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Kidnapped

Author(s) : Robert Louis Stevenson

Kidnapped, an adventure story set in Scotland of 1751, describes the ordeal of an orphan, David Balfour.

David is tricked by his wicked uncle who arranges for him to be kidnapped and taken to America as a slave. Fortunately for David, the ship is wrecked on the Scottish coast. He escapes with the help of Alan Breck, a highlander who frequently travels secretly between Scotland and France.

On their way back, the two falsely accused of being responsible for a murder, escape as fugitives and find adventure, treachery and friendship.

R L Stevenson, weaves history and human emotion into high drama that makes Kidnapped one of his most memorable works.

Book Details

Robert Louis Stevenson is well-known for his skill in the revelation of his characters and plot, and his deep insight into the psychological aspects of human nature. This quality can be seen in a number of his stories, particularly The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, where he deals with the subject of split personalities with great sensibility. This brilliant piece of fiction continues to captivate the readers even after a hundred years of its publication.

Born in Edinburgh in 1850, Robert Louis (originally Lewis) Balfour Stevenson was the son of a wealthy civil engineer. His father wanted him to follow his profession, but since he did not keep good health, he could not do so. He went to Edinburgh University to study for the bar, but gave up as he preferred a life of travel and freedom. His keen interest in mixing with the people of the city's lower strata made him encounter characters which he portrayed in his books. It was in France, in 1876, that he met Fanny Osbourne, his future wife, senior to him by ten years. Some of his published works were An Inland Voyage (1978) and Travels with a Donkey in the Cervennes (1879). In 1883, his first full-length fiction, Treasure Island; appeared and was a great success. Inspired by a dream he had, he wrote The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 1886. He died in 1894 due to a brain haemorrhage, while working on his unfinished work Weir of Hermiston