- Tapa blanda: 262 páginas
- Editor: Createspace Independent Pub (4 de noviembre de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1519134673
- ISBN-13: 978-1519134677
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- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº719.014 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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Waverley is an 1814 historical novel by Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832). Published anonymously in 1814 as Scott's first venture into prose fiction, it is often regarded as the first historical novel in the western tradition. It became so popular that Scott's later novels were advertised as being "by the author of Waverley". His series of works on similar themes written during the same period have become collectively known as the "Waverley Novels".
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Edward Waverly might not be the most complex character, and it seems too cheap to say he is “relatable” because of his flaws. Rather, it might be the case that his youth and zeal for romance make him someone we can at least understand. We’ve many of us longed for heroic (if necessarily doomed) causes. And yet Walter Scott never ridicules him. In fact, he paints him in a compelling light.
Edward Waverly, raised on horseback riding and romance novels, joins the military and does a tour in Scotland, and then falls in with Highlanders while on furlough. Through it all he meets several women, one complicated, one noble, and must navigate the political machinations of the Pretender, rival clans, and the English Army.
This book has all the strengths and weaknesses of a Scott novel. There is skilled poetry, intrigue, and complex (and sometimes hilarious) characters. Unfortunately, like many Scott novels, there is a lot of “filler” and it has the feel of being episodic.
The story is interesting, however, and this is definitely one of Scott’s finest.
which I am aware and lends itself readily to film production in current times. The setting is
transformative in UK history; After a tumultuous episode in Scotland ending
with a narrow escape from captivity, Queen Mary opts for captivity in England by
her cousin Elizabeth I, believing this to be less fatal. Queen Elizabeth I commands
her court with strength (attributed to her royal ancestry), assurance, wisdom and
wit. This UK setting is historically critical with religion being its dominant basis. With the
Church of England already established by Henry VIII (Queen Elizabeth's father), UK
countries remain unsettled in the aftermath.
Elizabeth's court favourite is the Earl of Leicester who attempts to keep his marriage to an
Amy Robsart (daughter of the noble old Knight in Devonshire) a secret from the Queen and
from her court (as well as from everyone else with the exception of an essential handful of loyal
dedicated followers). Meanwhile the Earl 'eyes' a shared throne as his accessible prize. In his
delusional state, he is courting the Queen herself with his wife, Amy kept hidden away (in Abingdon).
While not discouraging a close relationship with the Earl whom she has known as a close friend for many
years, the virgin Queen makes clear her chaste stance. She is the leader and protector
of all of England and can neither dilute nor subordinate this role by choosing a husband. However, it is
also clear that, were she to take this nuptial step, she would do so with him.
While the Earl is adjusting to this new rejection, his desperate scheme to hide his marriage to Amy also
rapidly unravels at his Kenilworth Castle during the Queen's festive visit. A few loyal protectors (led by
the diabolical Richard Varney) determine that the only solution for the survival and promotion of the Earl
and of themselves is to quickly kill Amy which they do. But this was not before Amy had escaped her
captivity in Abingdon and showed up at Kenilworth Castle (the Earl's true home) where she meant to confront her
husband seeking also his protection from a plot to poison her in Abingdon. Instead she ends up first confronting
the Queen herself. At Kenilworth, the Earl of Leicester's conscience and his love for Amy eventually get the better
of him and, following many lies told mostly by Varney, he finally and directly confesses all to the Queen, having
misled her and everyone else beforehand to believe that it was Richard Varney who had married Amy and not the Earl.
This is an emotionally seismic event for the Queen but her strength of character prevails and she sustains a courtly
composure befitting the daughter of Henry VIII. In the end Amy is killed by an 'arranged' accident in Abingdon to which
she was involuntarily escorted by Varney at the behest of the Earl of Leicester.
Because he was immediately caught in the act by a noble sent by the Queen to rescue Amy (Tressilian), Richard Varney,
having masterminded this fateful event, poisoned himself. His fellow villains also perished soon thereafter.
The Earl shows himself to be basically a power hungry womanizer. Nonetheless he tried to prevent Amy's wrongful death
at the last minute. Years later, in an attempt to poison his second wife, he accidentally partakes himself of the fateful libation.
It is a fitting ending for this Earl in a story where the influential roles of physician, 'chyrurgeon', 'quacksalver', sorcerer and
conjuror can be confused; much to the guarded concerns and warnings of the church. Potions abound in an era where the
Queen's food must routinely be tested by a designated pretaster.
Womanizing that goes right to the throne, tragic chivalry, the ruthless unscruppled quest for power, the struggling
factions of the sixteenth century Christian church and the omnipresent interfering role of the conjuror
make this a thrilling, engaging and intensely human tale made even more convincing and spellbinding
by the venerable skill of Sir Walter himself. I could not justify removing even a fractional star.
"Marmion." By 1814 his poetic star was fading while that of his rival Lord Byron was ascending into the heavenly realms of literary glory. Scott decided to take up novel writing producing over twenty famous novels.
Waverly is the first in the Waverly novels series. It is notable for many reasons:
1. Scott's book is considered to be the first major English historical novel. Scott sets his book during the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie's quest to seize the throne of Great Britain for the Stuart dynasty. His opponent was the Hanover ruler George II (1714-27).
2. Scott wrote of war, adventure and love in a way to attract male readers. He shows us that novels are not to become the sole baliwick of feminine authors such as Jane Austen, Jane Porter, Marie Edgeworth, Fanny Burney and others of that scribbling sisterhood of authors.
3. Scott helped introduce the highlands and lowlands of Scotland to readers in England. Scotland became part of Great Britain following the union of 1707 but many English people were unfamiliar with their fellow citizens living north of the River Tweed.
4, Scott influenced the works of such later literary giants as Charles Dickens, Honore de Balzac and James Fenimore Cooper.
And yet....! Scott has grievious faults as a novelist! Consider:
1. His books are very hard to read in the twenty-first century due to their use of abstruse Scottish dialect, the mixing of Latin and Greek quotations and the author's wide use of classical references unfamiliar to a modern audience.
2. Scott's plots are hard to follow and overcomplicated. He is not good at drawing multidimensiional human beings. All of the characters in Waverly are cardboard figures.
3, Scott often interrupts the story to make authorial comments and engages in long digressions on Scottish history and customs. These comments may enlighten but they may also bore!
4. Scott's two major love interests in Waverly are Flora MacIvor and the lowland maide Rose. Both of these women are portrayed as if they were placed on a pedestal. They are not well drawn human beings.
With all of his faults I still give Scott a five star recommendation because of the importance of Waverly in the long procession of the great novels of English Literature. He deserves reading and the man could introduce to a way of life that is foreign and exotic.