“Sick Heart River” is John Buchans most powerful novel and his last, completed days before his death. It was published posthumously in 1941. Buchans 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 Buchans 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 nieces husband, who appears to have flown from his very successful financial career to the Canadian north. Leithen agrees to help.
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By (author) John Buchan, Introduction by James Buchan
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