Saturday, June 30, 2012

Book Review: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Kidnapped (1886)
Robert Louis Stevenson

I started this book as a youth, but I abandoned it along the way for reasons I don't now recall. Today, coming back to Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson years later, I am stunned to find I don't recall a single word or event from even the beginning of the tale. So it goes.

The story is surprisingly political, full of Scottish clan maneuvering and Jacobite intrigue. I've recently read The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory and A Spectacle of Corruption by David Liss, historical novels set in approximately this era with a decidedly British bent, but this particular book's political perspective was more that of Scotland.

I suppose I was expecting more of a swashbuckling adventure. The story is absolutely an adventure of sorts, but it is also a tale of family betrayal, of an odd friendship, and of local clan rivalries. It ends up following quite a more meandering course than Stevenson's Treasure Island, for example.



  1. I was wondering whether you would be happy to put up a link in my monthly series called “Books You Love”. The idea is for people to link up posts about a book they loved. It could be an old fave. I am hoping we will end up with a nice collection of books that can go on our reading lists. Here is the link Books You Loved July Edition

    1. OK, Carole, I'm going to give it a try!

    2. Great that you linked this in. If you check back in a couple of days there should be a good collection of books. Have a good day.

  2. I would love to be kidnapped by him. :) Pretty cute.


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    1. Thanks for following my blog, Elizabeth, even if you are trying to distort Stevenson's plot to your own selfish ends!