- Taschenbuch: 378 Seiten
- Verlag: Nabu Press (12. Januar 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1142161188
- ISBN-13: 978-1142161187
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,9 x 2 x 24,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 13 Kundenrezensionen
The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 12. Januar 2010
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Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - No one but myself knows what I have suffered, nor what my books have gained, by your unsleeping watchfulness and admirable pertinacity. And now here is a volume that goes into the world and lacks your imprimatur: a strange thing in our joint lives; and the reason of it stranger still! I have watched with interest, with pain, and at length with amusement, your unavailing attempts to peruse The Black Arrow; and I think I should lack humour indeed, if I let the occasion slip and did not place your name in the fly-leaf of the only book of mine that you have never read--and never will read. That others may display more constancy is still my hope. The tale was written years ago for a particular audience and (I may say) in rivalry with a particular author; I think I should do well to name him, Mr. Alfred R. Phillips. It was not without its reward at the time. I could not, indeed, displace Mr.Phillips from his well-won priority; but in the eyes of readers who thought less than nothing of Treasure Island, The Black Arrow was supposed to mark a clear advance.Those who read volumes and those who read story papers belong to different worlds. The verdict on Treasure Island was reversed in the other court; I wonder, will it be the same with its successor? -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
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Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson was a prolific Scottish poet and novelist in the 19th century. He was admired by many other authors, and his work includes The Black Arrow, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He died in 1894.
Like most people I was introduced to RLS through Treasure Island. But since those early days of pirate adventures I seem to have overlooked his other works. Thinking it was about time I read another of his novels I came across The Black Arrow in a local bookshop and thought I would give it a try.
The story itself is pretty sturdy, we follow the adventures of Richard Shelton as he seeks to find the true story of his father's death. Set during the war of the Roses, England is in turmoil with people changing allegiance to which ever rose is winning, subterfuge and battles are at every turn, throw in a bit of young, forbidden love and you have the ingredients of a 'boys own' adventure.
The main problem for me was that the story just seemed to drag, and coupled with characters speaking an archaic 'middle English' language it made for quite a painful read. It hasn't put me off reading more RLS but this one I'm afraid was just not up to my expectations.
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This book is one of the best I've read. It is what every book about the middle ages should be and more, with suspense, action, disguises, escapes, and of course, the occasional... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 23. Dezember 1999 veröffentlicht
The black arrow is a typical adventure book, where romance and action are mixed. I think that I have read it about four or five times, and every time I find something new.Am 26. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
In my opinion it was a very good book. It was a little hard to get into but after I got into it, it took off in adventure and didn't stop until the very end! Lesen Sie weiter...Am 23. April 1999 veröffentlicht
Fear not! Inspite of the description the book really is by the original Robert Louis Stevenson, 1st published in 1888. The illustrations are top notch and the paper is low acid. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 23. November 1998 veröffentlicht
This was a fascinating insight onto the trials and turbulations of the war of the roses.Am 26. Juli 1998 veröffentlicht