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Les Aventures de David Balfour (1886)

de Robert Louis Stevenson

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A sixteen-year-old orphan is kidnapped by his villainous uncle, but later escapes and becomes involved in the struggle of the Scottish highlanders against English rule.
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    Birthright: The True Story that Inspired Kidnapped de A. Roger Ekirch (kraaivrouw)
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    Middle Passage de Charles Johnson (thesmellofbooks)
    thesmellofbooks: Young men in dire straits on the open seas, a background of oppression, and historical richness are a few of the elements these books share. They are both ripping good yarns.
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    Go Saddle the Sea de Joan Aiken (themulhern)
    themulhern: I have a theory that each book in the Felix Brooker series is an homage to some work of Robert Louis Stevenson's. This one is clearly an homage to "Kidnapped"; there's the kidnapping, of course, but also the shipwreck, the somewhat mysterious parentage, the nefarious relative, the stalwart and canny friend.… (més)
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Untypically for an adventure story, while there are of course many thrilling moments, there are also long passages in which the adolescent hero struggles most of all with fatigue, exposure, hunger ... in fact three times (in less than the three months during which the story is happening) he is actually bedridden for a few days or even weeks. And yet somehow even those passages feel no less 'adventurous' than the other ones. And the fact that (unlike in its sequel) RLS involved the hero in what today would be called a bromance, rather than in a romance, no doubt adds to the book's timeless appeal. ( )
  Stravaiger64 | Sep 23, 2021 |
For some reason, I expected Kidnapped to be more of a globe-trotter. The vast majority of the cover designs for this classic adventure story emphasise a sailing ship rolling on the waves (as my edition does), or elsewise two swashbuckling combatants engaged in a swordfight. Part of my disappointment with this, the least of Robert Louis Stevenson's three most famous stories, comes from the deflation of this preconception. The episode on the ship Covenant is covered only in the opening part of the story, followed by an engaging shipwreck. In between, there is the novel's only swordfight (which is quite ripping).

After this opening segment, the book confines itself to Scotland. This is interesting, and following Highlanders as they take to the heather during the time of the Jacobite Rebellion is certainly a prime candidate for an adventure story. But, in truth, I found it a bit underwhelming. This may well be heresy, for Stevenson brought us the ageless and influential Treasure Island and is the first name in adventure fiction, but I struggled to maintain interest in the doings of Kidnapped's plot. The back-and-forth across the wilds of Scotland began to drag, and I never shared the sense of desperate stakes from being an outlaw in a country "alive with red-coats" (pg. 150). I also thought the ending was a bit perfunctory, though this may be because Stevenson initially serialised the story, and later followed it up with a sequel, Catriona. It may also be that Stevenson's story is so influential that its textures seem timeworn as a consequence.

All told, I'm unsure whether I'm lacking in gratitude towards Kidnapped. Lauding a classic's influence sometimes strikes me as faint praise, but at all times I had a healthy respect for this book. A great many of the adventure novels I have enjoyed in my life would not have been possible without this one showing the way, and it remains enjoyable to tread its path yourself. It might not have made my heart race in the way it has for others, but I enjoyed matching its pace for a time. ( )
2 vota MikeFutcher | Sep 21, 2021 |
Kidnapped - the classic adventure story. What is there left to say about this beloved tale? The story flows easily, but it is the characters that really stick in the mind. Alan Breck, hotheaded and proud; our naive narrator who must learn the ways of the world; and a collection of other side characters who each comes across well and lingers in the memory long after the story has concluded. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Aug 23, 2021 |
adventure fiction (at sea in the 19th century). Ralph Cosham's narration was impressive (scottish accent seemed excellent, irish accent maybe slightly less so, but I'm definitely not an expert on either). I keep falling asleep after 10 minutes or so of listening, but that's kind of the point. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I loved it ( )
  Melorak | Jun 23, 2021 |
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Stevenson, Robert Louisautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Ambrus, Victor G.Il·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Brundage, FrancesIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Cheshire, GerardCol·laboradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Cosham, RalphNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Crossley, StevenNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Goble, WarwickIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Hite, SidIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lampén, O.E.Traductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
O'Sullivan, TomIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Oakley, GrahamIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Page, MichaelNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Rhead, LouisIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Rodríguez Rivero, ManuelAppendixautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Santidrián, María EugeniaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ward, LyndIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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MY DEAR CHARLES BAXTER:

If you ever read this tale, you will likely ask yourself more questions than I should care to answer: as for instance how the Appin murder has come to fall in the year 1751, how the Torran rocks have crept so near to Earraid, or why the printed trial is silent as to all that touches David Balfour. These are nuts beyond my ability to crack. But if you tried me on the point of Alan's guilt or innocence, I think I could defend the reading of the text. To this day you will find the tradition of Appin clear in Alan's favour. If you inquire, you may even hear that the descendants of "the other man" who fired the shot are in the country to this day. But that other man's name, inquire as you please, you shall not hear; for the Highlander values a secret for itself and for the congenial exercise of keeping it I might go on for long to justify one point and own another indefensible; it is more honest to confess at once how little I am touched by the desire of accuracy. This is no furniture for the scholar's library, but a book for the winter evening school-room when the tasks are over and the hour for bed draws near; and honest Alan, who was a grim old fire-eater in his day has in this new avatar no more desperate purpose than to steal some young gentleman's attention from his Ovid, carry him awhile into the Highlands and the last century, and pack him to bed with some engaging images to mingle with his dreams.

As for you, my dear Charles, I do not even ask you to like this tale. But perhaps when he is older, your son will; he may then be pleased to find his father's name on the fly-leaf; and in the meanwhile it pleases me to set it there, in memory of many days that were happy and some (now perhaps as pleasant to remember) that were sad. If it is strange for me to look back from a distance both in time and space on these bygone adventures of our youth, it must be stranger for you who tread the same streets--who may to-morrow open the door of the old Speculative, where we begin to rank with Scott and Robert Emmet and the beloved and inglorious Macbean--or may pass the corner of the close where that great society, the L. J. R., held its meetings and drank its beer, sitting in the seats of Burns and his companions. I think I see you, moving there by plain daylight, beholding with your natural eyes those places that have now become for your companion a part of the scenery of dreams. How, in the intervals of present business, the past must echo in your memory! Let it not echo often without some kind thoughts of your friend,

R.L.S. SKERRYVORE, BOURNEMOUTH.
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I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early in the month of June, the year of grace 1751, when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father's house.
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