Review: Rose Tremain’s “Restoration”

by writereaderly

Robert Merivel, physician and ladies’ man, is a buffoon who flies the frivolous heights of Charles II’s Court before crashing into the sea of Bedlam and subsequently being restored to humanity. It’s a good novel, as Tremain’s always are, but I must admit that I found the abundant frills and furbelows of the first part quite irritating – despite my understanding that they were the textual counterpart of the hero’s personality. The second part, however, was perfectly weighted. Overall this was as well wrought as Tremain’s other contributions to Brit Lit, plus it’s comforting to be reminded that there are bigger dickheads in the world than you could ever attempt to be. Restoration may yet come to us all. Recommended.

Where it came from: Opshop
Time & manner of reading: Various bed- and bit-reads over a few days, devoured in the last morning-read
Where it went to: CP
Reminds me of: The recent loony-bin novels on my pile, e.g., Norwegian Wood and The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Who I’d recommend it to: A general recommendation should also do this one
Also reading: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene; The Reivers by William Faulkner

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