Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Quick Review

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Charming biographical essays by the author of The 39 Steps. Who knew? I'm sure loads of people did, or do, but I certainly didn't. Turns out, the much decorated author was a quite accomplished man of letters in the best old sense. A much traveled and sophisticated gentleman, Buchan is also Scots to the tips of his fingers, and so much of the interest here is in his view of his true country's past, and something like his own. This collection, for example, includes a fairly acid portrait of Charles Stuart, the Second of England, but also a delightful, and forbearing short biography of an earlier, noble Buchan, a noted eccentric and something of a pest to the great Sir Walter Scott.

This was an Espresso Book Machine reprint of a Google book -- inexpensive, and a very nice, clean text.

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