The Watcher by the Threshold

The Watcher by the Threshold A collection of stories from John Buchan author of The Thirty nine Steps The pagan themes and classic adventures are set in Scottish countryside In The Far Islands and Fountainblue Buchan describes t

  • Title: The Watcher by the Threshold
  • Author: John Buchan
  • ISBN: 1553100832
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A collection of stories from John Buchan, author of The Thirty nine Steps The pagan themes and classic adventures are set in Scottish countryside In The Far Islands and Fountainblue Buchan describes the call to adventure as described by a small boy.

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    1. Many of these stories (twenty-nine in all, written from the late 1890s to about the 1930s) deal with the mystical relationship between man and nature - usually, specifically, the Scottish Borders, a region of lochs, burns, moors, heather, foothills, some steep crags. Here is a modern day view of Peebles, the town where John Buchan worked as a lawyer. It's an overview from Cademuir Hill:In several of the stories, heavy rains from the North cause flooding and shepherds, lairds, and animals drown. [...]

    2. Something of an oddity, The Watcher by the Threshold is a turn-of-the-century colletion of short stories based mostly on Scottish supernatural folklore, rounded off with a few humorous and very short tales. I picked it up for the supernatural stories, but it was the short humor pieces I enjoyed the most -- one about a low-ranking screw-up of a soldier who accidentally ends up ruling over a small French town in the middle of World War I, and another about a seafarer who makes a very odd discovery [...]

    3. These stories capture the terrifying beauty of Scotland, its mystery and lore. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes George MacDonald or Oscar Wilde. I look forward with pleasure to reading more Buchan.

    4. I don't typically read short stories but truly enjoyed this set. I appreciate Buchan's ability to set the scene and establish mood. I found myself getting involved in each story and its characters.

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