Synopses & Reviews
Edward Leithen is the closest of Buchan's protagonists to the author's own experience and imagination. A prosperous Scots lawyer and MP in London, Leithen seeks adventure to relieve the tedium of
respectability. This collection of four novels, written over a span of 30 years, shows Leith/Buchan in all his moods. In The Power House he is forced by event and accident to see civilization as a thin veneer over the human jungle, in John Macnab he makes his own adventure by playing the poacher, in Sick Heart River he meets death and redemption in the wastes of Canada. Introduced by Christopher Harvie.
"John Buchan was the first to realize the enormous dramatic value of adventure in familiar surroundings happening to unadventurous men." —Graham Greene
Edward Leithen, the closest of Buchan's protagonists to the author's own experience and imagination, seeks adventure to relieve the tedium of respectability.
Collects three stories featuring Buchan's character, Edward Leithen, a prosperous Scots lawyer and MP in London. He seeks adventure to relieve the tedium of respectability. These stories present him: making his own adventure by playing the poacher, and seeking a lost friend in the wastes of Canada.
About the Author
John Buchan (1875-1940) wrote his first two historical novels while still an undergraduate. With interests in law and journalism, he worked for the British High Commission in South Africa at the end of the Boer War. Returning to London in 1903, he eventually became a director of Thomas Nelson the publishers. Buchan worked for the Ministry of Information during WWI, and later wrote a substantial history of the conflict. He became a Tory MP for the Scottish Universities from 1927 to 1935, in which year he was appointed Governor-General of Canada as Lord Tweedsmuir.