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“When I think of Rob Roy, I am impatient with all other novels.”—Robert Louis Stevenson

About the Author

Sir Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh in 1771. Educated for the law, he obtained the office of sheriff-depute of Selkirkshire in 1799 and in 1806 the office of clerk of session, a post whose duties he fulfilled for some twenty-five years. His lifelong interest in Scottish antiquity and the ballads which recorded Scottish history led him to try his hand at narrative poems of adventure and action. The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805), Marmion (1808), and The Lady of the Lake (1810) made his reputation as one of the leading poets of his time. A novel, Waverley, which he had begun in 1805, was published anonymously in 1814. Subsequent novels appeared with the note “by the author of Waverley”; hence his novels often are called collectively “the Waverley novels.” Some of the most famous of these are Old Mortality (1816), Rob Roy (1817), Ivanhoe (1819), Kenilworth (1821), and Quentin Durward (1823). In recognition of his literary work Scott was made a baronet in 1819. During his last years he held various official positions and published biographies, editions of Swift and Dryden, tales, lyric poetry, and various studies of history and antiquity. He died in 1832.
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Product Details

  • Series: Signet Classics
  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451530519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451530516
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stuart W. Mirsky on February 21, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For those seeking the famous tale on which the recent film was based, this will sorely disappoint. This is Scott's tale of a young Englishman, son of a prosperous middle class businessman, who is sent to live with distant cousins in the north of England (just below the Scottish border) because of his failure to live up to his father's mercantile expectations of him. Here he becomes involved with all manner of intrigue and gets pulled into a vortex of events involving rebellion against the English crown, a scheming cousin, a beautiful girl and that famous Scottish outlaw and freedom fighter, Rob Roy.

But the outlaw, certainly the most interesting character in the tale, is only a side player so to speak, and makes a number of appearances, often in disguises (a favorite Scott motif), only to guide and/or rescue our blundering hero. This is most definitely not a tale of high adventure and derring do, and the complex and twisted intrigues of the plot do not sustain the book adequately.

For those who like period pieces or the works of the masters (and Scott was certainly one), this book might be okay. But this is one of those rare instances where the movie, based, at least on the face of it, on Scott's own preface to his book (in which he sketches out the life and times of the historical Rob Roy), is better.

And frankly the movie wasn't half bad; superior, in my view, to that other film of historical Scotland of the same production vintage Braveheart (Special Collector's Edition) with Mel Gibson. Oddly enough, the Rob Roy film (Rob Roy) did worse at the box office. Who can account for tastes?

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Patrick Killough on November 2, 2007
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Frank Osbaldistone, like Edward Waverley, is another young, weak Walter Scott dreamer male hero. In the novel ROB ROY Frank falls in love with Diana Vernon, an 18 year old orphan, a niece by marriage of his ferociously Jacobite Roman Catholic uncle, Sir Hildebrand Osbaldistone. Uncle Hildebrand and his six sons live a traditional early 18th century country squire life in Northumbrian England up against the border of Scotland.

But before meeting Diana or "Die," Frank returns to London from four years as an apprentice merchant on the Continent. His father, William Osbaldistone, destines Frank for a career prepping to be his successor. But Frank is a poet at heart and makes it clear that he will not serve.

In punishment, and to shape Frank up, his Protestant, pro-King George The First father ships Frank off to his younger brother Hildebrand -- Catholic, pro-The Old Pretender, James Stuart. Uncle Hildebrand's immensely learned, Jesuit-trained son Rashleigh is then invited to London to work for Frank's father.

Rashleigh's purpose is, however, evil: to rob his uncle in order to bring funds to Glasgow to help fund a planned 1715 invasion of Scotland by the exiled Old Pretender.

Meanwhile, young Frank Osbaldistone, residing in relative idleness and ease with his uncle and his five remaining loutish cousins in Osbaldistone Hall, has fallen for a fair niece of Uncle Hildebrand's deceased wife, 18 year old Diana Vernon.

By her father's will, Diana must either marry one of her cousins or join a nunnery. She is also very active in the 1715 plot to bring James Stuart back as the rightful King.
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By Delaware Taxpayer on May 15, 2014
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A very enjoyable book. Initially took a little effort to learn the terminology of the times and places. Once that was achieved the book is definitely a good read!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John R Harris on August 22, 2014
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Probably a good book for some but not my cup of tea as for the writing style.
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