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    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

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    I approached my rereading of The Master of Ballantrae with some trepidation It was a book I adored when I was v

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    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 t

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    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 r

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    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

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    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 Blac

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    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 i

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    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 Bib

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G yet horrifying studies of evil in nineteenth century fiction James Durie Master of Ballantrae The Master is about his infective influence on his younger less attract. 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 Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose yet horrifying studies of evil in nineteenth century fiction James Durie Master of Ballantrae The Master is about his infective influence on his Dangerous Melody (Treasure Seekers younger less attract. 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

Summary The Master of Ballantrae A Winter's Tale

The Master of Ballantrae A Winter's Tale

Ive brother Henry; on Henry's wife Alison; and on those narrators whom Stevenson so skilfully employs to present their experiences of this charming ruthless and evil m. 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 fianc e 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 fianc e 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 fianc e 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 Red 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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 fianc e 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 Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, 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

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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. 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