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Prester John
     

Prester John

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by John Buchan
 

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Prester John is a 1910 adventure novel by John Buchan. It tells the story of a young Scotsman named David Crawfurd and his adventures in South Africa, where a Zulu uprising is tied to the medieval legend of Prester John. Crawfurd is similar in many ways to Buchan's later character, Richard Hannay.

Buchan was a strong supporter of the British Empire and the

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Prester John is a 1910 adventure novel by John Buchan. It tells the story of a young Scotsman named David Crawfurd and his adventures in South Africa, where a Zulu uprising is tied to the medieval legend of Prester John. Crawfurd is similar in many ways to Buchan's later character, Richard Hannay.

Buchan was a strong supporter of the British Empire and the British Commonwealth, and this can be seen in this novel. Containing the racial stereotypes and caricatures of its day, the book was popular, and constitutes an excellent example of early 20th century adventure novel. It is still in print today and much of the novel's theme of cultural clash is still relevant.

Buchan's rich, lively descriptions of the South African landscape, which he knew well, are memorable.

It contains the notable line: "Perfect love casteth out fear, the Bible says; but, to speak it reverently, so does perfect hate." - from Wikipedia

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012231482
Publisher:
McCarthy Press
Publication date:
02/27/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
159 KB

Meet the Author

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir (26 August 1875 – 11 February 1940) was a Scottish novelist and Unionist politician who served as Governor General of Canada, the 15th since Canadian Confederation.

After a brief career in law, Buchan simultaneously began writing and his political and diplomatic career, serving as a private secretary to the colonial administrator of various colonies in Southern Africa, and eventually wrote propaganda for the British war effort in First World War. Once back in civilian life, Buchan was elected Member of Parliament for the Combined Scottish Universities, but spent most of his time on his writing career. He wrote The Thirty-Nine Steps and other adventure fiction. He was in 1935 appointed as governor general by George V, king of Canada, on the recommendation of Prime Minister of Canada Richard Bennett, to replace the Earl of Bessborough as viceroy, and occupied that post until his death in 1940. Buchan proved to be enthusiastic about literacy, as well as the evolution of Canadian culture, and he received a state funeral in Canada before his ashes were returned to the UK and interred at Elsfield, Oxfordshire. - from Wikipedia

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Prester John 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 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.
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