Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

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‘I have seen wicked men and fools, a great many of both; and I believe they both get paid in the end; but the fools first.’

Orphaned as a young teenager, Lowlander David Balfour’s only relative is his guardian and uncle, Ebenezer. Ill-thought of and disliked by many, it’s not long before Ebenezer betrays his nephew and David finds himself trapped aboard a ship.

He soon strikes up a friendship with fugitive stranger and Scottish Highlander Alan Breck and becomes embroiled in the fierce Jacobite struggle against English rule. A tale of high-seas adventure, loyalty and fighting, the complex relationship between Alan and David stops Stevenson’s novel from becoming ‘just’ a boys adventure novel.


About Robert Louis Stevenson

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Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson was a prolific Scottish poet and novelist in the 19th century. He was admired by many other authors, and his work includes The Black Arrow, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He died in 1894.
Published January 15, 1991 by Aerie. 338 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Comics & Graphic Novels, Travel, Crime. Non-fiction

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These inaugurate a new series of uniform classics, simplified so that little more than their bare essentials remain.

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Los Angeles Times

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Stevenson and his contemporaries considered it a novel for grown-ups, Menikoff insists, pointing to the subtlety of the characterization, the complexity of the politics (David is a loyal subject of King George, and his companion on the road, Alan Breck Stewart, a confirmed rebel) and the realism ...

Aug 31 1999 | Read Full Review of Kidnapped

The Bookbag

Though he managed to keep in touch with his family after a fashion, he had little option but to look for work running errands or as a shoeboy, sleeping in doorways or beneath market stalls in the streets, until he was taken in by a kindly butcher and his family.

Feb 02 2010 | Read Full Review of Kidnapped

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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is set during the French Revolution, a troubled time in which extreme poverty led to revolt against the aristocracy.

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It’s a tactic that carries over into the staging too, the actors subtly fashioning many of the sound and visual effects right there on stage, without ever detracting from the action at hand.

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ForeWord Reviews

Both men are Scots, like the original author of the book, and this work was commissioned as part of the celebration of Edinburgh being named the first UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) City of Literature.

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Broad Street Review

When David overhears the captain and crew plotting to capture Breck and turn him in, David and Breck join forces, do battle with the crew and jump ship.

Jan 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Kidnapped

Scottish Review of Books

and suddenly it moved, David and Alan stepped out from the canvas, and I was in another world.” Robert Louis Stevenson wrote this in a letter to the critic T Watts-Dunton, who had reviewed Kidnapped in an August 1886 issue of the Athenaeum.

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