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Kidnapped (Canongate Classics) While the above description suggests, misleadingly, that all of protagonist David Balfour s adventures take place on the high seas he only gets as far as the treacherous coastal waters of his native Scotland, and the great majority of the story takes place on land , the rest of it is pretty apt This is Romantic historical adventure fiction at its finest that is, fiction from the Romantic school, with its stress on appeal to emotions here, excitement, fear, sympathy, moral indignation, admiration not small r romance fiction David doesn t get to fall in love in this book , from a master of the genre Set a few years after Bonnie Prince Charlie s failed rebellion, it tells the tale of a orphaned heir, kidnapped at the behest of a scheming uncle When the ship carrying him to indentured servitude in America is wrecked off the Highlands, the young man teams up with a Jacobite adventurer, and they set out on a dangerous trek across Scotland to confront the uncle.This novel has the basic features of much of Stevenson s fiction a well realized historical setting, vivid characters, eventful plotting, a strong emphasis on wholesome male bonding and friendship, straightforward celebration of masculine virtues, and a clear eyed distinction between good and evil The author s diction, of course, is of the 19th century sort, and compounded by his use of Scots dialect in some character s This is in the olden days when there wasn t anything except boats and cows No phones, no movies, nothing Who would want to live there, right But see some people did, and they had to or we wouldn t be here with all our stuff They had to like go without so we could rock and roll That s deep.So for entertainment they would play funny tricks on each other, like this guy s uncle sells this guy into slavery even though this is a Scottish guy, so he gets coshed and wakes up on a boat to the US of A but then this guy and this other guy who is like the low tech James Bond of the total Highlands they take over the boat and then it gets wrecked, that part is okay, there is some good fighting, the sailors get melted But then there is way too much heather Which they have to tramp through for days, no water, no entertainment except whistling, that seemed to be t Tricked By The Uncle Who Has Stolen His Inheritance, Young David Balfour Is Kidnapped And Bound For America Or At Least That Was The Plan, Until The Ship Runs Into Trouble And David Is Rescued By Alan Breck Stewart, Fugitive Jacobite And, By His Own Admission, A Bonny Fighter Balfour, A Canny Lowlander, Finds An Echo Of Some Wilder And Romantic Self In The Wilful And Courageous Highland Spirit Of Alan Breck A Strange And Difficult Friendship Is Born, As Their Adventures Begin Kidnapped Has Become A Classic Of Historical Romance The World Over And Is Justly Famous As A Novel Of Travel And Adventure In The Scottish Landscape Stevenson S Vivid Descriptive Powers Were Never Better Than In His Account Of Remote Places And Dangerous Action In The Highlands In The Years After Culloden A Cracking Tale Of Low Skulduggery And High Adventure, Robert Louis Stevenson S Kidnapped Has Enthralled Generations Of Readers Since Its First Publication In 1886 A Book For Thrill Seekers Of All Ages, This Romp Through Jacobite Scotland Is A True Classic Sunday Herald A Delicately Balanced Book, Expertly Controlled, Sharply Focused, And Written With An Affectionate Irony It Is Perhaps The Finest Of Stevenson S Novels Jenni Calder Why haven t I read Stevenson Perhaps because from what I can tell his writing feels as remote and cold as the Scottish Isles It can be beautiful in its way, but you often forget it s there in favor of popular destinations with color and pizzazz In a way, Kidnapped feels a little like the Scottish version of Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo, which I was never overly fond of Something about the story doesn t grab me Although it should, as I just recently endured a similar situation where in my business was done out of a contract by someone essentially claiming to be me Usurping my anticipated profits by saying they took over my business is precise A dastardly bastardly thing to do So, these sorts of stories should wring pity and 5 stars out of my bleeding heart, but they don t Perhaps it s something to do with the writing style of the times It s a little stiff, actions are a bit telegraphed That s tough though, because I suppose all literature may very well suffer from such ravages of time, to be thrown upon the scrap one day because readers have moved on, sped up, and become jaded Fuck, I m getting melodramatic in my old ageAnywho SO glad I waited to read Kidnapped until now If I d read this in high sc Kidnapped is an adventurous young adult story The main protagonist, young David Balfour, having become an orphan, takes on a journey to find his uncle seeking support and fortune Little he knows of the adventure that he is to embark on, upon meeting his wicked uncle view spoiler These include being Kidnapped to b Swashbuckling fun, but the problem I have with this rereading it as an adult is the same as reading The Black Arrow Stevenson manages to be both engaging and silly sometimes at the same moment, but luckily the human brain is capable of multi tasking even in the middle of a paragraph.Isn t the relationship between Alexander and Ebenezer Balfour which drives the narrative too ridiculous The elder brother giving up his inheritance and becoming an out of luck village teacher is one thing and hard enough to believe why not just split the inheritance or pay him off or set him up in a profession but such a story must have got all over the countryside It is hard to believe that David, or at least the pastor, Mr Cameron would have been ignorant of it At least Stevenson kept back that detail until the end, but still I wonder why he didn t think of a different way to drive the story say Ebenezer tricking his brother in some way or framing him for a crime More or less anything would have been plausible than the story he does use.On the plus s Alan, cried I, what makes ye so good to me What makes ye care for such a thankless fellow Deed and I don t know, said Alan For just precisely what I thought I liked about ye, was that ye never quarrelled and now I like ye better Historical fiction, an adventure story, but also a great buddy story The plot follows young David, who is cheated out of his inheritance by a greedy uncle, and kidnapped into servitude on a sailing ship The ship hits a small boat during a fog and picks up Alan Breck Stewart, a renegade Highlander Se I don t know how the rest of young David Balfour s life turns out, but his early adventures where amazing Set in 18th century Scotland during the Jacobite period, David, a loyalist to King George, and his friend Alan I have seen wicked men and fools, a great many of both, and I believe they both get paid in the end, but the fools first We find ourselves in Bonny old Scotland circa June 1751 King George and the red coats rule this empire Following on from the Jacobite Revolution we are introduced to an innocent teenage gentleman known as David Balfour To initiate the narrative David and the minister, Mr Campbell discuss the necessity for a journey that our young hero should take following the untimely death of both his parents He is entrusted with a letter that was written from his father s very own hand which cannot be opened until it is delivered to a certain individual his conniving uncle who happens to be, of course a close family member of Young Balfour His uncle represents the Scottish House Shaw the destination of the aforementioned is close to Edinburgh and so David treks as a young 18 year old person would Maybe even skipping across the glen in bonnie pretty spirits ay lad Is everyone in fiction who is called Ebeneezer a scumbag David journeys for a few days across the lowlands of Scotland including Cramond, Colinton until the sight of the Glasgow Road is in his peripheral vision At this point, he knew he was close to the presented described destination After these trav While Stevenson s Kidnapped was not quite as strong a work as either Treasure Island or his incredibly gripping The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, it was such an exciting, action packed, genuinely fun adventure story that I couldn t help but love it Set in 1751, it features such thrilling elements as a sinister, foul tempered uncle, a ship full of villainous sailors, a shipwreck on a gloomy, deserted island, political intrigue, Murder , the perilous proximity of the Red Coats on the Scottish Highlands, and much, much Plus, I found the young protagonist, David, extremely likable and relatable he was good hearted, loyal, intelligent and brave, but not unbelievably or irritatingly so All in all, he was a wonderful companion I f

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