Prester John

Prester John

by John Buchan


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Nineteen-year-old David Crawfurd travels from Scotland to South Africa to work as a storekeeper. On the voyage he encounters again John Laputa, the celebrated Zulu minister, of whom he has strange memories. In his remote store David finds himself with the key to a massive uprising led by the minister, who has taken the title of the mythical priest-king, Prester John. David's courage and his understanding of this man take him to the heart of the uprising, a secret cave in the Rooirand.

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ISBN-13: 9781544116761
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/26/2017
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

John Buchan was a Scottish diplomat, barrister, journalist, historian, poet and novelist. He published nearly 30 novels and seven collections of short stories. He was born in Perth, an eldest son, and studied at Glasgow and Oxford. After spells as a war correspondent, Lloyd George's Director of Information and Conservative MP, Buchan moved to Canada in 1935. He served as Governor General there until his death in 1940.

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Prester John 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Considering what we get now PG. No women here toclutter up things and a good and gallant dog and a lost diamond mine. Buy the collected works of
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story it is so exciting reading about David Crawfurd aand I almost feel as if I was there I cannot wait to read some more books by this wonderful author John Buchan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it. It was a great adventure by one of my favorite authors.
RTS1942 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A gripping adventure story of an African minister who claims to be the successor to Prester John and leads his people, of all tribes, in an uprising against the whites. John Crawfurd, newly out from Scotland, is the shop-keeper who foils his plans.
Mikalina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As fine a yarn of adventure as can be expected when Buchan is the storyteller.Action, dialogue (scottish, africaan) and a keen grasp on facts (political, geographical, engineering, the art of climbing etc. etc. which is never idly put in for lecture or showmanship or simply to flesh out the story) firmly set the pace and mood of adventure. Buchan keeps the reader wanting to follow his yarn as well as Scott or Stevenson could have done. "The White Man´s Burden" has (thankfully) become politically incorrect - when read literally - that is. Buchan is at some level trapped to his time´s political correctedness where whole cultures could be diagnised and labelled as far as treats go. But when Buchan writes "We (who have the "gift of responsibility" i.e.) will rule wherever there are dark men who live only for the day and their own bellies", the importance of his agenda is not the color of the skin. It still holds water that the color of our common future is dark if men (whatever their color of skin) lack responsibility for society and do not have the will or ability to look beyond their own time and bellies. It is wonderful to read an uncomplicated story from time to time, where belief in the difference of right and wrong still lives, even better still since both villain and hero comes across neither black nor white, but rather greyish. It is medicine against the crumpling of all values and standards. Why is it that political correctness so easily become the kind of value relativism that functions as a shield for pure individual opportunism?
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