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Rob Roy

Sir Walter Scott

Book Overview: 

Rob Roy is a historical novel by Walter Scott. It is narrated by Frank Osbaldistone, the son of an English merchant who travels first to the North of England, and subsequently to the Scottish Highlands to collect a debt stolen from his father. On the way he encounters the larger-than-life title character of Rob Roy MacGregor. Though Rob Roy is not the lead character (in fact the narrative does not move to Scotland until half way through the book) his personality and actions are key to the development of the novel.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I had formed an erroneous idea of my father's character, from the importance which I recollected I maintained with him and his whole family before I went to France. I was not aware that there are men who indulge their children at an early age, because to do so interests and amuses them, and who can yet be sufficiently severe when the same children cross their expectations at a more advanced period. On the contrary, I persuaded myself, that all I had to apprehend was some temporary alienation of affection—perhaps a rustication of a few weeks, which I thought would rather please me than otherwise, since it would give me an opportunity of setting about my unfinished version of Orlando Furioso, a poem which I longed to render into English verse. I suffered this belief to get such absolute possession of my mind, that I had resumed my blotted papers, and was busy in meditation on the oft-recurring rhymes of the Spenserian. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Another classic Scottish historical read very well written and documented on the tale of the outlaw who was made a hero

The Wikipedia article for this book describes part of the plot as " In between hours in the library with Die, he converses with Andrew Fairservice and learns much about goings on at the Hall."

It does feel like hours, even when reading. The characters discuss politics, the situation, love, life, busi

Walter Scott's most popular book along with Ivanhoe and the reason for this I think is obvious, especially to those who - like me - have read more than two books of his. Not that his other books are less good, and that this book is so much exceptional, is just that all the elements that make the gre

The protagonist in the novel Rob Roy is Francis Osbaldistone (an unappealing moniker) not the title character! The famous criminal, he was a cattle thief has been written about many times before but who has ever heard of this man , ( makes a better name, Rob Roy too). Francis a spoiled son of a rich

”No truth in plaids, no faith in tartan trews,
Camelion-like, they change a thousand hues.”

I remember when I was taking a Jane Austen survey class in college that while doing some research I came across this great quote she wrote about Walter Scott as a novelist. “Walter Scott has no business

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