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The Master of BallantraeHas anyone around read The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis...

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K.P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:26 PM via web

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Has anyone around read The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson? If so, what were your impressions?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:01 PM (Answer #2)

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Are you doing something of a study on Robert Louis Stevenson, perchance?! I noticed that your previous two discussion posts were based on another Stevenson novel. You know, on a complete tangent, this last summer we went to a beach near Edinburgh in Scotland and saw the inspiration for Treasure Island - made us feel very Long-John-Silver like. I do like this Stevenson novel as I like pretty much all of his work - a real boys' adventure, but at the same time it has themes such as belonging and loyalty all played out against a very exciting backdrop. Vintage Stevenson.

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Posted October 12, 2010 at 4:36 AM (Answer #3)

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Robert Louis Stevenson books are classic swashbuckling adventures of which any child would like and think about transforming their own life into the life of a pirate. His books have great subjects of belonging and loyalty and great themes like: You should never let your friends down, and If you care about others, you will end up caring about yourself.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted October 12, 2010 at 4:35 PM (Answer #4)

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I agree about the appeal and longevity of Stevenson's writing. I read them as classics when I was coming through high school, and my students still read them. There is a timeless appeal to his adventures, and it seems as if any generation can appreciate them. As epollock said, the reader can imagine "transforming" his or her own life into that of a swashbuckling hero.

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K.P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted October 13, 2010 at 11:15 AM (Answer #5)

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Are you doing something of a study on Robert Louis Stevenson, perchance?! I noticed that your previous two discussion posts were based on another Stevenson novel. You know, on a complete tangent, this last summer we went to a beach near Edinburgh in Scotland and saw the inspiration for Treasure Island - made us feel very Long-John-Silver like. I do like this Stevenson novel as I like pretty much all of his work - a real boys' adventure, but at the same time it has themes such as belonging and loyalty all played out against a very exciting backdrop. Vintage Stevenson.

Oh no, not a study. I really like Stevenson and saw that (1) some students were repeatedly asking identical slightly skewed questions about Kidnapped and thought a DB on the topic(s) might help orient them--and the author of the question(s). Also, The Master of Balantrae is devoid of any activity so I thought that (2) I might be able to draw some attention its way.

I thinkThe Master of Balantrae is a super story. I can't reread it very often though because it scares me.

I hesitate to start DB topics because I just don't think in an oh-boy-let's-talk-about-that sort of way (I'm much too dull I guess), but I thought I'd stick my neck out for Robert Louis Stevenson!

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