"If 'Treasure Island' is the pirate story par excellence, then 'Kidnapped' is the romantic Scots adventure story of all time. Written in 1886, it is set in the turmoil and aftermath of the 1746 Jacobite Scots rebellion against the English at Culloden - events that established much of the national Scots character, which persists to this day. The story follows David Balfour, the canny eighteen year old, who is keen to seek his fortune. He sets out from the lowlands of Scotland to meet his mysterious relative, in search of work and 'whatere he may find'. His adventures begin at almost at once, and dark family secrets are soon only the starting point for an adventure that is a sort of Scottish Odyssey, with sea voyage, shipwreck, good friends and fights aplenty in the Hieland mountains and valleys.
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These inaugurate a new series of uniform classics, simplified so that little more than their bare essentials remain. Where there may be an excuse for a revision for young moderns of, say, the stilted quality of Defoe's Crusoe or a shortening of Kidnapped's lengthy descriptions - these are matters of individual taste. But it does seem that readers should be willing to take what the authors wrote originally. That case is strengthened by the bone-dryness of these revisions, all of which have been cut so extensively that little atmosphere remains, and the purpose-to introduce young readers to the classics-defeats itself. Attractive size and format and plentiful supplies of colored pictures make up for textual imperfections. Plastic covers. (Kirkus Reviews) --Kirkus ReviewsBook Description:
'As a writer of the English language there has been no one to touch Stevenson in a hundred years...as a story-teller he is unsurpassed' George MacDonald Fraser
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Book Description Penguin, Harmondsworth, UK. Softcover. Book Condition: Neu. Ohne Schutzumschlag. R.L. Stevenson - Kidnapped, 225 S., Taschenbuch, Penguin, Popular Classics, neu. David Balfour, the central figure in the stirring tale of adventures set in the Highlands of Scotland, is one of Louis Stevenson's major achievements.Drawn with understandíng and sympathy for his many hardships,it is he who gives the story such unity, and his sterling sense of duty and dour, obstinate courage provide a sharp contrast to the whirling events he is caught up. Kidnapped is a classic adventure story, as thrilling today as when it was first published. Bookseller Inventory # 004051
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