- Paperback: 194 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 146373011X
- ISBN-13: 978-1463730116
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,646,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Master of Ballantrae Paperback – September 12, 2013
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''If a strong story, strongly told, full of human interest, and absolutely original in its situations, makes a masterpiece, then this may lay claim to the title.'' --Sir Arthur Conan Doyle --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Stevenson's brooding historical romance demonstrates his most abiding theme--the elemental struggle between good and evil--as it unfolds against a hauntingly beautiful Scottish landscape, amid the fierce loyalties and violent enmities that characterized Scottish history. When two brothers attempt to split their loyalties between the warring factions of the 1745 Jacobite rising, one family finds itself tragically divided. Stevenson's remarkably vivid characterizations create an acutely moving, psychologically complex work; as Andrea Barrett points out in her Introduction, "The brothers' characters, not the historical facts, shape the drama."
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But the Master is not dead, nor does he die at several other opportune moments. He seems to have nine lives and with each one he comes back to haunt and torment his brother. Honestly, to read of his constant villainy juxtaposed with his power to beguile and deceive gave me the shivers. And it made the book very hard to put down.
This novel has something for all readers. A sweeping tale of sibling rivalry, adventure, derring do, romance, greed and mystery. The story unfolds over many years and takes place in Scotland and the American wilderness.
The classic tale of the brothers Durie, narrated through the eyes of their stalwart Steward Ephraim Mackellar.
Read this as the free edition without issues. Thoroughly entertained throughout. Time well spent.
I found this book to be an enjoyable read. It was very dramatic book and filled with so much action that it was hard to put down. However, the drama was so over the top that it often felt cartoonish for me and this detracted from the message (which I thought was rather clever). I would have preferred more nuanced characters, but the two brothers were portrayed in such extreme ways that I found them unrealistic (and I realize that the author’s intention was to highlight the extremes). The most interesting parts of the book were the glimmers of complexity in their characters and I wish there had been more of this. Despite it’s weaknesses, I enjoyed reading this book and definitely worth the read for those who like Victorian era adventures.