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Tly Always with Stevenson ust published in France the diary of his second wife Charmian It is also the log book of the Snark their boat during their travel in Oceania I have order it Charmian WAS THE RIGHT EUAL OF STEVENSON GREAT WOMAN ROBERT the right eual of Stevenson Great woman Robert Stevenson writes here of his 12 day 120 mile hike in the C vennes an area located at the south eastern edge of the Massif Central region of central southern France He was twenty seven and the year was 1878 His sole companion was a enny a female donkey called Modestine It was she that carried his large clumsy homemade sleeping sack Donkeys will be donkeys We say they are stubborn but what they really have is simply a strong self preservation instinct They will have their own idea of the proper route to be taken They do not move fast unless they want to often moving slower than a human s walking pace They must be reprimanded goaded or at least this is what Stevenson and those around him were saying Does Stevenson feel guilt for his behavior toward Modestine A little but never does he alter his behavior At the view spoilerend he does shed a tear at their parting hide spoiler As Robert Louis Stevenson travels with a donkey through the Cevennes he reflects on the suppression of Protestantism in the region at the end of the seventeenth century The book would have been a nicer read if he had been pleasant to the donkey but alas he believed in applying the stick rather than in offering the carrot ust as much as Louis XIV did to the Huguenots I had this book on my shelves for one or two years Few days ago after finishing Walden by Thoreau I picked it up Black Women in White America A Documentary History just because it was small And what an interesting reading after Walden Two men living for a certain time in the nature There are similar ways of living their adventures similar thoughts about nature food Men society and philosophy But also so many differencies between Thoreau and Stevenson And Stevenson is much my kindFirst he seems from the first pages totally franck he tells us about his troubles his mistakes his faults as well as hisoys and the pleasure he takes for this travel as a young and enthousiastic man a tiny twelve days travel but after which definitively nothing will ever be the same for StevensonWhy the title Travel with a Donkey in the Cevennes Because Modestine the female donkey is as important as Stevenson in this travel Stevenson like a school teacher would have done tells us about the C vennes which were the site of a Protestant rebellion around 1702 severely suppressed by Catholic French king Louis XIV The Protestant insurgents were known as the Camisards Stevenson was Protestant by upbringing and a non believer by philosophy Stevenson was well versed in the history and evokes scenes from the rebellion as he passes through the area of the rebellion during the final days of his trek He planned his trek knows each day where he has to go and had calculated how many hours it should take him to reach a lake he would like to see before the night comes ButBut Modestine the donkey doesn t care about roads time or history Modestine is stubborn pretty fragile whimsical loving submissive curious about a thistle bunch a farmyard or a small conversation with a donkey crossed on the wayStevenson will be angry about her sometimes very bad and finally resigned because thanks to Modestine he ll understand that the important thing in his travel like in all travels wasn t to go somewhere but to walkA short book with beautiful
THOUGHTS ABOUT THE BEAUTY OF EARTH about the Beauty of earth how men can live together even if some are Catholics and some others are ProtestantsStevenson the scholar Protestant male aware of the time which passes and Modestine descendant from the donkey who carried the catholic Blessed Virgin Mary a couple sometimes funny often sad because of the bad behaviour of Stevenson is to be readAnd like in a good lovestory Stevenson regrets his bad thoughts and facts towards Modestine and will understand he loved her once gone away. This work may contain missing or blurred pages poor pictures errant marks etc Scholars believe and we concur that this work is important enough to be preserved reproduced and made generally available to the public We appreciate your support of the preservation process and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant. .
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Despite the advice and concerns of his wife and the friend dragged along on his last travel book Stevenson decides to hike through rural FranceA couple days of hiking lead to the idea that he should buy a donkey to carry his baggage and everything will go smoothlyFunny and entertaining as Stevenson who loves travel but is a complete amateur stumbles through his travels Gives us a look at the way the world was is a complete amateur stumbles through his travels Gives us a look at the way the world was as he trudges through small villages and visits a monasteryPlus you realize just hiking through the French countryside in an era before cars hiking through the French countryside in an era before cars phones electric lights or even handy paperback travel books is uite an adventure The chapter where he and the donkey get lost and try to reach their destination after dark is uite intense and a bit scary despite the fact that a mere couple miles separates the two places he s traveling between In the woods at night he might as well be lost in the Leggiamo l'ora. Gioco e imparo. Ediz. a colori jungleInteresting book but he has a tendency to write about places like everyone will know where he s talking about and it left me a bit lost in spots until he mentioned a place name I did recognize Since I love hiking camping under the stars France and RLS this book was for me I ve even hiked with a burro as pack animal so I feel Mr Stevenson s pain that regard I love RLS s lucid character descriptions and general love of and tolerance of humanity in all its forms and I am working my way through his oeuvre Actually his non fiction is often interesting and revealing than his fiction though I do love Kidnapped Every book is in an intimate sense a circular letter to the friends of him who writes it They alone 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 postageIn the summer of 1878 Robert Louis Stevenson turned his back on Paris and headed south His love affair with an American woman several years his senior had apparently failed Too depressed to write he decided to walk off his blues in some rugged country In the foothill town of Monastier he bought a donkey a diminutive mouse colored beast he named Modestine and in her reluctant company he strolled off into the high pastures of the C vennes The result of these adventures the aptly named Travels with a Donkey in the C vennes 1879 is a private love letter to the women who had left him and a public observance of nature s beauty all interlaced with a li This little book shares the adventures of Robert Louis Stevenson and his donkey Modestine during theirourney through the Cevennes region of France RLS had no donkey driving experience before this trip and if I had endured his terrible first days in person I would have run screaming into the
Forest Never To Return But He Perseverednever to return But he persevered with the kindly help of a local peasant who made him a goad to encourage dear Modestine in her forward motion the rest of the trip was not nearly so horrific for any of usI got mad at RLS once when after a few days of being out on the road unloading and loading Modestine a peasant points out to him the sores between her legs and under her tail Sores which the peasant said came from being overloaded Now I understand a rookie donkey driver not comprehending things like balancing a load properly but how can anyone not notice gallsores when they are tying straps and supposedly caring for the poor beast in their down time But RLS definitely made up for that when he admitted to feeding Modestine her bread by hand and he picked a lot of chestnut leaves for her one night and even shed unashamed tears after he sold her at the end of his walk RLS embraced every moment of his trip sleeping under the stars at times that was okay except for when he stayed under some chestnut trees one night and later learned that the noises he heard had been rats and other times mixing with the locals at the village inn He visited Le Pont de Montvert of bloody memory and why was the memory bloo. This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it This work was reproduced from the original artifact and remains as true to the original work as possible Therefore you will see the original copyright references library stamps as most of these works have been housed in ou. ,
Dy It was the center of a rebellion by French Protestants against the Catholics of the time this war was called the rebellion of the Camisards for the linen shirts the Protestants wore I don t remember uite so much detail about the religious history from the last time I read this book but it was uite a few years ago and most likely I did not pay much attention to those sections I found them much interesting this time around especially since RLS seemed to feel that the people had learned to get along live together and respect each other even with their different religions Wouldn t it be nice if the whole world today could do the same Robert Louis Stevenson s account of his 12 day hike through the C vennes mountains in Southern France accompanied only by his determined and sometimes stubborn donkey Modestine 25 I think I decided this was a must read because I so love Christopher Rush s recreation of the travels in To Travel Hopefully The problem with the original is that there doesn t seem to be any particular reason for walking 120 miles in 12 days with a donkey as one s pack animal and traveling companion I have been after an adventure all my life a pure dispassionate adventurer such as befell early and heroic voyagers he writes but of all the options before him this must surely have been one of the safer choicesAs autumn comes on Stevenson keeps being mistaken for a peddler and meeting religious extremists of various stripes from Trappist monks to a Plymouth Brother He stays in shared inn rooms or sleeps outdoors He learns about the history of religious wars and martyrdom in the region It s the sort of material that might have inspired Guy Stagg in writing The Crossway his account of a secular pilgrimage from Canterbury to Jerusalem But it s for the most part awfully boring Rush at least had a good reason for undertaking his ourney after his wife s death from breast cancer he needed a purposeful uest to take his mind off his griefBut anyway the donkey that s why this features in my 20 Books of Summer after all Stevenson buys Modestine for 65 francs and she uickly proves to be a typical stubborn as creature Passersby encourage him to find an effective goad and show the beast who s in charge They told me when I left and I was ready to believe it that before a few days I should come to love Modestine like a dog Three days had passed we had shared some misadventures and my heart was still
as cold as a potato towards my beast of burden She was pretty enough to look at butcold as a potato towards my beast of burden She was pretty enough to look at but she had given proof of dead stupidityBetween the early entries and the final ones though she is mostly invisible And regretfully Stevenson Then Has To Sell then has to sell poor beast again and for only 35 francs with her saddle That represents uite a financial loss after less than two weeksUltimately I prefer reading about Stevenson to reading his actual work Other examples Nancy Horan s novel Under the Wide and Starry Sky the chapter of Richard Holmes s Footsteps Adventures of a Romantic Biographer in which he recreates the C vennes trek My next Stevenson themed reading will be The Lighthouse Stevensons by Bella BathurstA lovely line to love is the great amulet which makes the world a garden Wigtown gets a random mention As he s musing on the controversial religious history of the area If you met a mixed company in the King s Arms at Wigton it is not likely that the talk would run on Covenanters Small time in Florac Time to read again this book With Modestine the dunkey He crossed this poor and austere area from the north catholic G vaudan to the South Protestant Cevennes He delivers to us very fine observation on people and country Especially his glance on inhabitant s opinion is very accute It gives to his travel an initiatic dimension But 135 years later has the mentalities really changed Not sureThe trauma of the Religion Wars is well always present The character who confidentially acknowledges to be catholic would undoubtedly make in the same way curren. R most important libraries around the world and other notations in the workThis work is in the public domain in the United States of America and possibly other nations Within the United States you may freely copy and distribute this work as no entity individual or corporate has a copyright on the body of the workAs a reproduction of a historical artifact.