“Sick Heart River” is a powerful and compelling novel originally published in 1941. It is John Buchan's last novel which was completed days before his death in 1940. It follows a dying protagonist, Edward Leithen, who confronts the question of the meaning of life while in the Canadian wilderness. Edward Leithen is perhaps John Buchan's most autobiographical character and here Leithen is an old man given a year to live, he chooses to help a friend find a man in the wild rugged interior of Canada. Vast sweeping landscapes are expertly described by Buchan using his own experiences of travelling around Canada.
John Buchan (1875 – 1940) was a Scottish historian, novelist, and politician who served as Governor General of Canada, the 15th since Canadian Confederation. He was a vocal advocate of literacy and the development of Canadian culture, receiving a state funeral in the country before his ashes were returned to Britain. Other notable works by this author include: “The African Colony” (1903) and “The Moon Endureth” (1912). This volume will appeal to those who have read an enjoyed other works by this author, and it is not to be missed by the discerning collectors of vintage literature. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this book now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.
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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.
James Buchan is a novelist and critic. He is the author of the Persian Bride, a New York Times Notable Book, as well as Frozen Desire, an examination of money that received the Duff Cooper Prize. He has also won the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. Buchan is a contributor to The New York Times Book Review and The New York Observer, and a former correspondent for the Financial Times. He lives in Norfolk, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The last book written by Buchan, he completed days before his death, sad but compelling. The main character Sir Leithan sets off in search of a missing man despite being told he's dying. Leithan doesn't wallow in self pity, but the character steps off into the horizon, in the form of the canadian wilds. The description of the landscape is worth the read alone, but Leithan's thoughts are interesting too.