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Kidnapped : English and Arabic : Facing Page Format (R.L. Stevensen)
Kidnapped : English and Arabic : Facing Page Format (R.L. Stevensen)Kidnapped : English and Arabic : Facing Page Format (R.L. Stevensen)Kidnapped : English and Arabic : Facing Page Format (R.L. Stevensen)Kidnapped : English and Arabic : Facing Page Format (R.L. Stevensen)Kidnapped : English and Arabic : Facing Page Format (R.L. Stevensen)Kidnapped : English and Arabic : Facing Page Format (R.L. Stevensen)Kidnapped : English and Arabic : Facing Page Format (R.L. Stevensen)Kidnapped : English and Arabic : Facing Page Format (R.L. Stevensen)Kidnapped : English and Arabic : Facing Page Format (R.L. Stevensen)Kidnapped : English and Arabic : Facing Page Format (R.L. Stevensen)Kidnapped : English and Arabic : Facing Page Format (R.L. Stevensen)Kidnapped : English and Arabic : Facing Page Format (R.L. Stevensen)

Kidnapped : English and Arabic : Facing Page Format (R.L. Stevensen)

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Author: R.L. Stevensen
Publisher: Dar al Bihar (2000)
Pages: 219 Binding: Paperback

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Bilingual English-Arabic version of “Kidnapped”.

Dual language books. The English and Arabic pages are facing each other, matching one-on-one with English on the left page, Arabic on the right page. Easy reference for individuals not strong in one of the languages. Well known fiction titles for different interests and levels.

Description of Book: The full title of the book, Kidnapped: Being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the Year 1751: How he was Kidnapped and Cast away, his Sufferings in a Desert Isle; his Journey in the Wild Highlands; his acquaintance with Alan Breck Stewart and other notorious Highland Jacobites; with all that he Suffered at the hands of his Uncle, Ebenezer Balfour of Shaws, falsely so-called: Written by Himself and now set forth by Robert Louis Stevenson gives away major parts of the plot and creates the false impression that the novel is autobiographical. The central character and narrator is a young man named David Balfour (Balfour being Stevenson's mother's maiden name), young but resourceful, whose parents have recently died and who is out to make his way in the world. He is given a letter by the minister of Essendean, Mr. Campbell, to be delivered to the ominous House of Shaws in Cramond, where David's uncle, Ebenezer Balfour, lives. On his journey, David inquires to many people where the House of Shaws is, and all of them speak of it darkly as a place of fear and evil. David arrives at the House of Shaws and attempts to gain entry. His uncle mistrusts him and seems mentally unstable. Ebenezer is also miserly, eating only "parritch" and ale despite his large amounts of money, and indeed the House of Shaws itself is only half finished as a result of his penny-pinching ways. David lives there for several days, and in the meanwhile discovers in an old book evidence that his father may have been older than his uncle, thus making himself the rightful heir to the estate. Ebenezer offers David a gift of forty guineas to increase the trust between them, and then asks David to get a chest from the top of a tower in the house. David is forced to scale the stairs in the dark, and realizes that not only is the tower unfinished in some places, but that the steps simply end after several stories and fall into the abyss. David thus realizes that his Uncle was planning to kill him so as not to have to give over his inheritance. David confronts Ebenezer, who becomes silent and again mysterious, but promises to tell David the whole story the next morning. A boy, Ransome, arrives the next day, who tells Ebenezer that a Captain Hoseason of the Covenant, needs to meet him to discuss business. Ebenezer takes David to South Queensferry, where Hoseason awaits, and David makes the mistake of leaving his Uncle alone with the captain while he visits the docks with Ransome. Hoseason later offers to take them on board the brig briefly, and David complies, only to see his uncle returning to shore alone in a skiff and to be struck over the head by a sailor. David awakens bound hand and foot in the hull of the ship. He becomes weak and sick, and one of the Covenant's officers, Mr. Riach, convinces Hoseason to move David up to the forecastle. Ransome, the cabin boy on the Covenant, is mentally ill from long abuse by another officer, Mr. Shuan, who later kills him. David is repulsed at the crew's behaviour, and later learns that they have been ordered to sell him into slavery in the Carolinas. David takes over as cabin boy, and the ship strikes a small boat from France. All of its crew are killed except one man, Alan Breck {Stewart}, who is brought on board and offers Hoseason a large sum of money to land in France and drop him off. David later overhears the crew planning to kill Alan and take all his money, so he warns him, and the two barricade themselves in the round house where they fight off the crew. Alan kills Shuan, and David wounds Hoseason. Five of the crew are killed. Alan is a Jacobite Catholic who supports the claim of the House of Stuart to the throne of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Hoseason has no choice but to give Alan and David passage back to the mainland. David tells his story to Alan, and Alan explains that the country of Appin where he is from is under the tyrannical administration of the Red Fox, a British official who in fact is a Campbell, Colin Roy of Glenure. Alan vows that should he find the Red Fox, he will kill him. The Covenant soon becomes caught in a reef during a storm, as they attempt to load the skiff and escape, David is cast overboard by a wave and washes up on what he believes to be a solitary island, but after five days realizes that with the tide out he is able to walk from the island onto a second large island, the Mull. Once there, he learns from a Scottish man that Alan has survived and has instructed David to go to Torosay. David has two encounters with beggarly guides, one who attempts to stab him with a knife, and another who is blind but an excellent shot with a pistol. David soon reaches Torosay where he is ferried across the river and receives further instructions from Alan's friend Neil Roy McRob, and later meets a Catechist named Mr. Henderland, who ferries him onto the mainland. As he continues his journey, David encounters none other than the Red Fox, who is accompanied by a lawyer, servant, and sheriff's officer. When David stops the Red Fox to ask him for directions, someone in the hills fires a gun and the Red Fox is killed. David is incriminated by the lawyer as a conspirator and flees up the hills for his life, where he meets Alan. David believes Alan to be guilty of the murder, and determines to part from him forever, but Alan proclaims his innocence of the act. Alan and David flee from the redcoats until they reach a friend of Alan, James of the Glens, whose family is burying their hidden store of weapons and burning evidence that could incriminate them. James tells Alan and David that he will have no choice but to "paper" them, that is, send out wanted posters of them, but provides them with weapons and food. Alan and David then begin their flight through the heather, hiding from redcoats, dragoons, and navigating great rivers. The two find what they believe is safety on top of a large boulder, but waken later to find that redcoats have encamped in the valley all around them, and escape is impossible. They are forced to wait for an entire day directly exposed to the beating sun on top of the rock, and David's health begins to worsen. They escape eventually, and attempt to send a message to James through a bouman named John Breck, but they learn that James has been taken prisoner. As Alan and David continue their journey, David's health rapidly deteriorates, and by the time they are set upon by wild highlanders who serve a chief in hiding, Cluny Macpherson, he is barely conscious. Alan gets Cluny to give them shelter. While staying there, David suffers from a fever, but this does not stop him and Cluny from growing to dislike each other, David being a gentleman and Cluny being a gambler. Alan soon loses all his money playing cards and asks David for a loan. David, being ill, gives it to him without thinking. Subsequently all of David's money is lost too. Cluny's scouts report that the way is clear after a few days, and David and Alan leave his lair. As David and Alan continue their flight, David becomes progressively sicker, and he nurses anger against Alan for several days over the loss of his money. Alan is kind and forbearing, knowing that David is not himself as a result of the fever. However, it becomes too much, and Alan's temper is also roused. They ignore each other for several days, except to exchange insults, culminating in David challenging Alan to a duel. Alan knows it would be murder for himself, an extraordinary swordsman, to fight David, so he drops his sword, leaving himself unarmed. David, his pride finally breaking down, confesses himself to be dying as a result of their hardships. Alan is mortified to realize how blind he has been towards David's condition, showing the one of his first instances of real humility: "…..I couldna remember you were but a bairn, couldna see that you were dying on your feet. Davie, ye'll have to try and forgive me." The two reconcile, leaving their friendship stronger than before. . Alan helps him find shelter in Balquhidder to heal himself. They are taken into the house of Duncan Dhu, who is a brilliant piper. While staying there, Alan meets a foe of his, Robin Oig-son of Rob Roy MacGregor-, who is a murderer and renegade. Alan and Robin nearly fight a duel, but Duncan persuades them to leave the contest to bagpipes. Both play brilliantly, but Alan admits Robin is the better piper, so the quarrel is resolved and Alan and David prepare to pass the Forth and finally return to David's country. In one of the most humorous passages in the book, Alan convinces an innkeeper's daughter from Limekilns that David is a dying young Jacobite nobleman, in spite of David's objections, and she helps them get across the Firth of Fourth. There they meet a lawyer of David's uncle, Mr. Rankeillor, who agrees to help David receive his inheritance. David and Rankeillor hide in bushes outside the Ebenezer's house while Alan speaks to him, claiming to be a man who found David nearly dead after the wreck of the Covenant and is holding him captive in a castle, and asks the uncle whether to kill him or keep him. The uncle flatly denies Alan's statement that David had been kidnapped, but eventually admits that he paid Hoseason "twenty pound" to take David to "Caroliny". David and Rankeillor then emerge from their hiding places and speak with Ebenezer in the kitchen, where David rightly receives two-thirds of the estate. The novel ends with David and Alan parting ways, Alan going to France, and David going to a bank to settle his money.

These special, condensed novels are intended for English speakers to learn Arabic, by reading side by side versions of these simplified famous novels.

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