• Title: Sick Heart River
  • Author: John Buchan
  • ISBN: 9781846970306
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sick Heart River Sick Heart River is John Buchan s most powerful novel and his last completed days before his death It was published posthumously in Buchan s rich descriptions of the rugged Canadian Northwest Te
    Sick Heart River is John Buchan s most powerful novel and his last, completed days before his death It was published posthumously in 1941 Buchan s rich descriptions of the rugged Canadian Northwest Territories are influenced by his real life voyage down the Mackenzie River in 1937 At that time, Buchan was Governor General of Canada The main character, the lawyer and poSick Heart River is John Buchan s most powerful novel and his last, completed days before his death It was published posthumously in 1941 Buchan s rich descriptions of the rugged Canadian Northwest Territories are influenced by his real life voyage down the Mackenzie River in 1937 At that time, Buchan was Governor General of Canada The main character, the lawyer and politician Sir Edward Leithen perhaps the most autobiographical of Buchan s characters has been diagnosed with advanced tuberculosis and has been given a year to live A former colleague, American John S Blenkiron, requests help to find his niece s husband, who appears to have flown from his very successful financial career to the Canadian north Leithen agrees to help.

    One Reply to “Sick Heart River”

    1. This was written the year Buchan died and in fact he actually died about a week after he finished it. It has a valedictory air and is very inspiring and sad. It has been called his masterpiece and I can't disagree. I'm a great Buchan fan, so perhaps I'm biased, but I liked this very much. One of his best.

    2. I had my usual problem with Buchan in this one; ie, that he is at times racist - i suppose he was a man of his time and the views of authors writing a century ago are going to be different, but some of his descriptions of the native american characters made me squirm and fume at the same time. if you can get past that though, I think it's a book worth reading. The main point of the story is the death of the main character, so as you can imagine its not exactly cheery. Buchan finished it just bef [...]

    3. This book is very self-reflective, and has no connection to the previous books with regard to genre (the whole series is very irregular). For all that it is quite good – don’t listen to the nay-sayers, this book does have a Buchan style plot and it’s not just one man going into the wilderness (although come to think of it, that IS the plot of a lot of Buchan’s books). I have just two quotes for you from the more thoughtful moments in the book, but the second one is looong:{De Staël in 1 [...]

    4. As of the time I’m writing this, I have not read any of the four preceding books in the Edward Leithen series; this in no way hindered my ability to follow the plot or to identify with Leithen (or with any of the other characters, for that matter).Our story opens during the months leading up to World War II’s eruption in Europe. Leithen, a retired British politician and lawyer, has just learned that he will be dead from Tuberculosis within a year and has slowly begun to shut himself off from [...]

    5. Long descriptive passages often force me to apply a heavy dose of patience to the page. John Buchan though, writes words into pictures with such clarity I'm tempted to return to them again and again to enjoy the view along with the fast paced plots and charismatic characters. Sick Heart River, Buchan's last book, has a slower plot pace and is (as every reviewer mentions) much more introspective than the rest of his books. The painterly descriptions remain, and because of the slower pace, they st [...]

    6. I did really like this book! I really enjoyed reading about the adventures of Leithan, the main character, in northern Canada. Leithan is told he has a year or less to live, and so he sets out on a crazy search for a man he knows only from his friends' descriptions, and a search for himself as well. The book is very interesting for those who enjoy details, and has some interesting themes that are good for discussing. The whole idea of the Sick Heart River itself is not what I expected before rea [...]

    7. This is Buchan's last novel, about a man who is dying, and it must reflect Buchan's own efforts to come to terms with his looming demise. Those dimensions of the book are powerful and give a depth to this work which is missing in some of B's adventure novels. Above all, though, this is a book that confronts the frightening immensity and grim beauty of the Canadian north. Not many writers have tried to meet that challenge, and this book is one of the first. Ignore the racist paternalism that so c [...]

    8. Even though the central premise is bleak - the dying Leithen going on last adventure - this is an excellent read. His emotional journey is described with great skill, as is the true wilderness of Canada's northern interior. You probably have to be in the right mood to enjoy this book but I was. And I bought it from Barter Books in Alnwick, a true indy bookshop. Much better than !!!

    9. 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.

    10. This is the final book featuring Sir Edward Leithen and is one of the last books the author wrote. Leithen knows he is dying and quits his legal practice and resigns as a Member of Parliament and heads off to Canada on a quest to find a missing businessman. There are great descriptions of the desolate north of Canada and some musings on the purpose of life.

    11. This book is such a lovely gem of Canadiana. The emotions run deep and the sense of adventure is very real. I read this for first year English and I truly loved it. What I mean to say is, a little over-analyzing of the themes here is actually really helpful. Hint, hint: the civilized versus uncivilized, Scotland versus England, Calvinism versus spiritual freedom, etcetera.

    12. node2cimg/iplayer/ima10 episodes. Posthumously published.I liked this bitter-sweet story very much

    13. John Buchan's stories are a treasure for the current day touching on political, moral and global intrigues all the while keeping a light touch, enough humor and easy flow to magnetize the reader.

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