by Robert Louis Stevenson Series: David Bal4 #1 228 peras, Historical Fiction Reregarded by Jeanne An adundertaking, witty in style and also brilliant in characters; some violence and also language.

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David Balfour is a young Lowlander from a respectable family members, and that much he knows; however he never before assumed that family was anything more than respectable until, his parents dead, he is told to go to his father"s brother, Ebenezer Balfour of Shaws. Armed with the new knowledge that he actually has any type of uncle at all, David sets out to seek his fortune and also create himself. But this basic goal launches him on a collection of wild adendeavors that take him right into the heart of the still-rebellious Highlands, bring him right into contact with the Jacobite Alan Breck Stewart, and also embroil him in the disastrous Appin Murder. Can he survive to go residence and also case the estate that rightcompletely belongs to him?


For the a lot of component, David is a stable, ethical, God-fearing fellow (as far as that went for R. L. Stevenson, that was no Christian himself). He is upideal of character, not just eschewing the usual vices of drink and cards, however trying in eextremely circumstance to perform what accords with his conscience. He does have an acquisitive streak in that he desires what righttotally belongs to him, however he is not miserly, as his uncle is. He is additionally exceptionally proud, though it does not necessarily lead him astray.Alan Breck is a wilder type, but fiercely loyal to his friends and to the deposed Bonnie Prince Charlie. He and David conflict a number of times concerning the Stuarts versus King George (David is loyal to the latter). Alan holds a violent grudge versus every one of the Campbell clan, and also "The Red Fox" in particular; David remonstrates through him on this allude, calling it un-Christian.Some personalities are kidnappers, and also Stevenchild presents them in believable stripes. One male beats a ship"s boy, and also nopoint is done by his mates to speak him. A character gambles ameans not only his money yet likewise a friend"s, and a quarrel ensues bereason of it. Alan is an excellent hand at the sword and delights in his own exploits. Like most of the Highlanders, he holds solid grudges against members of various other clans.

Spiroutine Content

David has a Covenanter background and also looks at life from a basically Christian worldview; Stevenkid, while not a believer, knew his Bible. Scripture is sometimes referenced and David provides grateful prayers to God. He and also Alan controversy whether vengefulness is Christian or not, David holding that it goes versus Scripture.

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Otherwise, there is little spiritual content at all.


An attempt is made on David"s life, and after that fails, he is knocked unmindful and taken aboard a brig to be offered as a servant in the Carolinas. A young boy is bconsumed frequently (his wounds are seen) and later on he dies from the same; it is not "checked out," but it is the a lot of disturbing component of the violence.Alan and David are called upon several times to defend themselves, and fights ensue wherein a number of males are killed. A man is murdered, and also when David and also Alan are wrongly accused, they need to flee for their lives (as a Jacobite, Alan currently has actually a price on his head). David is assaulted by a thief, and threa10s in return to shoot the guy. None of the violence (conserve possibly the killing of the ship"s boy, which is rather implied than stated) is gruesome, but fits the story"s character as a novel of high adventure.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Beer is consumed. Several seamen drink to excess, and also one becomes grotesquely violent in consequence. Pipes of tobacco are smoked.

Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content

God"s name is occasionally taken in vain, especially as the exclamation "Dod." "D*mn" is supplied several times by Alan. At times the book simply says that a character swears.


Like most of Stevenson"s books, "Kidnapped" is a novel to be took pleasure in first and also forea lot of bereason of the author"s gift at style and language. His incorporation of the Scottish language provides the dialogue wonderful to check out, and even the frank Lowland also mind presented in the first-perkid narration is a delight. The characters, too, shine forth: David himself, stolid though he is, and also also the brash and also loveable Alan Breck. The plot itself - revolving both approximately the historic Appin Murder and also the attempts of the fictional David Bal4 to win his estate - is not the largest component of the story. "Kidnapped" is an adundertaking, far-flung and also wealthy via the history and also landscape of the areas David passes, though not constantly fast-paced. If you have currently discovered Stevenson"s style to your liking, or if you prefer witty dialogue and also sparkling characters, this is unlikely to disappoint.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 3
Written for Age: 13+

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