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Across the Plains

2.91  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  7 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.
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Published July 13th 2009 by ReadHowYouWant (first published 1892)
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Owlseyes
Sep 20, 2016 Owlseyes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: travelogue, scottish

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
Maureen
Apr 07, 2016 Maureen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting in the respect of describing an overland trip across the plains from New York to San Francisco. The journey seems to take weeks on hot, crowded trains with a motley assortment of passengers and no facilities to keep clean. A special car held the Chinese travellers and he notes that while the Europeans looked down on the Chinese for being dirty, in fact the Chinese carriages were the freshest and their passengers the cleanest.
In one section he describes how the Mexican
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Jessica
Jul 12, 2011 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 16, 2012 Gobasso rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
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
Feb 17, 2013 MA rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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