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Rob Roy (Penguin Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Walter Scott
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Book Description

When young Francis Osbaldistone discovers that his vicious and scheming cousin Rashleigh has designs both on his father's business and his beloved Diana Vernon, he turns in desperation to Rob Roy for help. Chieftain of the MacGregor clan, Rob Roy is a brave and fearless man, able and cunning. But he is also an outlaw with a price on his head, and as he and Francis join forces to pursue Rashleigh, he is constantly aware that he, too, is being pursued - and could be captured at any moment. Set on the eve of the 1715 Jacobite uprising, Rob Roy brilliantly evokes a Scotland on the verge of rebellion, blending historical fact and a novelist's imagination to create an incomparable portrait of intrigue, rivalry and romance.

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This novel, first published in 1817, achieved a huge success and helped establish the historical novel as a literary form. In rich prose and vivid description, Rob Roy follows the adventures of a businessman's son, Frank Osbaldistone, who is sent to Scotland and finds himself drawn to the powerful, enigmatic figure of Rob Roy MacGregor, the romantic outlaw who fights for justice and dignity for the Scots. This is an incomparable portrait of the haunted Highlands and Scotland's glorious past.


When I think of Rob Roy I am impatient with all other novels. -- Robert Louis Stevenson

Product Details

  • File Size: 1128 KB
  • Print Length: 393 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (July 29, 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI97E8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,581 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Tale of High Adventure! March 15, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a great Scottish novel, with all of the lovely scenery and steadfast heroes desired in this type of book. Even a bit of the Gaelic! I love the tragic character of Helen McGregor, and the classic brutal honor of Robert Roy.
The scottish scenary is a vital character. I read this book when I was living in Glasgow, and the descriptions of the city's early days were amazing. I also fell in love with Loch Lomand.
Modern readers be warned! This book was written in 1817, when attention spans were longer. The pace is slow, and the story takes awhile to unfold.
I was riveted by this book and I highly recommend it
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining Historical Fiction May 14, 2002
Sir Walter Scott is widely acknowledged as the creator of the historical fiction genre. His best known book is Ivanhoe, which I have not read. I instead decided to read Rob Roy, a book I became familiar with due to the 1995 movie of the same name starring Liam Neeson and Tim Roth. Rob Roy, written in 1817, takes us back in time to the 1715 Jacobite uprising.
Surprisingly, Rob Roy is not the main character of the book. Rob Roy's appearances in the book are spotty, at best. Instead, Francis Osbaldistone is both narrator and main character. Francis, we quickly find out, is more interested in poetry than in business. His father, who hoped for Francis to take over the family business, becomes angry with his son and banishes him to his brother's estate, Osbaldistone Hall. Francis's relatives are all country hicks, with the exception of Diana Vernon, an astonishingly beautiful "cousin" who stays with the Osbaldistones for reasons best left unrevealed here. Francis also encounters the treacherous Rashleigh Osbaldistone, the cousin who is to replace Francis at his father's business. Francis soon becomes embroiled in several adventures, usually with Scottish sidekick/groundskeeper Andrew Fairservice and Glasgow businessman Nicol Jarvie at his side. Needless to say, Francis falls in love with Diana Vernon and becomes entangled in the machinations of the Jacobite rebellion.
I found myself amazed at Scott's depictions of women in this book. Diana Vernon is not only beautiful; she's smart, self-assured, and a very dominant figure. Rob Roy's wife, Helen MacGregor, also is presented as strong and domineering. I find this fascinating in a novel written in the early 19th century. Even more surprising is Francis; he is depicted as weak and easily dominated.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quaint Story of a Bohemian and his Guardian Angel July 9, 2002
Francis Osbaldistone forgoes a position in his father's firm to pursue an existence closer to his own ideals, travel and adventure. In order to even maintain a sufficent income from his father, however, he is sent on an errand to visit relatives in Northern England, and there to locate a replacement for himself in his father's firm from amongst his cousins. Due to a mishap on the road there, however, Francis is cast into a difficult legal situation and quickly learns that there are political and passionate motives behind his being unjustly accused.
This book really reads almost as if it it two different novels. The first half of the book concerns the time that Francis spends at Osbaldistone hall, where he learns that there are undisclosed secrets, some of which implicate him without his knowledge. It is also here that he falls head over heels in love with an unattainable woman. The tension that these scenes create is palpable and enjoyable. Scott is wonderful with English dialogue and his description of the English countryside, its inhabitants, and the activities that consume their day to day existence.
Somewhere along the way, however, the book shifts gears rather dramatically, merely echoing its previous sentimentality and thought. The book becomes more active and more of a travel narrative in Scotland, where a good deal of lawlessness occurs in the hills. Here you'll find the title elusive title character embroiled in his own local political intrigues while also endeavoring to support Francis in his own quest.
Scottish dialect, while faithfully recorded, makes the reading difficult, and at some times arduous. I did find, though, that if you read these phonetically, that you quickly attain the language necessary to follow along.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By nto62
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Robert Louis Stevenson called "Rob Roy" Sir Walter Scott's finest achievement. I do not disagree. Set shortly after the unification of 1707, Scott tells the tale of the protestant Francis Osbaldistone as he bids adieu to his father's London commercial interests and enters, as an exile, the baronial home of his papist relations in the north. His cousin Rashleigh assumes the commercial role intended for Frank and uses his newfound access to stir loyalist feelings in the Scottish Highlands by ruining the far-flung credit of the Osbaldistone business. Frank, upon uncovering the conspiracy, sets forth to Glasgow with the mercurial gardner, Andrew Fairservice, as his guide to right the wrongs of the scheming Rashleigh. Ever dependent on the outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor, to intervene in his behalf, Francis Osbaldistone leaps from one adventurous situation to another in his fight to clear his family name. Along the way, Frank meets and falls in love with the outspoken and beautiful Diana Vernon who aids him in his plight. Though a fair portion of this book is related in the Scottish vernacular, there is a glossary in the back of this edition that will easily point the way. Even so, the reader will confidently understand the vernacular when one-third through the book. This is a classic that can be enjoyed by anyone, particularly those interested in period and place.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars even though a great part of it was legend
Found it interesting in a historical sense, even though a great part of it was legend.
Published 11 days ago by Mary Kuntz
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 1 month ago by BABRunner
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a very detailed look at Scotland in the clan days
Published 6 months ago by Noel Riekie
4.0 out of 5 stars To reconcile with great old literature!
Even when the style is a little recherché, never the less, the book remains a masterpiece of it's time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carlos Alejandro Molina
5.0 out of 5 stars there is a reason they call it a classic
This is, of course, a classic adventure as well as a well reserched and copiously footnoted history. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jack Dittmann
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow and dull
It must be considered a "Classic" only because it's so old.Our Book Club voted to stop before we'd finished...first time that's happened
Published 17 months ago by Dolores Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Gift
My grandson loves books by Sir Walter Scott. I ordered this one to add to his collection. It was inexpensive but beautifully bound. I am pleased and so was my grandson!
Published on December 30, 2012 by Carole Richardson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great History Lesson
If you have ancestors who once lived in Scotland you will love this book. It is a little difficult to read. Read more
Published on August 6, 2012 by JMC
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I picked up "Rob Roy" after first finishing Sir Walter Scott's immortal novel, "Ivanhoe". The latter was perhaps the most entertaining and inspiring novel I've ever read. Read more
Published on July 23, 2012 by Michael Tozer
4.0 out of 5 stars More Diana Vernon Less Andrew Fairservice
Diana's agent should sue.

Scott creates one of the best heroines in the history of British literature, Diana Vernon, and then shortchanges her. Read more
Published on April 28, 2011 by Stanley W. Rogouski Jr.
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