Travels With a Donkey in the C�vennes

Travels With a Donkey in the C�vennes

by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Overview

In 1878, Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics such as Kidnapped and Treasure Island, embarked on a walking tour of the Cévennes, a mountainous region in south-central France. His travelling companion was Modestine, a diminutive donkey with a mind of her own who, over the course of the journey, bore some of his provisions and much of his rancour. Modestine and Stevenson tramped without plan or purpose through scenic villages and fearsome forests—reportedly infested with man-eating wolves—depending on peasants, Trappist monks and passersby for supplies, shelter and directions. They were beset by storms and unhelpful residents, but were also granted views of splendid vistas and cold, clear nights. And, over twelve days, 200 kilometres, and many shared adventures, Stevenson came to love his obdurate, manipulative little companion.

Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes has inspired generations of later travellers and writers, from John Steinbeck—and his Travels with Charley—to Bruce Chatwin and Graham Greene, including present-day hikers who retrace the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail. Written in timeless prose, and with biting wit, this slim volume is a treat for all readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789386582720
Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publishing Pvt Ltd
Publication date: 09/10/2017
Series: Ruskin Bond Selection
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 339,762
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

'Robert Louis Stevenson' (1850−1894) was an acclaimed poet, essayist, novelist and travel-writer, as accomplished in fiction as non-fiction. Born and educated in Edinburgh, Scotland, Stevenson studied to become a lawyer though he never actually practised law. Dogged by ill health throughout his life, Stevenson travelled extensively, simply for joy of it and to find more salubrious climates-in America, in Europe, and on the island of Samoa in the Pacific Ocean, where he lived for four years before death. A well-known literary figure during his lifetime, Stevenson's popularity has endured and grown over the last century. His work includes many timeless classics; among others, 'Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, New Arabian Nights' and 'A Child's Garden of Verses'.

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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