posts on 10/30/2005 3:29:10 AM
Ivanhoe may be a relatively uninteresting character, but the novel is very satisfying --Sir Brian's existence more than makes up for the lack of the hero actually doing anything. I think Ivanhoe seems a lot different than some of Scott's books [I haven't come near to reading them all] because it's not so "Scottish" as the others.
posts on 10/21/2005 3:33:04 PM
I am in the midst of Quentin Durward, my sixth or seventh Scott novel. I love it as I have all the others! Scott's main characters are tall, handsome young Scots of action, intelligence, possessing sharp minds and cleverness combined with a mild character, always kind and courageous, strong yet gentle. The reader quickly becomes addicted to these heroes, cheering them on, hoping for their success, etc. Always charming romantic adventures, his stories are sometimes surprisingly modern in characterization and use of dialog. Written in the early 19th century, one can find phrases and words used today in everyday speech. I have finished all of Scott's Waverley novels, studied the writer's biography and am still enchanted by this prolific writer, his truly interesting characters and locations and the exciting vivid plots. You cannot help admiring Scott himself, his own very personal view of Scotland and everyday life there in the 17th and 18th century (and before). It's no wonder that Scott influenced Balzac, Hugo, Dumas and Tolstoy in the 19th century. Scott must not be forgotten or overlooked! Of his novels I feel Ivanhoe is the least satisfying and Waverley, Redgauntlet, Rob Roy, Guy Mannering and The Antiquarian the most appealing and memorable. Heart of Midlothian has been tradiationally one of his most popular. One learns to love the Scots and Scotland because Scott creates real characters who live and breathe in a real countryside. While sometimes it takes a while "to get into" the story, once past the prologue, one is hooked for good!
posts on 5/29/2005 2:15:54 AM
I just found a book indentical to the one Alison Bolonkowski posted a question about has anyone any information regarding this book
posts on 5/22/2005 8:11:56 PM
hello all the fans of Sir Walter Scott. I am a 17 year old girl from Nebraska, and i am a distant relitave of Sir Walter Scott. How i found that out by looking though a genology for my mom's side. I just let you know there is a relietave and more out in the world.
posts on 5/1/2005 4:16:11 PM
I found an old copy of the book quentin durward by sir walter scott in my attic. but there is no publishing date. The book has no jacket! dont know if it ever had one. it is red in collour
printed by just says london& glasgow collins' clear type press Illustrated by Paul Hardy
the book is 623 pages long tiny writing. But not a big book at all 4inces by 6inches (10cm x 15cm)
I would be greatfull if anyone can tell me more about it
posts on 2/1/2005 10:21:55 AM
Please could i correct your webpage. Under location, the page said ENGLAND/UK. It may be a shock, but the book titled Heart of Midlothian, is in fact set in the Heart of Midlothian. Lothian being a region of Scotland, NOT England. Most scots would find being mistaken for part of england highly offensive
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