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Rob Roy (Waverley Novels #4)

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P1905. 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. Rob Roy follows the adventures ...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published 1817)
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Jeffrey Keeten
”No truth in plaids, no faith in tartan trews,
Camelion-like, they change a thousand hues.”


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I remember when I was taking a Jane Austen survey class in college that while doing some research I came across this great quote she wrote about Walter Scott as a novelist. “Walter Scott has no business to write novels, especially good ones. — It is not fair. — He has fame and profit enough as a poet, and should not be taking the bread out of other people’s mouths. — I do not like him, and do not mean to
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Henry Avila
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cory Talbot
Aug 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Howard Olsen
Oct 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Pramod Nair
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To say the truth this book is a bit difficult to read as the plot takes shape pretty slowly and the complex ways in which Sir Walter Scott narrates the tale adds to the difficulty. The Scottish dialect which the book uses also will take a bit of time to get used to. But still i enjoyed reading this book very much as it narrates the characters with so much vigor and attitude, the lush scenery and surroundings of the Scotland with such clarity and tells a fascinating tale of romance and adventure.
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
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Chad Bearden
Jul 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"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
J.A. Ironside
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't quite what I was expecting. I've given it four stars as I really like Walter Scott and I enjoyed the style. However Rob Roy himself is a marginal character. It is through Frances' eyes we see the story and I found him to be a bland and not especially engaging character. His observations on other people were acute and well delineated but when it came to himself, he was far less insightful. His clumsy courtship of Diana Vernon was only interesting because she was interesting - and it w ...more
Cátia Santos
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5*! Uma história de aventuras, intrigas e traições, mas por vezes um pouco confusa... Ainda assim, como gosto de clássicos, foram umas horas bem passadas! :)
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.
Kaethe
Sep 17, 2009 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.
Skaistė
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maloniai nustebau skaitydama šią knygą, pirmą kartą išleistą 1817 metais. Atrodo, kalbos būdas nėra įprastas, o veiksmas nėra itin išskirtinis, bet visgi ši istorija mane sugebėjo įtraukti. Kažkuo užkabino ir sudomino pasakojami jaunystės prisiminimai ir nuotykiai, prasidedantys lyg ir nekaltai - savo gyvenimo kelio ieškojimu ir atsisakymu sekti tėvo siūlomu keliu. Žingsnis po žingsnio atsiranda keistų įvykių, intrigų ir paslapčių. O su visu tuo ir pavojų, grėsmės garbei, turtui ir gyvybei. Buvo ...more
Greg Deane
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Rindis
Well, this was a little different. There's a set of introductions to the book that, between them, take up well over 50 pages. The main one (by the author) gives a short history of clan MacGregor, and explains the long-term problems they have had with the law. This then turns into a history of the actual person, Rob Roy. This would have been fine, but was over-long, not that well written, and of course, I wanted to get to the actual story.

The other introduction is from the publisher (of the 1893
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Carol Storm
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alan Cook
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, the movie by the same name is nothing like the book. In the book Rob Roy is not the protagonist, although he does have quite a bit of page time. The protagonist is Francis Osbaldistone who gets involved in trying to save his father's business while he is living with his uncle and cousins in northern England near the Scottish border in the early 1700's. Although there is plenty of action I would characterize it as a romantic novel, because Francis (or Frank) spends much of the book in the ...more
Maggie Roessler
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
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Rosemarie
I enjoyed this book. Francis Osbaldistone is a sympathetic hero who would rather be a poet than work in his father's commercial firm. He is sent from London to live in his uncle's castle in the north of England and has many adventures in the Lowlands and Highlands of Scotland. Rob Roy, the title character, is portrayed sympathetically as we learn about the difficult life of the Highland Scots. The novel has, of course, a mysterious feisty young heroine and a dastardly villain, who makes Francis' ...more
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.
Laura
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,
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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
Craig Brown
Urrrrgh.

I really wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. But I can't in good conscience give it more than three stars from my perspective as a modern reader.

I'm not impatient or unappreciative of the classics and I didn't go into an early 19th century historical novel expecting it - or wanting it - to be balls-to-the-wall roaring blockbuster action. But Rob Roy, for probably the entire first half of the novel, is just so dull. 100 pages in, the most exciting thing that had happened, in t
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Spencer Kashmanian
I read this because Ivanhoe has been one of my favorite novels for years, and it was about time I got into some more Sir Walter Scott. I wasn't disappointed. In customarily well-wrought prose, Scott's Rob Roy evinces the same spirit of gallantry and reverence for tradition that I loved in Ivanhoe.

This time around, however, we're not dealing with the fallout of the Crusades but with the fallout of the Glorious Revolution. Rob Roy focuses on the borderlands between England and Scotland in the ea
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Tracey
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as part of a challenge I organised here on Goodreads to bring the works of Sir Walter Scott back into the notice of the reading masses. Once Scott was widely read and on the bookshelf of every person who was educated; often his complete works. Sir Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh in 1791 and was a prolific writer of historical novels and poetry. He is known as the 'creator of the historical novel.'

The movie Rob Roy many have seen, but few have read the book on which the movie is ve
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Silvana
Dec 06, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Anna Kļaviņa
BBC Radio 4 adaptation. Narrated by David Tennant. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s0329

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
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Connie
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
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
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
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Kathy
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.
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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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