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The Dancing Floor (Sir Edward Leithen #3)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  93 ratings  ·  11 reviews
After reading The Dancing Floor, John Buchan's friend Greenslet wrote to the author, "I don't know when I have had more pleasure in reading one of your books. The essential fabric is highly romantic and attractive, and the handling and workmanship is, it seems to me, up to the level of the fable." The book's theme is that civilization can be reborn through its younger gene ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published August 17th 2006 by Waking Lion Press (first published January 1st 1926)
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Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
May 04, 2013 Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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This is an expanded version of a short story, first published in 1914, called 'Basilissa'. I've read it in a volume of Buchan's weird fiction published by Penguin Classics, 'The Strange Adventures of Mr. Andrew Hawthorn and other stories'. Edward Leithen, Buchan's barrister/MP protagonist isn't present in the original story, which may explain why his role in this narrative isn't really pivotal so much as that of a fly on the wall, albeit a fly whose paths intersect with those of the main players ...more
Rog Harrison
This was originally published in 1926. Although I like the character of Sir Edward Leithen I struggled a bit with this and kept putting it down. The book starts slowly while the author introduces two characters who play a major part in this book. A young man who is haunted by a recurring dream which occurs once a year on the same date and a young woman who seems somewhat eccentric and other-worldly. The story then turns into a sort of gothic horror story where superstitious villagers want to mak ...more
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Suzannah
This re-read was long overdue, and just as with the Austen books I've been re-reading lately, The Dancing Floor seemed almost a different book, with so much more to enjoy and digest in it than I remember.

The story, narrated by Sir Edward Leithen, a respected barrister, follows his friendships with two very different people and the peculiar, terrifying scenes they end up dragging him into. Vernon Milburne is still in his teens when Leithen meets him and is immediately struck by his unusual qualit
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Chris

Vernon Milbourne, orphaned since childhood and haunted by a recurring dream, is friends with the protective lawyer and MP Sir Edward Leithen.

An Aegean cruise takes them to the mysterious island of Plakos, where Vernon is fascinated by the island's myths.

Local superstitions turn to menace as Vernon's encounter with a beautiful woman results in obsession and adventure.

Kylie W
I picked this up in a dusty little second hand bookshop at some point expecting it to be a nice light historical romance. It was a delightful surprise to find something really interesting and quite dark (not that I don't love historical romance).

Some parts of the story line left me a bit cold, and the narrative voice was a bit detached for my taste, but it had one amazing theme...

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One of the central characters has this recurring dream of lying in his bed in his bedroom. There is a
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Daniel Etherington
A bit of a disjointed read, with the middle section sagging heavily. But as ever with Buchan an interesting portrait of the era - before and after WWI - and class. This one also gets into the whole issue of the clash between Christianity and pre-Christian, pagan beliefs, and how they're conflated with matters of "evil", "witchcraft", "devils" etc. Hence the intro by Wicker Man director Robin Hardy, which provides a solid discussion and context.
Jamie Cain
As always, really enjoyed this novel. Despite Buchan's stereotyping at times, such a powerful story of Christianity vs. paganism.
Mark
One of Buchan's best! This book is mystic in nature combined with action and a great plot. This would make a superb movie.
Polly
Eerie and quite beautiful at moments, this is one of Buchan's best books.
Anne Dart
What superstition can do to people! Quite an adventure. I enjoyed this book.
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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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