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Kidnapped (1886 original; edició 2020)
de Robert Louis Stevenson (Autor)
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Les Aventures de David Balfour de Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)
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I really enjoyed becoming acquainted with the Scottish dialect in this book, lots of fun with an unfamiliar branch of English. I was helped by the glosses in the Project Gutenberg version, and the dictionary built into my e-reader had definitions of a surprising percentage of the words. The story itself was not too intriguing, a fairly pedestrian (well, they WERE on foot the whole way) adventure tale but it kept my interest throughout.
I read the 1958 Pocket Library edition of this book and was very disappointed. I did like how Stevenson portrayed David Balfour, even though his altruism was unrealistic. I did not like all the fighting, killing, and gruesome scenes, and do not feel children need to be exposed to all of that at young ages. I also did not understand most of the book because of the Scottish language and slang, but I was able to get the basics of the story.
I read this for the first time in 2017, as a retired old lady. I had a pretty good time with it, but it was clearly not written with me in mind. The copy of the book I read from was a very nice edition, with color plates of illustrations by N. C. Wyeth. I should have been very familiar with the story, as my daughter loved it when she was a kid and watched the movie multiple times. But all I could have told you before picking this up was that David Balfour was done wrong by some relative to keep him from inheriting an estate in Scotland. The details were all new to me. It was fun to see him triumph over treachery, greed, shipwreck, hunger and a bit of temptation. Some of the scenes are just priceless, but there are many holes in the story that I'm sure young readers of even a century ago would not have minded or noticed. Suspension of disbelief came a little hard for me, and I wasn't quite enamored enough of the characters to set that aside and revel in the story. Still, I wasn't tempted to quit, and I'm glad to have this one in my mental database now.
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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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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)823.8Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Victorian period 1837-1900
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Edicions: 0141441798, 0141326026, 0451531434
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