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Meridon Hardcover – Jul 3 1990

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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Canada (AHC) (July 3 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670831646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670831647
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,949,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With this elaborate tapestry of a young woman's life, the Lacey family trilogy ( Wideacre and The Favored Child ) comes to a satisfying conclusion. Meridon is the lost child whose legacy is the estate of Wideacre. She and her very different sister, Dandy, were abandoned as infants and raised in a gypsy encampment, learning horsetrading and other tricks of survival. They are indentured to a circus master whose traveling show is made successful by Meridon's equestrian flair and Dandy's seductive beauty on the trapeze. Meridon's escape from this world is fueled by pregnant Dandy's murder and her own obsessive dream of her ancestral home. After claiming Wideacre, Meridon succumbs for a while to the temptation of the "quality" social scene, but eventually she comes to her senses, and, in a tricky card game near the end of the saga, triumphs fully. The hard-won homecoming in this historical novel is richly developed and impassioned. Doubleday Book Club alternate.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Val Hennessy London Daily Mail When it comes to writers of historical fiction, Philippa Gregory is in the very top league.

Pittsburgh Press Captivating.

Chattanooga News-Free Press Compelling, unforgettable page-turner. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on Jan. 26 2004
Format: Paperback
Like some of the other reviewers, I read The Other Boelyn Girl and really liked it - I find Philippa Gregory's writing style easy and comfortable to fall into, and of the historical fiction I've read lately, it was the most fun. I couldn't wait to dig into another one of her novels - pure fiction, this time - so there would be no boundaries.
Yeah. I rather liked it better when she had to stick to the rules. I'm having a terrible time with Wideacre, and can't imagine ploughing through two more books like this one.
First of all, the parallels with Scarlett O'Hara's obsession with keeping Tara, the plantation she grew up on, are OBVIOUS, and it takes balls to compete with a classic story like Gone With the Wind. And I'm sorry, but this madcap, melodramatic plotline actually only makes Gone With the Wind look even BETTER in comparison.
And for all of her repetitious use of the word "Wideacre" as a preceding adjective to virtually EVERY noun in the book, I'm not in the least convinced that the homestead is worth all this trouble. And if I can't sympathise with that drive in Beatrice, I can't see her as anything but despicable.
Second thing - I don't know about this preoccupation with brother-sister incest....I'm afraid to open another one of her novels. In Boelyn it had its place, but in this book it's just icky. And seems forced. And I DON'T believe the S&M business at all - that was just one more thing, tossed in there for bad measure.
Too many things just seem out of place, unbelievable, unnecessary, tasteless - this book is a train wreck. And it's too bad, because I do enjoy her writing. I may try her next historical fiction, where she's reined in a bit, but I don't think I'll pick up another of her free-for-alls.
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Having read the first two novels in this trilogy, I was not quite sure what to expect from this one. While the first two novels emphasize the growth of Beatrice and Julia on Wideacre, Meridon spends the majority of this book away from her land, having grown up without any knowledge of her roots.
Yet, despite the fact that Wideacre as a place appears in this book relatively infrequently, Wideacre as a representative of the class struggle comes out much more strongly in this novel than the two previous ones. Meridon herself has lived on both sides of the track, and her unique experience gives her a completely different viewpoint from either of the two previous Laceys. Through the use of interesting side characters who each in their own way are struggling with money (the pursuit of it, why you need it, why you want it, and what to do with it once you have it), the at the time revolutionary ideas of spreading the wealth across the whole population are emphasized.
The only thing that I missed and wondered about was that there was no mention of Ralph in this book. Since he was so important in the first two books, I thought that he might make an appearance of some kind in this one... in any case, the character of Will Tyacke does well in illustrating that deep desire to help the poor.
All in all, I thought that this was an amazing finish to the trilogy, and a definite must-read.
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In error, I read Favored Child first, the second in this series. I enjoyed it so much that i had to buy Wideacre and get the history on this story. I was drawn in by Beatrice's absolute passion to keep her land, whatever cost. Some reviews condemn the incestual tones but to Beatrice it was not insatiable lust,it was only a means to get what she wanted...Wideacre. She was incapable of loving anyone or anything except the land. Beatrice was bitter for the comforts that only male gentry were allowed, such as ownership and freedom of choice. Her obsession with the land drove her to do unspeakable acts and caused her to be hated by many and feared by everyone but one man. A man she could not control or love.
Once i had read Wideacre and Favored Child I couln't wait to read the final book in the series, Meridon. To consume the full scope of the three generations you must read all three.
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Beatrice is the most idiotic female character I've ever encountered. She's not even a proper villain; she's just mentally ill (or rather, mentally undeveloped). Imagine a room which contains a precious piece of gold. Now imagine the room is encased in a giant electric cube that shocks and kills anyone who touches it. She's the kind of person who sees a large warning sign and still says, "Hmm. I really want that piece of gold." Touch. Dies. Utterly pathetic.
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...I loved this book. I'm fifteen years old, an avid reader, but never has a book made me feel the way this one did - warming my heart, then ripping it open, then repairing it just enough to read more, filling the cracks with disgust and anguish and fascination, and finally stomping on the shards that remained at the end.


I can see why people don't like it, but honestly, the whole incest part of the plot isn't enough to hate on a book. Yes, Beatrice is shockingly immoral and evil, but that's what fascinated me about her. I found it captivating to be in her twisted mind and could almost sympathize with her throughout the novel. Besides, the incest was not needless; while at first it was driven by lust, later on it became an obligation to keep Harry under control and through him, her precious Wideacre. Her infatuation with the estate didn't bother me too much until the end.

I found the beginning a bit dreary, but I adored the middle. I literally didn't want to put this book down and when I had to, I couldn't stop thinking about it and grabbed it as soon as I could to continue. I think my heart ached the most with Doctor John MacAndrew - I loved his character and I really enjoyed his interaction with Beatrice throughout the middle as he pursued her and she finally accepted. For a little bit, I thought that Beatrice could be happy with Dr. MacAndrew and that he brought out the best in her. Maybe her twisted-ness would leave. I suppose I got a little too emotionally involved here, because the next part of the plot is what ripped my heart out.

Honestly, I wanted to shake Beatrice to get her to stop lying to John.
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