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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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Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has to be one of Scott's best - a wonderful fusion of comedy of manners with high romance which never loses its grip on either. Review coming shortly to Vintage Novels!
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
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
Roman Kurys
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guy Mannering is without a doubt an acquired taste of a read. I think all of Sir Scott is really an squired taste of a read, really. Unless, maybe you already understand Scottish dialect then all good there. :)

Other then a very slow pace of read, trying to decipher 1800's English mixed with heavy Scottish this book has no drawbacks.

Scott tells a good story, complex enough where it's fun to read but not to the point of overbearing so in it by itself it was a good read. Top it off with a historica
Jack Laschenski
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a good read. Just a sweeping mystery/lost heir returns to reclaim self and family. Atmospheric. Scott at or near his best.
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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
Anne Langston
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
John Sutherland
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I wanted to read this story after learning (thanks to!) 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 m
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: powys-100
Fabulous book, wonderful characters, beautiful scenes. The character of Meg the gypsy and of the Dinant farm are particularly vivid. So with the Hi Jinks, the depictions of lawyers and legal practice.
Ray Melville
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rose A
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my absolute favourite Scott novels. Romance, intrigue, gothic adventure, ridiculous plot twists and a suitably happy ending. Pure historical romance, not particularly deep but brilliant fun. Highly recommended!
Carlos Sogorb
Jul 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novela
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
Jan 31, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Never could get into this one
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Predictable but enjoyable all the same.
Feb 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A fun easy read, typical of its genre.
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started to read this, and realized I already had, so I figured I better add it so that doesn't happen again.
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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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