The Silverado Squatters

The Silverado Squatters The Scene Of This Little Book Is On A High Mountain There Are, Indeed, Many Higher There Are Many Of A Nobler Outline It Is No Place Of Pilgrimage For The Summary Globe Trotter But To One Who Lives Upon Its Sides, Mount Saint Helena Soon Becomes A Center Of Interest It Is The Mont Blanc Of One Section Of The Californian Coast Range, None Of Its Near Neighbors Rising To One Half Its Altitude It Looks Down On Much Green, Intricate Country It Feeds In The Spring Time Many Splashing Brooks From Its Summit You Must Have An Excellent Lesson Of Geography Seeing, To The South, San Francisco Bay, With Tamalpais On The One Hand And Monte Diablo On The Other To The West And Thirty Miles Away, The Open Ocean Eastward, Across The Corn Lands And Thick Tule Swamps Of Sacramento Valley, To Where The Central Pacific Railroad Begins To Climb The Sides Of The Sierras And Northward, For What I Know, The White Head Of Shasta Looking Down On OregonThe Author S Experiences At Silverado Were Recorded In A Journal He Called Silverado Sketches, Parts Of Which He Incorporated Into Silverado Squatters In While Living In Bournemouth, England, With Other Tales Appearing In Essays Of Travel And Across The Plains Many Of His Notes On The Scenery Around Him Later Provided Much Of The Descriptive Detail For Treasure Island

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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  • Paperback
  • 108 pages
  • The Silverado Squatters
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • English
  • 25 August 2017
  • 9781598185393

10 thoughts on “The Silverado Squatters

  1. says:

    This book is somewhat of travel memoir for Robert Louis Stevenson who spent about one year in California before returning to Europe and ultimately Samoa, where he died is buried It is a story of Stevenson and his new bride squatting in the abandoned housing of an old mine, the Silverado The abandoned silver gold mine is on Mt Saint Helena near the Napa wine country town of Calistoga Stevenson describes the natural beauty of the area, providing an entire chapter on looking down upon the Sea Fogs He also describes the nascent Napa Valley wine industry, visiting pioneer wineries of Schram and M Eckron The most disturbing aspect of the book is the attitude portraying Chinese and Jews, perhaps reflecting a not so tolerant era Another excellent book regarding Stevenson s California days is From Scotland to Silverado edited by James D Hart.

  2. says:

    Honestly I do not believe this story deserves such a low rating as three stars Nonetheless I have given such an appraisal simply because the story was uninteresting to me Robert Louis Stevenson s writing is amazing, and flows with something like a poetic air However, the tale he wove with these words was less than intriguing It took me quite awhile to slog through and I dearly hope I do not have to read it again.

  3. says:

    Incredibly well written, if not always engaging More than a story, it is a series of observations on a truly unique adventure Stevenson s turn of phrase and imagery is remarkable, and at times laugh out loud funny All that said, though the book is quite short, there were still times I felt I was slogging though to the next truly great moment Even still, I highly recommend this book especially if traveling in the Napa region I bought it in one visit to the RLS museum, and read it several years later when back in Napa.

  4. says:

    Short, interesting little book about the Napa Sonoma area in the late nineteenth century.

  5. says:

    The happiest lot on earth is to be born a Scotchman You must pay for it in many ways, as for all other advantages on earth You have to learn the paraphrases and the shorter catechism you generally take to drink your youth is a time of louder war against society, of outcry and tears and turmoil, than if you had been born, for instance, in England But somehow life is warmer and closer the hearth burns redly the lights of home shine softer on the rainy street the very names, endeared in verse and music, cling nearer round our hearts.

  6. says:

    It s amazing to me how he can write about something so simple and uninteresting yet so perfectly make you feel like you are there He captures your interest by the deep realism and understanding of humans and how they see the world The subject was not that interesting but the writing is so so good.

  7. says:

    I m a fan of Stevenson s nonfiction and his typical turn of phrase and low key humor are evident here, but it s a pretty skimpy effort Disappointing overall and as a result the typical bigotries of the 19th century are wince inducing than they would be in a fully fleshed work I think it s most likely to appeal to the Stevenson completist or the California history buff.

  8. says:

    Excellent and inspiring description of early 20th century Napa Valley For this native Napan, was inspired to hike the Oat Hill Mine Trail to walk where RLS rode and wrote.

  9. says:

    Clever, funny, descriptive Not a honeymoon I d envy, but a wonderful description to make you feel you were there.

  10. says:

    Interesting view on early California history The place seemed so small then.

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