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Kidnapped (Canongate Classics) Tricked By The Uncle Who Has Stolen His Inheritance, Young David Balfour Is Kidnapped And Bound For America Or At Least That Was The Plan, Until The Ship Runs Into Trouble And David Is Rescued By Alan Breck Stewart, Fugitive Jacobite And, By His Own Admission, A Bonny Fighter Balfour, A Canny Lowlander, Finds An Echo Of Some Wilder And Romantic Self In The Wilful And Courageous Highland Spirit Of Alan Breck A Strange And Difficult Friendship Is Born, As Their Adventures Begin Kidnapped Has Become A Classic Of Historical Romance The World Over And Is Justly Famous As A Novel Of Travel And Adventure In The Scottish Landscape Stevenson S Vivid Descriptive Powers Were Never Better Than In His Account Of Remote Places And Dangerous Action In The Highlands In The Years After Culloden A Cracking Tale Of Low Skulduggery And High Adventure, Robert Louis Stevenson S Kidnapped Has Enthralled Generations Of Readers Since Its First Publication In 1886 A Book For Thrill Seekers Of All Ages, This Romp Through Jacobite Scotland Is A True Classic Sunday Herald A Delicately Balanced Book, Expertly Controlled, Sharply Focused, And Written With An Affectionate Irony It Is Perhaps The Finest Of Stevenson S Novels Jenni Calder While the above description suggests, misleadingly, that all of protagonist David Balfour s adventures take place on the high seas he only gets as far as the treacherous coastal waters of his native Scotland, and the great majority of the story takes place on land , the rest of it is pretty apt This is Romantic historical adventure fiction at its finest that is, fiction from the Romantic school, with its stress on appeal to emotions here, excitement, fear, sympathy, moral indignation, admiration not small r romance fiction David doesn t get to fall in love in this book , from a master of the genre Set a few years after Bonnie Prince Charlie s failed rebellion, it tells the tale of a orphaned heir, kidnapped at the behest of a scheming uncle When the ship carrying him to indentured servitude in America is wrecked off the Highlands, the young man teams up with a Jacobite adventurer, and they set out on a dangerous trek across Scotland to confront the uncle.This novel has the basic features of much of Stevenson s fiction a well realized historical setting, vivid characters, eventful plotting, a strong emphasis on wholesome male bonding and friendship, straightforward celebration of masculine virtues, and a clear eyed distinction between good and evil The author s diction, of course, is of the 19th century sort, and compounded by his use of Scots dialect in some character s You are seventeen Mr David Balfour, alone in the world of 1751, in troubled Scotland, a futile bloody revolt was crushed a few years ago, by England, the parents are no , father never spoke about his family, or the distant past , the poor, quiet introvert, a widowed school master, of the lowlands, has left his good, loving son a Mysterious letter, both of them had deep secrets for you Go from your birthplace , a small village, the only one you know, and take the message to a lawyer Mr Rankeillor, in the frightening, huge, cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh by foot you must travel, a two day walk Meeting strangers good or bad on the roadswho can tell Should you turn back, it would be so easy or follow your late father s wishes and risk the unknown dangers But first he arrives at the home of his Uncle Ebenezer, a person he never knew existed, that name alone for most people would give them a clue about this gentleman s character His father s brother is a great miser, so cheap he lives like a pauper in his big mansion, uncompleted, the reason, obviously he can t spend any money, will not light a fire but in one fireplace, eats porridge and drinks a little beer the cheapest he can find Paranoid in the extreme, his sick mind hates anybody that threatens him even if it is not true After an unsuccessful plot to eliminate his naive nephew in the dark tower, a better one bears fruit A sea captain nam I have seen wicked men and fools, a great many of both, and I believe they both get paid in the end, but the fools first We find ourselves in Bonny old Scotland circa June 1751 King George and the red coats rule this empire Following on from the Jacobite Revolution we are introduced to an innocent teenage gentleman known as David Balfour To initiate the narrative David and the minister, Mr Campbell discuss the necessity for a journey that our young hero should take following the untimely death of both his parents He is entrusted with a letter that was written from his father s very own hand which cannot be opened until it is delivered to a certain individual his conniving uncle who happens to be, of course a close family member of Young Balfour His uncle represents the Scottish House Shaw the destination of the aforementioned is close to Edinburgh and so David treks as a young 18 year old person would Maybe even skipping across the glen in bonnie pretty spirits ay lad Is everyone in fiction who is called Ebeneezer a scumbag David journeys for a few days across the lowlands of Scotland including Cramond, Colinton until the sight of the Glasgow Road is in his peripheral vision At this point, he knew he was close to the presented described destination After these trav While Stevenson s Kidnapped was not quite as strong a work as either Treasure Island or his incredibly gripping The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, it was such an exciting, action packed, genuinely fun adventure story that I couldn t help but love it Set in 1751, it features such thrilling elements as a sinister, foul tempered uncle, a ship full of villainous sailors, a shipwreck on a gloomy, deserted island, political intrigue, Murder , the perilous proximity of the Red Coats on the Scottish Highlands, and much, much Plus, I found the young protagonist, David, extremely likable and relatable he was good hearted, loyal, intelligent and brave, but not unbelievably or irritatingly so All in all, he was a wonderful companion I f

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