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  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: IndyPublish (July 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1404325034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1404325036
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,949,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Buchan, Baron Tweedsmuir, was a Scottish diplomat, barrister, journalist, historian, poet and novelist. He wrote adventure novels, short-story collections and biographies. His passion for the Scottish countryside is reflected in much of his writing. Buchan's adventure stories are high in romance and are peopled by a large cast of characters. 'Richard Hannay', 'Dickson McCunn' and 'Sir Edward Leithen' are three that reappear several times. Alfred Hitchcock adapted his most famous book 'The Thirty-Nine Steps', featuring Hannay, for the big screen. Born in 1875 in Perth, Buchan was the son of a minister. Childhood holidays were spent in the Borders, for which he had a great love. He was educated at Glasgow University and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was President of the Union. Called to the Bar in 1901, he became Lord Milner's assistant private secretary in South Africa. By 1907, however, he was working as a publisher with Nelson's. During the First World War Buchan was a correspondent at the Front for 'The Times', as well as being an officer in the Intelligence Corps and advisor to the War Cabinet. Elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament for one of the Scottish Universities' seats in 1927, he was created Baron Tweedsmuir in 1935. From then until his death in 1940 he served as Governor General of Canada, during which time he neverthelss managed to continue writing. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This novel, set more than a century ago in backwater South Africa, is the great grandfather of today's thrillers.
Chris Ward
Buchan was apparently a strong advocate for the British Empire over colonial interests, so some of his observations will strike modern readers as offensive.
catlover
I've done school literature on this book many years ago. now after reading it four decade later it was hard to put down until the end..
Michael Giddings

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Chris Ward VINE VOICE on August 23, 2005
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This novel, set more than a century ago in backwater South Africa, is the great grandfather of today's thrillers. Buchan, who perfected the form in "The 39 Steps" some years later, gives his young hero plenty to do in sussing out and confronting a massive uprising by tribesmen who wish to slaughter all the white settlers for a hundred miles around. The writing is smooth and the situations are generally believable, though modern readers will have to forgive Buchan for some racist sentiments completely common at the time. Both black and white characters are compellingly and sympathetically drawn, though, so there's no reason to apologize for the book. Read it and be taken back to another time and another place, and imagine how Hollywood would produce this today-- it feels totally contemporary in terms of its "Indiana Jones" adventure plot. Enjoy! (Note: This book is available in its entirety online.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By catlover on August 19, 2014
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John Buchan's Prester John is non-stop adventure. A plucky young Brit, David Crawfurd, is sent by his uncle to South Africa to serve as assistant storekeeper on a lonely stretch of African countryside. The head storekeeper is a drunk who engages in secret meetings with local tribesmen and a dissolute Portuguese. The native Africans are behaving strangely, and a mysterious, charismatic African minister with dark secrets appears to have some kind of hold over the countryside. As David pieces together the clues, he discovers a terrifying plot afoot on the plains. Buchan knew how to slowly build suspense and then set a prolonged, breakneck pace for the adventures, struggles, and seemingly insurmountable odds for his protagonists to overcome. I have also read his Salute to Adventurers and 39 Steps, and this was his plot device in all three. He was a master at this genre. David's chief adversary, the African minister, is a rich and complex character, both brilliant and noble and written with heart, despite his drive to overcome the white settlers. Buchan was apparently a strong advocate for the British Empire over colonial interests, so some of his observations will strike modern readers as offensive. But, if you read this with a sense that you are doing so with the hindsight of evolved ideas, it is great reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2014
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One of the Buchan classics that has been overshadowed by the better known but less well crafted "Thirty-Nine Steps"

One for those who love the older style adventure tales.
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By Ivan Sayer on May 12, 2014
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My reasons for reading this book as an adult are *very* different from the reasons I read it as a 12-year-old boy. Buchan is a very strange author. He set out to become a writer and later changed his career path to law and administration. But the habit of writing a yarn every so often never went away - and, after the publication of his very well-known shocker, 'Thirty-Nine Steps', his stories became good money-spinners. The shockers are a strange mixture of good old-fashioned sensational story and political indoctrination. The political views look old fashioned now - but there were uglier political stories about at the time; this fact should not be forgotten. This book gives a largely fanciful story of a projected revolution against foreign rule in South Africa; this gives Buchan a chance to write of his earlier experiences in South Africa and express the European Imperialist convictions that had formed in his mind while working there as Lord Milner's private secretary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia K. Dolan on November 22, 2013
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Another well-told story by John Buchan. The story line offers some insight into the mindset of the English regarding colonization.
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By Tony181 on September 22, 2012
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My grade 8 teacher read this book to my class 48 years ago (I can't believe that number). I have read it 3 times since. It's a great adventure story. I paid my son $20. to read it when he was in his teens and he also thought it was great. I have it on my kindle because I intend to read it again soon and I like to have it with me.Prester John
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By Robert Moore on June 12, 2014
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This is a great book, a jolly exciting yarn about derring do in Africa. I recommend it to all adventure lovers.
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I've done school literature on this book many years ago. now after reading it four decade later it was hard to put down until the end.. great on old African history
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