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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive
Did you know that at the time of the Restoration there was a Queen of the Isle of Man, haughty, noble, tragic, who had fought like a lioness during the civil war? Do you know about Titus Oates and the 'Popish Plot' scare, the maddest outbreak of mass hysteria to afflict England until certain the-sky-is-falling delusions of the present day?

Scott did, and out of...
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting
a little lengthy in the embroidered way of speaking but enjoyable nevertheless. Probably typical for the Victorian market and popular in it's day
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive, 16 Nov 2010
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Did you know that at the time of the Restoration there was a Queen of the Isle of Man, haughty, noble, tragic, who had fought like a lioness during the civil war? Do you know about Titus Oates and the 'Popish Plot' scare, the maddest outbreak of mass hysteria to afflict England until certain the-sky-is-falling delusions of the present day?

Scott did, and out of them weaves a romance of unremitting page-turningness that also features divided lovers, a mysterious deaf-mute beauty suspected of being an elf, vile panderers, scummy scheming nobles, bible-bashing maniacs, a vainglorious dwarf, sword-fights, intrigues, insurrection, comedy, Newgate prison and the Tower of London, loyal old cavaliers and the charming Charles who isn't really worthy of them, stout yeomen and saucy serving-wenches, court courtesans, Teutonic smugglers, a chameleonic epicure manipulator, a misshapen proto-Senator McCarthy with a ridiculous rural accent, castles, kafkaesque paranoia, passion requited and unrequited, inquisitors, secret passages, assassins, ghostly legends, moonlit flights, and jaw-dropping episodes of real history that were too interesting to teach you in school.

It isn't enough to say his characters live: at times he had more animating genius to breathe into them than any man since Shakespeare. Why do people bother with drugs, extreme sports and sex when Sir Walter Scott books are available?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peverill of the Peak, 25 Jun 2006
"The novels of Scott were America's first sensational fictional best sellers. It is not now generally realized just how avidly our fathers read and reread them, or how vast his influence was...His influence was felt over the whole nation and so large were the sales of his novels...enti re new issues...sold out on the day of publication." (David A. Randall) - so true - an excellent read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The old ones are still worth reading, 4 Dec 2012
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A Rollocking tale of love and betrayal that has lost nothing in the last 100 years and can still make me eagerly turn every large
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4.0 out of 5 stars PEVERIL OF THE PEAK, 18 May 2014
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There is an excellent story here but it is hidden from time to time in a mass of surplus verbiage. There was a period I understand when Sir Walter was being paid by his publisher by the word- and it shows. But if you have time and patience it is well worth the effort.
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting, 25 Dec 2013
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a little lengthy in the embroidered way of speaking but enjoyable nevertheless. Probably typical for the Victorian market and popular in it's day
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3.0 out of 5 stars "0" STARS REALLY, 24 Sep 2013
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BEING AS THE TABLET I PURCHASED WAS ABSOLUTE RUBBISH AND GOT RETURNED I NEVER GOT TO READ IT.
HOWEVER DOWNLOADING WAS EASY AND IT WAS FREE.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Ivanhoe, 25 Jun 2013
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Scott at his most prolix. Wandering plot.
Nice Peak District local colour, but altogether, I'm glad it was free.
Oh well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well framed classic, 19 Jun 2013
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Having driven past the hotel of the same name near Dovedale many times and wondered what the name meant i could not resist sending for this book. Now I know.
How lovely to read well framed English instead of the modern uninspiring often grammatically wrong and very often obscene offerings from modern writers full of colloquial rubbish. Give me the classics every time
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 13 Jan 2013
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It's interesting for those who find this genre a subject of interest. Easy to read on tablets and PCs alike
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2.0 out of 5 stars TOO LONG!, 9 Jan 2013
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Started reading and got to 100 plus pages and could just not go on and that is very unusual for me. Not his best work by a long shot - stick to Treasure Island/Kidnapped
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