Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson by Robert Louis Stevenson

The famous book Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. This is one of Stevenson's most famous novels. Enjoy Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson today!

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ISBN-13: 9781492281696
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/31/2013
Pages: 140
Sales rank: 1,347,128
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (1850-1894) was a Scottish novelist and writer. A sickly child, Stevenson was awkward and shy; he soon turned to writing. As an adult, Stevenson traveled extensively and enjoyed success with works such as KIDNAPPED, TREASURE ISLAND, and DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE.

Date of Birth:

November 13, 1850

Date of Death:

December 3, 1894

Place of Birth:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Place of Death:

Vailima, Samoa

Education:

Edinburgh University, 1875

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Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (with Footnotes) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Ausonius More than 1 year ago
You can read Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 KIDNAPPED under different lights and from varied slants. But for all its swordplay, mayhem, fleeing through the heather, collecting donations for "the King across the water," for all its dabbling in broad lowland Scots language and highland clan loyalties, KIDNAPPED is always one thing: one boy's coming of age story, told by himself and read for the first time by other boys in the UK's YOUNG FOLKS magazine. *** Years later mature David Balfour looked back on what he learned from June to August 1751 as he fled for his life with Alan Breck Stewart and contended for his own inheritance with the Laird of Shaws, his uncle Ebenezer Balfour. Somehow, with growing skill and penetration, David learned much of what makes men tick. KIDNAPPED gave naive 17-year old Davie a graduate course in the anthropology and psychology of human motivation. Taste how this rapidly maturing youngster quickly sized up some of the worst of the novel's characters: captain and crew of the brig Covenant bearing him to slavery in South Carolina. *** Focus on any one man in KIDNAPPED and expect something similar to be done by Davie Balfour with everyone else he contacts. With Davie you will unpeel those layers within the psyche of every person, good, evil, both. From, dumbed down, brutalized cabin boy Ransome a shocked David Balfour had received some notion of the many cruelties practiced aboard the brig Covenant under command of Captain Hoseason. But the Captain did not look like the monster portrayed: "...I remember that my eye lighted on Captain Hoseason down on the pier among his seamen, and speaking with some authority. And presently he came marching back towards the house, with no mark of a sailor's clumsiness, but carrying his fine, tall figure with a manly bearing, and still with the same sober, grave expression on his face. I wondered if it was possible that Ransome's stories could be true, and half disbelieved them; they fitted ill with the man's looks. But indeed, he was neither so good as I supposed him, nor quite so bad as Ransome did; for, in fact, he was two men, and left the better one behind as soon as he set foot on board his vessel" (Ch. 6). *** During much of KIDNAPPED, looks initially deceive 17-year old Davie. Good co-exists inside one human framework with evil. The Covenant's first mate Mr Shuan behaves well when sober (i.e. seldom) but is a monster drunk. The second mate Mr Riach is kindest to Davie at a certain level of intoxication but aloof and cool when sober. Captain Hoseason covers up the murder of young Ransome, plots killing Alan Breck Stewart to steal his money yet boasts to Alan: "I am a true-blue Protestant, and I thank God for it." Writes David Balfour: "(It was the first word of any religion I had ever heard from him, but I learnt afterwards he was a great church-goer while on shore)" (Ch. 9). *** David Balfour's growing self-confidence as canny discerner of human spirits and moods masters new challenges when he must flee across the Highlands. Both Breck's "Hieland" friends and foes speak an alien tongue, Gaelic/Gallic, are often Roman Catholics and more often than not have political loyalties different from the narrator's. I predict that the more often you read ostensibly superficial boys adventure yarn KIDNAPPED, the more depths you will find yourself happily paddling around in. -OOO-