July 17, 2010

By: Robert Louis Stevenson
222 Pages (my copy)

Kidnapped by a rival heir (his Scrooge-like uncle), and destined to be sold in the colonies, teenager David Balfour is shipwrecked on the coast of his homeland, Scotland.

My Father-In-Law told me I had to read this book. So I did. I should have listened to that inner voice of mine when he read the description to me. This book is dark, violent, and not at all the kind of book I would voluntarily read. However, not having another book to read on hand and this book right here, I took a chance. It didn't pay off.

David Balfour is sent to The House of Shaws after the death of his Father. His mother having already died he was now an orphan. His arrival at the house was not a welcome one. Personally, I would've left the place alone when someone puts yet another curse on the house, in front of me. His meeting of his Uncle Ebenezer is also less than welcome when the Uncle sends David to retrieve something. In doing so, David must go up uneven stairs- in the dark- while trying to avoid falling to his death.

The arrival of a cabin boy bearing a letter for Uncle Ebenenezer has things go from bad to worse. What David doesn't know is that his Uncle has plans to get David on a boat that will take him to the Carolinas where he'll be sold into slavery. Nice! And I thought some of my family members were bad.

I wasn't able to finish the book. Once David landed on the ship I had a hard time staying interested. I have no interest in violent pirate tales where boys are murdered for not doing something correctly. And while I was told it ends on a much better note, I ceased to care. If you read it and enjoy it, more power to you.

Rating: Borrow It From The Library


Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read on July 18, 2010 at 1:29 AM said...

Interesting. Well, it's not the sort of book I'd pick up anyway. Not all books are good.

Jen on July 19, 2010 at 6:31 PM said...

you said it. he & i have different tastes in book. oh well, i tried. on to a new book!!

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