Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Rating: 2 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: Classics — International; Mount TBR; Fall into Reading
How I Got It: I own it
The young orphan David Balfour is sent to live with his Uncle Ebenezer. When he discovers that he may be the rightful heir to his uncle’s estate, he finds himself kidnapped and cast away on a desert isle. A historical adventure novel originally intended for a young-adult audience, Kidnapped deals with true historical events relating to the Jacobite Rising, and has won the admiration of an adult audience.
This may be considered a classic, but I just didn’t love it. I couldn’t really get into the adventures. I didn’t feel anything for David. I thought he was naive and silly at many times in the books. Not that I wanted Uncle Ebenezer to win, but David just wasn’t the easiest hero to like. Overall I thought the writing was stilted and pretty dry. Maybe it’s the time period. I just am not a fan of Stevenson’s writing at all. Not my cup of tea.