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Castle Gay (Dickson McCunn #2)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  96 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A tale of kidnapping, politics, suspense-and rugby.
Paperback, 276 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Waking Lion Press (first published 1930)
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Castle Gay is one half Pilgrim’s Progress, one half commentary on tradition, mixed up in a splendid adventure story. It begins with a dull, timid newspaper magnate, Thomas Carlyle Craw, who finds himself kidnapped (victim of a misfired college prank) and deposited in a lodge in the remote Border mountains of Scotland. Irascible, whiny, and wholly unused to bodily exertion, he is forced to undertake a lengthy sojourn in the wilderness, by the end of which he has become a new man. But his is no ta ...more
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Rog Harrison
This is a lighthearted adventure set in south west Scotland. A rugby playing undergraduate thwarts the agents of a foreign power and falls in love. I have been reading many of the author's books lately and I think this is my favourite so far.
Mar 25, 2012 Benjamin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Scottish stories
Of course, Buchan is usually superb as a descriptive writer, but this novel stands out in this regard over many of his more famous novels. The aptness and precision of his descriptions throughout this book were my favorite part of the reading. The plot is less fantastic than many of his adventure/spy stories, and the protagonist is ("Wee") Jaikie from Huntingtower, now a collegian on holiday who stumbles upon an intrigue.

For a Buchan enthusiast, this is another great read. For someone new to Buc
Chris Johnson
A retired grocer and his two adopted sons -- a quite rugby champ and a tenacious reporter -- try to save a witless and reclusive newspaper magnate from a kidnapping plot. Goofy and brainless, but the writing is clever and the plot zips along. Jaikie, the rugby player, and Dickson, the grocer, are very fun characters.
This story of inter-war political intrigue, set in the Scottish Highlands was overall a bit of a disappointment. Plus one star for historical quaintness, minus stars for a rambling and generally unengaging story and wooden characterisation.
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John Buchan (1st Baron Tweedsmuir) was a British novelist and public servant who combined a successful career as an author of thrillers, historical novels, histories and biographies with a parallel career in public life. At the time of his death he was Governor-General of Canada.

Buchan was born in Scotland and educated at Glasgow and Oxford Universities. After a brief career in law he went to Sou
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