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Rob Roy (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 6 Apr 1995
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"When I think of "Rob Roy I am impatient with all other novels."--Robert Louis Stevenson
"When I think of "Rob Roy" I am impatient with all other novels."--Robert Louis Stevenson --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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First published in 1817, "Rob Roy was not only a resounding success but also one of the first historical novels of its time. Full of swashbuckling action and intrigue, it tells the story of Frank Osbaldistone, the son of a wealthy British businessman, who travels to Scotland, where he is drawn into the lawless world of the fiercely noble outlaw Robert Roy MacGregor. Osbaldistone and Rob Roy, along with the witty Diane Vernon, embark on numerous adventures during the height of the Jacobite uprising. With sweeping descriptions of Scottish landscapes and vivid characterizations, "Rob Roy is an epic tale of heroism set against the backdrop of true Scottish history. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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This paperback edition is newly set in a modern typeface - not just a photographic reproduction of an earlier edition with fuzzy and hard to read antique type - and has a well written introduction.
A nice edition of a classic book.
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.
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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It took me a very long time to read, and I was helped considerably by the close companionship of a good Scots-English dictionary (the dictionary...Read more
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