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Robert Louis Stevenson

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Robert Louis Stevenson was intended by his father to be an engineer, trained as a lawyer, and became a writer of stories of high adventure. They were devalued by the modernists but have come to be taken much more seriously by critics in recent years. Stevenson had poor health his whole life, but he still lived a live of adventure, spending many of his last years at sea in the South Pacific. He died at 44 and was buried on the Samoan island of Upolu.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Will my own 70-day walk become so fabled? 7 septembre 2011
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We all know RLS from childhood days, especially the classic "Treasure Island". We spend several months each year in New Zealand and have seen several documentaries about his later life in the South Sea Islands. Living in the French Pyrenees we havealso become aware of his"Travels with a Donkey", especially as we have friends who have followed his trail, which seems to be a bit of a tourist industry these days.

So we have been learning more about him. Now we find that his adventures were even closer to my own. Last year I walked at the age of 70 from my home in the French Pyrenees to the house of my birth in Blackpool. This walk of 70 days is the subject of my own book "Vic's Big Walk". I read "Travels with a Donkey" to find that he also walked through France, even though his walk was a mere 12 days (and I did not have a revolver under my pillow). There are even parallels with our own life in the religious wars which took place in the area he covers (we live in the heart of "Cathar Country".

I was a bit disappointed with some of the prejudices of this 22-year old, but I suppose they were a sign of the times. For instance when he is clearly admiring the comely Clarisse, a waitress at table on one of his stops. He waxes lyrical about "her great grey eyes, steeped in amorous languor", but then goes on to say that "with training" her face "offered the promise of delicate sentiment. It seemed pitiful to see so good a model left to country admirers and a country way of thought. Beauty should at least have touched upon society". What!

But a very enjoyable book, nevertheless. Would that my own 70-day walk could become so fabled. And that the book of the walk will be read a century later.
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We all know RLS from childhood days, especially the classic "Treasure Island". We spend several months each year in New Zealand and have seen several documentaries about his later life in the South Sea Islands. Living in the French Pyrenees we havealso become aware of his"Travels with a Donkey", especially as we have friends who have followed his trail, which seems to be a bit of a tourist industry these days.

So we have been learning more about him. Now we find that his adventures were even closer to my own. Last year I walked at the age of 70 from my home in the French Pyrenees to the house of my birth in Blackpool. This walk of 70 days is the subject of my own book "Vic's Big Walk". I read "Travels with a Donkey" to find that he also walked through France, even though his walk was a mere 12 days (and I did not have a revolver under my pillow). There are even parallels with our own life in the religious wars which took place in the area he covers (we live in the heart of "Cathar Country".

I was a bit disappointed with some of the prejudices of this 22-year old, but I suppose they were a sign of the times. For instance when he is clearly admiring the comely Clarisse, a waitress at table on one of his stops. He waxes lyrical about "her great grey eyes, steeped in amorous languor", but then goes on to say that "with training" her face "offered the promise of delicate sentiment. It seemed pitiful to see so good a model left to country admirers and a country way of thought. Beauty should at least have touched upon society". What!

But a very enjoyable book, nevertheless. Would that my own 70-day walk could become so fabled. And that the book of the walk will be read a century later.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A historic hike... that resonates today... 28 avril 2014
Par John P. Jones III - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Robert Lewis Stevenson was a Scottish writer most famous for works such as Treasure Island, Kidnapped (Bantam Classics), and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. In 1878, at the age of 28, he took a 12 day, 120 mile walk with a donkey, in one of the most remote areas of France. In part, it was a "reflective" journey, with the focus being on the woman he was to eventually marry, Fanny. I just read and reviewed les plus beaux trekkings en france. One of the ten most beautiful treks was the one Stevenson took. In fact, the "Grande Randonnée" (the long distance hiking trail) that follows this route is named after him. This work is Stevenson's account of his walk. He "drew me in," as the expression has it, at the beginning by saying: "Every book is, in an intimate sense, a circular letter to the friends of him who writes it. They alones take his meaning; they find private messages, assurances of love, and expressions of gratitude dropped for them in every corner. The public is but a generous patron who defrays the postage."

He commenced his journey in Le Puy en Velay, in the heart of the Auvergne. He notes the raucous "natives," members of the different political parties of the newly formed Third Republic, arguing their political perspectives. Long before the days of REI, he must outfit himself for a journey into the "wilderness." He debates the merits of a tent (yes, extremely cumbersome in those days), decides against, and has a very thick, heavy sleeping bag made especially for the trip. He can't possibly backpack his possessions, so he buys a donkey, who he names "Modestine." And he decides to carry a gun, (and a bottle of Beaujolais) since he is going into "the wild," where there are robbers, and the legend of a wolf that ate many an animal, as well as small children.

There are numerous facets to his story. Certainly there is his relationship with Modestine, each with a will of their own. I thought of Dervla Murphy's book on a similar venture In Ethiopia with a Mule. There are the helpful and gracious folks along the road, as well as the surly and misleading. For being in "the wilds," he is exposed to various religious struggles and doctrines. He stays at the Trappist monastery at Notre Dame des Neiges (Our Lady of the Snows) which still exists. Later, at Pont de Montvert, on the Tarn River, he relates a fair amount of history involving the revolt of the Protestant "Camisards" in 1702, and the ugly fanaticism of religious wars. He also notes that it is this town that serves as the first indicator that Provence will soon commence, since the people are more open and friendlier.

Consider the following in praise of experience the natural world, and the nighttime skies: "Night is a dead monotonous period under a roof; but in the open world it passes lightly, with its stars and dews and perfumes, and the hours are marked by changes in the face of Nature. What seems a kind of temporal death to people choked between walls and curtains, is only a light and living slumber to the man who sleeps afield."

And then in terms of sharing that experience, ah: "And yet even while I was exulting in my solitude I became aware of a strange lack. I wished a companion to lie near me in the starlight, silent and not moving, but ever within touch. For there is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect. And to live out of doors with the woman a man loves is of all lives the most complete and free."

He ended his journey in Alès, and wept when he sold his donkey. 5-stars.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 loved it. 21 octobre 2013
Par lyn Taylor - Publié sur Amazon.com
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many wise and beautiful philosophies on life and friendships and the love and benifits of traveling in unfamiliar places and people you meet on the way.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes 17 octobre 2013
Par pam - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A classic for sure. Humor, frustration and acceptance all come into play with this wonderfully written book. For anyone who has hiked, this is a must read!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 a rambling Scot and his French donkey 18 juin 2014
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Two years after going on the canoe trip in northern France recorded in 'An Inland Voyage' Stevenson took a ramble on foot in the Cevennes mountains of south-central France with a donkey to carry his baggage, resulting in this book. I suggest that you go on the internet and look up the wikipedia article on the Cevennes with its breathtaking views so you can fully understand what sort of country he was travelling through. This travel journal is one of his minor masterpieces. It is so very beautifully written! The descriptions of the people, the landscapes, dawn and sunset, every aspect of nature, the humorous struggles with his donkey, the constantly being mistaken for a pedlar, the awful story of the Camisards, the philosophical ruminations and wise sayings, all go into making this book a treasure. This is Stevenson at his best.
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For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.  I travel for travels sake.  The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilisation, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints.  &quote;
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