Kidnapped (Canongate Classics)

Kidnapped (Canongate Classics)David Balfour Non Affatto Un Codardo Ma La Sua Integrit Morale, La Sua Coscienziosit Lo Rendono Inetto Ad Agire Agire Invece Il Terreno Appropriato Di Alan Breck I Due Messi Insieme Formano Un Individuo Completo David La Mente, Alan Il Braccio L Integro David Deve Confrontare Con Se Stesso L Individuo Senza Scrupoli Che Alan, E Suo Malgrado Finisce Con L Amare Quello Che Deve Disapprovare, Perch Alan Impersona Una Parte, Un Lato, Della Sua Natura 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 speech and a salting of 18th century terms that are no longer in common use the Scottish geographical references would also probably be Greek to most American readers without a good map But if these weren t insuperable obstacles to me, reading it as a kid of ten or so, they won t be to many of you, either Given the similar setting, this might have some appeal to fans of Gabaldon s Outlander though of course it lacks a love story. 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 named Elias Hoseason, agrees to kidnap the boy, for a nice fee, and sell him in the colonies of the Carolinas in America , they need slaves for the cotton plantationsHowever, plans are plans and you can not tell what the future brings, storms, reefs, fogs and the unexpected, anything is possible on a liquid surface.Alan Breck Stewart, with a sack of money is wanted by the Crown as a Scottish rebel, the only survivor of a shipwreck off the coast of Britain, caused by the less than honorable captain, picked up in a thick fog Nevertheless, greed wins out and the crew desires the valuable coins, killing a man doesn t bother them Mr David, is appalled, helps the fugitive escape and he too, later in the best section of the classic novel A long grueling crossing , the highlands of Scotland, trying to avoid capture by the Red Coats and the hangman s rope, a murder has just occurred And Alan blamedSuch splendid adventures follow, as the two new friends flee on the rugged terrain of the north country s hills, valleys, rivers and bays, always moving, never resting, hiding in woods, the tall grass, on top of rocks, in caves, anywhere available, getting assistance from loyal relatives of Alan and his clan A wonderful book for the young at heart, indubitably. 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 travels to start his what would turn out to be journey, he meets his uncle I will not say too much but upon their meeting, after slight consideration, David realises his uncle is a slimy, sinister snake who has stolen his inheritance After that Ebeneezer undermines David s intelligence after failing in a notorious plot to kill him David only because of his soon to be but present in this tale heroic wit that is already bubbling below the surface the mean uncle arranges for him to be K1dnapped Some book title on GR you have to spell wrong or it deletes them and makes reviewers look like a sausage This book was so amazing that if I was to truly analyse it I would probably write pages than Mr Stevenson did I will not divulge too much into the intricacies of the story but essentially David s mean uncle sells him out literally David is a lord by name and paper but Ebeneezer pays pirates money to send David to Carolina to become a slave worker On his journey on said pirate ship they impale a boat and a gentleman called Alan Breck joins the fray That is all I will say story wise so don t worry.The journey continues It is David s voyage away from and journey back to his rightful estate that is the lions share of the novel My father is a Scottish History lecturer so every time I mentioned a character in this book as I was reading he would tell me how legitimate they were at being presented by Stevenson in this era as the majority were real characters people in this amazingly interesting but dark age E.g Alan Breck, James of the Glens, Red Fox, Robin Oig Rob Roys Son.If you read this book your mind will flow in a Scottish accent 100% As a non Scottish reader do you know what these words mean that are prevalent If I wasn t half Scottish I may have struggled didnae, auld, dram, ay, keek, lassie, ken, kenned, gliff, whigh etcFollowing this colloquial language It cannot get Scottish than one amazing scene Two gents challenge each other for a dual, but instead of deadly combat with pistols and ten steps etc they settle on a bagpipe showdown There is a huge divide between the hielands and the lowlands England analysed Scotland as one country at this stage but all of the Clan s saw many different countries in Scotland In the highlands people mostly only speak Gaelic which alienates David in their presence The closer the south of Scotland you were the English you were does that play a part perhaps To me, I would probably give this 3.75 stars Not as much happens in this as Treasure Island However I enjoyed losing myself in the world of my forefathers I am named after Scottish kings y know I will check out the film later Love as always James 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 found myself enthusiastically rooting for, which always makes a story that much engrossing Highly recommended

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of English literature He was greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov.Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of literature It is onl

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  • 272 pages
  • Kidnapped (Canongate Classics)
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Italian
  • 15 January 2019
  • 9788817127165

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