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Book Title: Redgauntlet|
The author of the book: Walter Scott
Edition: Európa Könyvkiadó
Date of issue: 1972
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Format files: PDF
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When I grow up I'm only going to study poetry. Having wrestled with Redgauntlet for over a week before I finally managed to finish it, now I'm not looking forward to having to read it again for my exams in a few weeks (and I should consider myself lucky if I only have to reread it once). No matter how thoroughly I annotate a text the first time I read it, I always miss out on something (or a lot of things) and have to go back and reread the text. This isn't too bad when you're writing about poetry or a very good novella (e.g. Death in Venice, which I've read at least five times in the last two months), but 600 pages of verbose prose peppered with Scottish brogue and legal latinicisms is a different matter. And I'm saying all this because I suspect it has clouded my appreciation of Scott's last Jacobite novel (which to some is also his last masterpiece). Maybe in other circumstances I would have enjoyed it a lot more. There's a lot of food for thought about Scottish oral literature and history in it (which has made me want to seek out a few books on them) although there isn't much of a plot. There's also a sense of the book being very, well, Scottish, deeply planted in Scottish history and culture. Edinburgh is a lot more Scott-obsessed so maybe it's not that clear in Glasgow (or maybe it is since I don't walk past statues of Scott every day and still think of him as a real person not a myth?), but the fact that a lot of the action in Redgauntlet is set in Dumfries - which is where my uni has a second campus, does affect the way I read this book. If anything it makes me embarrassed of how little I know about Scottish history and how little I've seen of Scotland since I moved here.
It feels like Wandering Willie's Tale deserves a special mention. It appears somewhere about 1/3 through the book and is, by everybody's admission, the best part of it. So if Alan and Darsie's pointless banter annoys you and makes you want to abandon the book altogether, skip ahead and find the tale.
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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 ,i>Old 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.
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