Travels With A Donkey in the Cevennes

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. The walking trip that Stevenson describes in [i]Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes[/i] (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.
Publisher: Oxford : John Beaufoy Publishing, 2009
ISBN: 9781906780074
Branch Call Number: 914.4 St
Description: 95 pages ; 22 cm


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A charming, short travel tale from Stevenson; he leased a mule with tons of character named "Modestine." Whether it was a result of seeking better climes for his tuberculosis or scratching the itch to travel, Stevenson wrote this in his twenties. His deftness with words, humanity, and g... Read More »

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Nov 21, 2015

I met some Scotish folk this summer who were travelling in Stevenson's footsteps, minus the donkey. Good read, charming for the details of 19th century travel on foot with a donkey through France.

Aug 27, 2015

A low-key, almost self-deprecating little travel story, written quite early in his career before Stevenson becme well known. Plenty of local color, a bit of gentle humor. An easy fireside read but somewhat dated by now.

Apr 10, 2013

This book is full of wit and wry humor and a quick read. Backpacking must have been a very unusual avocation at the time, judging by the responses of the various villagers he encounters. I enjoyed the extensive use of colorful, archaic vocabulary and his romantic reflections on travel and camping out under the stars. He also includes some interesting historical background about this region of France.

Nov 09, 2012

A delightful read about his 1879 journey along the road to Santiago with his donkey, Modestine. This book must have inspired others to follow in his footsteps.


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