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Huntingtower (1922)

von John Buchan

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Dickson McCunn, a respectable, newly retired grocer of romantic heart, plans a modest walking holiday in the hills of south-west Scotland. He meets a young English poet and, contrary to his better sense, finds himself in the thick of a plot involving the kidnapping of a Russian princess, whois held prisoner in the rambling mansion, Huntingtower.This modern fairy-tale is also a gripping adventure story, and in it Buchan introduces some of his best-loved characters, including the Gorbals Die-Hards, who reappear in later novels. He also paints a remarkable picture of a man rejuvenated by joining much younger comrades in a challenging andoften dangerous fight against tyranny and fear.… (mehr)
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    thorold: If you like adventure stories with modest, middle-aged heroes, Dickson McCunn and Keith Stewart are among the best of the breed.
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A grand tale of derring-do, though I kept expecting some massive twist where all the good guys were the bad guys and so forth. This meant I didn't really follow all the complicated battle and adventure scenes since I was looking for the secret clues that weren't actually there.

The Old Scots dialect nearly did me in but I managed to get through it all. A fun listen from LibriVox with a very good reader.
  amyem58 | Apr 19, 2018 |
Huntingtower is the tale of a holiday gone wondrously, fantastically wrong. All Dickson McCann expected was to take a nice ramble in the Scottish countryside, while his wife was away at the spa. Instead he found himself saving a princess with only a cynical poet and some underfed schoolboys as allies. In the process, his tired life finds a second wind.

A fun, period adventure. ( )
1 abstimmen inge87 | Aug 31, 2014 |
A classic slice of traditional adventure fiction by one of the great masters of the genre. The hero of this novel (set in the early 1920s) and its two successors is retired grocer Dickson McCunn who decides to mark his retirement from the respectable world of grocery by going for a walking holiday in Southwest Scotland, in the hope of encountering some scent of romantic ideal. As luck would have it he becomes embroiled in a Bolshevik plot to exploit a former Russian princess and divest her of her family jewels.
In his travails McCunn is helped by long-time Buchan regular, Sir Archibald Roylance (though in this particular novel he is more heavily clothed in obtuseness than usual), a would-be free-verse poet John Heritage and the hardy Gorbals Die-Hards, a street gang from the poorer reaches of Glasgow who have been given an opportunity to escape the roughness of the backstreets of Glasgow to commune with nature.
Beautifully written and exquisitely plotted, this is Buchan near his best. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Jan 16, 2013 |
Loved this little gem. A nice uncomplicated little adventure.....simple middle-class guy sets out to take a relaxing walking holiday in the Scottish countryside and soon innocently finds himself embroiled in an incident of secret international intrigue. A romp of sorts including a scrappy band of city boy ruffians, abandoned ocean-side manor house, treasure, weapons, sailing ships, a strong-willed fair maiden, and whole host of colorful shady characters all thrown in and mixed together for just a good old-fashioned story. A little bit of a struggle with some Scottish dialect, but not enough to discourage. Will good triumph over evil???? I'll not ruin it....read it and find out for yourself! ( )
1 abstimmen jeffome | Jun 25, 2011 |
A classic slice of traditional adventure fiction by one of the great masters of the genre. The hero of this novel, set in the early 1920s, and its two successors is retired grocer Dickson McCunn who decides to mark his retirement from the respectable world of grocery by going for a walking holiday in Southwest Scotland, in the hope of encountering some scent of romantic ideal. As luck would have it he becomes embroiled in a Bolshevik plot to exploiut a former Russian princess and divest her of her family jewels.
In his travails McCunn is helped by long-time Buchan regular, Sir Archibald Roylance (though in this particular novel he is more heavily clothed in obtuseness than usual), a would-be free-verse poet John Heritage and the hardy Gorbals Die-Hards, a street gang from the poorer reaches of Glasgow who have been given an opportunity to escape the roughness of the backstreets of Glasgow to commune with nature.
Beautifully wriiten and exquisitely plotted, this is Buchan near his best. ( )
1 abstimmen Eyejaybee | Apr 11, 2011 |
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John BuchanHauptautoralle Ausgabenberechnet
Lownie, AndrewEinführungCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Stonehouse, AnnHerausgeberCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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Dickson McCunn, a respectable, newly retired grocer of romantic heart, plans a modest walking holiday in the hills of south-west Scotland. He meets a young English poet and, contrary to his better sense, finds himself in the thick of a plot involving the kidnapping of a Russian princess, whois held prisoner in the rambling mansion, Huntingtower.This modern fairy-tale is also a gripping adventure story, and in it Buchan introduces some of his best-loved characters, including the Gorbals Die-Hards, who reappear in later novels. He also paints a remarkable picture of a man rejuvenated by joining much younger comrades in a challenging andoften dangerous fight against tyranny and fear.

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