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Catriona (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Robert Louis Stevenson

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This sequel to R.L. Stevenson's KIDNAPPED takes David Balfour further into intrigue and danger as he seeks to solve the Appin murder and absolve himself and his friend, Alan Breck. Frederick Davidson delivers the text of this nineteenth-century novel with a thoroughly convincing variety of Scottish brogues and English accents. The convoluted syntax and florid literary style of the time, as well as numerous unfamiliar Scottish terms, can make the story difficult for the ear to follow. The authenticity of the reading intensifies these elements, but the stout-hearted listener can find enjoyment in the challenge while experiencing a Romance novel by this beloved adventure author. J.J.F. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine


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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Exactly "Kidnapped"... 8 mars 2012
Par Lane Crosby - Publié sur
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I really enjoy Robert Louis Stevenson. Like Arthur Conan Doyle, he's got a surprisingly timeless voice. "Kidnapped" was my first introduction to R.L.S., and from the moment David Balfour met the narcissistic highlander Alan Breck Stewart, I was hooked. The plot was exciting, adventurous. The characters were surprising and fresh. When I heard there was a sequel, "Catriona", I settled in for what I imagined would be more swashbuckling, more pirates, more Scottish political intrigue.

There's a fair serving of the latter, I suppose, but the vast majority of this book is a plodding romance between David Balfour and Catriona, daughter of rogue MacGregor James More. It's love at first sight for David, and the next 200 odd pages are rife with manufactured subplots and artificial bickering to keep them apart until the final chapter. (Yes, she's a Highland lass with a renegade father, but David, being an orphaned laird with a considerable inheritance, doesn't exactly have a lot standing in his way.) I spent much of the time waiting for the return of Alan. There'll be the excitement, the adventure, I thought. But nope. He just showed up as a perfunctory cameo, and played the role of matchmaker. Yeesh.

If you're looking for a tidy historical romance, "Catriona" might just hit your fancy. If you're looking for something more in the line of "Kidnapped," it's predecessor, you'll probably be disappointed. Apart from some crossover characters, there isn't a lot to tie these two together.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Different Pace, Perfect Finish 17 mars 2012
Par Hannah May - Publié sur
Picture an upright, law-abiding young man as just about alone in the world, thrust into an unexpected fortune and a friend's rebel scrapes. Picture a bonny highland lass, the essence of innocence and loyalty. Picture Jacobite struggles, a negligent father, and a situation in which the only honorable course of action is that which appears the least honorable. Stevenson has done an exquisite job of weaving Davy's heartstrings into a knot--and, of course, the reader's as well. Can the tangle be unraveled without damage? By whom?

I rarely enjoy a sequel as much as the story before it, but keeping Kidnapped and Catriona divided into two books is the same as slicing a standalone in half and buying both pieces separately. Kidnapped reads much more quickly, with a lot more fast-paced action. Catriona introduces more complex relationships. You can't have one without the other--they're opposite ends of the same arc.

So if you're a fan of R. L. Stevenson, please do yourself a favor and find a copy. If you haven't read Kidnapped yet, then do yourself a different favor and find them both. Best read out loud in a Scots brogue.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Sequel to kidnapped 8 septembre 2013
Par Karin - Publié sur
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This was a somewhat disappointing sequel to kidnapped. Due to the archaic writing style and Scottish accents written in, much of it was very difficult to understand. The book lacked the suspense of Kidnapped and had parts that dragged unintelligibly to the point that I ended up skipping some parts. Toward the end when it focused more on the romance it did get more interesting.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Loaded with Great Dialect ... But Bumpy Relationships 15 avril 2015
Par Montana Mackay - Publié sur
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I've read a few RLS novels and I find them somewhat addicting -- but then again, I am a big student of language and I love Scots dialect. In terms of plot, this one is moderately interesting. The main character, David Balfour, is very well done. We get to see him mature from a rash "gomeral" (fool) of a youngster into a man of principle and conviction. To me, the most interesting relationships he developed were with the Lord Advocate of Prestongrange and his daughter Barbara. The Lord Advocate becomes a frenemy, to use modern-speak, to David--but overall his advocacy of David outweighs his initial subterfuge. The daughter, Barbara (gorgeous and witty) schemes to bring David and Catriona together.

The politics of the age are familiar to me .... this is seven or so years after "The Rising" (1745) and the bloody battle of Culloden, when Scotland and its proud highlanders were slammed into submission by the British armed forces and monarchy. These events would color Scots history for hundreds of years. There are a handful of heroic figures being prosecuted by the Brits, and David wants to bear testimony in favor of saving them. Into this intrigue comes the heavily impeded romance with Catriona. Politics, distance, Catriona's rapscallion of a father, and--most of all--constant misunderstandings between these two lovers are thrown in the way of David's passion for Catriona. Her character I have to admit was fairly well-developed, but in short, I did not like her ... she was subject to petty jealousies and fits of petulance and I wanted David to comprehend her shallowness, perhaps even throw her over and go back to Barbara Grant. To summarize, while surely not Stevenson's best book, it was a good tale, fascinating in language and sense-of-time-and-place, with some good characters.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Carrion a 18 mars 2014
Par Annette Borenstein - Publié sur
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I liked this book very much as an adolescent and wanted to read I again.
I is very enjoyable and interesting
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