“The story of David Balfour who is kidnapped by sailors and the adventures that arise. I foudn part of the story dragged, especially when David starts travelling around the countryside.”Rachel H wrote this review Friday, December 9, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I never liked it much and can't understand why it's so popular. It definitely isn't a masterpiece, although makes good for one time read. So David wants his inheritance and his uncle just won't let him. Thus, starts the long struggle- kidnapped, put on a ship for slavery, finds himself in the highlands of Scotland and finally(!) gets his due. Or does he? :) ”Saranga S wrote this review Thursday, December 8, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjoyed it at first, but it took me about 3 months to read, just couldn't get into it.”Nay wrote this review Wednesday, December 7, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It is a very good book about a boy who wants to find places to go and see the world and he runs into all sorts of trouble. He sure sees a lot. What a good book if you are interested in this sort of thing. Loved it a lot!”I<3books*Kathy wrote this review Wednesday, November 30, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Kidnapped follows a young male who is put to see by his Uncle who is hogging his rightful inheritance. This adventure then sees him shipwrecked and becoming a fugitive in the highlands of Scotland with a wanted man. He finally gets to someone who can help him and restores his family's title and wealth. Quite a long story and I found it quite hard-going.”Sherri L wrote this review Monday, November 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The rousing tale of young David Balfour set in Scotland during the 1750s. After the death of his father David sets out to find his way in life. He seeks out his uncle only to be sold into slavery on a ship bound for the colonies. His journey of treachery and deceit takes him through the highlands of Scotland and through many dangerous adventures until he finally claims his heritage. David's coming of age and into his inheritance is a tribute to his character and perseverance through many trails. Although Stevenson's language can be a challenge for modern readers this exciting tale is worth the effort. ”Iceangel9 wrote this review Thursday, November 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“didn't understand all of the historical stuff going on, but not terrible....good ending”Brittany Petrelli wrote this review Sunday, November 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very good book and should still be reccommended reading for school kids.”Larry Cook wrote this review Monday, October 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Preview of Kidnapped Summary:
Unlike most Victorians, Stevenson considered the romance a valid literary form. He claimed that the form provided mental relief from the pressures of everyday life and felt that romances needed to be written as carefully as any other type of literature. Thus, while Kidnapped may seem to be merely a good adventure story at first, it also should be appreciated for its substantial literary value.
The adventures of David Balfour in Kidnapped proceed along a wild but understandable course; the plot is symmetrical and easy to follow. David loses his parents, leaves home to learn about his inheritance, is kidnapped to keep him from that birthright, and spends much of the book trying to get back home so that he can obtain his due.
What sets this adventure story apart from so many others are the little touches that illuminate character. ”