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Across the Plains

3.06 of 5 stars 3.06  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  6 reviews
This is a story of a young man who looked for his brother’s executioner. The novel is set in the backdrop of Stevenson’s experience of traveling from New York City to California. The vivid description of landscape and scenic beauty makes the novel interesting and enjoyable. Moreover the character portrayal is life-like and gripping.
Paperback, Large Print (16pt), 320 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Read How You Want (first published 1883)
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Owlseyes
Jun 30, 2015 Owlseyes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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This is a travelogue of a fair good quality, in my view. It’s the New York-San Francisco route, as the title implies, via the plains landscape.





Despite all the troubles and harshness inherent (for some time Stevenson is a 3rd class train-passenger) , it conveys very well this new-continent impressions, the beauty of the language, and this mix of peoples encountered.

“All times, races and languages have brought their contribution”.

Stevenson (a great traveler) could say ”no place in the world” h
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Dan Quigley
Across the Plains is the middle book of a trilogy dealing with some of Stevenson's travels. I do not recommend starting with this book any more than I would recommend starting with the middle book of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The first book of the trilogy is The Amateur Emigrant, which chronicles how Stevenson came to be in New York at the start of Across the Plains. The Amateur Emigrant is available on the Gutenberg website under the title "Essays of Travel." E-readers that offer the compl ...more
Jessica
It's very rare that I am so bored by a book I can't keep reading it - but after the first part about the American west, I couldn't force myself to keep going.
Gobasso
Definitely not Stevenson's greatest work. However, it was still interesting to read his thoughts on a trans-continental trip.
Ginette Smith
I found the first part somewhat interesting but the rest read like a very boring diary.
MA
Stick with Treasure Island...
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Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of English literature. He was greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov.

Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of literature. It is o
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