Kidnapped (Paperback)

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By Robert Louis Stevenson, Donald McFarlan (Editor), Donald McFarlan (Introduction by), Donald McFarlan (Notes by), Alistair Gray (Foreword by)
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David Balfour leaves his
small village after the death of his parents, carrying a letter; he sets out to
the House of Shaws in Cramond, home of his uncle Ebenezer Balfour.  David is keen to make his way in the world
and hopeful the letter to his uncle will pave the way.  It is not to be so.  Cramond is three days journey from David’s
village, as he approaches and inquires of passersby of the House of Shaws the
answers are not comforting to the lad. 
If it were closer by, he would return to his village.  Nevertheless David pushes on and arrives at
the derelict House of Shaw to discover his uncle is not an honorable man.  David will have many adventures; being
kidnapped (of course, considering the title) escaping, traveling across
Scotland. Stevenson uses many real figures of the time and mixes in political
intrigue.  It is a rip snorting good
yarn!

— Deon Stonehouse

David Balfour leaves his small village after the death of his parents, carrying a letter; he sets out to the House of Shaws in Cramond, home of his uncle Ebenezer Balfour. David is keen to make his way in the world and hopeful the letter to his uncle will pave the way. It is not to be so. Cramond is three days journey from David’s village, as he approaches and inquires of passersby of the House of Shaws the answers are not comforting to the lad. If it were closer by, he would return to his village. Nevertheless David pushes on and arrives at the derelict House of Shaw to discover his uncle is not an honorable man. David will have many adventures; being kidnapped (of course, considering the title) escaping, traveling across Scotland. Stevenson uses many real figures of the time and mixes in political  trigue.

It is a rip snorting good yarn!

— Deon Stonehouse

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At once a rollicking adventure story and an earnest political allegory

Orphaned and penniless, David Balfour sets out to find his last living relative, miserly and reclusive Uncle Ebenezer. But Ebenezer is far from welcoming, and David narrowly escapes being murdered before he is kidnapped and imprisoned on a ship bound for the Carolinas. When the ship is wrecked, David, along with the fiery rebel Alan Breck, makes his way back across the treacherous Highland terrain on a quest for justice. Through his powerful depiction of the two very different central characters—the romantic Breck and the rational Whig David—Stevenson dramatized a conflict at the heart of Scottish culture in the aftermath of the Jacobite rebellion, as well as creating an unforgettable adventure story.

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About the Author


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish essayist, poet and author of fiction and travel books, was known especially for his novels of adventure. Stevenson became famous with the romantic adventure story Treasure Island, which appeared in 1883. Among his other popular works are Kidnapped (1886), The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) and The Master Of Ballantrae (1889).

Donald McFarlan, a Glasgow native, worked in publishing and was the author of The Guinness Book of Why?.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780141441795
ISBN-10: 0141441798
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: December 18th, 2007
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics