just had a weird thought: it’s true this book has a bit of Heart of Darkness to it..but, also, Leithen’s journey in Buchan’s novel has led him to a feeling of smallness in a ‘big universe’ - that being the vast, freezing Canadian Northwest complete with starry sky above - and a feeling of being closer to God because of his smallness in the midst of a beautiful Big. so the sudden weird thought is: you know what book is really a distant cousin of Sick Heart River?...Richard Matheson’s The Incredible Shrinking Man.
I love books!
didn’t know I was starving for a novel version of a wilderness trek, until I started this. a man combines dying with a search for another fellow who ran away from civilization in the North Canadian wild; this has got to be a stand-out among Buchan’s works...this final novel completed shortly before he died. I guess this is how Buchanan dealt with his own situation. this book fascinates me.
only managed, barely, to start this one (after reading the Introduction). Leithen, the lawyer, has been diagnosed with a year to live, and seeks inner peace - but also a place to spend his last times. his thoughts drift back to a pleasant period in Canada. it seems that going there will lead him on one last adventure...