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Kidnapped (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 27 Sep 2007
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This is the story of sixteen-year-old David Balfour, an orphan, who after being kidnapped by his villainous uncle manages to escape and becomes involved in the struggle of the Scottish highlanders against English rule.
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Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish essayist, poet and author of fiction and travel books, was known especially for his novels of adventure. Stevenson became famous with the romantic adventure story Treasure Island, which appeared in 1883. Among his other popular works are Kidnapped (1886), The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) and The Master Of Ballantrae (1889).
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Times change, and although some passages do drag, and although the heather and the dour Scots aren't as attractive as a tropical island and the comicbook pirates, I actually found Kidnapped the better of the two books.
It's a lightweight boys adventure to be sure but I don't have a problem with that, I am reading for pleasure after all. Compared to Treasure Island the shared themes of a young man growing up, loyalty, morality and friendship are moved on to a more thought-provoking level. Not to the sort of level that needs to trouble my small brain, but it's definitely a step up from Treasure Island. Added to that the history and characters used in the book have lead me to checking things out and I've gained a greater appreciation of then history of the time.
Excellent book, intelligent without being taxing and an absorbing read when you have a day to loaf and read, as I did today.
Tere is a statue of both the main characters in the book just off the Corstophine Road in Edinburgh worth seeing.
This is a terrific novel a classic and should be mandatory in schools.
For Stevenson scholars and libraries this is a book you will certainly want to have. I was personally not totally convinced that the first printed edition is very distant from the manuscript text here transcribed, but it will be of great use to have it to compare with versions of the first printed edition when necessary. Differences range from passages inserted or deleted by Stevenson in the first edition to differences in punctuation and spelling, with the important variants commented in the Notes.
As someone who has experience of the long and tiring work of transcribing manuscripts I can only congratulate Menikoff on producing this work for the rest of us.
There is an on going glossary for those who are not familiar with the Scots tongue, so don't let it put you off reading this book.
I would have given it 5 stars, however I did feel a little deflated at the abruptness of the ending. Perhaps Mr. Stevenson had a sequel planned, but never penned. All in all though this book proves that a classic book is well worth revisiting. A cracking good read!
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