- St. Ives: Being The Adventures of a French Prisoner in England by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Stevenson died after writing XXX chapters of St. Stevenson's oeuvre is fastidiously lush, precise, sophisticated, with deeply contextual character development and dialogue that leaves me breathless with anticipation for more. There's an abstractly beautiful love interest.
Did I mention that I'm a fan of 19th century prose?
Quiller-Couch doubtless had his merits as a 19th century writer. He ain't no Stevenson. Q-C's contribution to St. Ives lacks the prepossessing heartiness of Stevenson's dialogue and storyline. Q-C can't quite gin up the panache and persiflage that RLS animates on nearly every page.
Q-C makes a too sincere but unavailing effort to match the rural patois that Stevenson offers for the reader's delight. Q-C bungles the parlous adventures of the eponymous protagonist, injecting a wretched slapstick element that leads an RLS fan to transition uncomfortably into pursed-lips mode. Stevenson's prosaic mastery is, sadly, missing in the last VI chapters of St. Ives, and, therefore, ignorance shall be my penalty for closing this truncated masterpiece before I reached the end.
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Stevenson had written all but the very conclusion of this work at the time of his death. His stepdaughter had been serving as his secretary and was in possession of an outline for the ending. In order to conclude the story the publisher enlisted the tal From the creator of Treasure Island and Kidnapped, and written while he lived in Samoa, this was the author's last title.
In order to conclude the story the publisher enlisted the talents of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch who supplied the last few chapters.
St. Ives: Being The Adventures of a French Prisoner in England by Robert Louis Stevenson
Published May 29th by BiblioLife first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about St. Ives , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Feb 21, K. I know I read this at least once before, as I read my whole gorgeous set of RLS books that were once owned by my maternal grandfather. Despite that, didn't have much memory of this book at all. Such a fun sense of humor.
In my aforementioned gorgeous set dated , Charles Scribner's Sons there is the following editorial note: Stevenson's dictation by his step-daughter and amanuensis, Mrs. Strong, at intervals between Janu Re-read. About six weeks before his death he laid the story aside to take up the "Weir of Hermiston. Ives" which he had written the last few of them apparently unrevised brought the tale within sight of its conclusion, and the intended course of the remainder was known in outline to Mrs.
For the benefit of those readers who do not like a story to be left unfinished, the delicate task of supplying the missing chapters has been intrusted to Mr. I had to rush down to my bookshelves to find my printed copy for the remainder.
St. Ives: Being The Adventures of a French Prisoner in England
Quiller-Couch did a fine job of finishing the book, in my opinion. He managed to maintain the truly fine humor of the book even if he didn't quite get it all right, such as beginning Chapter 31 with "But I awoke to the chill remainder of dawn He just wasn't as masterful as RLS. This book just felt really, really finely tuned. So delightfully dry, witty, sardonic, amusing.
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Rowley is such a lovely, lovely character my favorite, could have wished to have seen more of him. Just a delightful, darling, entertaining, amusing read. If you need a little adventure in your life right now, give this a go. I see that there is a movie, made in Why did they put rubbish enough in it this is supposing they did, I haven't seen it to make it rated R?
I hate it when they do that. This is another of Stevenson's epic adventure stories that follows a French soldier as he is taken capture after enrolling in Napoleon's army under a pseudonym. The story follows his adventures with the army, his time as a prisoner and his travels around Britain following his release.
It is written with Stevenson's typical skill at story telling and his sense of adventure. A fabulously traditional adventure story. I would call it a 19th century bathtub book def: Writing is lovely, characterizations are disarming, storyline is farfetched. RLS died before finishing it and the publisher gave it to Mr.
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Quiller-Couch to wrap up based on Stevenson's notes. Unfortunately, he turned a charming treat into a boring slog. Sep 10, Carli rated it it was amazing. My mom gave me this book for Christmas, and it sat on my shelf for six months because it didn't look interesting. Finally forced myself to pick it up Not one of his deepest stories perhaps, but very sweet and touching. Jan 22, The Fat rated it liked it. Another rollicking tale of adventure from RLS, St. He contributed to various periodicals, writing first essays and later fiction.
His first novel was Treasure Island in , intended for his stepson, who collaborated with Stevenson on two later novels. Some of Stevenson's subsequent novels are insubstantial popular romances, but others possess a deepening psychological intensity. He also wrote a handful of plays in collaboration with W. In , he left England for his health, and never returned, eventually settling in Samoa after travelling in the Pacific islands. His time here was one of relatively good health and considerable writing, as well as of deepening concern for the Polynesian islanders under European exploitation, expressed in fictional and factual writing from his final years, some of which was so contrary to contemporary culture that a full text remained unavailable until well after Stevenson's death.
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As is mentioned in the description for this work, the author Robert Louis Stevenso left it unfinished at the time of his death. The tale was then finished by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. As both men are given as authors for this edition, it would appear that we have the completed version - there are lots of copies of the unfinished version on the net, some of them free, so this is a very specific selling point. However on downloading the book, it turns out that it stops with the words "At this point the Author's manuscript breaks off".
I know it wasn't exactly expensive, but it is really annoying to find the book is not as advertised. I tried contacting the publisher TimelessClassicBooks but their web site is offline. One person found this helpful.