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The Island of Sheep (Hardback) Hardcover – March 28, 2010
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`rejoice in the pre-war prose ... and in Buchan's beautifully observed landscapes'
The Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Ian Duncan is Barbara and Carlisle Moore Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Oregon. He is the author of Modern Romance and Transformations of the Novel: The Gothic, Scott, Dickens (Cambridge UP 1992).
John Buchan was born in Perth, Scotland in 1875 and called to the Bar in 1901, combining law with a steady output of books, reviews and articles and becoming a partner in the publishers Thomas Nelson and Sons. In the First World War he was a correspondent for The Times on the Western Front and in
Intelligence and propaganda for the Foreign Office and War Office, then Director of the Department of Information. He was a biographer of Montrose, Walter Scott, Cromwell and others, became MP for the Scottish Universities in 1927 and ended his life as Governor-General of Canada. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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I am steadily becoming a cheerleader of Wordsworth Classics, which combine an incredibly low price with curation of the highest quality. The front and back covers are quite suitable and the introduction, though short, is spot on. Would this book have been improved with textual notes of the thoroughness of an Oxford or Penguin edition? I suspect not; Buchan is best read for pleasure first and dissection third, if ever. (Instruction, of course, is the second purpose.)
As a 'first-rate second-tier author' generally, Buchan is by no means at the ebb of his authorial powers in The Island of Sheep. Devotees of Buchan; enjoyers of Haggard, Kipling, and Stevenson; readers who sigh at the current paucity of British vigor in modern life - give this one a look.
While this book falls well short of the story line in thirty-nine steps, it is well written and well worth reading.
In an era of moral relativism, it is refreshing to read Buchan's stories, with their hero who doubts not the nobility of his cause.