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Yes, I think your review highlights an issue that other author's suffered from at the hands of crtitics regarding the comprehensive nature of Scott's style. Hugo suffered the same damnations for writing Les Miserables and having the audacity of writing fulsomely on the Battle of Waterloo.
I often remind myself that Scout was a complete literary superstar in his era and regardless of what his critics say, his readers loved him and lapped up his works.
Nice review by the way.
I am unsure how predisposed you are to read digital texts, nonetheless should that be not wholly unfavourable, I would recommend Waverley which I love. Here is a list of various places where it can be accessed.
I also unreservedly recommend for accuracy and superior formatiing, Delphi Classics digital editions. You can get at amazon or on the website here. the dedicated website often has an offer on the go, usually bottom left of homepage.
Scott is here http://www.delphiclassics.com/shop/sir-walter-scott/
In traditional book form, you may wish to start with Rob Roy, which I am also reading. I am only on chapter 11 or so, so not too much of the way into it. It might be worth reading together and having a bit of a chin wag at the close?
Whatever choice, enjoy!
BTW, I'm reading these for enjoyment and one follows closely on the next, so while I know I was at Preston Pans I can't tell you in whose company. Likewise, I've stood toe-to-toe with the enemy at Bothwell Brigg but I can't tell you who was beside me. However, I can tell you with whom I helped hang Jocko Porteus. But you'll have to read The Heart of Midlothian to find out.
I wish I knew more about the geography of Scott's Scotland.