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Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Travels With a Donkey is regarded as a classic of travel writing and an early inspiration for the idea of long-distance walking for pleasure - many a modern traveler follows the Stevenson Trail, now part of France's national network of long-distance walking routes.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I asked one of the children where I was.  At Bouchet St. Nicolas, he told me.  Thither, about a mile south of my destination, and on the other side of a respectable summit, had these confused roads and treacherous peasantry conducted me.  My shoulder was cut, so that it hurt sharply; my arm ached like toothache from perpetual beating; I gave up the lake and my design to camp, and asked for the auberge.


The auberge of Bouchet St. Nicolas was among the least pretentious I have ever visited; but I saw many more of the like upon my journey.  Indeed, it was typical of these French highlands.  Imagine a cottage of two stories, with a bench before the door; the stable and kitchen in a suite, so that Modestine and I could hear each other dining; furniture of the plainest, earthern floors, a single bedchamber for travellers, and that without any convenience but beds.  In the kitchen cooking and eating go forward side by side, and. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Every book is, in an intimate sense, a circular letter to the friends of him who writes it. They alone take his meaning; they find private messages, assurances of love, and expressions of gratitude, dropped for them in every corner. The public is but a generous patron who defrays the postage.

In the


The literary trip to the Cévennes in France with Robert Louis Stevenson was a nightmare. I finished the book last evening and hoped it would turn out to be just a bad dream but nope, it still exists.

What I expected was a hilarious travelogue which inspired John Steinbeck to wr

Robert Louis Stevenson writes here of his 12-day, 120-mile hike in the Cévennes, an area located at the south-eastern edge of the Massif Central region of central, southern France. He was twenty-seven and the year was 1878. His sole companion was a jenny, a female donkey, called Modestine. It was sh

Since I love hiking, camping under the stars, France, and RLS, this book was for me. I've even hiked with a burro as pack animal, so I feel Mr. Stevenson's pain that regard. I love RLS's lucid character descriptions and general love of and tolerance of humanity in all its forms, and I am working my

(2.5) I think I decided this was a must-read because I so love Christopher Rush’s recreation of the travels in To Travel Hopefully. The problem with the original is that there doesn’t seem to be any particular reason for walking 120 miles in 12 days with a donkey as one’s pack animal and traveling c

I had this book on my shelves for one or two years. Few days ago, after finishing Walden by Thoreau, I picked it up… just because it was small ! And what an interesting reading after Walden :
Two men living for a certain time in the nature. There are similar ways of living their adventures, similar t

Non so perché Stevenson, che è sempre stato cagionevole di salute, abbia deciso di intraprendere questo viaggio proprio in autunno e non in una stagione più mite, ma i dodici giorni trascorsi nelle Cevenne in sua compagnia (e di Modestine) sono stati una continua meraviglia.
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Robert Louis Stevenson’s account of his 12 day hike through the Cévennes mountains in Southern France, accompanied only by his determined and sometimes stubborn donkey Modestine.

This little book shares the adventures of Robert Louis Stevenson and his donkey Modestine during their journey through the Cevennes region of France. RLS had no donkey-driving experience before this trip, and if I had endured his terrible first days in person, I would have run screaming into the for

Small time in Florac. Time to read again this book. With Modestine (the dunkey) He crossed this poor and austere area from the north catholic Gévaudan to the South Protestant Cevennes. He delivers to us very fine observation on people and country. Especially, his glance on inhabitant's opinion is ve

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