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Rob Roy by Walter Scott
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Dec 06, 2007

did not like it
bookshelves: classics, shitty-books, used-to-own
Read in December, 2007

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 Rasleigh and the beautiful, spirited Diana Vernon.

Rasleigh designed a vicious plot towards Francis' father and Diana, so Francis decided to seek help from Rob Roy. It was at the dawn of the 18th century , there was a Jacobite uprising in the highlands. Rob Roy was the chieftain of the MacGregor clan, who is loved by his people but also sought as a criminal by the English.

The story was awful and disorganized. The characters are not impressive, even Rob Roy himself. No great adventure, battle scenes, or something that can sweep away the readers. The use of Scottish languages (Lowland Scots, Scots Gaelic) in half of the conversations also makes me rather dizzy.

I was expecting a fascinating story about chivalry and historical saga just like Scott's other novel, Ivanhoe. Approximately 374 pages, what a waste of time.
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