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When a twist of fate delivers an ambitious young medical student to the court of King Charles II he is suddenly thrust into a vibrant world of luxury and opulence Blessed. Steeped in the voices and eccentricities of the age of Charles the second Restoration A Novel of Seventeenth Century England is wonderful I felt like I had been transported back in time to all the disagreeable muck and smells and ribaldry of the 1660s At first I thought this was going to be a comic slice of life rendition of a young man's Robert Merivel rise as a sycophant of the king There is humour in this yes but also much sadness In part one it depicts the newly made physician Merivel's lucky break in being asked to treat the king's spaniel who is sick Merivel knows the only way to get ahead in England of this time is to please the king Inadvertently through no help from the doctor the dog does survive Merivel becomes the king's veterinarian While at court Merivel indulges himself with food drink and revelry and soon becomes a sort of court jester Merivel exults in the king's fondness for his fool and thinks he's been even pampered when the king gives him a house an income and a bride but soon the unraveling begins

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RestorationWith a uick wit and sparkling charm Robert Merivel rises uickly soon finding favour with the King and privileged with a position as ‘paper groom’ to the youngest of. 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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Summary Restoration ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Þ ➸ [Reading] ➺ Restoration By Rose Tremain ➭ – When a twist of fate delivers an ambitious young medical student to the court of King Charles II he is suddenly thrust into a vibrant world of luxury and opulence Blessed with a uiThe King’s mistresses But by falling in love with her Merivel transgresses the one rule that will cast him out from his new found paradiseShortlisted for the Booker Pri. 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