Kidnapped (Collins Classics)

Kidnapped (Collins Classics)

by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Kidnapped (Collins Classics) by Robert Louis Stevenson

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics.‘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.’Orphaned as a young teenager, Lowlander David Balfour’s only relative is his guardian and uncle, Ebenezer. Ill-thought of and disliked by many, it’s not long before Ebenezer betrays his nephew and David finds himself trapped aboard a ship.He soon strikes up a friendship with fugitive stranger and Scottish Highlander Alan Breck and becomes embroiled in the fierce Jacobite struggle against English rule. A tale of high-seas adventure, loyalty and fighting, the complex relationship between Alan and David stops Stevenson’s novel from becoming ‘just’ a boys adventure novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007480494
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/31/2012
Series: Collins Classics
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 535 KB

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), a Scottish author of novels, poems, and essays, is best known for the classic books Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson remains popular for his celebrated contributions to the adventure and horror genres.

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 (Enriched Classics Series) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorites. I first read kidnapped in high school after being recomended by a friend. 30years later and read three times i still find it hard to put down. They dont write them like that anymore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im bored
LisasGeode More than 1 year ago
This paragon of colorful and lovely writing is now often classified as YA, young adult. My unabridged version would be a challenge for less than a strong high school reader. The language is appropriate for the mid-1700s setting primarily in Scotland. That makes the vocabulary sometimes obscure or unfamiliar to twenty-first century readers. That is surely not a complaint. The story, language, and structure are terrific and the footnotes and dictionary in this version really helped with that. The story: David Balfour at age 17 becomes an orphan upon the death of his father. Following instructions his father had given the local preacher, David seeks the uncle he never before knew existed, the one holding the family’s traditional manor. The uncle’s shady dealings with some sailors lead to the sailors’ taking away David without his consent. Upon the ship, David faces personal hardships as well as seeing rather unsavory men doing rather unsavory things. When a curious event leads to Alan Breck’s entrance onto the ship, David’s life changes in ways he couldn’t have foreseen. He and Breck become allies and friends through many harrowing events, including a battle with the ship’s sailors, shipwreck, false accusations, overcoming political differences, and life on the run through dangerous and inhospitable terrain in Scotland. The politics of the day influence their tale and life in Scotland, where many disagree with the British king. David as a character is very well made, Breck nearly so, and their relationship, which becomes central to the story in many ways, is developed beautifully. This reader was a bit surprised that the tale never left the British Isles, but found it to be exotic, exciting, and captivating. Good adventure in great writing.
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I was really into reading this book it is very dramatic. I couldnt put it down i was really into how the kid was coming along straight to the end. It is based with the political side of how goverment was in ireland back when the british ruled it. I found it sad but intriging. I find the book to be ok
Bill Hughes More than 1 year ago
the sample is boring all it is it tells about the auther for like 30 pages and then it is only 1 page of the book.