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Kidnapped and Catriona Paperback – 1 Sep 2007

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited (1 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846970334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846970337
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 881,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'a convenient and most attractive reissue' --The Herald

About the Author

The real life adventures of author Robert Louis Stevenson rival those of his famous fictional characters. Born into a strictly religious, middle-class Edinburgh family, he later rebelled and refused to follow his father into the lighthouse construction business, opting instead for a literary career and marriage to Fanny, the love of his life and a crack-shot American divorcee. His travels took him to France, America and the South Pacific. Stevenson was an atheist and free spirit - in Samoa, where he died, he fought in a civil war for independence. In 1886, the blockbuster novel 'Kidnapped' was published - a dramatic adventure of abduction and life on the run in the wilds of Scotland. Stevenson died in 1894, just 44 years old. The Samoan natives, who were devoted to Stevenson, cut a track through the jungle to create a resting place for him on top of the mountain above his beloved Vailima estate.

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This is an excellent edition, with a long, scholarly and readable introduction, useful notes at the end of the book, and an essential glossary of Scots words. The glossary is very helpful for non-Scottish readers, especially as regards 'Catriona'.
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This book was a gift for my grandson and he says the book is very well written and a very good read.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x90da6c54) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
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HASH(0x90d8f8c4) out of 5 stars Practically Unknown Sequel to Kidnapped is Terrific 13 Feb. 1997
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Format: Paperback
This combination of Kidnapped and it's sequel by World Books was fantastic. I never thought of Kidnapped having a sequel until I found this book. I realized how quickly and abruptly the ending was to Kidnapped and all of a sudden it fit. World Books made the stories easy to read. They had quotes, explanations, a mini encyclopedia, and a dictionary of Scottish words in the back for the use of the reader, and this being the second time that I read Kidnapped, I got a lot more out of it this time. I recommend that everyone to read these books. Catriona is a love story that really draws you in, and won't let you go
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9151ae04) out of 5 stars David Balfour had self-awareness 17 Jun. 2005
By Sarah - Published on
Format: Paperback
While sick with bronchitis, I listened to an unabridged recording of "Kidnapped." The story mixes politics, sea faring, abduction, and a mentor relationship all in one novel. When David griped to Alan about their predicaments and harangued Alan for his gambling, he knew he was being a jerk...this character was pretty self-aware in that capacity. I really liked the relationship between Alan and David, and the details of Alan's characterization--fastidious as a woman in his dress. The lawyer who assists David upon his return was funny in his self-preservation and technicalities---"I am near-sighted and forgot my glasses." (He will not be able to identify Alan if plans backfire since Alan is mixed up in politics and a murder scandal.) I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading "Treasure Island" soon.
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HASH(0x9151ab58) out of 5 stars "Kidnapped" - WOW! , "Catriona" - Meh.... 30 Mar. 2010
By glad2bdada3 - Published on
Format: Paperback
Kidnapped is one of my favorite books. Perhaps that's why Catriona didn't do much for me. To me, it read as the typical sequel to a great story. It just doesn't have the punch and thrills of Kidnapped. The prose of course is excellent, though there is far more scottish lingo than the 1st book. This makes it a bit of a struggle to get through. I don't think I'd recommend it, especially after reading Kidnapped, unless someone has a real passion for Scottish literature.
HASH(0x91520fb4) out of 5 stars Both books are wonderful! 3 Jan. 2013
By Shar pei - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Kidnapped" is an amazing action/adventure story. Lowland Whig,David Balfour,becomes a man with the help of highland jacobite, Alan Breck Stewart."Catriona" picks up right where "Kidnapped" left off. This book is an adventure/romance. We see David trying to clear Alan Breck of the Appin murder, and David try to win highland lass, Catriona. This book is not as action filled as "Kidnapped",but is still an excellent story. Great for tweens and older.
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HASH(0x91520ee8) out of 5 stars Two enthralling adventures from Stevenson 27 Mar. 2005
By Michael Fridman - Published on
Format: Paperback
Both of these books are part of Stevenson's historical adventures that are often considered to be great as children's books but can be just as easily read by adults. In Kidnapped, the orphaned narrator finds himself deprived of his inheritance by his bastardly uncle, who after having failed to kill him arranges his kidnapping. However, on the boat, his character begins to show as he leads a mutiny and escape with Alan, a man he befriends on the ship. They find themselves in the political and military turmoil of the Jacobite conflict Scotland, and in their wanderings encounter much danger, intrigue and hardship. Catriona is the sequel, where the narrator falls in love with a lady whose father is less than honourable, adding a sustained romance to the melting pot of events.

Stevenson's narration and style may not be as classically topical and atmospheric like Scott's historical novels, however these two are a good read with fast-paced adventure and intrigue with the troubles of Scotland and greater Europe in the background.
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