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Meridon [Hardcover]

Philippa Gregory
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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July 3 1990
A book that completes the famous Wideacre trilogy, though it also stands on its own as an historical novel. When the book opens, it is 1805 and the heroine Meridon feels she does not belong among the travelling people with whom she has been brought up.

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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing March 21 2004
By A Customer
Although I did not read the first two books in the Lacey trilogy, I had high hopes for "Meridon", as I thought Gregory's storytelling in "The Queen's Fool" is excellent. But "Meridon" is a great disappointment. The story starts out with a very interesting premise - with Meridon as a traveling Rom, or gypsy. However, her dreams of "Wide" are not flushed out completely - they don't really have a coherent place. The book starts going downhill immediately after 'the accident,' (I don't want to give too much of the story away). But after that, it seems to me that Gregory makes events happen just just for the sake of them happening without really flushing out the reasons why. Meridon jumps from being Meridon to being Sarah in too short a time, Wideacre accepts Meridon as Sarah too quickly. The ending is even more indicative of this disjointed piecing together of events - I don't truly get a sense of Meridon/Sarah's growth as a person. I was extremely disappointed with this book, but because I did really enjoy "The Queen's Fool," I will give Gregory another chance and read "The Other Boleyn Girl."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful finish Aug. 17 2003
By L. W.
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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I have mixed feelings about the entire trilogy of books, although I enjoyed "Meridon" the most. It is a wonderfully written book, full of vivid imagery and well fleshed-out characters, and the estate of Wideacre is a living, breathing place. My biggest complaint is that I just didn't LIKE many of the characters, especially the main protagonists. With the exception of James Fortescue and Will Tyacke, Philippa Gregory paints an ugly picture of people and all their foibles. I often found myself disgusted with everyone, and there were many times when I would have quit reading if the writing itself weren't so darned GOOD. Despite my feelings about the people, though, I would probably recommend "Meridon" and its predecessors, "Wideacre" and "The Favored Child," as good pieces of literature.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Meridon April 24 2009
By S. He
This book is awesome; however, it feels a bit repetitive. Sometimes you just want to hit the main character in the head for the way she acts. The delivery service was great and fast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it! June 5 2014
By Jude
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It started a bit slow. But i knew that i should finish it as i had already read wideacer and favoured child. I was not sure but then it started. There were parts that i just could not put the book down. Then it really took off. I had to read the next and then the next chapter. I loved it! So glad i read the trilogy!! Great!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good value April 24 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book arrived in excellent condition. Delivery for two books took just over a week. Incredibly good value considering I paid 1c for the book! I haven't read it yet but if it is half as good as Wideacre, the first in the trilogy, I'm in for a treat.
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