There is such a good story in here if one can penetrate the verbal diarrhoea which afflicted him in all his novels, this one more than most - but at least it's not in dialect. As with 'The Fortunes of Nigel', this novel comes to life once the Monarch is introduced.
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Oct 18, Carl Waluconis rated it really liked it Shelves: novel. This is Walter Scott's longest novel. Somewhat like the current near civil war in America, you can tell the sides by how they dress - Roundheads somber and staunch you know the Pilgrim look and the Royalists all ruffled and cavaliered out. The feeling of the political struggle seeping into every aspect of life is another similarity of that time to now.
When the Roundheads are This is Walter Scott's longest novel. When the Roundheads are punished, they are sent off to America. That being said, I still feel somewhat like a being out of time because I enjoy reading Scott so much. The sound of English at the time he wrote captivates me, and to top that he could write accurately we are told be people who lived then in quite a few different dialects.
If you take a little time to jog into the rhythm, the prose will pick up for you.
However, the title seems today seems at least a little silly even to me. I always pictured some Percy-like character. In fact Peveril of the Peak is a rough swordsman always willing to draw his weapon.
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As in many of Scott's novels, the characters are richly diverse. For instance, a key character in this novel is a woman from the mid-east called Asian then who appears as two different women, one who cannot speak, but who is a tremendous dancer and agile enough to perform superhero gymnastics up-and-down the walls of old castles. As with other more well-drawn women in Scott's novels, she is also a spy.
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Unfortunately, in the Wikipedia summary of the novel she is called a dwarf, which she is not. She may be short of stature, but not a dwarf, a characteristic of another character from the book, who has the same Christian name as Peveril of the Peak. This dwarf is based on a historical person who was once baked into a pie to entertain royalty. The book has quite a few "real" people, including the fabulous Duke of Buckingham. This guy's fantastic life and personality deserves full treatment, maybe in a movie. Scott gives Buckingham wonderful lines such as, "If one must go to hell, I would it were by some new road.
In addition to the Wikipedia misinformation on the novel, I found another website purporting to have the novel, but which actually leaves out the first sections of "Peveril of the Peak". When reading Scott, I like an old copy; the one I read was from a set of Waverly novels with cool old illustrations.
It also has all Scott's notes, which come to think of it I guess these days could be done in hypertext. Taken from the last line of 33 pages of Scott's at times interesting if diverting notes, the author perfectly describes the reason for reading the novel, "this work dedicated to the preservation of extraordinary occurrences, whether real or fictitious. Jun 03, Jean Blackwood rated it really liked it.
There are enough characters and plot twists in this book to have made two books at least. It's mind boggling to think of Sir Walter writing all of this out by hand, and using a quill pen! However, if you enjoy this worthy gentleman's work you won't be sorry to trudge on until the end. Not his greatest work, but not least either.ltigunabit.tk
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Yes my first Scott novel and loved the complex vocab and sentence structure which you needed to parse grammatically to understand properly is this a dying skill with lazy modern readers? Took pages to really get going but a very good evocation of Restoration England and the disfigure court of Charles Second with good portraits of Charles and the Duke of Buckingham. Dec 04, Katie rated it really liked it.
Scott once again weaves a fun, adventurous, romantic tale. It wraps up a little quickly at the end, but other than that I really enjoyed it. Carolyn rated it liked it Jan 09, Lori Goshert rated it it was amazing Feb 23, Arthur rated it liked it May 25, Ann rated it really liked it Aug 18, Laurie rated it it was amazing Jul 23, Tabitha Ormiston-Smith rated it liked it Jan 10, John Ervin rated it really liked it Aug 03, Hulponot rated it liked it Aug 27, Carl Cowell rated it really liked it Jun 10, Allen Martens rated it really liked it Dec 07, Naori rated it liked it Sep 20, Alexandra E Jordan rated it liked it Sep 14, Stacey Mackenna rated it it was ok Apr 04, Richard rated it liked it May 07, Curtis Wilkin rated it really liked it Dec 25, Sergey Malizhev rated it it was amazing Jan 25, Mroia rated it did not like it Jul 25, James F rated it liked it Feb 04, Lori rated it really liked it Sep 18, Penelope rated it liked it Feb 19, LeRoy E.
Ostrus rated it liked it Sep 18, Dennis Hart rated it really liked it Jun 28, David rated it it was amazing Feb 21, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Walter Scott. Walter Scott. Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.
Scott created and popularized historical novels in a series called the Waverley Novels. In his novels Scott arranged the plots and characters so the reader enters into the lives of both great and ordinary people caught up in violent, dramatic chang Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. In his novels Scott arranged the plots and characters so the reader enters into the lives of both great and ordinary people caught up in violent, dramatic changes in history.
Scott's work shows the influence of the 18th century enlightenment. He believed every human was basically decent regardless of class, religion, politics, or ancestry. Tolerance is a major theme in his historical works. Free self parking is available onsite. At Peveril of the Peak, enjoy a satisfying meal at the restaurant. A complimentary continental breakfast is included.
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Make use of convenient amenities, which include complimentary wireless Internet access and a banquet hall. This eco-friendly guesthouse is Stay in one of 45 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Bathrooms have bathtubs or showers and complimentary toiletries. Whether you want to visit the village of Ilam, see stately homes like Chatsworth or cycle the Tissington Trail, this is the place to be.
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