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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reprint edition (10 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199599572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199599578
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.5 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 412,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yet another triumph in this marvellous series. Here are six English-language novels which I think great and which I do come back to. They all pass an essential test: that with each reading you find something new in them, and so they never exhaust what they have to say ... Redgauntlet, a warm and wonderfully relaxed novel celebrating, among other things, friendship, is also a penetrating psychological study of attachment to a lost cause. -- Allan Massie Yet another triumph in this marvellous series. Here are six English-language novels which I think great and which I do come back to. They all pass an essential test: that with each reading you find something new in them, and so they never exhaust what they have to say ... Redgauntlet, a warm and wonderfully relaxed novel celebrating, among other things, friendship, is also a penetrating psychological study of attachment to a lost cause. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Kathryn Sutherland is the editor of Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations and Austen-Leigh's Memoir of Jane Austen and Other Family Recollections for Oxford World's Classics. She has published widely on fictional and non-fictional writings of the Scottish Enlightenment and Romantic periods. She is the author of Jane Austen's Textual Lives: From Aeschylus to Bollywood.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Nov 2012
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Before I began reading his novels (which is just a matter of weeks ago) Scott was to me 'the father of the historical novel' by repute only, having read about him as such in different sources (with the selfsame sources claiming that he was - either rightly or wrongly - little read these days). Having finished 'Redgauntlet' now, which is my fourth Scott-novel (having previously read Waverley; or 'Tis Sixty Years Since (Oxford World's Classics), The Antiquary (Oxford World's Classics) and Old Mortality (Oxford World's Classics)), I definitely tend to side with those who are of the opinion that it is a shame that he is so little read nowadays.

Indeed, 'Redgauntlet' is to my mind yet another fine example of a good historical novel, on a par with many more recent books and better than quite a few. The story - set in 1765 - is easily summarized: Darsie Latimer is an orphan whose history is clouded in mystery. He has been staying with the English lawyer Fairford and has struck up a real friendship with Fairford's son Alan. Latimer is sent to Scotland with the bizarre instruction that he is on no account to cross the border with England again before his 25th anniversary, but once in Scotland soon enough finds himself entangled in a (fictitious) plot to restore the exiled Prince Charles Edward Stewart (aka 'Bonnie Prince Charlie', who led the unsuccessful Jacobite rising of 1745) to the throne.
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Sir Walter Scott was nothing if not prolific not all of his titles have stood the test of time, Redgauntlet does so deseredly
A rollicking great Scottish yarn.
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Redgauntlet is perhaps Scott's finest achievement and one of the great nineteenth-century novels -- make that, one of the great novels. It's thrilling, moving, hilarious, and audaciously experimental (watch how it switches from letters to narrative to journal, studded with glorious set-pieces). Kathryn Sutherland's edition is exemplary and it's cause for celebration to have it back in print -- congratulations to Oxford University Press. Read it!!!
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Tedious is the word that comes most readily to mind. you need stamina to keep reading Scott. I packed it in after 50 pages or so.
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I wish I had realised that there was a glossary at the back. You can just about manage without a knowledge of legal Latin and the Scottish dialect. They add a real historical texture to the story. The characters are not modern in period dress. They have the attitudes and culture of the age. The heroes are flawed characters, the plot works and loose ends are tied together. The much smaller world they inhabited enables that.

You have to persevere but like travelling off the beaten track on holiday, it is well worth it.
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