Meridon Hardcover – Jul 3 1990
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From Publishers Weekly
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, absorbing...an unforgettable page-turner. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.
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.
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.
HERE THERE BE SPOILERS.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Realized I have read before, but that is no problem! I love this author and particularly love this series!Published 3 months ago by Kathryn Rogers
I've never read an author with more authentic characters, and once again Gregory did not disappoint. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mary Goro
I began reading Wideacre but cannot continue. I just dislike the main character and think she is so weak and pathetic had to put the book down. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Vanessa Lewis
I am glad i purchased this book. I love Philippa's books and read most already. I purchased the trilogy and set to reading! This is a most read for the summer! Get the trilogy! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jude
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! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Susan Andrew
This is the last book in the Wideacre series, I did get a little bored with it I think the story could have been told in two books. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Julie Gilbert
This was part of a trilogy and I really enjoyed the first two books, when I got to Meridon I was a little bored and left the book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Julie Gilbert
I've never been so upset with a heroin of a book as I was with this one. I wanted to jump in and give her head a shake. So, that's telling you how good this book is.Published 24 months ago by William Mc Murchy
This book almost stands alone without the prequels. More action and closure spiced with humour. A different Phillipa Gregory than experienced in the Tudor yearsPublished on Feb. 4 2014 by Donna O'Neil