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The Pirate: The Works of Sir Walter Scott (Waverley Novels #9)

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1905. Sir Walter Scott was a master of diverse talents. He was a man of letters, a dedicated historian and historiographer, a well-read translator of foreign texts, and a talented poet. Deriving most of his material from his native Scotland, its history and its legends, Scott invented and mastered what we know today as the historical novel. The action of The Pirate takes p ...more
Paperback, 604 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published December 1st 1821)
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Gilmar Siqueira
Jan 05, 2016 Gilmar Siqueira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Depois de várias semanas pude por fim concluir a leitura d'El Pirata (Espasa, Buenos Aires, 1944), de Sir Walter Scott. Embora os intervalos de tempo entre cada capítulo tenham sido longos, a estória de Clemente Cleveland nas ilhas Shetland não pôde sair de minha cabeça. Maior ainda foi o estímulo para escrever esta breve introdução à obra após o desfecho surpreendente -- e para mim brilhante! -- dos amanantes Minna e Clemente.

Logo no prólogo Sir Walter Scott conta brevemente o sucedido com o p
Feb 09, 2009 Gloss is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I never thought I'd read anything by Scott, but in researching Shetland pirates, I came across this. The style's digressive and urbane, and I like it a lot already. It's certainly not a challenging read, but it is interesting.

I'm reading the digitized 1872 edition on Google Books here.
Alexander Rolfe
Mar 10, 2010 Alexander Rolfe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scott throws together the most interesting ingredients-- pirates, the Dwarfie Stone, Norna of the Fitful Head, bland, the Stones of Stennis-- and this fearlessness covers a multitude of sins. Not that I find a multitude of sins; I like Scott and I don't think he deserves his ignominy. He's got panache, he's got poetry, and he's got a friend in me.
Kirsty Keddie
Mar 08, 2016 Kirsty Keddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me nearly a year to read this book. I made the error of buying a copy of the original first edition which made the text difficult to read. Despite skimming over some sections of overly indulgent verses I did enjoy the read. Some great characters stride across the pages. Melodramatic in places and with a slightly annoying ending it nevertheless is a good read. Particularly if you are familiar with the wild setting of Shetland and Orkney where it is set. Scott wrote the book whilst travell ...more
Mar 25, 2013 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Wanda
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Free download available at Project Gutenberg.
Marsali Taylor
Dec 27, 2012 Marsali Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is set in Shetland (my home) and I've been meaning to read it for a good long time. However my edition was a solid brown-covered 1920s one, and it took resolution to open it, knowing that I was in for a hard 50 pages before the story began. I was wrong - for Scott, the story began pretty briskly, and once I was in, I was hooked - great characters, mystery, twists, everything that made him a great novelist. Except for the ending, I'd rate it as one of his good ones. I might even have another ...more
May 17, 2015 Lucy rated it really liked it
"The sexton had found her lying on the pavement in a swoon, and when she recovered, her mind for the time had totally lost its equipoise."
This is Norna of the Fitful-Head. No wonder she lost her equipoise with the plot twist that Scott had just come up with.
I thoroughly enjoyed this farrago of nonsense. It's totally unlike any other Scott I've read, and I'd recommend it for anyone with sufficient ability to suspend disbelief.
Alasdair Peterson
Despite slow and winding parts, The Pirate remains a cracking read, especially for those with an interest in Shetland!
Michel Van Goethem
Aug 22, 2015 Michel Van Goethem rated it liked it
The Pirate by Walter Scott

Scott is a son of the Enlightenment where he reveals the false pretensions of people 'working' with 'supernatural', 'magical' or 'mystic' powers as in The Pirate. A good story but to long and to many digressions for the common reader of today.
Feb 06, 2014 Ange rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Enjoyed it. Lot's of interesting things in it. Took place mainly in Shetland. When people needed to get to one part of the Island to the other, they'd catch a pony, ride it, and let it go.
Apr 29, 2008 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book further cemented my prejudice against blond females in books.
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Sir Walter Scott was born on August 15, 1771 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Scott created and popularized historical novels in a series called the Waverley Novels. In his novels Scott arranged the plots and characters so the reader enters into the lives of both great and ordinary people caught up in violent, dramatic
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