel finds himself in due to his affiliation with royalty The book covers a number of interesting themes such as marriage frien