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Weir of Hermiston   By: (1850-1894)

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Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson is a captivating and enthralling novel that promises the reader a journey into the depths of human emotions and inner conflicts. Set in a small Scottish town, the story follows the life of Archie Weir, a young man burdened by his family legacy and struggling to find his identity amidst societal expectations.

One of the most striking aspects of Weir of Hermiston is Stevenson's masterful storytelling and vivid prose. The author's descriptions of the Scottish landscape are rich with detail, transporting us to the rugged beauty of the highlands. Through his words, Stevenson effectively creates a sense of atmosphere, which becomes an essential element in portraying the protagonist's internal struggles and external dilemmas.

The character development in this novel is nothing short of remarkable. Archie Weir emerges as a complex and multi-dimensional figure, torn between loyalty to his family and his own desires for individuality and freedom. As readers delve deeper into his psyche, Stevenson demonstrates an intricate understanding of human nature, unravelling the contradictions within Archie's personality and his ongoing battle against his own demons.

The themes explored throughout the narrative are both universal and timeless. The conflict between duty and personal fulfillment, the weight of societal expectations, and the consequences of our actions are all expertly interwoven into the fabric of the story. Stevenson's exploration of these themes not only forces readers to reflect on their own lives but also sheds light on the intricacies of human relationships and the wider society we inhabit.

However, it is important to note that Weir of Hermiston remained unfinished at the time of Robert Louis Stevenson's death, and therefore the book lacks a conclusive resolution. While this may leave some readers unsatisfied, it also adds an air of mystery and allows for individual interpretation of the story's potential outcome.

In conclusion, Weir of Hermiston is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that showcases Robert Louis Stevenson's exceptional storytelling skills and profound understanding of the human condition. Despite its incomplete status, the book serves as a testament to the author's talent and leaves a lasting impression on anyone willing to embark on this emotional journey.

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Printed by BALLANTYNE, HANSON & CO. at the Ballantyne Press, Edinburgh


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 . Take thou the writing : thine it is . For who Burnished the sword , blew on the drowsy coal , Held still the target higher , chary of praise And prodigal of counsel—who but thou ? So now , in the end , if this the least be good , If any deed be done , if any fire Burn in the imperfect page , the praise be thine .


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 brae side, a monument with some verses half defaced... Continue reading book >>

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