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As Robert Louis Stevenson travels with A DONKEY THROUGH THE CEVENNES HE donkey through the Cevennes he 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 just as much as Louis XIV did to the Huguenots 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 ears 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 Travels with a Donkey 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 light history of politics and faith in the region Stevenson nearing thirty had already traveled considerably throughout Europe but a sustained overland journey on foot was something new to thirty had already traveled considerably throughout Europe but a sustained overland journey on foot was something new to He undertook this twelve day ramble to settle his heart and his thoughtsFor my part I travel not to go anywhere but to go I travel for travel s sake The great affair is to move to feel the needs and hitches of our life nearly to come down off this featherbed of civilisation and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints To hold a pack upon a pack saddle against a gale out of the freezing north is no high industry but it is one that serves to occupy and compose the mind He must have appeared odd A priest and his acolytes inspecting a church laughed out loud as the tramp and his donkey passed by Their two shadows were comically deformed his with a knapsack hers with an enormous sleeping bag stuffed with a leg of cold mutton a bottle of Beaujolais an egg beater for eggnog Stevenson s favorite drink bread both black and white changes of clothing a coat blanket books and a permanent larder of chocolate and tinned Bologna sausage Some villagers refused to guide him a little girl stuck out her tongue and all the while Modestine behaved predictably like an assBut most of the people he met were kind and helpful and the September countryside was in its autumn beauty Even the nights spent camped along the road were magical Night is a dead monotonous period under a roof but in the open world it passes lightly with its stars and dews and perfumes and the hours are marked by changes in the face of Nature The next morning giddy with beauty that surrounded him he scattered money on the turf to pay for his night s lodging Can he escape the memories of the woman he loves No Everything reminds him of Fanny Even in the wild mountains of G vaudan his thoughts run back to her And to live out of doors with the woman a man loves is of all lives the most complete and free Love is the great amulet which makes the world a garden What did Fanny make of the book That s unclear But Stevenson fortified by the profit earned by the sale of the manuscript followed her across an ocean and a continent and eventually won her lasting loveUntil now I never rightly understood Borges fascination with Stevenson s prose But after reading Travels with a Donkey I have to admit I was charmed by Stevenson s breezy style and modest tone even when I was a little disturbed by how closely Stevenson s difficult dealings with Modestine reflected his trying relationship with Fanny Travels with a Donkey set the model for some of the excellent British travel writers that soon would follow It s hard not to hear Stevenson s cheerful self deprecating voice carried over into Jerome K Jerome s Three Men in a Boat or Eric Newby s A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush In fact I was so enchanted by this short book I read it twice in as many days 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. 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Scendant 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 little book shares the adventures OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON AND HIS DONKEY MODESTINE DURING Robert Louis Stevenson and his donkey Modestine during journey 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 Persevered And With The But he persevered and with the 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 bloody 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 ears 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 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 ears 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 who confidentially acknowledges to be catholic would undoubtedly make the same way currently Always with Stevenson just 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 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 then as he trudges through small villages and visits a monasteryPlus ou realize just hiking through the French countryside in an era before cars cell 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 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. 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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 inspir 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 Robert Louis 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 ear was 1878 His sole companion was a jenny 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 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 I love RLS s lucid character descriptions and general love 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 I had this book on my shelves for one or two ears Few days ago after finishing Walden by Thoreau I picked it up just because it was small And what an interesting reading after Walden Two men living for a it was small And what an interesting reading after Walden Two men living for a 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 his joys and the pleasure he takes for this travel as a oung and enthousiastic Man A Tiny Twelve a tiny twelve 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 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 de. 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 ou 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. ,
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