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Catriona [Paperback]

Robert Louis Stevenson
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10 Dec 2005
Written in 1893, 'Catriona' is the sequel to the highland adventure 'Kidnapped', and follows the further adventures of its hero, David Balfour. After arranging a safe passage to France for his comrade Alan Breck Stewart, David tries to clear their names of involvement in the murder of Colin Campbell of Glenure, the 'Red Fox'. The political complexities and intrigue surrounding the 'Appin murder' make Davidʼs situation appear hopeless as he tries to find a path that will both save Alan Breck and James of the Glens, and keep his own neck out of the hangman's noose. With his life again in danger, the only person he can trust is Catriona, the daughter of the treacherous James More. Part adventure, part romance, and filled with atmospheric and evocative descriptions of old Edinburgh and the surrounding area, Stevenson considered 'Catriona' to be one of his finest works.

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Frontlist Books (10 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843500949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843500940
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 717,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. The son of a prosperous civil engineer, he was expected to follow the family profession, but was allowed to study law at Edinburgh University. Stevenson reacted strongly against the Presbyterian respectability of the city's professional classes and this led to painful clashes with his parents. In his early twenties he became afflicted with a severe respiratory illness from which he was to suffer for the rest of his life; it was at this time that he determined to become a professional writer. The effects of the often harsh Scottish climate on his poor health forced him to spend long periods abroad. After a great deal of travelling he eventually settled in Samoa, where he died on 3 December 1894.

Stevenson's Calvinistic upbringing gave him a preoccupation with pre-destination and a fascination with the presence of evil. In Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde he explores the darker side of the human psyche, and the character of the Master in The Master of Ballantrae (1889) was intended to be 'all I know of the Devil'. Stevenson is well known for his novels of historical adventure, including Treasure Island (1883), Kidnapped (1886) and Catriona (1893). As Walter Allen comments in The English Novel, 'His rediscovery of the art of narrative, of conscious and cunning calculation in telling a story so that the maximum effect of clarity and suspense is achieved, meant the birth of the novel of action as we know it.' But these works also reveal his knowledge and feeling for the Scottish cultural past. During the last years of his life Stevenson's creative range developed considerably, and The Beach of Falesá brought to fiction the kind of scene now associated with Conrad and Maugham. At the time of his death Robert Louis Stevenson was working on his unfinished masterpiece, Weir of Hermiston. He also wrote works of non-fiction, notably his descriptive and historical books on the South Seas area, A Footnote to History (1892) and In the South Seas (1896), as well as his celebrated defence of Father Damien, the Belgian priest who devoted his life to caring for lepers, in Father Damien; an open letter to the Reverend Hyde of Honolulu (1890).

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Robert Louis Stevenson was born in 1850 in Edinburgh, the son of an engineer. He briefly studied engineering, then law, and contributed to university magazines while a student. Despite life-long poor health, he was an enthusiastic traveller, writing about European travels in the late 1870s and marrying in America in 1879. He contributed to various periodicals, writing first essays and later fiction. His first novel was Treasure Island in 1883, intended for his stepson, who collaborated with Stevenson on two later novels. Some of Stevenson's subsequent novels are insubstantial popular romances, but others possess a deepening psychological intensity. He also wrote a handful of plays in collaboration with W.E. Henley. In 1888, he left England for his health, and never returned, eventually settling in Samoa after travelling in the Pacific islands. His time here was one of relatively good health and considerable writing, as well as of deepening concern for the Polynesian islanders under European exploitation, expressed in fictional and factual writing from his final years, some of which was so contrary to contemporary culture that a full text remained unavailable until well after Stevenson's death. R. L. Stevenson died of a brain haemorrhage in 1894. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as its prequel. 5 May 2002
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Format:Hardcover
Brilliant.It's as good as its prequel ,Kidnapped.
There is contrast between the two,as Kidnapped is set in the Scotish Highlands,amidst clan rivalry,whereas Catriona is set in the legal coruption and political intrigue of 18th century Edinburgh.I thoroughly enjoyed this book but there were a couple of chapters that were a bit lovey-dovey,which as a 13 year old boy I found extremly boring and uninteresting.It takes up the thread were Kidnapped left off with David Balfour going to give evidence against the hanging of James Stuart(James of the Glens)for his alleged part in the Appin Murder.I would give this book 10/10.Even though it has a few boring chapters it is still worthy of five stars.In short this is a great story of adventure and bravery and I feel sorry for anyone who has no intention of reading this brilliant book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alot to live up to! 20 April 2003
Format:Hardcover
I only recently got round to reading this thoroughly enjoyable book. Being named after the title character had stubbornly put me off reading it in my childhood, but upon recently realising that this was ridiculous I picked up one of the many copies that I own and started to read it - I couldn't put it down! If you loved Kidnapped or Treasure Island, you will really enjoy this. More adult and more politically focused story line. The romance may put younger male readers off a little! Enjoy ! Catriona
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proper Story 3 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A brilliance of Kindle is that one can revisit books of one's youth at very little cost and with great convenience: as story telling I rate Treasure Island. Kidnapped and Catriona very much on the "top Shelf" thoroughly good reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars catriona 7 Feb 2010
Format:Hardcover
Stevenson's far less well known and widely read sequel to "Kidnapped". A very believable "love story" and in no way an attempt to write "Kidnapped II". Some writers fall into the trap of writing to a formula. R.L.S. never did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU ENJOYED "KIDNAPPED"......... 21 April 2014
By RAMBLER
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i have read Stevenson's Kidnapped sveral times but had forgotten that the story continues in
Catriona.. it could be subtitled "The further adventures of David Balfour".
- as in Kidnapped, Stevenson weaves the story of the fictional David around real people and events - the book begins with Balfour trying to get clemency for James Stewart (James o the Glen) falsely accused of the murder of the Red Fox (an actual event covered in Kidnapped).

This is a good enjoyable read - the more enjoyable as it was a free download to my Kindle
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3.0 out of 5 stars catriona 4 Mar 2014
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I found this edition very disjointed,. If you hadn't read Kidnapped you would be lost. I did get around to trying the text to voice. The voices were unable to cope with the old Scots language. It must have been difficult enough for the volunteer adapters. It created havock for the electronic voices, but interesting!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly poor quality 7 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The text in the paperback version is extremely small, making it difficult to read even whilst sitting under a good lamp. It is smaller than any other novel I have come across and I would not attempt to read it whilst travelling for example. I gave up after 3 chapters, which is a shame because the story so far was excellent- just as good as Kidnapped. Also - the text contains references to explanatory notes but the notes are not included anywhere in the book. A disappointingly poor quality version. I would recommend buying from a different publisher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 19 July 2013
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A great follow up to Kidnapped. Follow up books are quite often a letdown but not this one. Stevenson's gift for creating characters with whom readers emphasise is used to its fullest here. I just had to keep reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Scott's at its very best!
Published 7 days ago by James G Craigon
1.0 out of 5 stars This book I found very hard to get into. ...
This book I found very hard to get into. In fact I only read a few pages. This book was not for me.
Published 28 days ago by Christine Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Average. not enough snorkelling!
It's ok. Follows on from Kidnapped. So if you liked the main characters there is something for you. The marriage/engagement is all a bit awkward for no good reason. I like pie.
Published 1 month ago by kej2772
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not as good as Kidnapped but a reasonable follow up
Published 1 month ago by Alistair McDonald
3.0 out of 5 stars An end to the adventure !
I liked the fact that it afforded the reader a chance to follow the protagonists' final path to safety and success. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A really good sequel to kidnapped. I knew Kidnapped as a child, but had never heard of the sequel, so this came as a pleasant surprise. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2012 by Snail
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing Sequel
While "Kidnapped" is pacey and atmospheric, "Catriona" is dull, dense and pedestrian. David Balfour comes across as self-absorbed and bumptious - perhaps this adds realism as many... Read more
Published on 12 April 2012 by Mr. Ross Maynard
4.0 out of 5 stars A historical novel
I have heard about this book for many years and now that I have a copy am looking forward to reading it. The stories by Robert Louis Stephenson are famous for their dramas.
Published on 5 Jun 2011 by M. Francis
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