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THE SIR EDWARD LEITHEN COMPLETE COLLECTION by [Buchan, John]
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THE SIR EDWARD LEITHEN COMPLETE COLLECTION Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2257 KB
  • Print Length: 868 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ACKQ5E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This review applies only to The Power House, the first book in this collection.

Our hero, Edward Leithen, seems indistinguishable from Dick Hannay - but who cares? Here we enjoy the next step on the way from Bulldog Drummond to James Bond, via Sherlock Holmes and Dornford Yates. The heart sank momentarily - but only momentarily - when the heart of the adventure was revealed to concern an international criminal organisation (forces beyond our control etc), but then one tunes in to Hunted only to be confronted with 'Hourglass', and after all, were not Smersch and SPECTRE cut from the same cloth? The action moves swiftly, the writing is a delight, the values refreshing while at the same time inspiring nostalgia. The villain comes off the page much more memorably than Moriarty, and the conclusion shows how these things really should be done, and really would be done in a better world. I loved it.
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As other reviewers have noted, there are one or two anachronistic attitudes that surface in these stories, but these should be understood in historical context, and do not detract from the quality of Buchan's work. The storytelling remains imaginative and intelligent, and his descriptive narrative is wonderful - particularly in Sick Heart River, in which he describes the untamed wilderness of 'the North', where Leithen (surely Buchan's alter-ego) comes into his own. Buchan - as with many authors of his time - presupposes that his readership has a good standard of elementary Latin and French, and so leaves such 'foreign' inclusions untranslated. While I understood the French, I had to look up the Latin phrases, but I don't object to a little bit of 'research' - rather, I see it as indicative of how far our language skills have slipped over time. So, ignore the snobbishness and patronising asides (I really don't see anything to be offended by), and enjoy this fine collection of stories.
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I purchased this collection to re-visit the Leithen stories that I had read some time ago. I Found that there are a few errors within the text compared to the books but that has not distracted from my enjoyment.
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John Buchan uses words wonderfully, and creates stories with adventure and mystery. The adventures of Sir Edward Leithen and his associates keep up his standard. This edition is broken down into several bitesize, but not short, stories, makes it very readable. Well I enjoyed it.
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Cracking read if you like boy's own heroes in the 20's and 30's. Buchan is a good writer of adventure stories which will keep you reading to the end. The stories are different and come to life on the page. You can almost feel you are at the locations. Read if you like well-written adventure stories for men. Don't read if you object to dated inequalities because there are some phrases in this book which will raise your eyebrows.
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A just ending to the the Leithen stories comes in Sick Heart River, but here you have the complete set. Of their time and using the language of that time they convey a sense of duty that the modern world lacks.
There are surreal elements to the stories, but they are well written and I have enjoyed re-visiting them through this e-book set.
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This was perfect winter weather fare: engrossing and exciting as only the great Buchan could be. If you haven't yet tried him this is a good place to start or make the leap to his '39 Steps' as a thriller in the mold of RL Stevenson.
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I was bereft, I had read everything Hannay, what was I to do. Then I found the Leithen collection - they are great, and every so often Richard Hannay wanders in! How good is that. The heroes are all principled, honest men, who would die for their country. Just what we need to remind ourselves of a patriotic era when Britain was still great!
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