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The Hidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson - Notes and analysis

"The Kidnapped" is an adventure novel that was written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1886 and although it is not widely known, the author considers it one of his best novels.
The protagonist's name is David Balfour and he is a seventeen-year-old teen, he is a very brave orphan who wants to discover his origins and claims his inheritance.
For this reason, David Balfour goes through a series of adventures that teach him the values of friendship and solidarity.
The book is a true Bildungsroman, in fact, the value-discoveries made by the young help him to become a man.
The story is narrated in first person by the protagonist

The book also has interesting historical and psychological aspects: The novel is set in the years of the civil wars in Scotland and is characterized by a very detailed historical reconstruction. In particular, it is the era characterized by the struggle between the Scottish clans in pre industrial era, a world where justice was applied only to the underprivileged and the unfortunate.

In fact, one of the main themes of the novel is the analysis of the contradictions and contrasts of the two souls of Scotland; this social and political analysis is faced with a penetrating language and fascinating.

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