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David Balfour

(David Balfour #2)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,053 ratings  ·  91 reviews
For nearly a century, Scribner has exemplified the very best in publishing by pairing classic texts with the illustrative giants of the time, such as N. C. Wyeth and Maxfield Parrish. With the same commitment to the high standards established by the series' founders, Atheneum Books for Young Readers is expanding the Scribner Illustrated Classics line over the next several ...more
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Charles Scribner's & Sons (first published 1893)
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Henry Avila
David Balfour (also known as Catriona), is a sequel to the great classic, Kidnapped, though not as good, it still delivers excitement . Young David after many adventures, arrives finally in Edinburgh, Scotland, to receive his fortune, he hopes. However being 1751, a few years after the Jacobite rebellion of 1745, tension permeates, every man in the territory is under suspicion and especially, Mr. Balfour, who is still a wanted person, by the English...what can he do? The eighteen year old needs ...more
Rob
Dec 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read this through, I now see why so many of Stevenson's faithful panned this book. It's predecessor, Kidnapped, was a 'story for boys', an action tale in the tradition of Sir Walter Scott. One thing I've always noticed about Kidnapped, though, is that it's also a Comedy of Manners. David Balfour continually fails to understand his uncle, Allen Breck, and a vast host of others because they don't behave the way he expects. Stevenson has especial fun, I think, with the fact that nearly all o ...more
K.
Rereading R. L. Stevenson. It's way fun.

This one is not as good as David Balfour #1 "Kidnapped." It's a fun story, but it's much harder to read if you're not Scottish. Tons of Scots words. It's fun to try to decipher meaning, but so many of the words are actually just real Scots words that I have no knowledge of. Thank goodness for the glossary in the back if one cares that much.

Did enjoy, but the story isn't as compelling as "Kidnapped."

Did LOVE this passage, it's hilarious....
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CHAPTER XIII—
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Dianna
No, this isn't as good at Kidnapped. I fully admit to being a sap in saying that I enjoyed it, for it isn't the high-flying adventure story that the first book is - at all. No, here we have Davie in loooooooove. I do think though that this book is still best for the connections it has to Kidnapped - whether it be David doing right by the people who helped him before, or the rare and wonderful appearances of Alan Breck. And yet, even in this somewhat strained circumstances, I still liked him - an ...more
Leslie
I was disappointed by this sequel to Kidnapped. A big part of that is due to the large amount of Scots dialect used in this novel (which was at times even worse in the audiobook edition as at least the Kindle book had footnotes on some of the obscure terms!). For example,

"The solan keekit doon into Tam's face, and there was something unco in the creature's ee. Just the ae keek it gied, and back to the rope. But now it wroucht and warstl't like a thing dementit. There never was the solan made th
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Helen
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
It would seem that Stevenson was badgered to write a sequel to Kidnapped and finally gave in. It is told, as Kidnapped was, in the first person and David really does go on and on about what he should do or say and how he feels and why. Apparently he has never spoken to girls before and has no idea as to how their minds work, but I think that is partly because Stevenson doesn't really understand them. Catriona comes across as a very Victorian miss with a chip on her shoulder and Miss Barbara Gran ...more
Deborah O'Carroll
Considering how popular Kidnapped is, and a classic at that, I’m extremely surprised how few people seem to know about and/or have read the sequel!

Kidnapped is one of my favorites due to the Scottishness and the friendship between Davy and Alan Breck Stewart (not to mention the character himself).

But in my mind, I consider Kidnapped and the sequel to be the same story, just chopped in half. David Balfour (or, the title it was published under in England I believe, Catriona, referring to the her
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Morgan Gallagher
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's pronounced 'Katrina' btw.

'Catriona' is the sequel to 'Kidnapped', and, in fact, the story starts exactly where Kidnapped finishes off the story of David Balfour's involvement with the Appin murder. In that, it's less than a sequel as that part of the narrative is more social and political intrigue and description of David's character, than it is an action-adventure novel. In fact, it turns into a very finely drawn romance.

The description of Edinburgh, its environs at the time, and the run t
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Rrshively
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this book because I couldn't leave Davie of Kidnapped dumped by the linen company with no explanation and no solution to many of his problems. It seemed as if Kidnapped had abruptly stopped in the middle of a story. I am probably the only person in the world who likes this book better than Kidnapped. I like stories nicely drawn up to an ending; I think I like love stories better than adventure; and I just plain enjoyed the story. I must admit that I didn't understand some of the Scottish ...more
Henry
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kidnapped was fantastic. A rip-roaring thriller of its time across the highlands of Scotland. This, it's successor, is almost the opposite regarding genre. It's a love story with some minor thrilling moments dotted here and there.

I did enjoy it and glad I read it, but it was slow and took it's time and the lead character - David - became very frustrating, almost a simpleton in moments. In the first book, we went through his experiences with him and in this we despaired at his arrogance and stup
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Sam
This is the distant follow up to Kidnapped and finds Balfour travelling to Scotland where he meets and falls for the lovely Catriona while trying to free a man charged with murder. In doing so he manages to get himself kidnapped (again!) before heading off on more travels with plenty of misdeeds and betrayal. Stevenson shows not only his skill at weaving a good adventure tale but also his skills at developing a romantic angle that doesn't overtake or overwhelm the sense of adventure and carefree ...more
Christopher
Mar 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
While the plot is made more complicated by the narrator's perspective, the characters encountered are wonderful. I especially loved the character of Lady Barbara. She's the wit of the book.
Stuart Dean
Direct sequel to Kidnapped, starting mere days after the last page of that book. It's in two sections, with the first being an adventure/court drama. David again involves himself in Scottish politics and is naturally once again in danger because of it. His naivety is placed on display as he is outmaneuvered again and again by sly political persons. Even involving him once again being kidnapped. The intrigue of the court drama is very interesting, but much of this part of the book is near indecip ...more
Daniel
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Louis Stevenson warns us at the start that we might be disappointed by this sequel to Kidnapped; and in all honesty, I was. As pretty much everyone who has reviewed it has noted, this is more of a novel of manners than of adventures, and though it has its charms, it's a bit of a letdown. As poor David Balfour struggles to court his beloved Catriona, I kept wondering why he didn't make a play for Alison Hastie, the plucky gal in Kidnapped who helped him and Alan Breck Stewart in their time ...more
Owen Rataj
A fairly underwhelming continuation for David Balfour. Stevenson even states on the first page "It is the fate of sequels to disappoint...", so I can't say that I wasn't warned.

This book lacked so much. Similarly to its predecessor, Kidnapped, I understand that Catriona is now well over a century old, and hence the styles of writing and story telling are different (not to mention culture, etc.). And yet, whilst this isn't an adventure book like the last, it's turned into something far worse. So
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nisie draws
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Alot less crazy Scottish hijinks and adventures. Alot more politics and speechifying :/

Less bromance in favor of het-romance :/

I was actually dissapointed at the end when David & Catriona got together because were so miserable living together that I can't see them overcoming their communication issues and being able to have a happy or healthy relationship.

I'm also sad that most of Catriona's badassness was relegated to the sidelines and subplots, and diminished by David perceiving her as so
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Jan-Joost Bouwman
Not as good as the first part of the adventures of David Balfour, but still quite enjoyable. It is a bit more moralistic and at times melodramatic. And I didn't care about the lengthy discussions between David and Prestongrange. I did enjoy the part where David was being held on Bass Rock and his subsequent release/escape and the part on the boat to the Netherlands and what happened there.
The death of James More was a bit unexpected, and I would have like to see more of Alan Breck in this book.
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Wisconsin Alumni
Barry Menikoff MS’62, PhD’66
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From the editor:
First printing of R. L. Stevenson’s sequel to Kidnapped from the autograph ms. at the Houghton Library, along with color plates from the original oils by N. C. Wyeth. “The Loneliness of David Balfour,” a 20K introductory essay; plus Notes; Glossary; and Gazetteer complete the book (Stanford University Press). This is the final volume in my trilogy on Stevenson and Scotland.
Martha
May 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book, the follow-up to Stevenson's barn-burning "Kidnapped", is varyingly titled "Catriona" and "David Balfour". Either way, it's not the spellbinder the first book was, but it's definitely worth reading. We get too little of Alan, safely off to France, and too much of James Moore, Catriona's wastrel father, and that's a dispiriting trade. David is still great company, just be prepared for a little less swash in your buckle.
Janhmmn
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aloud, 2018
I read this book as it's a sequel to the more famous Kidnapped. I have to be honest, it was quite hard going, the characters were somewhat two-dimensional, especially the eponymous Catriona and the plot was a bit vague. But we finished it and have learned some new words and a little bit more history. Maybe Robert should have gone into the lighthouse business like his father wanted after all.
Albert Meier
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not as thrilling as Kidnapped, yet a delight in its own right. We meet some interesting folks as our hero tries to clear his name, free a man wrongly accused, preserve the liberty of his best friend and pursue the lass who has won his heart. The dialect can be a wee bit difficult at times, but while I may not have understood every word, I generally got the gist of each sentence.
Tom Garland
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved Kidnapped where we get to know David Balfour. The sequel focused on one singular incident and his new found love. It was hard to read the Scottish words which were often phonetic vs spelled out. Didn't love it.
Beau Stucki
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having overcome much physical peril in the first book, David must now face moral danger.

Reading Stevenson’s English-peppered-with-Scots is pure pleasure.

Stevenson has been neglected for the power of his prose and the strength of his insight. He was much more than a popular adventure writer
Josiah Redding
Whereas Kidnapped! was all action and adventure, its sequel Catriona is a mix of light adventure and intrigue, with mostly a love story about David and Catriona. A little less of a fun "boy's book" for that reason, but still a good story.
Stuart
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
It's Stevenson, but barely recognizable as the sequel to the rip-tooting Kidnapped. it's as if, exhausted by the breakneck pace of Kidnapped, he thought "let's do this again as a leisurely comedy of manners." It doesn't help the modern reader that every sixth word is Scots, some of them obscure and archaic enough to stump Google.
Russell
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
This was the sequel to "Kidnapped", also known as "Catriona", and even though the main character was still David Balfour and the political landscape remained the same, it was such a different book as to be in a different genre than the first. "Kidnapped" was as much of a coming of age story as anything else, with high adventure, impossible odds, feats of daring do and bravery, supported by a varied cast of Scottish folk featuring the irrepressible rouge, Alan. This second novel ups the political ...more
The Fat
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
A weaker book than it's predecessor to be sure, but still ultimately one worth reading, especially if you enjoyed Kidnapped. The book's greatest weakness is simply that the events that transpire are just nowhere near as interesting as those that happened in Kidnapped. This book hardly even qualifies as an adventure and is much more a weird (but not that interesting) twist on the comedy of manners, it is also extremely episodic, which makes it feel even longer than it is. However, perhaps its gre ...more
Richard Bentley
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating Overall/Genre: (8.0/8.7) Stevenson writes beautifully, and his descriptions of events is excellent, with one caveat: Whenever a Victorian author delves into romantic scenes, I sit there and grind my teeth. Waiting two or three years to say you care for someone or kissing them in spite of fervent desire is a condition that was dictated by hypocritical moral standards. I'm sure that in real life before two years had passed, there was a lot more kissing, groping, fondling, etc. between peopl ...more
Brian
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This was the last one in the Robert Louis Stevenson Collection I got for Christmas a couple of years ago, but since it is the sequel to Kidnapped, which is the last one I read, I decided to skip over a couple (Black Arrow & Master of Ballantrae) to read it next, especially since Kidnapped just leaves off with a real cliff hanger. I'm glad I didn't let more time pass after reading Kidnapped or else I would've been in for a complete re-read of that one before starting on this one.
At the beginn
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C Hintz
Sep 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, mystery
Catriona is the sequel to the greatly successful Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. It is in part a continuation of Kidnapped and part history of a famous Jacobite chieftain on trial for murder of the King's Factor. The telling is fascinating, but RLS tries to squeeze two very different stories into one small volume. The logistics of the crime saga become hard to follow without some prior knowledge, and meshing the David Balfour romance becomes awkward.

Once we find David on a vessel to Brussel
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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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