John MacNab

John MacNab Large Format for easy reading Thriller from the first Baron Tweedsmuir Scottish novelist and politician and author of The Thirty Nine Steps

  • Title: John MacNab
  • Author: John Buchan
  • ISBN: 9781406501292
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • Large Format for easy reading Thriller from the first Baron Tweedsmuir, Scottish novelist and politician and author of The Thirty Nine Steps.

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    About "John Buchan"

    1. John Buchan

      John Buchan 1st Baron Tweedsmuir was a Scottish 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 educated at Glasgow and Oxford Universities After a brief career in law he went to South Africa in 1902 where he contributed to the reconstruction of the country following the Boer War His love for South Africa is a recurring theme in his fiction.On returning to Britain, Buchan built a successful career in publishing with Nelsons and Reuters During the first world war, he was Director of Information in the British government He wrote a twenty four volume history of the war, which was later abridged.Alongside his busy public life, Buchan wrote superb action novels, including the spy catching adventures of Richard Hannay, whose exploits are described in The Thirty Nine Steps, Greenmantle, Mr Standfast, The Three Hostages, and The Island of Sheep.Apart from Hannay, Buchan created two other leading characters in Dickson McCunn, the shrewd retired grocer who appears in Huntingtower, Castle Gay, and The House of the Four Winds and the lawyer Sir Edward Leithen, who features in the The Power House, John Macnab, The Dancing Floor, The Gap in the Curtain and Sick Heart River.From 1927 to 1935 Buchan was Conservative M.P for the Scottish Universities, and in 1935, on his appointment as Governor General to Canada, he was made a peer, taking the title Baron Tweedsmuir During these years he was still productive as a writer, and published notable historical biographies, such as Montrose, Sir Walter Scott, and Cromwell.When he died in Montreal in 1940, the world lost a fine statesman and story teller.The John Buchan Society was founded in 1979 to encourage continuing interest in his life, works and legacy Visit the website johnbuchansociety and follow the Society on Twitter twitter johnbuchansoc and Facebook facebook johnbuchansociety.See also enpedia wiki John_Buchan and Encyclopeadia BritannicaLibrarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

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    1. “The function of man is to live, not to exist.” Jack London, Tales of AdventureThis is a quote John Buchan would probably have agreed with, as the need for constant challenge in order to prevent decay of the body, mind and spirit is a common theme in his books. In fact, he would probably take it even further, seeing lack of challenge as the first step towards a weakening of civilisation. (He has one of his characters expound this view in John Macnab.) In just such a state of ennui do the thr [...]


    2. No spies or murderers in this one: it is a light-hearted romp in the Highlands as long as you can cope with the idea of killing animals as sport. Three men, each eminent in his field, feel stale and bored with life, so decide to pit their skills against three landowners and their gillies by forewarning them of intent to kill a deer or catch a salmon on their property and then return it to them, meanwhile evading capture.


    3. I've just re-read this (for about the sixth time, I think) and I am sure I will read it again. I fell for Buchan's adventure yarns as a young teenager and I've pretty much read them all - the Hannays, the Dickson McCunn's and the Ned Leithen's. I've enjoyed them all but this is my all-time favourite. It is just sheer fun - for once in Buchan's oeuvre the fates of nations and empires are not at stake. It is a simple story of three bored gentlemen having a great time in the hills and heather as th [...]


    4. This is one of my favourite novels, ever, and I seem to re-read it just about every year. Like so much of Buchan's prolific output, it might nowadays at first sight seem rather archaic, with characters romantically hankering after a Corinthian past largely of their own imagining, but it espouses simple values that effortlessly stand the test of any time.The novel opens on a summer day in the mid-1920s with Sir Edward Leithen, accomplished barrister and MP, visiting his doctor seeking a remedy fo [...]


    5. I have fond memories of this book from my reading in early adolescence, so I was pleased to find it available to download free to my Kindle. It was published in 1925 but still feels fresh and spirited. This upper class world of fine manors and expansive grounds is as far away from me now as it was when I first read it as a miner's son in a council house, but that is part of the charm. The class assumptions are amusing, and relieved by Buchan's essentially liberal sentiments despite his being ver [...]


    6. Who can go past this puppy for sheer brilliance. A number of jaded upper class chaps looking to spice up their lives with a series of hunting exploits. All of the boxes ticked. Chaps whose word is listened to by the crown heads of Europe, rich as Croesus, money is so crass (when you have it), confident and secure in the moral and physical superiority of the English race and their helpers (scottish lackeys etc). And still it is a wracking good yarn, exciting comfortable, a past age. Leithen is my [...]


    7. Probably the most entertaining story I've read in a while. I bought it less than 24 hours ago, and had to tear myself away from it to go to work. If you're a fan of fieldsports, and can decipher the intermittent bits of Scots dialog, you may just love this book. It's light reading, not too heady, and with a good amount of humor. There are a few philosophical and political points, scored discretely, that made me pause for thought. Overall: a great read. And it seemed to stand alone, even though p [...]


    8. I've read all Buchan's fiction, most at least four times. This is the one I go back to the most often. Flawed like all his work by shallow (but lovable) female characters and snobbery. Redeemed by gusto, honor, hillcraft, enchanted love of Scotland and, above the snobbery, real affection for simple unpretentious country people like Fish Benjie and the brave dutiful navvy or (in other books ) the Gorbals Diehards.


    9. Buchan's best. An true 'boy's own' adventure in the Scottish Highlands, very much of its period, but with characters that linger like friends in the memory. The perfect book for a cold, wet, winter's afternoon.


    10. A letter challenges three Scottish lairds to stealthy hunts on their land - but the mystery writer, "John Macnab," is in fact three rich gentlemen in need of a cure for their ennui.This is the most light-hearted and enjoyable yarn by John Buchan that I've read. Unlikely? Yes. Fun? Absolutely.



    11. The cost of freedom is eternal vigilance. That is the unexpected and powerful message concealed in this lighthearted tale.


    12. I have almost finished my annual August re-read of this Buchan classic, the action of which starts on our wedding anniversary, 24th August.


    13. Can be kindled v. Cheap as out of copyright in some places. Buchan back to his old standards, and some parts of this are really rather good, although it gets boring near the end. Three eminent business men become bored of everything, and decide the only way they can go one with life is by finding something really risky and hard to do to help them appreciate what they have. Only one (super-extended) quote required here to give a flavour of the thing:GLENRADEN CASTLE, STRATHLARRIG, AUG.--19--, SIR [...]


    14. Everyone had enjoyed the Buchan – “beautifully written, fluent, and very amusing – and a brilliant idea”, “easy, humorous, rollicking read”, “a well-crafted page-turner”. But two reservations were expressed. One was discomfort with the cast of upper class grandees and the class-conscious, snobbish society they inhabited (and which the author seemed to endorse). The other was that the book was a lightweight jeu d’esprit (although Buchan, who worked hardest at his historical fict [...]


    15. A snapshot of class from the point of view of a Scots-leaning socialist-leaning man of WWI, in the shadow of the war, suffering ennui, musing on the culture of the highlands: "Lamancha had an athletic, well-trained body, the navvy was powerful but ill-trained; Lamancha was tired with eight or nine hours' scrambling; his opponent had also had a wearing monring; but Lamancha had led a regular and comfortable life, while the navvy had often gone supperless and had drunk many gallons of bad whiskey. [...]


    16. I really enjoyed this story of three successful leaders of their fields at the top of their game (a barrister, MP and banker), but listless and bored. And then they hit on the idea of writing to the owners of three Scottish estates and tell them that they'll be poaching from the estate and collectively sign the letter John Macnab. The book is light, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable. The pace is fairly good, the attacks on all three estates well-described and Buchan obviously loves the Highl [...]


    17. A ripping yarn which just grabs you and carries you along. It is a hugely enjoyable tale of three respectable London men in the early 1920s (a barrister, a banker and a politician) who are suffering from ennui and so create a challenge to poach stag or salmon from three neighbouring Scottish Estates. I know nothing about fishing or shooting, but this does not stop you enjoying the story for what it is, which is a thriller. There is humour, romantic interest, a little politics and a bit about sho [...]


    18. This was first published in 1925 and is a fairly lighthearted story - no battles, no master criminals. Basically three middle-aged men suffer midlife crisis and decide to do something different by pseudonymously wagering three landowners in the north of Scotland that they can poach their game undetected. As well as featuring Sir Edward Leithen this book also features Sir Archie Roylance who appeared in the Hannay novels and who also features in the later novel "The courts of the morning". Sir Ar [...]


    19. This was recommended to me by my grandmother, who reads at least three books a week and has a hard time remembering books as a result of that. She remembers this one just fine, however. That was the first real point in its favor. The second was that not only did she remember it, she said it was a long-term favorite. After reading it myself, I think it's well-written, fun, and gives you something to think about while it entertains you. It's not suspenseful exactly, but there's plenty of action. I [...]


    20. I read this several years ago and enjoyed it immensely. So I was really pleased to find this in an extensive secondhand bookshop in Tewkesbury last week, along with two other books by the same author. My personal book of the year for 2010 is probably going to be The Wild Places by Ian MacFarlane and it is partly because of this that I want to re-read John Macnab, a book that is, among other things, about reconnecting with the wildness that is within us, stifled as it is by the trappings of civil [...]


    21. If you're not one for detailed descriptions every so often of how the ground lies, you might get bogged down in a couple parts of John Macnab, but it's well worth it! John Buchan's adventures are always excellent and this was no exception.


    22. This is a wonderful read. An enchanting story, full of mischief that reminds me of Flashman style stories. The author builds up the story as you go, to the point where you can't put the book down. It really is an easy read.


    23. What The Trouble with Harry is to Hitchcock, this is to Buchan. The aftermath of the Great War in British society is well documented in this exploration of the responsibilities that go with wealth, land and property.


    24. Most entertaining. Utterly snobby and ridiculous, of course, but a ripping yarn as they say, and some charming characters.





    25. Ever wanted to be a bored silly aristocrat? this book will help you see your way through that dilemma. Beautiful and inspiring descriptions of flyfishing for flyfishers.



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