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Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes; The Amateur Emigrant

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In 1878 Robert Louis Stevenson escaped from his numerous troubles—poor health, tormented love, inadequate funds—by embarking on a journey through the Cévennes in France, accompanied by Modestine, a rather single-minded donkey. The notebook Stevenson kept during this time became Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes(1879), a highly entertaining account of the French and the ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 29th 2004 by Penguin Classics (first published 1895)
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Douglas Dalrymple
Feb 12, 2014 Douglas Dalrymple rated it really liked it
Reading Travels with a Donkey, which is so far my favorite of Stevenson’s travel books, I remembered a visit my wife and I made a few years ago to the tony Napa Valley town of St Helena. The public library there plays host to a small museum dedicated to Robert Louis Stevenson which is run on a volunteer basis by enthusiastic retirees. Stevenson and wife Fanny enjoyed their 1880 honeymoon in nearby rustic Silverado, where the site of their cabin and the summit of nearby Mt St Helena are now embra ...more
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I only read "Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes." This was a tale that I'd long wanted to read, but it was only so good as to finish without being interested in taking up its companion tale, "The Amateur Emigrant."
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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 onl
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