The Four Swans

The Four Swans The sixth book in the legendary Poldark saga Cornwall Although Ross Poldark now something of a war hero seems secure in his hard won prosperity a new dilemma faces him in the sudden infatuation

  • Title: The Four Swans
  • Author: Winston Graham
  • ISBN: 9780002222464
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • The sixth book in the legendary Poldark saga Cornwall, 1795 Although Ross Poldark now something of a war hero seems secure in his hard won prosperity, a new dilemma faces him in the sudden infatuation of a young naval officer for his wife Demelza All four women the four swans whose lives touch Ross face a crisis in these years For his wide Demelza, his old lovThe sixth book in the legendary Poldark saga Cornwall, 1795 Although Ross Poldark now something of a war hero seems secure in his hard won prosperity, a new dilemma faces him in the sudden infatuation of a young naval officer for his wife Demelza All four women the four swans whose lives touch Ross face a crisis in these years For his wide Demelza, his old love Elizabeth, for his friend s new wife Caroline and for the unhappy Morwenna Chynoweth, these are times of stress and conflict.

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    1. Winston Graham

      Winston Graham was the author of forty novels His books have been widely translated and the Poldark series has been developed into two television series, shown in 22 countries Six of Winston Graham s books have been filmed for the big screen, the most notable being Marnie, directed by Alfred Hitchcock Winston Graham was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature FRSL and in 1983 was invested an Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE In his death, he left behind a son and daughter.

    223 thoughts on “The Four Swans”

    1. "… even where there is love there is misunderstanding. We try to speak to each other like through a glass, all of us."Either I'm getting increasingly sentimental with each passing year, or Winston Graham had special powers that shine through in his writing! Perhaps a little of both! I felt so emotional reading this book, and I might have to say this is my favorite in the series thus far. This is the sixth book in the spectacular Poldark series set in late 1700s Cornwall. Each installment has f [...]


    2. The Poldark saga continues with this book focusing on the four swans: Demelza, Caroline, Elizabeth and Morwenna. Demelza's 2 younger brothers join the cast and prove to be promising young men despite their challenging upbringing with dear ol' dad.Plenty of romantic tragedy in this book which made for some dark reading at times. I had to put the book aside for awhile and read something a little lighter before I could finish Four Swans.If you're looking for a dramatic and tragic romance this is th [...]


    3. 5 STARSNear the bank were four swans, almost stationary, moving so slowly that they appeared, only to be drifting with the tide. Each one mirrored, duplicated in the still water. It seemed sometimes that they could see their own reflections and were admiring themselves. Then one or another would break her reflection by dipping a delicate beak. Graceful things.White things. Like women.Unpredictable. Gentle. Fierce. Faithful or unfaithful. Loyal or traitorous. God who knew?I can't remember the las [...]


    4. "Oh, Ross, will you not hold me?""Yes, he said, doing it."Please hold me and never let me go.""Nor shall I, if you give me the chance.""Not till we die. Ross, I could not live without you."What can I say that I have not said already? This book. This series. These characters. Such a brilliant author, Winston Graham. I would have liked to have known him. Previous review:The swans were moving away now, pale, dignified, enigmatical, out of his life forever. Double mirrored in the soundless pool, the [...]


    5. In general, I am very reluctant to take on a series read. What often happens is that you begin the series with great expectations and as it progresses, the writer gets lazy, runs out of storyline, or loses touch with his characterske a tv series that is on its last leg and is just inventing a reason to continue. THIS IS NOT THE CASE with Winston Graham. He is such a skillful and thoughtful writer that he never gives us an inconsistency in the character that cannot be explained or that is foreign [...]


    6. This book is the sixth one of twelve series of "Corwall" series has been written by Winston Graham. Four swans means for women: Demelza, Elizabeth, Verity and Caroline. Graham introduce a new character in this book; Hugh Armitage. A person who was saved from prison by Ross (Probably after that Ross damn himself!!) He was a poet and fall in love with Demelza in first sight. He always wrote romantic poems to her. It is the first time we find Demelza is attracted by another man except Ross. Finally [...]


    7. Impresionante que a estas alturas de la serie pueda sufrir y disfrutar tanto, ya me espero cualquier cosa. Me he quedado loca con algunas cosas quee pasan, determinados comportamientos de algunos personajes que no me esperaba. No sé explicarme pero me parece espectacular cómo consigue este escritor crear personajes tan profundos, con tantas aristas, cómo logra mantener la tensión y el interés hasta con los personajes secundarios. Y las tramas que se saca de la manga La trama política es al [...]


    8. *SPOILER ALERT!*Whatever else you might think of Winston Graham's writing, his characters are sterling. They screw up, redeem themselves, then screw up again. Real people, fascinating in their human-ness.This time it's Demelza's turn to be a fool and throw all her happiness away. That her marriage survives (at least for now) is partly due, I think, to the death of the young man infatuated with her. This book ended very differently than the others, which although they related horrible events and [...]


    9. Well this ending didn't scare me as much as I thought it would! Ross really seems to be growing up! Demelza makes a mistake in this book, but Ross, maybe realizing he shouldn't throw stones, deals with it much more maturely than I would have thought. However, we STILL see his emotion and love for demelza even without him going off the deep end. This couple is all the stronger because they STAY and talk/work out their problems. It might take awhile for them to get to that point, but it happens wh [...]


    10. Winston Graham really does an excellent job of developing his characters. I see why this series was so popular in Britian. Book #1 was written in 1951, this book (#6) was written in 1976. The main character, Ross Poldark, goes thru a time of depression and the author says it so well in one of the most profound things I have ever read "It was not merely his own life but all life that was equally empty and purposeless. People, countless thousands, were hatched upon the earth like maggots every day [...]



    11. In this sixth book of the Poldark Saga, the four swans are four women whose lives touch Ross: Demelza, Elizabeth, Caroline, and Morwenna. For a man that often seems to be rather ignorant of love beyond his past pining for Elizabeth, Ross has a remarkable romantic streak for the lives and relationships of others! This story perhaps falls more in the "romance" genre than the others as numerous men reconcile themselves to loves they cannot have--Demelza's brothers Sam and Drake and the besotted Hug [...]


    12. As much as I enjoy Graham's writing, the whole side-story of Ossie and Morwenna really could have been left out, or at least greatly reduced. Shocking turn of events as Morwenna stands up to Ossie and tells him how things are going to be. (Sidenote: Near the end of the book her sister Rowella is called "Rowena" which threw me for a minute.) It was good to see George start to feel the effects of his backstabbing and ruthless social climbing. This is a character with no redeeming qualities in the [...]


    13. I would like to file a complaint withI dunnoe FCC? THE NEXT BOOK ISN'T ON AUDIBLE. I'm going to have to READ it with my EYES. Also, I may have to wait a hot minute because the full collector's set I ordered is coming from across the pond. Je regrette rien!(PS - This one gets three stars because I don't believe a damn word of Demelza's story line.



    14. The French Revolution has descended to bloody madness and the British government is afraid the Revolution will spread. A series of bad harvests in Cornwall means starvation, disease and anger. None of these things directly affect Ross Poldark. With a prosperous tin mine producing enough income to fix up Nampara, a beautiful wife and two thriving young children, he has all a man could want. However, there is that unspoken lingering . something for Elizabeth. There's also the matter of the young m [...]


    15. Starting to get really really irritated with Ross and Demelza. Ross for still mooning over Elizabeth and not talking to Demelza and Demelza choosing to run into the arms of another man rather than talking to Ross about what is happening between him and Elizabeth. I'm ready to bang their heads together. These issues almost destroyed their marriage and it seems like they haven't learned anything


    16. What a crime that this series is so hard to find, and only the first 3 are available as ebooks! Got the first 3 at the library and have had to buy the rest used on . Shameful! Please read this series. You will love it! Also looking forward to reading his Marnie if I can find it!


    17. Grande este autor. Tramas nuevas e interesantes, sin perder de vista lo que se arrastra desde el primer libro y sin que canse por eso. Personajes humanos que nos resultan creíbles y cercanos, porque caen en comportamientos que nadie espera. ¡A por el séptimo de cabeza!


    18. This Poldark saga closely follows four women who are all closely tied to Ross Poldark and are all facing a crisis in their lives. Demelza, his wife, Elizabeth, his "former" fiancée, Caroline, a close friend and Morwenna, Elizabeth's niece all figure prominently in this book as do two of Demelza's brothers. When you bring in the slick, slimy Warleggans and pit them directly versus Ross, it is certain to bring conflict and violence set in late 18th century Cornwall, this book also gives us insigh [...]


    19. WAAAAY better than The Black Moon!! Totally redeemed itself. Not that Poldark ever had to though. But damn. So, Hugh the Homewrecker, as I've fondly taken to calling him Seriously, I hate this guy. He all but basically tricked Demelza! Though I do have to give her A LITTLE credit here, he did have to work hard to do it. I'm so glad that after she was plagued with guilt and didn't even know why she did anything! We don't either, Demelza!! And Caroline and Dwight!!!!! EEEEEKK!!!! A BABY!!!!! I can [...]


    20. The Four Swans is the sixth book on Poldark's saga. Who are the four swans? Demelza who unexpectedly finds a new lover; Elizabeth for whom Ross still has a special place in his heart for her, perhaps something else even more important than that; Caroline which marriage takes another step through motherhood; and Morwena with an unhappy marriage with Osborne Whitworth and the special attention given to her by Demelza's brother Drake Cane. As historical background, the Napoleonic war starts to blow [...]


    21. I like this series but I find all the politic talk quite boring and admit to skimming those parts. Ross has turned into a jerk the last few books and I was quite pleased as to how Demelza treated him in this one. I'm halfway through the series so of course I want to keep reading because I like the characters and their stories. This is the kind of series that I stop and start and could take a couple more years to get through!


    22. I am completely caught up in the lives of the Poldarks. Even though I find their morality questionable at times, I just keep on going. I love how real the characters are, how flawed and so very mortal. His writing just gets better as well. Example: Water wrinkled under the crouching clouds. pg. 211


    23. 4 stars for wrapping me in, 2 stars for how much I hated almost everything that happened in this one! Like it or not, I HAD to read it.


    24. Actual rating is 3.5/5 stars, but mostly reflects only my dislike for the whole Demelza storyline in this book. Because yes, I'm that pissed about all of that.So I'm going to get that out of the way right away. I loved Demelza so much until now, she was my pride and joy and I felt like this storyline achieved nothing but make me love her less and I cannot for the life of me understand why it was good to have this storyline in the book. Ross and Demelza are supposed to be the main pairing of thes [...]


    25. I wish I could give this a higher rating, but Ross is stopping me from doing so. I'm so conflicted right now - I'll write a review once my feelings have settled down a little.


    26. Not for the first time he was conscious of emotional lights and shades in his wife that could not be categorized, could not be named as sensuous or emotional as such, perhaps derived from each and gave to each but in essence grew out of a deeper fund of temperament that he still could not altogether apprehend. The simple miner's daughter was not simple in character at all.― Winston Graham, The Four SwansBook #6 in the Poldark saga proves to be just as well written and entertaining as the previ [...]


    27. Best book of the series so far since the characters are well developed by now, and situations are getting more complex. I feel Graham has really hit his stride with this one. I didn't expect to learn so much about the mining, politics and history of Cornwall at the turn of the 19th century. Bonus!


    28. 3,5-4 ★Siguen las vidas de nuestros personajes en la pequeña región de Cornwall donde transcurre esta saga y se puede decir que en este libro pasan bastantes más cosas que el anterior. Aún así poco se ha resuelto si un caso se ha liado más la cosa. Dado que hay todavía bastantes libros por delante no es que me preocupe excesivamente pero sí que hay temas que para mi son trascendentales y que no se están tratando como yo esperaba y me da que en algunos otros va a pasar lo mismo (O al m [...]


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