Ambientato in Scozia negli anni delle guerre civili che seguirono la rivolta giacobita del 1745, Il ragazzo rapito (1886) è un romanzo d’avventura che ha per protagonista un giovane intrepido e franco, David Balfour, fiero di partecipare a vicende che coinvolgono uomini temerari, e di cavarsela lottando con loro da pari a pari, proprio come Jim nell’Isola del tesoro e Dick nella Freccia nera. Stevenson dispiega nella narrazione i suoi temi più tipici: l’appartenenza a civiltà diverse, adombrata nello scontro tra presbiteriani e cattolici; la figura dell’adolescente orfano alle prese con parenti rapaci; il ruolo provvidenziale del mentore che qui veste i panni di un romantico fuorilegge, Alan Breck, su cui David saggerà la propria coscienza morale e con cui instaurerà un legame profondo e duraturo nonostante le diverse fedi politiche e religiose. Storia picaresca in forma di autobiografia, direttamente ispirata dalla lettura dell’Huckleberry Finn di Mark Twain, Il ragazzo rapito è un inno ai valori della lealtà e dell’amicizia fraterna al di là delle barriere ideologiche.
- ISBN: 8811361737
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 304
You are seventeen Mr. David Balfour, alone in the world of 1751, in troubled Scotland, a futile bloody revolt was crushed a few years ago, by England, the parents are no more, father never spoke about his family, or the distant past , the poor, quiet introvert, a widowed school master, of the lowlan Leggi tutto
"I have seen wicked men and fools, a great many of both, and I believe they both get paid in the end, but the fools first." We find ourselves in Bonny old Scotland - circa June 1751 - King George and the red-coats rule this empire. Following on from the Jacobite Revolution; we are introduced to an i Leggi tutto
While Stevenson’s Kidnapped was not quite as strong a work as either Treasure Island or his incredibly gripping The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , it was such an exciting, action-packed, genuinely fun adventure story that I couldn’t help but love it. Set in 1751, it features such thrilling Leggi tutto
This is in the olden days when there wasn’t anything except boats and cows. No phones, no movies, nothing. Who would want to live there, right? But see some people did, and they had to or we wouldn't be here with all our stuff. They had to like go without so we could rock and roll. That's deep. So fo Leggi tutto
Kidnapped is a young adult adventurous story. The protagonist, the young David Balfour, having become an orphan, takes on a journey to find his uncle seeking support and fortune. Little he knows of the adventure that he is to embark on, upon meeting his uncle. David is a likable hero. Throughout his Leggi tutto
”The woman’s face lit up with a malignant anger. ‘That is the house of Shaw!’ she cried. ‘Blood built it; blood stopped the building of it; blood shall bring it down. See here!’ she cried again---’I spit upon the ground, and crack my thumb at it! Black be its fall!’” David Balfour’s father has died, Leggi tutto
Why haven't I read more Stevenson? Perhaps because from what I can tell his writing feels as remote and cold as the Scottish Isles. It can be beautiful in its way, but you often forget it's there in favor of more popular destinations with more color and pizzazz. In a way, Kidnapped feels a little li Leggi tutto
I read an illustrated and abridged version of this when I was a kid. Now reading the unabridged version as an adult I really liked it. The story is solid, the characters are meaningful and interact well, and the plot was good and comprehensible. There is nothing deep or subliminal about this. That's Leggi tutto
"Alan," cried I, "what makes ye so good to me? What makes ye care for such a thankless fellow?" "'Deed and I don't know," said Alan. "For just precisely what I thought I liked about ye, was that ye never quarrelled--and now I like ye better!" Historical fiction, an adventure story, but also a great "b Leggi tutto
I don't know how the rest of young David Balfour's life turns out, but his early adventures where amazing. Set in 18th century Scotland during the Jacobite period, David, a loyalist to King George, and his friend Alan Stewart, a Jacobite, seemingly travel the entirety of the Scottish Highlands hidin Leggi tutto
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