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Guy Mannering
 
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Guy Mannering (Waverley Novels #2)

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Guy Mannering or The Astrologer is a novel by Sir Walter Scott, published anonymously in 1815. According to an introduction that Scott wrote in 1829, he had originally intended to write a story of the supernatural, but changed his mind soon after starting. The book was a huge success, selling out the day after its first edition. - Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclo ...more
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Kailey
Yet another fantastic tale from one of my favorite classic authors! Scott really knows how to spin a good story.
Everything that makes a story good is included in this one: mystery, romance, adventure, danger, conspiracy, pirates, mad old gypsy women, dashing heroes, misunderstandings, murders, kidnapping, mistaken identity, good-hearted country folk, heroines both persecuted and steadfast, and crowning it all that inimitable humor that colors all of Scott's writing.

I laughed and laughed at old
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Jack Laschenski
Sir Walter Scott

A great adventure!

Scotland in the 18th century.

A terrific potboiler. Filled with adventure and hair raising events, pirates, witches, gypsies and goode Scottish lairds and lawyers.

Scottish lowlands life in 1780 faithfully recorded.

Sir Walter Scott
Trisha
Such a good read. Just a sweeping mystery/lost heir returns to reclaim self and family. Atmospheric. Scott at or near his best.
John Sutherland
The subtitle for this tale is 'The Astrologer' which Guy Mannering is capable of doing, and does on the birth of a son (Harry) to the Bertram Family, though the lad's future is predicted to be punctuated by several dark moments, or so Mannering predicts. Indeed, the child is kidnapped and disappears from the story for many years. The characters that Scott brings to life: the Dominie Sampson--the stumbling once-only preacher; Bertram, Meg Merrilies; Mannering himself, of course, parade through hi ...more
Anne Langston
I first read Guy Mannering about 20 odd years ago, and remember enjoying it a great deal. My reread has just confirmed that memory. This book has one of the strongest and best female characters in English literature--Meg Merrilies, the gypsy queen and seer, who moves most of the action in the second part of the book along. In fact, she manages to eclipse both the title character and Harry Bertram, the purported hero of the book, pretty thoroughly.

The book is set mostly in Scotland, and covers t
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Jeremy
I'm in need of a rebuke. All this time in my life, and I have never read a book by Sir Walter Scott. Well, recently I changed that, and read Guy Mannering. Clearly, I have been neglecting my studies, my heritage, and my opportunity to be edified by the prose of one of Scotland's greatest writers.

The story was pretty clear in and of itself, and the principles were quickly identified. Guy Mannering, while traveling in Scotland, chances to arrive at a Laird's house, one of the last of the great an
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sabisteb
Schottland 1760: Nachdem Guy Mannering seine Ausbildung in Oxford beendet hat, macht er eine Rundreise durch Schottland und verreitet sich prompt. Übermüdet, erschöpf und am Ende seiner Kräfte kommt er bei Mr Godfrey Bertram auf dessen Gut Ellangowan unter, auch wenn der Zeitpunkt denkbar ungünstig ist, denn Mrs. Mertram ist gerade dabei ein Kind zu gebären. Zum Dank für die freundliche Aufnahme trotz Geburtsstress stellt Guy Mannering dem Knaben ein Horoskop aus, eine Kunst, die er auf der Uni ...more
Lucy
He must have been paid by the word. There's a good story in here somewhere underneath the obligatory descriptions of spooky old castles and wild moorland. It's an odd mixture, quite clearly written episodically - a sudden chapter full of letters, for instance, sets us up for a relationship which is then never again alluded to - and I found Meg the gypsy just laughably bad. Dandie Dinmont makes up for a lot, though.
Scott really is only for people with a lot of time on their hands - and no compun
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Jen
3.5 stars

I wanted to read this story after learning (thanks to Freekibble.com!) that the Dandie Dinmont Terrier was named after a character in it. While I did enjoy the story, it took me a long time (for me, that meant over a week) to get through it due to the language. There wasn't anything wrong with the language, it's just that I sometimes have trouble understanding the English used in classic works, and this particular work included quite a lot of words using Scottish accents, which made my
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Elizabeth
I loved this book. Can't beat these old 19th century novels. The writing is so clever and I love reading the dialogue - 19th century speech was so much more colorful and erudite than what we hear today. It's also a very satisfying story of good and evil, the hero getting his reward, the villian properly punished and the lovers finding happiness together. All with lots of good plot twists to keep it from being too predictable.
Nicoleku
I almost never think about classics after I read them. Generally I finish one and go searching through my Nook for another (or search Goodreads for one without reviews that say 'I wanted to stab my eyes out around the middle'), but I finished Guy Mannering two days ago and I am still mourning the loss of it. I may go on a Sir Walter Scott reading binge now.
Carol Spears
Underneath the ample early-1800's English descriptive prose and the recreation of the commoners Scottish accent is a very good read with interesting and funny characters, action, good guys and bad guys -- and while they don't blow anything up, they do set a few fires.

I will probably read this again.
Ray Melville
A book in two volumes, the first is rather slow as it almost entirely sets the scene for the main storey in volume 2. This is rather slow and would only rate 2-3 stars, but volume 2 is unreservedly a 5 star read
Carlos Sogorb
Aunque la temática no es de mis favoritas de Scott, su maestría en desarrollar la historia hace de esta obra la favorita de este autor, sin duda
Katie
I started to read this, and realized I already had, so I figured I better add it so that doesn't happen again.
Hilary
Yikes gave up on this one. Too much Scottish for me to follow the story
Mark Gelula
Not Walter Scotts best. I disliked this book.
Lisa
A fun easy read, typical of its genre.
Chantel


Never could get into this one
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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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