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The Strange Adventures of Mr Andrew Hawthorn

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A new selection of short stories by "the prince of thriller writers" (The Times, London)

The short stories of John Buchan are known for their authentically rendered backgrounds, taut pacing, and atmosphere of expectancy and international intrigue. These diverse tales combine Buchan's remarkable experiences and interests as a traveler, war correspondent, politician, and cla
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Penguin Classics (first published November 1932)
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Mar 02, 2010 Rhys rated it liked it
This took me the best part of a year to finish. I enjoyed each story as a separate unit, but they never instilled in me a desire to proceed immediately to the next one in the book, so there were usually long gaps between each one. Buchan's prose is muscular and old-fashioned and his imperialistic attitudes are frequently laughable by modern standards, but his heart is in the right place. He values the old virtues of courage, honour, truthfulness and decency, and he's good at portraying inner emo ...more
Elizabeth
Oct 06, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This is my brain-candy. Here Buchan, circa 1915, explores the Scots highlands with whimsy and respect but plenty of wryness too. I love this stuff. Perhaps iot was low literature in its day, but the diction and character depth insight are a cut above by modern standards, saezzzz aiye.
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Apr 17, 2011 Lauren Strickland rated it did not like it
Buchan's is not a style of writing that I connect to - I have put this one back on the shelf for the time being.
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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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