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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

Given my name, I have always had this on my reading list, just never got to it. What surprised me is that though Rob Roy is portrayed in the novel, it isn’t about him. His portrayal is that of the “Robin Hood” of Scotland, high minded, fearless, and a man of honor. Intertwined with the story line...more

"Rob Roy" is my first Walter Scott novel, but I became a quick fan as I was entangled in his writing style, which focuses more on verbose and intricate language than it does on a straight-forward plot. I'm sure this style would be a turn-off to many readers, but it was right up my alley. The desc...more

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, b...more

First a warning: the movie “Rob Roy” has little to do with the novel “Rob Roy,” except that they share the titular character. I was 250 pages into this book before I finally realized this was the case. I wouldn’t want the rest of you to make a similar error.

The story is a bit complicated. The bo...more

The protagonist in Rob Roy is Francis Osbaldistone not the title character!(Makes a better name,Roy)Francis a spoiled son of a rich London businessman,who would rather write poetry than work for his father.Sent to his uncle's estate as punishment in northern England,bordering simmering Scotland.H...more

I enjoyed this book. Francis Osbaldistone is a sympathetic hero who would rather be a poet than work in his father's commercial firm. He is sent from London to live in his uncle's castle in the north of England and has many adventures in the Lowlands and Highlands of Scotland. Rob Roy, the title...more

”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 t...more

This wasn't quite what I was expecting. I've given it four stars as I really like Walter Scott and I enjoyed the style. However Rob Roy himself is a marginal character. It is through Frances' eyes we see the story and I found him to be a bland and not especially engaging character. His observatio...more

To say the truth this book is a bit difficult to read as the plot takes shape pretty slowly and the complex ways in which Sir Walter Scott narrates the tale adds to the difficulty. The Scottish dialect which the book uses also will take a bit of time to get used to. But still i enjoyed reading th...more

3,5*! Uma história de aventuras, intrigas e traições, mas por vezes um pouco confusa... Ainda assim, como gosto de clássicos, foram umas horas bem passadas! :)

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