Books - Review

Showing all books by: Rose Tremain

The Way I Found Her
Young boy and his mother go to Paris for the summer so the mum can do her translation job with the weird Russian author who has a soft spot for the precocious lad.
Prettty good, as evidenced by the fact that I can remember lots of the plot in contrast to all those Dick Francis's, for example.
Score: 7.5
Published: 1998
Read: August 23rd 2003

Music and Silence
Peter Clair, good looking lutenist goes to join the King of Denmark's orchestra, where, despite having to play from the cellars of the castle, he attracts the attention of the King who has many problems; his wife, who for some reason he still loves, is cuckolding him, his treasury is empty, and all his plans to revive Denmark's fortunes come to grief. Meanwhile Peter falls in love with the King's wife's new lady-in-waiting, but that all gets a bit complicated too when the King finally kicks out his wife for shagging around too much.
Very good - really enjoyed this!
Score: 8
Published: 2000
Read: October 20th 2003

The Colour
Newly married English couple and his mum emigrate to New Zealand to start a farm, but struggle to cope and then get side-tracked by a gold rush. And what were Joseph's real motives for leaving England anyway? Hmmm?
Not great, definitely nowhere near as good as Music and Silence, but it was OK. Never quite believed in the characters and the story seemed just a little bit contrived. Handy characters just turned up in time to move the plot along a bit.
Score: 7
Published: 2004
Read: July 9th 2004

Merivel, a friend of the king, and man of doubtful taste and abilities agrees to be a pseudo-husband to the king's latest lover. But then falls in love with her. Oops. Then he goes to the madhouse and works there for a bit but has an affair with an inmate. And then there's a big fire.
Very enjoyable.
Score: 7.5
Published: 1989
Read: June 15th 2005

The Road Home
Lev is a migrant worker arriving in London for the first time, but he manages to make friends and works hard, and becomes a talented chef. He is always a bit sad though because his wife died.
Pretty good, easy read, simple story, nice characters. This arrived in Kazakhstan from Amazon (eventually), just in time for me to take it on hols to South Africa.
Score: 7.5
Published: 2008
Read: September 28th 2008

Merivel: A Man of his Time
Merivel (the bloke from Restoration) is a bit older now and contemplating his descent into a lonely old age. Urged by his lovely young daughter to make some use of himself he embarks on a study of the soul of animals, but in the meantime gets constantly distracted by events including becoming the owner of a bear, falling in love with the wife of a Captain in the Swiss Guard and visiting Versailles.
Entertaining and interesting.
Score: 7.5
Published: 2012
Read: July 8th 2014

The Gustav Sonata
Two young boys grow up in Switzerland, from very different backgrounds - Anton is a talented Jewish musician from a wealthy family, and Gustav has an anti-Semitic mother, a dad who disappeared in mysterious circumstances and is very poor. Also some unrequited love.
Good. Very nicely written, maybe the story is a little stretched in places, mainly around Gustav's devotion to Anton.
Score: 8
Published: 2016
Read: January 19th 2017