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Kidnapped and Catriona: The Adventures of David Balfour

(David Balfour #1-2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  405 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Kidnapped was first published in 1886, and Catriona, its sequel, in 1893. They are both novels of adventure and romance whose appeal to children and adults alike has not diminished in the century since they were written. This is the only edition to contain both novels in one volume.
Paperback, 496 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Polygon (first published 1893)
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Tristram Shandy
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kidnapped and Catriona

Published in the magazine Young Folks in 1886, Kidnapped was intended as a novel for boys treating the youth and adolescence of the Scottish lad David Balfour, but is in fact much more than that because of the vivid descriptions of the Scottish highlands and the fine fathoming of several of its characters.

After his father’s death, the hero of the story, David, heir to the House of Shaws in Cramond, is sent to live with his uncle Ebenezer Balfour, a parsimonious and shifty l
Vasyl Shymanskyi
Скільки ж всіляких умовностей існувало колись, та й зараз не без них. І щасливо жити можна було б. Напевно, через років сто, хтось читатиме твори наших сучасників і думатиме: "От наївні".
Angie Libert
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scholar
Even though I have read a couple of Stevenson's books and his poetry, I am still not a huge fan of his work. However, I appreciated the historical aspect of this book, especially in light of what of was going on in America during the upheaval in Scotland in the mid-1700s. I feel a closer connection to the history of Scotland from this book and would recommend it to friends, even if I did not totally love the book.

I should also mention that I only read Kidnapped. If I did not have other books th
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed these books. I listened to the audio and some parts were pretty hard to understand because of the style of talking that some of the characters have. Overall pretty good, but I don't know that I'd feel much desire to read again in the future.
Matthew Hendricks
Catriona needs to be adapted honestly, if a modern audience is to enjoy it. The scottish dialect is just too heavy for comfortable reading.
Sep 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any fan of "Kidnapped"
Recommended to Wayne by: a vague memory of a sequel
Shelves: children-s-books
Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you grave for me:
"Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill."
Robert Louis Stevenson

As far as I can recall, it is only the section in inverted commas which is graven on Robert Louis' grave on that high hill in Samoa. I had the rare privilege of climbing up to it in January 1975 with two
Andrey Reshetnikov
It is very difficult go through this narrative which is strange because it is adventurous. There is only one explanation: it is a Scottish narrative. I had the same struggle with Rob Roy when I tried to entangle both linguistic and cultural features of the language. Only the spirit of an exciting story which I constantly knew to be lying behind the knots of unfamiliar grounds of language helped me to sustain the interest. I also enjoyed Alan Beck’s spirit and recklessness who seemed to me a dare ...more
Gwen Testa
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sequel to Kidnapped, beginning August 25, 1751 where ‘Kidnapped’ ends
David Balfour tries to gain justice for James Stewart, charged in the Appin murder, is held captive on Bass Rock, falls in love with Caterina MacGregor Drummond, daughter of James More, who was Rob Roy’s eldest son
“Why, how will you know that? “ says she. “By means of a magical talisman God gave to me when I was born, and the name they call it by is Commonsense.”
“To proceed, then, said I, will it do any good to Scotland? We hav
Artie LeBlanc
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never read this in childhood - Treasure Island was my introduction to Stevenson's work. Kidnapped is a much more adult book, with finely nuanced morality, and many shades of grey. Notwithstanding, it tells a good story, in a seemingly accurate historical setting. Both main characters are very credible, as is the Scotland depicted. This edition has a helpful glossary, which unfortunately I did not find until about twenty pages before the end.
Esteban Martos
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro lo leí en mi adolescencia y recuerdo que fue uno de los que más me gustó de Robert Louis Stevenson, aventuras, viajes y conspiración, una gran amistad entre dos personajes con ideales y convicciones políticas diferentes
I enjoyed this book, until it just... ended. Abruptly. So abruptly I thought some pages had been torn out of the back of the book.
Alex Keir Snr
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kidnapped great, Catriona not so much
3 stars for Kidnapped and 0 for Catriona, which is damned dull.
A.L. Sowards
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Two novels, but so closely related that I don't recommend reading one without the other.

What I liked about the books: David Balfour. He wasn't a perfect character, but I liked him. Sure, he got cranky sometimes and managed to make a mess of a few conversations that should have been blissfully romantic and instead led to misunderstanding and hurt feelings, but he was still a good guy. I loved David's sense of fair-play, and admired him for his willingness to give up everything (including his new
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Roseb612 by: 1001
Bez mučení musím přiznat, že tohle nebyl zrovna můj šálek čaje. Hlavní postavy - především David Balfour, ale třeba i Alan Breck - mi přišly totálně neuvěřitelné, v horalských rodinách jsem se ztrácela a celý ten děj mi prostě nesedl. To se bez výhrad týká první části Únos, druhá část - Katriona - byla o poznání lepší, ta by byla tak za 3,5 hvězdičky. V této části se děj trochu rozvětví, přibude několik zajímavých postav (Katriona, její otec, prokurátor), linka se soudním procesem atd. - to už s ...more
S.J. Grabber
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Partially inspired by the murky events surrounding the Appin Murder near Ballachulish in 1752, Kidnapped is part gripping historical novel, part well-paced adventure, and part oft-humorous performance of the rich, 'braw' flavor of the Scottish people of the 1750s. Catriona, picking up almost at the exact scene cut where its precursor ended, continues the tale of the unlikely friendship between young Royalist David Balfour and his indomitable friend, the Jacobite Alan Breck. It is a worthy seque ...more
Mar 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am currently re-reading my copy of Catriona (published as David Balfour in the US), not this edition but an 1896 edition I bought in a really great second hand bookstore in Carlisle, England many years ago. Kidnapped and Catriona are my two all time favourite works of fiction, because Stevenson's protagonist David Balfour was the first character in literature who spoke in my voice and to the values with which I was brought up (Lowland Scots Presbyterian with an appreciation for Education). The ...more
Sarah Nealy
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very adventurous, I felt so bad for the main character he went through a lot for example if being kidnapped isn't enough, he was shipwrecked, and then had to walk for miles and miles through the Scottish highlands that went from pouring rain to the sun beating down! I read this on vacation by the ocean which was more intriguing because the whole first half of the book takes place on the ocean. The only thing I didn't care for was it was hard to read because it was written in Scottish tongue I h ...more
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great follow up to Kidnapped.

I read both of these stories separately. There was a clear distinction between Stevenson's writing style in Kidnapped and Catriona, but both were equally great!

If you are in the mood for a good Scottish adventure, then I would say you cannot go wrong with Kidnapped. Catriona has a different tone, maybe less adventurous, but it is equally as interesting.

Nonetheless, The ending of Catriona had me on the edge of my seat! By that time I had fallen in love wit
Spencer Reynolds
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loaned
Enjoyed this book. A great tale of deception, intrigue along with travel.

The beauty of the build up to the piece below and its following is great,

"I am sorry for that,' said I, 'for I am not done; and if you distaste the sermon, I doubt the pirliecue will please you as little. You have been chased in a field by the grown men of my party; it seems a poor kind of pleasure to outface a boy. Both the Campbells and the Whigs have beaten you; you have run before them like a hare. It behoves you to spe
Susan Grant-suttie
Admittedly, I began this book because my grandmother said I had an ancestor written in the book as he was friends with the author. There was one sentence about my ancestor in Kidnapped. Because of this book, I was spurred onto Catriona where there was a lot more of my ancestor but even a better adventure than Kidnapped. The stories lead to adore stories of the Scottish highlands, of the Scottish culture, and the mishaps that could occur. The late 1800s are exciting times.
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Kidnapped (and I can't believe I haven't read it before). Catriona was interested but not so gripping as Kidnapped.

As a side note, I read Kidnapped whilst listening to "Bonnie Hieland Laddie" sang by Barbara Dynmock - it was a perfect accompaniment.
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the language - though the speech is completely different, the way that the characters are able to express themselves so clearly and specifically reminds me of reading Jane Austen! And yet still misunderstandings and confusion arises ...
Liza Verdon
So far I'm enjoying this book. I don't exactly like Robert Louis Stevenson's books but this ones an exception.
His poetry is...Interesting,funny...What every you like to call it. 'Kidnapped' is a fast paced adventure that is pretty fun.
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kidnapped puts me to sleep; but I think Catriona is a very sweet story.
I wish the story had spent more time on the relationship between the brothers and how the crazy uncle had wound up in the situation he found himself in. Not bad, though.
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
catriona is the sequel to kidnapped. a re-read
Oct 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
8/10. Scotts brogue is thick. Kevin read to me. Love story.
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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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