Thursday, August 31, 2017

Kidnapped, Redux

KidnappedKidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After second reading (4 stars):
Either I've become a less discerning reader or the story has grown on me. Hands down, Mr. Rankeillor is my favorite character. But how can you not enjoy Alan Breck Stewart: the obstinate dandy?? "Am I no a bonny fighter?"

After first reading (3 stars):
While this story was mostly fast-paced and exciting, it did drag a few times. Redeemed from its reputation as a boys' novel (maybe that's why I never read it as a child?) and now considered a classic, "Kidnapped" held my interest and inspired several Internet searches into Scottish history. My favorite characters were the supporting ones, especially the wicked and greedy Ebenezer Balfour, the wily Highland cardshark Cluny Macpherson and the Latin-quoting lawyer Mr. Rankeillor.

My favorite quote: “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.”

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