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Rob Roy (Waverley Novels #4)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  5,670 ratings  ·  156 reviews
An historical novel as gripping as Scott's Ivanhoe. It is a tale of adventure in the 18th century, set in the Scottish highlands, whose hero is the legendary maverick outlaw Rob Roy Macgregor.
Paperback, 501 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Penguin Classics (first published 1817)
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Genia Lukin
The Wikipedia article for this book describes part of the plot as " In between hours in the library with Die, he converses with Andrew Fairservice and learns much about goings on at the Hall."

It does feel like hours, even when reading. The characters discuss politics, the situation, love, life, business, etc'. At great length.

As usual with Scott, the protagonist is rather colourless, the villain is a good deal more sympathetic and interesting, and earns his just desserts by the end. Hoping these
Cory Talbot
This book was death. And it wouldn't end. I just could not get past the language in two ways:

(1) Get to the point. Sir Walter Scott apparently decided that there is no reason to use one word when five will suffice. For instance, rather than saying that a character was hungry because he ate lunch earlier than usual Scott notes instead that the character was hungry because "he had ante-dated his meridian repast, having dined at twelve instead of one o'clock, then the general hour of dining." Hones
Howard Olsen
First a warning: the movie “Rob Roy” has little to do with the novel “Rob Roy,” except that they share the titular character. I was 250 pages into this book before I finally realized this was the case. I wouldn’t want the rest of you to make a similar error.

The story is a bit complicated. The book jacket says this is a tale set in the Jacobite Uprising of 1715, which sounds exciting, but is true only to the extent necessary to sell this book to you. The plot is much more subtle than that. The h
Henry Avila
The protagonist in Rob Roy is Francis Osbaldistone not the title character!(Makes a better name,Roy)Francis a spoiled son of a rich London businessman,who would rather write poetry than work for his father.Sent to his uncle's estate as punishment in northern England,bordering simmering Scotland.He soon becomes involved in a feud with his cousin Rashleigh(youngest and smartest of six brothers!).A woman Diana is the main reason(isn't it always?).This being 1715 a revolt soon brakes out, Rashleigh ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Rob Roy is a key figure in part of my family, the MacGregor clan. We had to rename ourselves to remain within land-owning society in Scotland, and my branch ended up MacAdam, then McAdam, partly due to the work of this outlaw! I slogged through this in 1999, after a trip to the UK where I got to see the old MacGregor lands and visit Rob Roy's grave. I would never have forced myself through it without my connections to this historical figure.
Jan 07, 2015 Kaethe is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Jan 6, 2015

It's been so long since I started this that I had to go back and re-start. And then I almost immediately lost interest again and picked up something else.
Carol Storm
Sir Walter Scott is one of those great classic authors who is completely unread but still very influential. Without exciting historical novels like IVANHOE, tales of medieval chivalry combining military adventure, passionate romance, and aristocratic pageantry, there could never have been a LORD OF THE RINGS, or a GAME OF THRONES.

ROB ROY is harder to get into than IVANHOE, Scott's most famous novel, because the historical background is harder to follow. The year is 1715, just before the first g
Chad Bearden
"Rob Roy" is my first Walter Scott novel, but I became a quick fan as I was entangled in his writing style, which focuses more on verbose and intricate language than it does on a straight-forward plot. I'm sure this style would be a turn-off to many readers, but it was right up my alley. The descriptions are lush when they need to be, the character development is spelled out rather bluntly, and much of the dialogue requires far more effort to decipher than I'm used to (making out the Highland di ...more
Greg Deane
Walter Scott's "Rob Roy" provides a panorama of Scottish Highland and Lowland society and character and the attitudes the regions had to each other in the 18th and 19th century taking place just before the 1715 Jacobite Rising, Scotland being on the verge of civil war and upheaval. Frank Osbaldistone, the narrator, quarrels with his father and is sent to stay with an uncle, Sir Hildebrand Osbaldistone, in Northumberland.

The author explores the Highlands under a patriarchal system of government,
I will without a doubt be the only person to check this book out of the Guabuliga Public Library. After all, I could not understand a good portion of the book, given all the Scottish slang and odd accents, as well as the mass of historical details on which I wasn't all that clear. Now I know a little more about the conflict between the two kings, George and James (I think) and the failed Jacobite uprising in Scotland.

The English that wasn't Scottishly distorted was of great elegance and wit. I
Rob Roy
Given my name, I have always had this on my reading list, just never got to it. What surprised me is that though Rob Roy is portrayed in the novel, it isn’t about him. His portrayal is that of the “Robin Hood” of Scotland, high minded, fearless, and a man of honor. Intertwined with the story line is the Jacobite rebellion, and the tensions between the highlander Scots and the English. I wouldn’t call this a great read, but interesting nonetheless.
Hard to understand sometimes the Scottish dialect but a good book anyway.
Monthly Book Group
Scott was both a historian and novelist. He needs to be seen in the context of the historiographical background of the C18th Scottish Enlightenment. He was greatly influenced by the “conjectural” history propounded by Adam Smith and, most notably, Adam Ferguson, author of the “Essay on Civil Society” and the father of Scott’s best friend and now seen as one of the founders of sociology.

The conjectural historians saw history as the progress of society from hunter/gatherers, to shepherds/herdsmen,
Anna Matsuyama
BBC Radio 4 adaptation. Narrated by David Tennant.

Rob Roy by Walter Scott
Adapted by Robin Brooks

Our Rob Roy has dispensed with the Jacobite setting and updates the story to the 20th century. It is 1924 and 20-year-old Frank falls foul of his father. He has spent a year in Paris, supposedly learning the business, but actually hanging out with Imagist poets. When he refuses to join the business his father sends him north to stay with his Uncle - a radical
It is one of those books that (after reading it) makes you wonder what's really happened and why all the fuss about it. At the end of the first half, the titular character only appeared twice! This book's should be titled "The Adventure of Francis Osbaldistone in Scotland."

Francis was the son of a wealthy merchant, who denounced him because he refused to follow his father's footstep and sent him to live with his uncle in the border between England and Scotland. There he met with his evil cousin
Maria Grazia
Modern historical fiction is quite well-appreciated and well-sold both among male and female readers. There's been a huge spreading of best- selling authors and series in the latest years. But where does this genre come from, actually? The Father of the Historical Novel was Sir Walter Scott ( 1771 - 1832 ) who started the publication of a long series of successful volumes to pay back his debts with Waverley (1814). The story takes place between Scotland and England in the years of the first Jaco ...more
Nerida Hart
This was my first exposure to Sir Walter Scott and his concept of a historical novel. While it was enjoyable, it would have been easier to appreciate if I had read Ivanhoe first. Rob Roy is a difficult book to read and it does require some patience. The Scottish language and customs can be difficult to get through and it does start a bit slow. If you have already read Ivanhoe, this will be a bit more challenging, but definitely worthwhile. Once you get into it and the action picks up a bit and t ...more
May 18, 2014 Kathy added it
This fell in the category of classics I feel I should have read. It also reinforced my belief that people used to be much more willing to spend a lot of time reading a book. Quite long, but a good story.
Absolutely marvelous! Full of non-stop adventure and intrigue. Pure genius! There's more humor than Scott usually adds in, and the characters are deep and colorful. It exceeded my expectations in every respect.

I just laughed, and ached, and nearly cried, and sat on the edge of my seat. I gasped in surprise, and exclaimed, "I knew it!" sometimes. I recoiled in horror and bit my lip with frustration. I was so immersed in the whole world of Rob Roy and Frank Osbaldistone, that I forgot that I was i
Francis Osbaldistone narrates his decision to pursue poetry instead of follow his father in business, his life with cousins, the cheating of his father at the hand of his cousin Rashleigh, his love for Diana, and his interactions with Rob Roy MacGregor, a "Robin Hood" of the Jacobite cause. Though he only appears mid-way through the book, Rob Roy, for his heart and intentions, was my favorite character. The Scottish brogue makes for plodding reading, but to acquire a degree of understanding was ...more
This is really a pretty good historical novel of adventure and romance. It is I believe the first ever historical novel since it deals with true events that occurred more than 100 years before the date the book was written. For me, just as old furniture doesn't become an "antique" until it is at least 100 years old, novels don't become "historical" unless the events centered in the novel likewise took place more than 100 years prior to the writing.
And it certainly must be the first of it's kind
I debated on whether to give this a three or four star. Walt Scott has such a command of the English language; the book has historical significance; the plot and characters are interesting. However, this is not a book about Rob Roy. The main character is a young man named Frances Osbaldistone who goes to Scotland because his cousin Rashleigh has threatened the family fortune. And, of course, he and Rashleigh are in love with the same woman. Rob Roy, a Scottish outlaw, aids him in his perils. The ...more
Chris The Story Reading Ape
I felt so sorry for Rob Roy, there he was, trying to mind his own business, and wham, he's in the thick of it, fighting for justice and fairness from not only the Sassanachs, but also his own people,
Saw the film Rob Roy, and felt that it was not like the book at all, did enjoy Rob Roy, but I do enjoy Scott's style.
Getting back to it, after abandoning it for a few years.
The book is totally worthy of its reputation.
Laurel Hicks
The Scottish novel. Sir Walter warms my heart.
Janith Pathirage
It's a nice story about love , honor and revenge. Robert Roy MacGregor is such a respectable character and he was also known as the Scottish Robin Hood. Walter Scott has nicely depicted how the things were like in this part of the world in early 18th century. Immediately after reading the book, I watched the movie by the same name (which was released in 1995) and the movie did justice to the novel. Liam Neeson was exactly how I pictured Rob Roy to be like, and Jessica Lange was so awesome as Mar ...more
This edition is one of the 'Signet Classic' series of movie tie-in reprints. The ads in the back of the book make that clear. On this basis, you might assume that it actually bears any resemblance to a movie starring Liam Neeson in the title role: but apparently not. Couldn't prove it by me, either way, since, until recently, I had neither read the book or watched the movie. Now I've read the book, but I still haven't seen the movie.

But the attempt to tie-in the novel with a movie version does h
Jacob Aitken
At the risk of sounding like a hippie modern, I "found" myself through reading this book. In high school I feasted upon the romances of Sir Walter Scott. I read through Rob Roy three or four times, longing to be a Scottish outlaw heroically resisting the banking apparatus which has destroyed lives and nations. Indeed, I longed to see myself hiding in the glens (or bayous) about to carry out some raid.

While this history does not have the same romantic flavor as Rob Roy and Ivanhoe, one still gets
This was one of the only books I had ever not finished, so I decided to pick it up again and I was determined to get through it. So I got it from the library on audiobook, thinking that I had to commute to work anyway, and that would effectively trap me into getting all the way through this book. Besides, I remembered how confusing Scott's written form of the Scottish accent was the first time I tried to get through it, and thought that it might be easier to understand if I listened to it. I'm s ...more
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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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