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Weir of Hermiston

av Robert Louis Stevenson

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1944103,255 (3.61)12
"Weir of Hermiston is Stevenson's last novel and his masterpiece. In it he takes up his continuing preoccupation with human duality and the drama of filial disobedience. He portrays the rivalry between Lord Hermiston, a sardonic and formidable Edinburgh 'hanging judge', and his son Archie, who is banished to the Hermiston country estate and the company of women. Stevenson was at work on the novel on the day of his death in 1894, and the story is arrested in mid-flow during a lovers' quarrel."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (mer)

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Am I allowed to be mad at RLS for dying while writing this? It was so slow, and had finally just starting to get better!

Also, it’s basically David Copperfield without the orphaning part. ( )
  kat_the_bookcat | Feb 7, 2019 |
La società scozzese, i suoi valori, la transizione da un mondo di certezze a una situazione ricca di dilemmi e contraddizioni, il tema della memoria come rivisitazione delle proprie radici socio-culturali nell'ultimo, incompiuto romanzo di Stevenson
Nel suo ultimo romanzo, rimasto incompiuto, Stevenson affronta il tema della memoria intesa sia come rivisitazione nostalgica delle proprie radici storico-culturali, sia come poderosa sintesi delle molte voci - storiche e leggendarie - che costituivano il cuore e l'essenza della Scozia. Un aspetto saliente di Weir di Hermiston riguarda la valenza conflittuale che lo caratterizza, facendo dei vari livelli narrativi il luogo di una tensione che mai si risolve: il figlio contro il padre, il presente contro il passato, la lingua inglese contro il dialetto scozzese, Edimbugo contro Hermiston, la legge contro l'anarchia, la memoria contro l'oblio. Nella scelta tematica della figura del giudice, implacabile anche nei confronti del proprio figlio, Stevenson delinea la crisi dei valori fondanti della società scozzese e la drammatica transizione da un mondo di certezze e verità incrollabili a una società percorsa da dilemmi e contraddizioni.
  Cerberoz | Mar 8, 2012 |
By either account, it is a blessing that this novel remains unfinished. The two people who shared Stevenson’s confidences, reveal endings that could have seriously degraded his effort. The “Weir of Hermiston” carries us to the point where whatever “inevitable mechanics” were about to bring the story into conformity with one genre or another. Then Stevenson died, suddenly, in Samoa.

The first part of a tragedy is always the best and least punishing.The father and son who anchor the novel receive narrative sympathy and criticism in a pleasantly unresolved mixture. Even a number of the minor characters are thrown into varying lights as they are sketched into the happenings. This keeps things fresh and interesting. The reader is not allowed to get comfortable with his judgments or confident in his interpretations. Critics emphasize that this has to do with Stevenson’s contention that the Scotch character is divided—a theme he made most famous with “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

His language also vacillates between two poles; one is the exquisitely crafted, psychologically aware 19th century prose that Stevenson had been refining throughout his career: “Clem and Gib, who were men exactly virtuous, swallowed the dose of Dand’s irregularities as a kind of clog or drawback in the mysterious providence God affixed to bards;” “Her view of history was wholly artless, a design in snow and ink; upon the one side, tender innocents with psalms upon their lips; upon the other, the persecutors, booted, bloody-minded, flushed with wine.”

The other pole is Scots dialect (make sure your edition includes a glossary or explanatory footnotes): “Ye daft auld wife! A bonny figure I would be, palmering about in bauchles!” “You and your noansense! What do I want with a Christian faim’ly? I want Christian broth! Get me a lass that can plain-boil a potato, if she was a whure off the streets.”

It is only moments of deep human connection and drama that prompt the rare combination of these opposite modes of communication. I do not intend to reveal the details of the story (betrayal, love, rivalry etc)—it is finely wrought and believable, little more than one hundred pages. Absolutely worth an afternoon of reading. ( )
2 rösta fieldnotes | Nov 11, 2008 |
I hadn't realized until I got to the end that "an unfinished romance" is not a poetic subtitle but a literal description: the author died before completing it. However, it is less frustrating than Dickens's "Mystery of Edwin Drood", since we have a better idea of how the plot was intended to proceed. Although I wouldn't rate this as a great work of literature, there are some nice little vignettes of early 19th-century Scottish lowland life. MB 11-xii-06 ( )
  MyopicBookworm | Dec 11, 2006 |
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To my wife
I saw rain falling and the rainbow drawn
On Lammermuir. Hearkening I heard again
In my precipitous city beaten bells
Winnow the keen sea wind. And here afar,
Intent on my own race and place, I wrote.
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Burnished the sword, blew on the drowsy coal,
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In the wild end of a moorland parish, far out of the sight of any house, there stands a cairn among the heather, and a little by east of it, in the going down of the braeside, a monument with some verses half defaced.

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The Lord-Justice Clerk was a stranger in that part of the country; but his lady wife was known there from a child, as her race had been before her.
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"Weir of Hermiston is Stevenson's last novel and his masterpiece. In it he takes up his continuing preoccupation with human duality and the drama of filial disobedience. He portrays the rivalry between Lord Hermiston, a sardonic and formidable Edinburgh 'hanging judge', and his son Archie, who is banished to the Hermiston country estate and the company of women. Stevenson was at work on the novel on the day of his death in 1894, and the story is arrested in mid-flow during a lovers' quarrel."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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