Restoration by Rose Tremain

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Tremain has given him a prose that echoes the sentence patterns of the late 17th century, but only distantly, so that it never seems quaint...
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Robert Merivel abandons his medical studies for the vibrant Court of Charles II, where he finds unexpected favour with the King and serves as a 'paper groom' to the youngest of the royal mistresses. But by falling in love with her, Merivel violates the one rule that will cast him out from his new found paradise. Driven to work in a Quaker Bedlam, he must endure a yet more painful fall from grace before he can achieve spiritual and social restoration.
 

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Rose Tremain is the author of eight novels, including "The Way I Found Her" (WSP 1999), which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1998, "Sacred Country" (WSP 1999), which won both the James Tait Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger in France, and "Restoration," which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and was made into an Academy Award-winning film in 1995. Tremain's work has been translated into fourteen languages. She lives in Norfolk, England, with the biographer Richard Holmes, and has a daughter, Eleanor, who is an actress.
 
Published September 18, 1989 by Hamish Hamilton Ltd. 384 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by John Mullin on Oct 05 2012

She confessed that she had entertained hopes of allowing her protagonist finally to escape his fleshly inclinations, but that it became clear to her that this could never happen. He would always be a sinner.

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Reviewed by John Mullan on Sep 21 2012

Tremain has given him a prose that echoes the sentence patterns of the late 17th century, but only distantly, so that it never seems quaint...

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Reviewed by John Mullan on Sep 14 2012

At the end of the novel, the King, returning Merivel to his favour, reflects on the necessity of forgetting, and the difficulty of doing so.

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