Rob Roy is a captivating novel of chivalry and romance set in the Scottish Highlands of the 18th century.
After rejecting the life his father has laid out for him, Frank Osbaldistone is sent to the North of England to live with his Uncle, where he is to repent his sins. However, when his father's wealth and reputation are threatened, he is drawn to the Scottish Highlands, where he must retrieve a set of stolen documents. It is here that he is pulled into a number of skirmishes relating to the Jacobite uprising of 1715, and where his path frequently crosses with the mysterious maverick outlaw known as Rob Roy....
Scott's portrayal of Scotland is remarkable in its vivid and evocative panorama of the highlands, and his insightful exploration of social, economic, and historic themes.
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Despite being a Scot myself, I very much doubt that I could have stayed with this novel on paper - there is a vast amount of Scottish dialect to get to grips with! But the narrator is magnificent and opens up the whole story with his renditions of the different characters - the fussy baillie Nichol Jarvie, the young Francis Osbaldiston and his ferociously stern father, beautiful Diana Vernon and Rob Roy himself. It's a marvellous window on Scotland at the time of the Jacobites with King George's redcoats scouring Scotland for supporters of the Stewart kings. The poverty and toughness of the people at that time is fascinating . Also a seriously terrifying villain in Rashley Osbaldiston! It's quite challenging and needs concentration but all credit to the narrator who is terrific.
It is a little slow to start but stick with it for an extraordinary romp with political asides which have become more relevant today when we have a Scotland once again rebelling against English power. The hero had charm, a poet manque banished by his father to his huntin' and fishin' Northumbrian uncle. The villains are truly villainous, and the chilling end of one of them made my flesh creep. The Scots dialect is worth decoding - it's very often saying the unsayable in polite society. I really liked the mysterious heroine too, And a Rob Roy himself is a character to rival Long John Silver.
I chose this book after reading Graham Greens Travels with my Aunt in which Scots Rob Roy is regularly quoted.
The story is a fast paced adventure with a curious and not overly likable central character Frank Osbaldeston (not Rob Roy) in fact I began to think I had the wrong book as Rob Roy does not officialy arrive on the scene until over half way through the story. Glad I've read it, hard going at times wlthrough some of the scottish dialect sections but reasonably enjoyable.
"Scots dialect immersion"
The story line follows (and is narrated by) a young man who goes to Northumberland to straighten out his father's business and family affairs. There he gets entangled with a gaggle of male cousins, and one alluring female companion, and is eventually dragged north into Scotland where he encounters the outlaw and folk hero Rob Roy. The book has two definite halves, where the first is somewhat relaxed and tame, while the second is high-octane duels, chases, military engagements, and suspense at every turn. Some great depictions of Highland scenery and folk customs.
The performance is excellent, and especially the voices used to portray both the north-country English, as well as the Scots dialects. The dialogue in Scots is well-nigh gibberish; one can gather a word here or there, sometimes a sentence. This is not the reader's fault, it was written in this way by Scott, and short of translating to English, one cannot do better. There are a few chapters where the entire dialogue, for many minutes on end, is in Scots and those drag on interminably, with very little comprehension going on. The charm of the accent is lost if it is consumed in too great a quantity.
"Where is Rob Roy?"
6 hours I to the book and no Rob Roy. Tedious story with no point.
"Worst book in 64 years."
Hey, I am from Scotland, How could I dislike this book??
There is not one reason, you should consider this book, unless you want to flog yourself, or you work at the Tower of London. It is that bad.
No, it's worse than bad.
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