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Waverley (1814)

by Sir Walter Scott

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Series: Waverley Novels, publication (1814), Waverley Novels (1745)

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The author takes way to long to set up the story which is all of Volume 1. The second half is where all the meat is. ( )
  kazan | Feb 16, 2023 |
This first novel by Sir Walter Scott is often described as the first historical novel ever. While I have read and quite enjoyed three other Scott novels, Ivanhoe, Kenilworth, and Rob Roy, I could not get into this. It is over rich in cultural references and Scots dialect, almost like a brain dump, at the expense of any kind of plot. So I have given up around a quarter of the way through and I will not find out what happens to English officer Edward Waverley when he is posted north of the border at the time of the Young Pretender's uprising of 1745. No rating.
  john257hopper | Jul 15, 2022 |
Here's what I wrote after reading in 1986: "Tale of a young Englishman involved in the 1745 Revolution of "The Pretender", Prince Charles Edward (Stuart). Excellent insights into Scottish ways and traditions of the time. Most memorable characters: Fergus Mac-Ivor, chieftan of a Highland clan." Interesting, today I have no memory of reading. ( )
  MGADMJK | Dec 29, 2021 |
  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
This is my first Scott, and while I did not particularly care for the book/writing, I did like the story. I think my reading was somewhat enhanced by knowing the history of the Jacobite Rebellion and the Battle of Culloden. Had I not known something about the Highlanders and their rebellion(s), I would have been lost. I was not a fan of the romance part of the novel, it seemed obligatory or contrived. I started to read the introduction, but after 9 pages of self-absorbed drivel, I skipped it. 484 pages, just barely 3 stars. 3 stars for me is your average read--can be mediocre or enjoyable, this was not necessarily enjoyable and yet not mediocre. ( )
  Tess_W | Jul 10, 2021 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Scott, Sir Walterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Garside, P. D.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hook, AndrewIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lamont, ClaireEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pettie, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rivas, José PabloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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‘—And must I ravel out
My weaved-up follies?’
Richard II, Act IV
‘Under which King, Bezonian? speak, or die!’
Henry IV,  Part II.

[this epigraph is found at the beginning of the 2nd volume in the 2 volume edition of Waverley.]
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This is the complete novel Waverley (in one or more volumes) which is the first novel written in the series of novels by Walter Scott which came to be known overall as the Waverley novels.  Many volumes of the Waverley novels include descriptions such as Waverley Novels Volume I: this is referring to the position of one of Scott's novels in that publication of the Waverley novels, not to any splitting of Waverley, the novel, into two or more volumes.

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140430717, 014043660X

Columbia University Press

An edition of this book was published by Columbia University Press.

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