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Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes [Kindle Edition]

Robert Louis Stevenson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer.

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  • File Size: 187 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJ81IA
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will my own 70-day walk become so fabled? September 7, 2011
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We all know RLS from childhood days, especially the classic "Treasure Island". We spend several months each year in New Zealand and have seen several documentaries about his later life in the South Sea Islands. Living in the French Pyrenees we havealso become aware of his"Travels with a Donkey", especially as we have friends who have followed his trail, which seems to be a bit of a tourist industry these days.

So we have been learning more about him. Now we find that his adventures were even closer to my own. Last year I walked at the age of 70 from my home in the French Pyrenees to the house of my birth in Blackpool. This walk of 70 days is the subject of my own book "Vic's Big Walk". I read "Travels with a Donkey" to find that he also walked through France, even though his walk was a mere 12 days (and I did not have a revolver under my pillow). There are even parallels with our own life in the religious wars which took place in the area he covers (we live in the heart of "Cathar Country".

I was a bit disappointed with some of the prejudices of this 22-year old, but I suppose they were a sign of the times. For instance when he is clearly admiring the comely Clarisse, a waitress at table on one of his stops. He waxes lyrical about "her great grey eyes, steeped in amorous languor", but then goes on to say that "with training" her face "offered the promise of delicate sentiment. It seemed pitiful to see so good a model left to country admirers and a country way of thought. Beauty should at least have touched upon society". What!

But a very enjoyable book, nevertheless. Would that my own 70-day walk could become so fabled. And that the book of the walk will be read a century later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it. October 20, 2013
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many wise and beautiful philosophies on life and friendships and the love and benifits of traveling in unfamiliar places and people you meet on the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes October 17, 2013
By pam
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A classic for sure. Humor, frustration and acceptance all come into play with this wonderfully written book. For anyone who has hiked, this is a must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites! March 13, 2014
By karenya
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Over the years I have bought several copies of this book to give as gifts or to replace copies I lent out and never got back. I love reading good travel journals and essays and this is one of my favorites. At best, I'm a superficial reviewer, so I trust that someone else will do a better job at that than I . . . so I'll just mention that in this all too brief narrative, there are beautifully lyrical passages and others supremely hilarious. Highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Adventuring with the man himself February 27, 2014
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I'm on a RLS reading binge having just completed the new historical fiction about him and his wife Fanny. (Sorry I don't remember the title or author but it was quite good!) Anyway, I'he downloaded all his major works including Travels with a Donkey. Being something of an adventurer myself, I loved traveling with this great author. His interactions with Modestine are hilarious and tender. He is so good at creating the characters we meet in the Cevennes; what an entertaining way to learn of the the region's religious history. I had difficulty understanding some of the more detailed passages -- and had to consult the built-in dictionary constantly -- but overall it was a very engaging book. On to Kidnapped, Treasure Island, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and other classic!
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Witty, brilliant travel book. I got it just after I booked a trip to walk The Stevenson Trail through the Cevennes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A rainy day read September 4, 2013
By PL
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More than a century later, quite a few entrepreneurs in the Cevennes area offer donkeys for rent to hike through and around the area: they capitalize on Stevenson's story. This is the legacy that tells us that the readers of every generation since have really enjoyed the story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Burro July 25, 2013
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Travels are not the same with out thinking of the Burro ahead of me. Enjoyable and fun to read. Get it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining trek with a famous writer and his infamous donkey
Beautiful prose about a very historically interesting part of the world. I read as a follow up to another donkey trek over the spiritual passage called, "The Way."
Published 9 months ago by Nole
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting insight
I'm a huge Steinbeck fan and this was said to be one of his favorite books. It gives an interesting insight to village life in France in the 19th Century, but also give insight... Read more
Published 11 months ago by C. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars To hell with Mercedes....
You can't go wrong with RLS. I would suggest that anyone new to his writing read this before launching into Robinson Crusoe because it will tell you a lot about what sort of a fine... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Cleveland Moffett
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip with an intelligent and sensitive fellow.
First, I'm biased: RLS is someone I connect with. He is able to create a mood and very companionable spirit when he writes of his travels that I find hard to define but which I... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars RL Stevenson's travels in Southern France
I'm biased because my wife and I spent a wonderful holiday walking for 5 weeks in some of the same areas Stevenson travelled in. Read more
Published 13 months ago by David H
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't know Stevenson had it in him
This is just a fun read. I didn't know much about Robert Louis as a person but, I always liked him as an author. This book was a surprise to me and of course the price was right.
Published 13 months ago by W. J. Henderson
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