This is the epic story of one man’s courage. Adam Melfort is an officer and a gentleman. A brilliant career lies ahead of him until he is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. Afterwards, he embarks on daring missions in the service of his country. Dangerous work behind enemy lines in World War I and espionage in 1920’s are adventures he bravely undertakes....
|Title||:||A Prince of the Captivity|
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A Prince of the Captivity Reviews
A PRINCE OF THE CAPTIVITY. (1933). John Buchan. ***.I was trying to expand my reading of Buchan’s works, but should have probably stayed with having read “The Thirty-Nine Steps” and “Greenmantle.” This novel would today be considered a young adult story, although I think that today’s young adult is a lot more savvy than this book seeks as a reader. It is the story of Adam Melfort, a hero of his age. He had all of the admirable qualities that were the most desirable for his time: a quick wit, honesty, single-mindedness, and a streak of chivalry a mile wide. The story begins with Adam’s trial. He was charged with cheating and robbing one of his relatives out of one of his income checks. He was convicted and subsequently sentenced to two years in prison. It turns out, though, that he was innocent. He had pled guilty to the charges in order to save his wife from dishonor. It was she who had changed the value of the check in order to cover a series of bad debts incurred through her extravagant ways. When Adam was in prison he boned up on his languages – of which he already had quite a few – and made sure that he was in super physical shape. When his term was up, he went out to seek some lowly job, since he had lost his commission in the army. A friend of his, however, believed that he was capable of higher things, and recruited Adam as an apprentice spy. The time was just prior to WW I, and Adam was able to penetrate enemy positions in a variety of disguises and bring information back to the British that had a significant effect on the outcome of the war. When the war was over and Adam was at loose ends, he scouted around to see what next adventure he could take part in. His first such was to join a polar expedition in order to rescue a millionaire who had gone missing in lands above Iceland. The story goes on like that, with even more preposterous quests lines up for our hero. There are parts of the novel that are extremely well written, but large sections that don’t seem to make any sense at all. I should have stuck with the two earlier books mentioned.
A pretty eccentric novel, as if a few short stories were stuck together, though it does have an overall coherence. Published in 1933 it gives an interesting view of European politics at the time, predicting the rise of Hitler and World War Two (without specifying the name or the exact nature of the disaster).
All time high!
John Buchan, a late-blooming inheritor of the literature of Kipling and Scott, is best known for a minor thriller, the Thirty-nine Steps, and for its four sequels featuring Richard Hannay. He also wrote A Prince of the Captivity which, for my money, is the apotheosis of the Hannay books.As the story begins, Adam Melfort is on trial for forgery. His friends, and there are many, do not believe his confession, and we quickly learn that they are right. His empty-headed wife has forged the check which he admits to. He goes to prison. She goes free, flittering on through her empty life, divorces Adam, and disappears out of the story.A Prince of the Captivity is not a story about external events, but about what happens in Adam’s mind and soul as he tries to rebuild his life in a new pattern. However, the external events that forge Melfort’s soul are drawn from the toolbox of a skillful writer of thrillers.A Prince of the Captivity, published in 1933, moves beyond the concerns of the Hannay books. It reeks of discontent, and hidden in the background is the muffled sound of boots marching and armies mobilizing. Adam Melfort has sacrificed his future to save his wife; and now he has to sacrifice anew. England has sacrificed to win the Great War; now it will have to sacrifice again.Most critics were not kind to A Prince of the Captivity. I’m not surprised. Melding a thriller, an apotheosis of a personal moral code, and a vague prophesy of coming disaster is not easy. Perhaps it is not possible. Buchan didn’t do a perfect job of it, but he did a fine one. A Prince of the Captivity is my favorite of the dozen or so Buchan’s I have read.You can find a longer review at http://sydlogsdon.com/2016/05/26/156-...
Having read (I think) all of Buchan's fiction I give this estimable book only three stars because the adventures are loosely linked (well, Alan Furst does that too) but for Buchan fans this is one to dig up if you haven't. It's a Beau Geste theme: honor, sacrifice, duty but wrung out a little too dry. Don't start reading J.B. with this book.
I read this a couple-3 years ago and had to re-read it.:) The story-line is a bit slow at times, but this is definitely one of Buchan's masterpieces.There ARE a couple spots that made me wonder what the author was trying to say (i.e. suggesting lovers between a married woman and the main character)... but otherwise this story is fine.:)