Kidnapped: or, The Lad with the Silver Button (Modern Library Classics) (Paperback)

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By Robert Louis Stevenson, Margot Livesey (Introduction by), Barry Menikoff (Editor)
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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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A finely honed, stirring adventure about the orphan David Balfour, who is kidnapped by his villainous uncle and escapes through the Scottish highlands, only to become involved in the Scottish struggle for independence. This edition features a new introduction by Margot Livesey.

About the Author


Margot Livesey, a native of Scotland, is the author of Criminals and, most recently, The Missing World. She lives in Massachusetts and London.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780375757259
ISBN-10: 0375757252
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: July 10th, 2001
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: Modern Library Classics