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  • Title: Waverley
  • Author: Walter Scott
  • ISBN: 9780140621488
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Paperback
  • Waverley is set during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, which sought to restore the Stuart dynasty in the person of Charles Edward Stuart or Bonnie Prince Charlie It relates the story of a young dreamer and English soldier, Edward Waverley, who was sent to Scotland in 1745 He journeys North from his aristocratic family home, Waverley Honour, in the south of England aWaverley is set during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, which sought to restore the Stuart dynasty in the person of Charles Edward Stuart or Bonnie Prince Charlie It relates the story of a young dreamer and English soldier, Edward Waverley, who was sent to Scotland in 1745 He journeys North from his aristocratic family home, Waverley Honour, in the south of England alleged in an English Heritage notice to refer to Waverley Abbey in Surrey first to the Scottish Lowlands and the home of family friend Baron Bradwardine, then into the Highlands and the heart of the 1745 Jacobite uprising and aftermath.

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      • Walter Scott

        Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name Sir Walter Scott was born on August 15, 1771 in Edinburgh, Scotland Scott created and popularized historical novels in a series called the Waverley Novels In his novels Scott arranged the plots and characters so the reader enters into the lives of both great and ordinary people caught up in violent, dramatic changes in history.Scott s work shows the influence of the 18th century enlightenment He believed every human was basically decent regardless of class, religion, politics, or ancestry Tolerance is a major theme in his historical works The Waverley Novels express his belief in the need for social progress that does not reject the traditions of the past He was the first novelist to portray peasant characters sympathetically and realistically, and was equally just to merchants, soldiers, and even kings.Central themes of many of Scott s novels are about conflicts between opposing cultures Ivanhoe 1819 is about war between Normans and Saxons The Talisman 1825 is about conflict between Christians and Muslims His novels about Scottish history deal with clashes between the new English culture and the old Scottish Scott s other great novels include ,iOld Mortality 1816 , The Heart of Midlothian 1819 , and St Ronan s Well 1824 His Waverley series includes Rob Roy 1817 , A Legend of Montrose 1819 , and Quentin Durward 1823.Scott s amiability, generosity, and modesty made him popular with his contemporaries He was also famous for entertaining on a grand scale at his Scottish estate, Abbotsford.


    1. Waverly, or 'tis Sixty Years Since can be an infuriating book. Even those accustomed to the leisurely movement of 19th century prose will find its style not only wordy but also occasionally infelicitous, its plot not only meandering but also digressive. It takes at least a quarter of the book—-perhaps a third—-to get the plot going, and I must admit that one comic character in particular--the Baron Bradwardine, who continually spouts Latin tags, lecturing all and sundry on the minutiae of fa [...]

    2. Please don't read Scott. There are too many books and life's too short. Even Fenimore Cooper is better, and Fenimore Cooper is fall-down terribly terrible. Garbage like this is what destroys a newcomer's interest in reading true classics like Austen and Dickens, Melville and Tolstoy. I don't care if you're a casual reader or a bibliophile or a PhD or you're trapped on a desert island with only this one book. Burn it for warmth. Scotty Boy's long overdue for decanonization.

    3. Wily Walter may have been engaged on his first prose narrative, but he knew what he was doing: "I must remind my reader of the progress of a stone rolled down a hill by an idle truant boy (a pastime at which I was myself expert in my more juvenile years:) it moveth at first slowly, avoiding, by inflection, every obstacle of the least importance; but when it has attained its full impulse, and draws near the conclusion of its career, it smokes and thunders down, taking a rood at every spring, clea [...]

    4. twas a bit o troubleI like classics. I am not afraid of a little bit of antiquated language. I enjoy a challenge. However reading dialogue in archaic Scottish brogue, liberally seasoned with Latin and French quotes, without translations, well it twas a wee bit much – if you kin me meaning.Then there his Waverly lad, he is also a wee bit much. A proud Englishman, who has a couple of brews with the local lads while in Scotland, reads some poetry, falls for a pretty yet serious Scottish lass, the [...]

    5. From the get-go I wasn't a fan of the titular character. I found him to be quite insufferable and Scott to be a bit of a git when it comes to narration. He loves to hear himself talk (or narrate, as it were) and it it painfully obvious that this is so. The novel seemed to drag on and on, with such a seemingly abrupt neat-and-tidy ending that it's almost out of left-field. It may be one of the earliest Buildung-roman and historical novels, but I don't fancy I shall ever be able to hear the word " [...]

    6. Just arrived from Israel through BM.The plot of this book tells the story of Edward Waverley and how he became involved in the famous Jacobite Rebellion of 1745.This book is considered the first true historical novel which inspired many authors, such as Dickens, Trackeray, Stevenson, Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Balzac, Gogol and Tolstoy.A classical masterpiece written by this Scottish author.

    7. Charlie is my darlingYoung Edward Waverley has been brought up mainly by his uncle, Sir Everard Waverley, an English Tory and supporter of the Jacobite cause in the failed 1715 rebellion. When Edward reaches manhood, his absent father, a Whig and supporter of the Hanoverian government, arranges a commission for him in the Army. While Sir Everard is not keen on Edward having to swear allegiance to King George II (since in Sir Everard's eyes the true King is James III, in exile in France), he relu [...]

    8. Re-visit is via David Tennant: BBC Blurb: Waverley by Walter Scott Adapted by Mike HarrisA gripping tale of love, war and divided loyalties with Scotland in open rebellion against the Union with England.It's 1745 and 21year old Edward Waverley, a newly commissioned red-coat officer, is posted to Scotland on the eve of Bonnie Prince Charlie's violent bid for power. His father is a rising minister in the ruling Hanoverian state, but the beloved Uncle who brought him up is an old Jacobite, loyal to [...]

    9. The first chapter was amusing and well written, where Scott humorously explains why he named the book as he did. However once he begins to tell the story, yee gads, everything becomes bogged down: "But the wealthy country gentlemen of England, a rank which retained, with much of ancient manners and primitive integrity, a great proportion of obstinate and unyielding prejudice, stood aloof in haughty and sullen opposition, and cast many a look of mingled regret and hope to Bois le Duc, Avignon, an [...]

    10. This year I set myself the task of reading all Sir Walter's Scottish novels. It was hard going at times, but worth it Here's the start of my essay on them. Was it a recognition that Waverley speaks ultimately for peace and stability, for social and political cohesion and harmony, that made the Waverley novels so popular, or was it after all the other Scott, the Scott who speaks in the lofty tones of the heroic Evan Dhu rebuking the prudential Saxons, the romantically subversive and revolutionar [...]

    11. Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley; or 'Tis Sixty Years Since was first published in 1814, inspired by tales from veterans of the '45 in which a clash of cultures, formed in his mind as a topic suitable for romance. Waverley is set during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, when there was a movement to restore the dynasty in the person of Charles Edward Stuart or 'Bonnie Prince Charlie'. The English protagonist, Edward Waverley has been raised by his Jacobite uncle, Sir Everard Waverley. Like Scott himse [...]

    12. Often regarded as the English language's first historical novel; and that's the only reason to read it. If you're the sort of person who loves firsts for their own sake, if you get all nostalgic and teary over the original Apple computer or "the first instance of a post-modern epic poem by a Jewish Native American" then by all means, go right ahead. Personally, I like to give new concepts some time to get perfected. In other words, early bicycles = not for me. Early motion picturesh, I'll hold o [...]

    13. Worth reading simply because it one of the most significant novels in the history of western literature. The publication of Waverley changed the face of the novel forever and therefore deserves to be read and studied. However, it's also a very engaging historical romance and adventure, following Edward Waverley's journey into Scotland and its romantic landscape and finally into the Jacobite rebellion.

    14. I plodded through the whole thing. The hero is not a hero just a main character in a story where stuff keeps happening to him and has seemingly little personal character or direction. I had a tough time reading the Scottish brogue as well, might have been easier as an audio book.

    15. It doesn't usually take me this long to read a book. But I'm glad that I did.Though the first of the Waverley novels, this was the fourth that I read and, so far, my favorite. Perhaps because I am getting the hang of Scott's writing. The language can be cumbersome but he is a terrific storyteller. No wonder people have been reading his novels for hundreds of years!

    16. When I first tried reading 'Waverley' at the age of 10 or 12, I hated it. The Scottish English was incomprehensible, the politics too confusing, the plot too slow. Now that I am 24, I love it. I finished reading it today. I think it exquisite. It is rare to find a novel so well-written and well-plotted, with such incredibly vivid imagery. There are scenes and sentences that later novelists would plunder- Thackeray's description of the death of George Osborne owes much (consciously or unconscious [...]

    17. I particularly like Scott's introduction to the 1829 edition in which he gives "some account of the incidents on which the Novel of Waverley is founded. . . the mutual protection afforded by Waverley and Talbot to each other." The real life counterparts are Alexander Steward of Invernahyle and Colonel Whitefoord, an Ayrshire gentleman. p.286-7"I will not slip my dog before the game's a-foot." (Now I understand; Sherlock was using hunting terminology.) p. 132"Ah! if you Saxon Duinhe-wassal (Engli [...]

    18. I'm going to start by saying that this book surprised me. I had to read it for an English class and leading up to starting it the lecturer kept telling us to just be patient with it etc as it can be difficult. As a result I was very surprised when I actually enjoyed it. Parts of it are definitely slow (such as the first five chapters. My god are they slow) and you can kind of tell that Scott is working out the form as he goes (I mean, it is widely regarded as the first of its kind) but the story [...]

    19. I did not love this book. I plodded through it for the sake of book club. It took far too long for the narrative to choose a direction. I would, perhaps, have been more engaged with the story had I a better grasp of eighteenth century European history with all its Jacobites and Tories and Stuarts and so on. I really couldn't follow it all. Waverly himself was not a hero's hero. Things just kind of happened to him. It takes him a good long while to become an active player in his own story. I have [...]

    20. In between the French phrases, Latin idioms, and Highland Dialect, Scott had quite a few gems in this book. I found his perspective on the personalities of the Scots and the Brits interesting and sometimes humorous. I enjoy the history and the location of Scotland, but there were times I almost gave up on this book because Scott can be wordy!However I am glad I trudged on because I did enjoy the plot (once Scott finally laid the groundwork).I would probably only recommend this book to someone wh [...]

    21. Scott's first novel, came out around 1812 I think, the first of the Waverley Novels. Caused a sensation at the time, young girls fainting, everybody grabbing the next instalment, author's identity concealed, etc etc. Can't imagine it happening now over a book. Gripping story, drenched in historical atmosphere. Better spend a few hours with Scott than waste them on some rubbish like Avatar. My 3D glasses kept sliding off, but fortunately the seats were comfortable so I could get a kip.

    22. This was Scott's first foray into what has since been dubbed "historical fiction," and for his time period he chose the Jacobite rebellion of the 1740s, though the history here is a backdrop and not the main focus. Many well-drawn characters, as well as noble ideals.

    23. Despite my whining about how crappy this book is, it had an amazing premise, and really great development of everything. It was a great story, but oh god, the writing. That was such a mission omg

    24. This is the one that started it all off for Scott in the prose sense and was also the beginning of the historical novel in the Western tradition. Its title has resounded down through the years, giving its name to a whole series of Scott’s novels, to Edinburgh’s main railway station, to a kind of pen nib (They come as a boon and a blessing to men, the Pickwick, the Owl and the Waverley Pen,) a class of GWR locomotives and to the last ocean-going paddle steamer in the world.Our hero, Edward Wa [...]

    25. All right, all of you, I'm calling it: this is a DNF for me. I know, this is something I usually wouldn't do—and I won't be counting it towards my reading challenge for the year since I only made it 160 pages in. If I'm honest, the step of deciding I will not finish this book is honestly giving me anxiety, but I refuse to waste my time any longer. I have read the summary of what will happen next, and I'm not interested in continuing. I was dreadfully, honestly bored for the first 100 pages. No [...]

    26. Waverley was a marvelously surprising introduction to Walter Scott! It had to happen someday, Scott’s Victorian legacy being what it was*, and I even had a few contemporary recommendations, but I was half-prepared to buckle down for tedious historical detail and inaccessible archaism, almost expecting a text that demanded historical awareness alongside creative engagement. I was pleasantly mistaken! Scott refers to events that would have been doubtlessly more familiar circa 1814, when Waverley [...]

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