Members Login
Username 
 
Password 
    Remember Me  
Post Info TOPIC: Comparisons between the first 4 books & the last 8....?


Graduate

Status: Offline
Posts: 657
Date: Aug 13 11:57 PM, 2019
RE: Comparisons between the first 4 books & the last 8....?
Permalink  
 


Mrs Enys wrote:

The first four books did stand on their own for twenty years and I guess , likeWG himself, there was no expectation of the story continuing. At first glance, it does appear the story is done. Ross has finally realised that his real true love is for Demelza and She has accepted she is no longer his second choice. Elizabeth is married to Warleggen. The mine is a success and there seems no unanswered questions...except one line which hints at the storyline that will come to dominate the saga to come. The suggestion that Elizabeth is pregnant and  the effect this rumour has on Ross and Demelza. WG does not over emphasis this and its easy to miss it but hes a master of Suspense and he knows how to leave the clues.


 As I see it the end of Warleggan leaves Ross and Demelza's relationship still fragile and this is so at the start of The Black Moon. How could it be otherwise as infidelity is so destructive of a marriage. In The Black Moon we see Ross and Demelza re-create their marriage but over a period of time.



__________________


Newbie

Status: Offline
Posts: 16
Date: Aug 13 5:47 PM, 2019
Permalink  
 

The first four books did stand on their own for twenty years and I guess , likeWG himself, there was no expectation of the story continuing. At first glance, it does appear the story is done. Ross has finally realised that his real true love is for Demelza and She has accepted she is no longer his second choice. Elizabeth is married to Warleggen. The mine is a success and there seems no unanswered questions...except one line which hints at the storyline that will come to dominate the saga to come. The suggestion that Elizabeth is pregnant and  the effect this rumour has on Ross and Demelza. WG does not over emphasis this and its easy to miss it but hes a master of Suspense and he knows how to leave the clues.



__________________


Student

Status: Offline
Posts: 139
Date: Jul 31 11:55 AM, 2019
Permalink  
 

My most re-read part of the books is the ending of Warleggan: I definitely feel there is something special about it. Including the unforgettable closing line, 'Let us sit up awhile and call it Christmas tonight.' It just doesn't get any better than that.

After such a line, how do you add more?

I'm glad WG found a way in the end - but the later books will always be different, even though they are parts of the same story. Like a river, getting broader as it flows downstream.



-- Edited by Blackleburr on Wednesday 31st of July 2019 11:57:47 AM

__________________


Student

Status: Offline
Posts: 150
Date: Jul 22 1:03 AM, 2019
Permalink  
 

I definitely feel the first four books could stand on their own just as each separate book can stand on its own.  WG set out to write one book about Poldark and Cornwall and we are very lucky he had a long productive writing life.  I'm sure he never foresaw that he would still be writing the story when he was in his 90's!  In his notes in The Black Moon he says:  "But do not expect it to 'solve' everything, to tie up loose ends or to leave no new ones trailing.  That isn't the way it happened at all".   Right up to the last book in Bella Poldark we are left with loose ends.  Which is why I would dearly love to read "Christmas at Nampara 1820".  I think the characters and the story got under his skin and wouldn't leave him alone despite drifting away from them for years at a time. A film based on the first 4 books could be successful because the story and the characters always resonate with people of all ages and times.  But it would never be satisfactory for the book readers as so much nuance and detail is missed in movies and TV series.



__________________


Graduate

Status: Offline
Posts: 657
Date: Jul 18 9:30 PM, 2019
Permalink  
 

Ross - For me the ending of Warleggan is not strong enough. The relationship between Ross and Demelza is not strong. Both are still quite vulnerable and have scarcely begun to work through the events and emotions that they have separately been through. Their marriage has taken a pounding and they both have much to do to repair and strengthen it. There is still much talking to be done I think to discover whether they still love each other and can make their marriage work after Ross's visit to Trenwith on 9th May. Mending their marriage takes place in The Black Moon. For Warleggan to be a satisfactory end to the Poldarks it would require Ross's visit to Trenwith to occur much earlier in the book and thereby to allow Ross and Demelza time to grieve the loss of their relationship and to build a new one.



-- Edited by Stella Poldark on Friday 19th of July 2019 08:42:50 PM

__________________


Administration

Status: Offline
Posts: 1801
Date: Jul 18 5:59 PM, 2019
Permalink  
 

Firstly do you feel that the first 4 Ward Lock books can always stand on their own without the need for the later 8 ? And could a film based on just the first four books have been successful or not ?

Secondly what do you think made WG later change his mind having previously stated firmly that the story had finished with Warleggan and that he was quite satisfied ? Could it have been because the readers at the time wanted more or some other reason, or do you think that underneath he really was still quite happy with just the first 4 alone and that as a result any further books might as a consequence be different in some way....?



__________________

"Perfection is a full stop .... Ever the climbing but never the attaining Of the mountain top." W.G.

 

 

Page 1 of 1  sorted by
 
Quick Reply

Please log in to post quick replies.