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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 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

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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 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

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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 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


10 thoughts on “The Master of Ballantrae A Winter's Tale

  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

  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 plea

  3. says:

    Read this many many years ago but I enjoyed Master of Ballantrae so much with this second reading Robert Louis Stevenson cou

  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

  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

  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 surpr

  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 unreliabili

  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 Bibli

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    There are certain corners of the high brow literary establishment perhaps it's the London Review of Books where

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