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ISBN: 1906780358
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Language: English
Publisher: Jb Publishing; 2nd edition edition (2010)
Pages: 112
Category: Travel Writing
Subcategory: Travels
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Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879) is one of Robert Louis Stevenson's earliest published works and is considered a pioneering classic of outdoor literature.

Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879) is one of Robert Louis Stevenson's earliest published works and is considered a pioneering classic of outdoor literature. Stevenson was in his late 20s and still dependent on his parents for support. His journey was designed to provide material for publication while allowing him to distance himself from a love affair with an American woman of which his friends and families did not approve and who had returned to her husband in California.

WITH A PREFACE BY MRS. STEVENSON. NEW YORK CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without the permission of Charles Scribner's Sons.

by. Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894.

Top. American Libraries Canadian Libraries Universal Library Community Texts Project Gutenberg Biodiversity Heritage Library Children's Library. by. Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894, Authors, Scottish. Boston : Herbert B. Turner & Co.

Travels with a Donkey describes Stevenson’s hiking trip in the Cevennes, in South-Central France. In his travels, Stevenson visits the monastery Lady of the Snows where a country parish priest and an old soldier are horrified to find that Stevenson is a heretic. The narrative largely focuses on Stevenson’s humorous descriptions of his stubborn travel companion, Modestine the donkey. Stevenson bought Modestine to carry his belongings for the journey. He also makes observations about French life, religion and politics throughout the work. When he discovers that Modestine is unfit for further travel, he decides to sell her, but suddenly realizes how much he will miss her

The Project Gutenberg eBook, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Illustrated by Walter Crane. The journey which this little book is to describe was very agreeable and fortunate for me. After an uncouth beginning, I had the best of luck to the end.

The Project Gutenberg eBook, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Illustrated by Walter Crane. This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at ww. utenberg. Title: Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes. Author: Robert Louis Stevenson. Release Date: October 19, 2004 The journey which this little book is to describe was very agreeable and fortunate for me.

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist . I thought of Dervla Murphy's book on a similar venture In Ethiopia with a Mule. There are the helpful and gracious folks along the road, as well as the surly and misleading.

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His best-known books include Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. For being in "the wilds," he is exposed to various religious struggles and doctrines.

The public is but a generous patron who defrays the postage. Yet though the letter is directed to all, we have an old and kindly custom of addressing it on the outside to one. Of what shall a man be proud, if he is not proud of his friends? And so, my dear Sidney Colvin, it is with pride that I sign myself affectionately yours, R. L. S.

In 1878 Robert Louis Stevenson escaped from his numerous .

In 1878 Robert Louis Stevenson escaped from his numerous troubles-poor health, tormented love, inadequate funds-by embarking on a journey through the Cévennes in France, accompanied by Modestine, a rather single-minded donkey. I have never been a fan of Robert Louis Stevenson so this book was a delightful surprise for me. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes is one of his early works and supposedly the first to feature camping as a recreational outdoor activity. Stevenson sets off with a donkey across the Cevennes in France and in the process keeps a journal that later becomes his popular travelogue "Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes.

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ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON was not only a gifted writer, he was also an indefatigable traveller. His thirst for adventure was formed by his boyhood visits to remote Scottish lighthouses, and he spent much of his life fleeing the rigours of both cold climates and social orthodoxy. Along the way he canoed through Belgium and France, booked passage to and across America, and finally famously settled in Samoa in the South Seas. The walking trip that Stevenson describes in Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes (1879) was taken when the nascent author was still in his twenties and pining for a lost love. Accompanied by Modestine, the eponymous donkey he hired to carry his camping gear, the journey proved both challenging and charming. The book is infused with all of the qualities that make Stevenson the most popular of writers: humour and humanity, poetry and perspicacity, ebullience and intelligence. And his timeless exhortation continues to inspire all true travellers: For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move - ABOUT STANFORDS TRAVEL CLASSICS Hailing from both sides of the Atlantic, the authors included are as diverse as Edith Wharton, Henry James, Ernest Shackleton and Alfred Russel Wallace. Every title has been reset in a contemporary typeface, and has been printed to a high-quality production specification, to create a series that every lover of fine travel literature will want to collect and keep

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Hulbine
Robert Lewis Stevenson was a Scottish writer most famous for works such as Treasure Island,Kidnapped (Bantam Classics), and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. In 1878, at the age of 28, he took a 12 day, 120 mile walk with a donkey, in one of the most remote areas of France. In part, it was a "reflective" journey, with the focus being on the woman he was to eventually marry, Fanny. I just read and reviewed les plus beaux trekkings en france. One of the ten most beautiful treks was the one Stevenson took. In fact, the "Grande Randonnée" (the long distance hiking trail) that follows this route is named after him. This work is Stevenson's account of his walk. He "drew me in," as the expression has it, at the beginning by saying: "Every book is, in an intimate sense, a circular letter to the friends of him who writes it. They alones take his meaning; they find private messages, assurances of love, and expressions of gratitude dropped for them in every corner. The public is but a generous patron who defrays the postage."

He commenced his journey in Le Puy en Velay, in the heart of the Auvergne. He notes the raucous "natives," members of the different political parties of the newly formed Third Republic, arguing their political perspectives. Long before the days of REI, he must outfit himself for a journey into the "wilderness." He debates the merits of a tent (yes, extremely cumbersome in those days), decides against, and has a very thick, heavy sleeping bag made especially for the trip. He can't possibly backpack his possessions, so he buys a donkey, who he names "Modestine." And he decides to carry a gun, (and a bottle of Beaujolais) since he is going into "the wild," where there are robbers, and the legend of a wolf that ate many an animal, as well as small children.

There are numerous facets to his story. Certainly there is his relationship with Modestine, each with a will of their own. I thought of Dervla Murphy's book on a similar venture In Ethiopia with a Mule. There are the helpful and gracious folks along the road, as well as the surly and misleading. For being in "the wilds," he is exposed to various religious struggles and doctrines. He stays at the Trappist monastery at Notre Dame des Neiges (Our Lady of the Snows) which still exists. Later, at Pont de Montvert, on the Tarn River, he relates a fair amount of history involving the revolt of the Protestant "Camisards" in 1702, and the ugly fanaticism of religious wars. He also notes that it is this town that serves as the first indicator that Provence will soon commence, since the people are more open and friendlier.

Consider the following in praise of experience the natural world, and the nighttime skies: "Night is a dead monotonous period under a roof; but in the open world it passes lightly, with its stars and dews and perfumes, and the hours are marked by changes in the face of Nature. What seems a kind of temporal death to people choked between walls and curtains, is only a light and living slumber to the man who sleeps afield."

And then in terms of sharing that experience, ah: "And yet even while I was exulting in my solitude I became aware of a strange lack. I wished a companion to lie near me in the starlight, silent and not moving, but ever within touch. For there is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect. And to live out of doors with the woman a man loves is of all lives the most complete and free."

He ended his journey in Alès, and wept when he sold his donkey. 5-stars.
Xal
A different face for Robert Louis Stevenson here, in these two spirited travelogues, packaged together into one edition. "Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes" is the more delightful, every bit as witty and picturesque as his pirate tales. Stevenson's love/hate relationship with his donkey is reason enough to enjoy this frolic through the French countryside.
"The Amateur Emigrant" is more somber, partly because RLS's health is ebbing during much of his travels. Sailing from the British Isles to Sandy Hook, and then by long train ride through the vast, American plains, the author's critical eye gives readers of the 21st century a glimpse at what Nebraska and Wyoming looked like from the window of a train nearly a hundred and fifty years ago. It wasn't I-90.
Both of these books are premier Stevenson, removed but not lesser than "The Black Arrow" in entertainment.
Zadora
First, I'm biased: RLS is someone I connect with. He is able to create a mood and very companionable spirit when he writes of his travels that I find hard to define but which I return to year after year. I can tell you that I am THERE with him as I read and that even after a few pages, I feel as though I am travelling with a friend. If you've read Treasure Island and felt a connection with the main character, Jack Hawkins, then you'll get some idea of what you'll feel when you read Travels with a Donkey. But don't squandor this book, this experience. If you know you may have illness or anxious times in the future, this is a book to save for those times... or to come back to. I hope you love it as much as I do.
And if you would like to augment your experience, I'd suggest also reading Richard Holmes' Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer (Apr 30, 1996) wherein he traces RLS' footsteps as well as fills in some supplementary bio info on RLS that enhances Travels.
Zepavitta
A slight, charming tale about a walk across a mountainous region of France--in the days when such walks did not benefit from modern backpacking equipment or lovely inns catering to walkers.
RLS has a knack for letting you see the physical geography and the people he meets.
And his tongue-in-cheek war with--and finally love for--his little donkey still make me smile as I write this.
Well worth your time.

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