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The Half-Hearted

John Buchan

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .and the gleam of the river below, it was hard to find the link of reality and easy to credit fairyland. Arthur and Miss Wishart had gone on in front and were now strayed among boulders. She liked this trim and precise young man, whose courtesy was so grave and elaborate, while he, being a recluse by nature but a humanitarian by profession, was half nervous and half entranced in her cheerful society. They talked of nothing, their hearts being set on the scramble, and when at last they reached the highway and the farm where the Glenavelin traps had been put up, they found themselves a clear ten minutes in advance of the others.

As they sat on the dyke in the soft cool air Alice spoke casually of the place. "Where is Etterick?" she asked; and a light on a hillside farther up the glen was pointed out to her.

"It's a very fresh and pleasant place to stay at," said Arthur. "We're much higher than you are at Glenavelin, and the house is bigger and old. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A book written depicting the times of the great game. Too slow and too literary.

By the author of The Thirty Nine Steps, this book shows it's age with it's attitude toward the British Empire, non-Anglo people, romantic chivalry, and so much more. A curious yarn probably only of interest to John Buchan fans.

The Half-Hearted (1900) is one of Buchan’s early works. He had not yet fully settled to turning out his trademark “dime novel” adventures. In fact, a good portion of the book reads like a light literary novel of manners. His great series novels still lay 15 years or more in the future. The Richard H

I stuck with this novel because I love 39 Steps, but found this novel very hard going and couldn't wait for the last page. The novel is very disjointed and is more like two short novels joined onto each other with very little relevance to each other. A Romantic novel mixed with a boys own adventure

David Daniell, author of The Interpreter’s House: A Critical Assessment of the Work of John Buchan, describes The Half-Hearted as ‘an interestingly uneven novel’ but admits that there are some ‘marvellous things’ in the book.  I think this is a fair assessment. One of John Buchan’s early novels, The

This is one of my all-time favorite books, but in all honesty, I can’t claim that it’s a great book, and I would be very hesitant to recommend it to almost anyone. Buchan tells the story of a man ill at ease in his own life, constantly torn between conflicting interests and social values. The result

I agree with the review by Thomas Cotterill (q.v.), who did a much better job than I would have. I re-read this book quite recently.

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