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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant template for all subsequent spy/adventure novels
I can imagine the young author of the Bond books reading this, goggle-eyed and thinking he'd love to write something exactly like it. International conspiracy! Devilishly cunning villain! Gadgets and booby traps! They say that Hamlet is full of quotations, so I guess Rob Roy seems full of the clichés of the spy/adventure novel simply because, well, Walter got...
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK at the price
All the Scott novels are available for download at a price not much higher than the cost of this one volume, but there is less clutter in having a single volume, unless you intend to read them all! This one is reasonably well produced - some formatting but no navigation.

Does anyone actually read Scott these days? If you read this one you need to know that...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant template for all subsequent spy/adventure novels, 9 Oct 2012
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E. Clarke "Cambusken" (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rob Roy (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
I can imagine the young author of the Bond books reading this, goggle-eyed and thinking he'd love to write something exactly like it. International conspiracy! Devilishly cunning villain! Gadgets and booby traps! They say that Hamlet is full of quotations, so I guess Rob Roy seems full of the clichés of the spy/adventure novel simply because, well, Walter got there first. Someone else can do the Lit. Crit. on this but I have to say that I was as goggle-eyed as anybody. The whole book is so full of surprises yet never lets up - not even in the last chapter - in the rollicking pace of the story telling.

The story starts off in the City of London and wends northwards to Northumbria, weaving intriguing elements of the story all the way. Family feuds, Father versus son, business versus poetry, North versus South, Catholic versus Dissenter. There wildness of countryside begins to make an impact, and in the old family home of a wild and dissolute family of Northumbrian gentry various dubious, intriguing and mysterious connections begin to be set up. Including of course the elusive Scottish cattle drover, who proceeds to enter and leave the story in surprising and mysterious circumstances for the rest of the yarn. Business failures, frauds, robberies - set up?- AND a bright but imperious lovely all become involved provoking the young hero to set off for Glasgow in the company of his irritating Sancho Panza-like sidekick. The plot thickens and darkens as he is drawn further northwards into wild Highland territory, uncontrollable despite garrisons of redcoats and about to burst into rebellion. He is in the company of the pompous, irrepressible Glasgow merchant and magistrate Baillie Nicol Jarvie, who must be the most genial comic character ever created. Captured, rescued, captured, escaped, etc, etc, with adventure after adventure, amazing meetings and coincidences, booby-trapped sporran, etc, etc.

You can't put it down! You need to cope with Scott's version of local dialect in the dialogues, but there is never much doubt what is being said. This is a marvellous book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 21 Mar 2002
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Few men can be credited with inventing an entire genre, but Sir Walter Scott is one of them. His ingenious intertwining of history and fiction created a type of novel that endures to this day.
And in Rob Roy, it is easy to see why. Yet the mechanism of history occupies only a secondary position; it is the young Francis Osbaldistone who occupies centre stage. His colourful adventures unfold in a flurry of action, the narrative stiffened by Scott's wonderful fluency and sublime descriptive powers. Combine this with the suspense and uncertainty surrounding Diana Vernon and Rob Roy in particular, and it would be difficult to imagine a more pleasing novel.
Certainly, Rob Roy is not as exuberant as Scott's other great work, Ivanhoe, but this is of little consequence. The book is an intricate tapestry of romance, adventure and mystery that simply oozes the irresistible charm of a masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rob Roy ... a once famous and now neglected masterpiece - great abridgement, 2 July 2014
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Rob Roy is a fine novel and, perhaps, the best of Scott's Waverley novels. It manages to combine a truly exciting plot with a deal of emotional interest including a great love story. It would be really good if one of the more innovative audiobook companies, Naxos Audio Books comes to mind, would produce abridgements of the Waverley novels complete. They were at one time as popular as Dickens and deserve revival. This reading is clear and well done.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars break through the pain barrier, 4 Dec 2001
This review is from: Rob Roy (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
Getting into this book means wading through an opening few scenes of London accountancy. It hurts, but it works
Once you have gotten through the early sections you follow the hero northwards, until you find him racing through the highlands and striving for the right to marry the beautiful, enigmatic and sly Di Vernon.
Not essentially a book about Rob Roy, although he does have a leading role. It is about the world of Rob Roy, which is full of brave, adventurous and unpredictable highlanders.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cast Of Characters, 12 Oct 2012
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I liked this better than Waverley, another of Scott's novels with broadly the same setting. It was that bit pacier and the characters were more varied and amusing, especially in their interactions. The plot is typically strong although I was a little surprised that Francis Osbaldistone was the pivot around whom the plot revolves, rather than Rob Roy himself. This in no way detracts from the strength of the book; indeed, it enhances it in the sense that RR himself is able to flit in and out of the narrative very much in keeping with mysterious and fugitive nature of his character.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK at the price, 2 April 2011
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All the Scott novels are available for download at a price not much higher than the cost of this one volume, but there is less clutter in having a single volume, unless you intend to read them all! This one is reasonably well produced - some formatting but no navigation.

Does anyone actually read Scott these days? If you read this one you need to know that the text of the novel begins (after a long, long Introduction) at Location 1350. I may even read it myself, one day.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good, 20 May 2010
This review is from: Rob Roy (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
Having read the excellent Ivanhoe before this, I was expecting great things from Rob Roy and, to some degree, I got them. The eponymous hero is brilliantly portrayed by Scott, who shows the duality of his character: the caring husband coupled with the fearless fighter who battled against the English. Unfortunately, however, we are not properly introduced to this character until over half way through the book and, thus, are deprived of the best thing about it. In my opinion, it focuses way to much on the narrator, Frank Osbaldistone, to the detrement of the story of Rob Roy and the history of the Jacobite rebellion.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wordsworth Publications, 22 April 2011
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We all know Rob Roy is a Classic story, but this publisher makes it available to all ages due to the price. Excellent story in an excellent paperback edition! The delivery was first class as always from Amazon!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Testament to Verbosity, 31 July 2007
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The tale of Rob Roy follows Francis Osbaldistone, who rejects the family money making business for poetry. He is effectively disowned in favour of Rashleigh, and sent to the family home in Northumberland. While there he gradually falls in love with Diana Vernon, and uncovers some of the subterfuge of young Rashleigh. Rashleigh sets out to ruin Francis, and his entire family, forcing him to jounrey to the 'Hielands' in order to recruit Robin Macgregor to foil his plot.
But, this story could have been condensed considerably, and not to its detriment. Painfully long descriptions, running onto multiple pages when a paragraph could as easily covered it. But this was not my primary gripe. The biggest problem is with people like Macgregor, and Nicol, who speak with such strong, and antiquated Scottish accents (rendered into text), that you struggle to make head or tail of the conversations.
That said, you always seem to derive something more from a classic, than the run of the mill novels, and this is no different. But in this instance it is merely a sense of achievement for having struggled through such a book.
If you have already seen the film, expect surprises, for Rob Roy, in this, is almost a background character. The plot follows Francis, and Rob does not even appear in his true guise until halfway through the novel, and as such the book could hardly differ more from the dramtisation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book, 23 July 2013
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It's that which I ordered, delivered to the correct address, absolutely amazing! As for the quality of the prose I must ask my nephew his opinion at a later date.
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