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If you have not read Kidnapped, do so, for I wager you will enjoy the adventure and romance as much all of us who have done so before you.
I assume you've read Catriona, the sequel. Not as good, but Kidnapped is so wonderful to 'live' in for a time that I was pretty well primed for any sequel, and Catriona is a pretty good story of its own.
I did enjoy Catriona but funnily enough I have not returned to it though it's prequel I have done so many times. I think on reflection, it comes down to not having that flight in nthe heather with the man who bears a King's name, though of course the Bass Rock incidents kept me engrossed in the adventure.
I just checked the touchstone to David Balfour, which takes you to Kidnapped. However, unless I am mistaken it is not the same book.
Catriona starts off on the very day that Kidnapped finishes.
Nonetheless they are both excellent at what they do. Scott is much more thorough. Stevenson is more swashbuckling.
I love them both.
Waverley is just brilliant with a big W. Rob Roy is also excellent.
My sense is that Ivanhoe is often the one of Scott's works that folks in the US know, possibly because stories of chivalry and knighthood are more generally popular than stories of The Fifteen or The Forty-Five.
I find Waverley and Rob Roy to be equally enjoyable Scott works, and, of the two, would start with Rob Roy simply because of the historical chronology (this recommendation has nothing to do with my LT name, btw). The Bride of Lammermoor is probably an easier intro to Scott if you've not read much from this period. You need to read all three eventually, along with The Heart of Midlothian, my personal favorite.
Regardless, you do have to adjust to an early 19th century idea of the novel. English usage is, of course, a bit archaic, and the amount of detail is more than most modern readers are accustomed to.
FWIW - here are links to lists of Scott's fictional works (often referred to as "The Waverley Novels", chronological by setting and by publication.
PS - don't get too hung up over the term "Waverley Novel" in reference to Scott's works. This usage was so common in the 19th c. that it eventually came to be applied by many publishers to any/all of his fictional works.
You will enjoy it, I'm certain of it, if you took pleasure from Kidnapped.
Except for a few minor differences I find this as much a continuation of Scott's Waverly novels as much as anything.
There is without question, an appreciate of Scott in Stevenson's work. And Huzzah to that! :-)
LesMis, I'd love to hear from you about your visit. The Trust reports 12 million pounds spent on preservation and restoration of the building, the library, and other Scott collections.
Ha, yes, well we all suffer from that when we read of the exploits of others. Today I took the hire car for a spin up Loch Lomond to Fort William and headed west and visited the Glenfinnan Monument, a very important place in Scottish History. Next stop was Mallaig with beautiful views across the sound to Skye and the Cuillins. On the return instead of going back again through Glencoe, I headed west out to Oban and down towards Argyle, coming through Inveraray and Arrochar before returning to Loch Lomond and down to Glasgow. A great wee trip, evoking fond memories. Ben Nevis was fully capped in snow today and was as impressive as I ever remember it. For other reasons this has been a sad trip for me, but these outings have been therapeutic. One thing they have done is to spur me on to reading more Scott!
Check out La Légende de David (From "L'enlèvement de David Balfour") Kidnapped by Vladimir Cosma, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande on Amazon Music