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The Master of Ballantrae A Winter's Tale

Set in Scotland during the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion in the exotic French Indies and in the North American wilderness the story has as its hero one of the most compellin I approached my r

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  1. says:

    Gosh I love RLS He was the man Adventure intrigue travel romance gothic suspensegosh I love RLS He would have made a terrific screenwriter during cinema's golden age all swash and buckle This ripping yarn just doesn't let you leave You may pretend you're working or gardening or conversing with others during your everyday boring life but really you're just thinking about the Brothers Durie Which one is really good and which one is really evil?This specific edition is from 1968 perfect year for Sean Connery and Oliver Reed to play the siblings and is large type for those who need extra help If you don't need the extra help for the eyes it's kinda weird but perfect really because this baby will knock about your bag and car and bus and will wind up very well thumbed I'd like a leather bound edition just so I can watch it sitting on my shelf RLS Two Duries in DurrisdeerOne to stay and one to rideAn ill day for the groomAnd a worse day for the brideBook Season Winter snow flurries and sword fights


  2. says:

    I approached my rereading of The Master of Ballantrae with some trepidation It was a book I adored when I was very young and it’s always a risky business revisiting bookish old flames like old flames of any kindI’m pleased to report that the novel stood up to revisitation uite triumphantly I have a better knowledge of the literary context now and I enjoyed picking up on the echoes of James Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner use of invented documents and memoirs as a narrative means; doomed pairing of contrasted brothers; theme of destiny vs free will; motifs of a night duel and an uncanny exhumation There are also echoes of Stevenson’s own Jekyll and Hyde written three years earlier to the extent that the two Durie brothers the devilish mercurial James and the stolid brooding Henry can seem unhappily yoked parts of a single conflicted whole perhaps in a Scott like way representative of Scotland’s divided identity the novel is set in the aftermath of the ’45 uprising in which James Durie fights and is initially thought lostThe plot of the novel is highly melodramatic and exotic in the spirit of romance In addition to Ballantrae on the south west coast of Scotland its settings include a primitive traders’ New York and the wilderness of the Adirondacks where the dramatic last chapters of the novel take place and where Stevenson first conceived of the novel in a stay in an experimental tuberculosis sanatorium in 1887 The characters include a highly “orientalised” Hindu retainer Secundra Dass and the novel finds time for a small but perfectly formed Caribbean pirate narrative told in an inset narrative by the rollicking Irish soldier of fortune Chevalier Francis BurkeAll this riot of color is kept expertly under control throughout most of the novel by the dry methodical prose of the chief narrator the steward Ephraim Mackellar through whose unreliably partisan eyes we see most of the events of the novel For long stretches in between the action scenes the novel is a kind of chamber piece charting the changing relationships between a tight family knot of characters the brothers Henry and James the Master of the title; their father the old laird unwitting cause of their rivalry through his favoritism; Allison Graeme their cousin who loves James and married Henry; and Mackellar himself Although our attention is directed principally towards the depicted characters the romantic doomed Durie family Mackellar himself is pivotal to the effect of the novel Despite the prissy old maidish elements in his characterization he is far from lacking in passion as his fierce devotion to the put upon Henry Durie shows Nor is he uite secure from the Master’s demonic seductions however clearly he sees through his Byronic performances One of the most interesting and destabilizing passages in the novel set significantly on a ship heading across the Atlantic sees our trusty narrator half beginning to fall prey despite himself to the Master’s charms After a long time of being consigned to the dusty dressing up box of the “adventure novel” I have a sense that Stevenson is now taken much seriously by literary criticism as a forerunner of modernism or post modernism I think that’s right—although it doesn’t stop his novels from being immensely enjoyable on a straight adventure novel level as my adolescent self can attest I’ve also always loved Stevenson as a stylist I came to this novel after Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters with its placid leisurely prose and I found his terseness uite thrilling by contrast Stevenson has the meta narrator figure in his preface—the man who publishes the found manuscript of Mackellar—refuse to embellish the style on the grounds that “there is nothing so noble as baldness” It’s typical of Stevenson’s sprezzatura to frame a stylistic manifesto in such a nobly bald way


  3. says:

    Read this many many years ago but I enjoyed Master of Ballantrae so much with this second reading Robert Louis Stevenson could spin an entertaining taleThis 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 wildernessThe 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


  4. says:

    Christmas came early this year A whole set of uncut Robert Louis Stevenson books RLS This is better than coffee ice cream meat pies and pecan rolls ShazamI have already reviewed the story itself here so I will use this review for the actual physical book As we increasingly turn to e books in the current century it is always a pleasure to hold a book which was made when printing presses were considered to be state of the art and most folks couldn't even afford a book let alone a setThose Scribner sons did a mighty fine job with this volume Red cloth with gold lettering and the type of paper one doesn't see any This is a well brought up book the kind you can introduce to others with pride Gorgeous The previous owners took good care of this baby and I hope to continue the traditionBook Season Winter it's a winter's tale


  5. says:

    Free download available at eBooksAdelaideThis book is being discussed by the 19th Century Literature Yahoo GroupThis is the story of two brothers set during after the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 often referred to as the Forty five in Scotland India America An incident in the rebellion of 1746 by David MorierThe narrator of this book is done by Mackellar the loyal steward to the Durie of Durisdeer family which consists of an old lord and this two sons James the Master of Ballantrae and Henry Another relative Miss Alison Graeme also lives with the familyThe two brothers have opposite trends James supports Bonnie Prince Charlie and goes and fights for the Jacobites while Henry stays at home to keep favor of King George II In this way whichever side wins the family’s estate will be preservedOnce the Rising fails the Master is reported dead and Henry becomes the heir of the estate Living without glory brings no happiness to the surviving brother The End of the 'Forty Five' Rebellion William Brasse Hole's original etching The End of the 'Forty Five' Rebellion depicts the final chapter of the 1745 Highland Rebellion led by Prince Charles Edward and the retreat of his defeated troops Fatigue hunger and despair accompany the wounded troopsHowever a turmoil in the story will happen once Coronel Francis Burke arrives bringing letters from the MasterIn order to avoid spoilers I will stop my review hereA movie was made based on this book The Master of Ballantrae 1953 with Errol Flynn Roger Livesey Anthony Steel as well as three TV series The Master of Ballantrae 1962– ; The Master of Ballantrae 1975– ; and The Master of Ballantrae 1984For those interested in reading a biography about the author there are at least two interesting books on this subject Fanny Stevenson A Romance of Destiny 1993 by Alexandra Lapierre and Under the Wide and Starry Sky 2013 by Nancy Horan see my review here However it should be noticed that both books are fictionalized biographies For a complete list of RLS's biographies please visit the author's websiteThe Battle of Culloden in fictionDragonfly in Amber by Diana GabaldonThe Jacobite Trilogy by DK BrosterWaverley by Walter ScottThe Scottish Thistle by Cindy VallarCulloden by John Prebble


  6. says:

    I just watched the wonderful 50s adaptation of this starring a debonair but slightly long in the tooth Errol Flynn awesome action awesome Technicolor if the book is half as fun I need to read it soon so fast paced and full of surprises plus a new favorite character the French pirate an effete dandy and killer with a badass scar on his face to provide a nice contrast to his stylish outfits so dreamy and now I'm wondering if Black Sails was renewed for a second season I sure hope so


  7. says:

    This story of two brothers and an enmity that destroys their family is a great tale Somewhat gothic a little swashbuckling and definitely tragic this is my favourite tale by RLS so far The plot is or less straightforward but Stevenson spices it up a bit by mixing in a few points of view thus introducing varying levels of unreliability in the narrators Our main tale teller is the somewhat school marmish Ephraim Mackellar the major domo and factotum of Henry Durie younger and less favoured son of the Lord of Durrisdeer in Scotland The elder son the charismatic and dissolute adventurer James the titular ‘Master of Ballantrae’ or Mr Bally as he is often later called decides to spurn his father brother and fiancée in order to go off and fight for Bonnie Prince Charlie in the 1745 rebellion leaving his younger brother to be the ‘loyalist’ son who manages the estate As the rebellion crumbles and the elder son is presumed dead the staid younger brother is left to inherit the title and his elder brother’s fiancée living forever in the shadow of his ‘heroic’ elder brother and or less spurned by his family and tenants with only the loyal Mackellar to act as ally and friendOf course it turns out that tales of the elder Durie’s death were somewhat exaggerated and years later he walks into the midst of an already strained family like a ticking timebomb of resentment scorn and trouble All seem to favour the dissipated elder son who plays the affable friend and hard done by hero in the presence of his father and former fiancée now his sister in law but acts as a merciless scourge to his brother when they are alone Only Mackellar witnesses this double nature of the Master and it leaves the long suffering and somewhat dull witted Henry at his wit’s end not a great distance for him really We learn about the Master’s somewhat dubious adventures with pirates through the writings of Colonel Francis Burke a former compatriot of his during both the rebellion and their subseuent exile which he sends to Mackellar long after the events of the book proper have ended and which become a part of the narrative he pieces together to commemorate the feud that defined his life and the fall of the family he served The picture painted of the Master by the pens of both Mackellar and Burke is not exactly complimentary but one cannot deny that the man has style cunning and a certain rash appeal for all of his many failings Things come to a head for the brothers in a spectacular and somewhat unexpected event that leads to the Master once again disappearing and Henry somewhat regaining his place in the eyes of his family The story continues with twists and turns as the Master’s adventures off stage are again given a shadowy outline by Burke’s pen and on his next return to the family estate he is subject to an unexpected maneuver by his brother and his family that leads them to the final stages of their fraternal enmity which are played out to their tragic end in the New World under the eyes of Mackellar The plot was definitely entertaining and well told but I think the characters are what made the book Mackellar and the Master get center stage with the former for all his dweebishness and watery puritan sensibilities being an affable narrator probably most admirable not only for his loyalty to his master Henry but for his surprising ability to appreciate the allure of the rakish Master of Ballantrae Or perhaps he is just showing his own human weakness for the intriguing Byronic villain who seems eual parts Milton’s Satan and 18th century dandy Admittedly the younger brother Henry doesn’t uite come up to these two characters seeming little than a foil to first his brother and then his own rash pride and self satisfaction but he plays his part of the story well It may not have giants or true love but the story has almost everything else fencing fighting psychological torture revenge monsters of self love chases escapes and apparent miracles Definitely a recommended read


  8. says:

    11 SEP 2014 lovely cover Background info for the Rising of '45 SEP 2014 Jacob is Esau and Esau is Jacob Interesting play on the Biblical story 15 SEP 2014 this is definitely than a boys' adventure tale Except for the difficult for me at least written brogue I am enjoying this novel Of course I already do not like the Master one single bit 16 SEP 2014 today I discovered the new depths of evil the Master is capable of reaching Argh When will Henry stand up to his brother? 16 SEP 2014 Dagny commented that evil is fun I agreed with this comment Agreed Dagny But the Master is not Susan Lucci evil he is Hanibal Lecter nasty evil Oh I am putting that in my review16 SEP 2014 Well It is about damn time Henry has finally stood up to the Master struck him right in the mouth Made me laugh out loud I have a feeling this is not going to end well for either man 17 SEP 2014 Lazarus You know what? I am only 4 chapters from the end and I have no idea how I am going to get through this long day of work in order to resume reading after dinner tonight18 SEP 2014 I enjoyed The Master of Ballantrae tremendously My review is pending I do not want to give away spoilers


  9. says:

    There are certain corners of the high brow literary establishment perhaps it's the London Review of Books? where one is often reminded that RL Stevenson has a complex reputation; a bit than a writer of boys' own adventure stories perhaps Jules Verne merits the same treatment and is analogousIn any event I picked this up on whim when I stumbled into Dumbo's PS Books for the slightly silly reason that they didn't have anything I was really looking for but I like the people that work there and wanted to oblige them but not on that particular occasion to the tune of than 2My cheesy early 60s edition has a sort of romance cover illustration manly man wielding sword that looks like a fencing épée in defense of peroxided bouffant woman but one suspects that feuding Scots brothers in the 1750s and the woman in uestion didn't look much like that The dark family psychology that dominates the book is rather grim and there's not really much swashbuckling going on but it's ultimately uite gripping At one point the action switches to New York state where people from Albany are confusingly referred to as Albanians which has some historical interest There's also a lot implicit on the Scots side about the conflicts with England of the time which I knew nothing about and still don't some day


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