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Restoration (1989)

por Rose Tremain

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Series: Robert Merivel (1)

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Robert Merivel abandons his studies to revel in gluttony, indolence and buffoonery at the Court of King Charles II. He is banished from Court after falling in love with the youngest royal mistress.
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    La cuarta verdad por Iain Pears (cf66)
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    El año de la Peste por Geraldine Brooks (kiwiflowa)
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The marvelous Rose Tremain renders a highly memorable protagonist—one hesitates to call him a hero—in her 1989 novel Restoration. Sir Robert Merivel, who receives his title during the narrative, is too lustful, too tipsy, and too gluttonous to be an example of virtue, particularly in Restoration England, where our story is set. Charles II takes the throne Parliament restores to its king, the country tired of, as the author says in her Afterword, “… [keeping] their thoughts obediently turned to a Protestant God who commanded civic duty, modesty, hard work and self-sacrifice.” Tremain renders Restoration London, with every trend, every thought, every fashion, and every favor emanating from the Monarch, in such delicious detail, that you will be swept up.

Under Charles, Britain rushes to embrace the new mania for personal gain and all things shallow and showy. Robert Merivel reflects this mania, and in fact, seeks to be an exemplar of his time. You could say, without fear of contradiction, that he accomplishes this. I would dare to say that his reverses do nothing to alter our opinion—he’s still an exactly typical man of court. We meet him while he’s studying anatomy at Cambridge. This discipline he falls out of in short order: his father is glove maker to the King, and he brings Robert and introduces him to His Majesty. Robert is overwhelmed in the Royal presence, physically ill and unable to stand and present himself appropriately. Thus does Charles’s presence affect him through the entire book.

By her own account, Tremain wrote Restoration during the 1980s as an indictment of Thatcher’s greedy and preening England. It feels even more timely today, a mirror to modern Western consumerism and income inequality run amok. It remains on point, it exhibits Tremain’s unflagging skill in evoking a time and place, and focuses its first-person energy on a highly entertaining, and at times even sympathetic, character.

https://bassoprofundo1.blogspot.com/2021/08/restoration-by-rose-tremain.html ( )
  LukeS | Aug 2, 2021 |
superb and full of surprises. Comic, sad, informative, reflective, nutty, disgusting, inspiring. And effortlessly read by Paul Daneman. Always liked Tremain's books but this is far and away her best - and the moment I went back to Audible there was the sequel which I didn't know anything about. ( )
  vguy | Nov 25, 2020 |
I thought this book magnificent. Tremain manages to create such a vivid character in Robert Merivel. Despite his obvious flaws, I felt genuine compassion for him and on many occasions chuckled. The writers lyrical prose is wonderful. The sequel awaits but like the author, I might pause before I continue. ( )
  HelenBaker | Sep 23, 2019 |
A lively and entertaining novel about a man, Robert Merivel, and his loves and his search for himself. A court fool he is offered a chance by the king he admires. He grabs the opportunity but things soon go awry. Interesting and funny. ( )
1 vota CarolKub | Jun 12, 2019 |
Restoration is a warm, funny and touching historical novel narrated in the first person by Robert Merivel, a ridiculous, greedy and lustful courtier who finds favour with King Charles II quite by chance, only to have his seemingly good fortune whipped away from him. We follow his downfall and his efforts to rectify his situation, only for things to go wrong again.

I absolutely loved this novel. On paper, Merivel doesn't seem particularly likeable, but there is some kindness and thoughtfulness to his character, which comes out more as the story goes on. I was almost breathless as I came to the end, hoping against hope that he would get a happy ending.

I really enjoyed the historical setting, too. I don't know a lot about the 17th century, but I felt immersed in the world that Tremain has created, with just the right amount of historical detail.

I'm delighted that there's a sequel to enjoy, and even more pleased that I have all of the rest of Tremain's output to discover, too! ( )
  mooingzelda | Apr 8, 2019 |
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Rose Tremainautor principaltodas las edicionescalculado
Arruti,RosaTraductorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Öjerskog, MarianneTraductorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Clarence, GérardTraductorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Cottenden, JeffCover photographautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Daneman, PaulNarradorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Degas, RupertNarradorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Masen, RobertArtista de la Cubiertaautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Stuart, NeilDiseñador de cubiertaautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Ward, E MArtista de la Cubiertaautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado

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