I picked up The Angry Tide to read as the school year began, confident that it would be a welcome respite as I settled in to busy school days. I was right about that.
The novel is the seventh title in Winston’s Graham’s Poldark series. I’ve written before about the series and how much I love these books, you can read that here and here. The novels, set in Cornwall in the same time period as the American Revolution and into the early 1800s, are terrific stories on their own, with interesting characters woven throughout. I’ve enjoyed every book in the series and together, the themes of the novels linger well past the reading of the books.
The stories are parables of privilege and work; of responsibility and happiness. They are stories of class and feminism. Graham has an impressive talent for showing the reader all of the characters’ points of view in a well-drawn way, sometimes sympathetic to them, sometimes not. He’s never unkind but neither does he gloss the truth of each character’s existence and behavior. Each novel has been a great read, with experiences and turns of phrase I think about well after I’ve turned the last page.
Tomorrow, the Poldark series begins again on Masterpiece Theatre and it’s nearly as well-done as the novels, with beautiful images to boot. Like the books, it's well-worth your time.