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Robert Merivel, who has studied to be a physician, is appointed, ironically, to be veterinarian for the spaniels of King Charles II, who has recently been restored to the throne following the death of Oliver Cromwell. Merivel enjoys the gaiety and frivolity of court life, and, a bit of a fool, he entertains the king. The king`s decision to placate one of his lovers by marrying off his favorite mistress to Robert Merivel, spells the beginning of the end for Merivel`s tenuous fortunes. Warned not to fall in love with his wife, Celia Clemence, since the king intends to continue seeing her, Merivel cannot help himself, and he is cast out, losing not only the king`s affection, but also his house and, of course his wife.

Joining a group of men who work at an asylum for the insane, Merivel learns that there are deeper concerns in life than the hedonism of his life at court, and he develops genuine affection for several of the kindly Quaker men with whom he works. When he transgresses the society`s rules, however, he is cast out from there, too, ending up in London at the time of the Great Plague and eventually the Great London Fire.

Painting vivid pictures of Merivel`s life-at court, at the asylum in Whittlesea, and in the neighborhoods of London -author Rose Tremain brings the age, its customs, its science, and its social structure to life. The years of 1664 – 1666 are especially difficult, and as Merivel lives through the horrors of the Plague and the panic of the Great Fire, which Tremain recreates with the drama they deserve, the reader can see Merivel becoming less a fool and more a human. Like the restoration of the king to the throne, Merivel`s "restoration" to dignity takes place after a period of dark reflection and self-examination, and both Merivel and the country learn from their travails.

Tremain develops Merivel`s personal transformation with sensitivity, finesse, and much ironic humor, and when, at last, he is noticed again by the court, his understanding of himself and his role in the world is far more profound than it was before. Depicting the personal and the philosophical turmoils of these early Restoration years with a historian`s eye for detail and a detached observer`s sense of wit, Tremain illustrates the contradictions of this period realistically and often with dark humor. A fine historical novel, Restoration transcends its period, offering observations, themes, and lessons for the present day.

Mary Whipple

344 pages, published in
Rose Tremaine was born in 1943 in London. She started writing at the age of 10. She studied at the Sorbonne University (France), in 1967 she graduated from the University of East Anglia, where later, from 1988 to 1995, she taught at the literary courses. While still a university student, she met the writer Angus Wilson, who played the role of a mentor and convinced the aspiring writer at all costs to finish work on her first work Sadler`s Birthday (first published in 1976 ). This novel was followed by Letter to Sister Benedicta (1978), The Cupboard (1981) and The Swimming Pool Season (1985), which became the winner literary award Angel Literary Award. Starting with the novel "Restoration" (1989), which also won the Angel literary Award and best work of the year according to Sunday Express, Rose was assigned the title of author of historical works. However, the writer herself diligently avoids genre stereotypes and experiments in prose not only exclusively on historical themes, but also successfully combining the present and the past. In 1996, the novel "Restoration" was filmed and won an Oscar for Best Costumes. However, the writer was unhappy with the adaptation of her novel and henceforth decided to write scripts herself based on her works. In 1983, Rose Tremaine was recognized by Grant`s literary magazine as one of the best young British writers. She was twice on the jury of the most prestigious British Booker Prize - in 1988 and in 2000, and in 1990 she was herself nominated and shortlisted for this award. In addition to novels, Rose Tremaine successfully works in the genre of the story, and also writes plays for radio and television ( Templrary Shelter, One Night in Winter ). In 2000 she was awarded the honorary title of Doctor of Letters from the University of East Anglia. Lives in Norfolk with the famous scientist-biographer of the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge Richard Holmes. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Sadler`s Birthday (1976) Letter to Sister Benedicta (1978) The Cupboard (1981) The Colonel`s Daughter and Other Stories (1984) (three stories from the collection - winners of the Dylan Thomas Award 1984) Journey to the Volcano (1985) The Swimming Pool Season (1985) The Garden of the Villa Mollini and Other Stories (1987) Restoration (1989) (published in Russian by Amphora in 2005 Restoration ) Sacred Country (1992) (winner: James Tait Black Memorial Prize (UK) 1992, Prix Femina Etranger (France) 1993) Evangelista`s Fan and Other Stories (1994) Collected Short Stories (1996) The Way I Found Her (1997) Music and Silence (1999) (published in Russian by the Amphora publishing house in 2005 Music and Silence , winner of the Whitbread Novel Award [ / i] 1999) The Color (2003) The Darkness of Wallis Simpson (2005) The Road Home (2008), Trespass (2010) [url = http: //www.top-kniga.ru/kv/person/detail. php? id = 5619] Source [/ url]
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Rose Tremaine was born in 1943 in London. She started writing at the age of 10. She studied at the Sorbonne University (France), in 1967 she graduated from the University of East Anglia, where later, from 1988 to 1995, she taught at the literary courses. While still a university student, she met the writer Angus Wilson, who played the role of a mentor and convinced the aspiring writer at all costs to finish work on her first work Sadler`s Birthday (first published in 1976 ). This novel was followed by Letter to Sister Benedicta (1978), The Cupboard (1981) and The Swimming Pool Season (1985), which became the winner literary award Angel Literary Award. Starting with the novel "Restoration" (1989), which also won the Angel literary Award and best work of the year according to Sunday Express, Rose was assigned the title of author of historical works. However, the writer herself diligently avoids genre stereotypes and experiments in prose not only exclusively on historical themes, but also successfully combining the present and the past. In 1996, the novel "Restoration" was filmed and won an Oscar for Best Costumes. However, the writer was unhappy with the adaptation of her novel and henceforth decided to write scripts herself based on her works. In 1983, Rose Tremaine was recognized by Grant`s literary magazine as one of the best young British writers. She was twice on the jury of the most prestigious British Booker Prize - in 1988 and in 2000, and in 1990 she was herself nominated and shortlisted for this award. In addition to novels, Rose Tremaine successfully works in the genre of the story, and also writes plays for radio and television ( Templrary Shelter, One Night in Winter ). In 2000 she was awarded the honorary title of Doctor of Letters from the University of East Anglia. Lives in Norfolk with the famous scientist-biographer of the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge Richard Holmes. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Sadler`s Birthday (1976) Letter to Sister Benedicta (1978) The Cupboard (1981) The Colonel`s Daughter and Other Stories (1984) (three stories from the collection - winners of the Dylan Thomas Award 1984) Journey to the Volcano (1985) The Swimming Pool Season (1985) The Garden of the Villa Mollini and Other Stories (1987) Restoration (1989) (published in Russian by Amphora in 2005 Restoration ) Sacred Country (1992) (winner: James Tait Black Memorial Prize (UK) 1992, Prix Femina Etranger (France) 1993) Evangelista`s Fan and Other Stories (1994) Collected Short Stories (1996) The Way I Found Her (1997) Music and Silence (1999) (published in Russian by the Amphora publishing house in 2005 Music and Silence , winner of the Whitbread Novel Award [ / i] 1999) The Color (2003) The Darkness of Wallis Simpson (2005) The Road Home (2008), Trespass (2010) [url = http: //www.top-kniga.ru/kv/person/detail. php? id = 5619] Source [/ url]

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