'The Dancing Floor is one of Buchan's most unusual and surprising tales. it's a love story, a dramatic thriller and a tale of the clash between paganism and christiantity. Young Englishwoman Kore Arabin has inherited a remote Greek island Plakos from her unscrupulous father, who was reviled by the locals. The superstitious islanders who are full of wild beliefs and pagan habits, blame Kore for every minor mishap and natural disaster, and they are about to sacrifice her as a witch in the sacred ground called 'The Dancing Floor'. Sir Edward Leithen and his acquaintance Vernon Milburne must save her.
From the Introduction by Robin Hardy in The Dancing Floor:
'Buchan plucks threas from mythology and weaves a spell set on a Greek island where even the flora seems to be part of the plot: 'Rivers of narcissus and iris and anenome flooded over the crest...The ground was warm under the short herbage, and from it came the rich, clean, savour of earth quickening after its winter sleep under the spell of the sun.' We can almost smell it. Magic is in the air. Terrible, wonderful things are about to happen. John Buchan is at it again.'
Young Englishwoman Kore Arabin has inherited a remote Greek island from her father. The supersitious islanders blame Kore for every mishap and natural disaster. Sir Edward Leithen and Vernon Milburne must save her before the islanders sacrifice her as a witch in the sacred ground called The Dancing Floor.
Publication date: 01/07/2007
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
|Publication date:||1st July 2007|
|Publisher:||Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
John Buchan led a truly extraordinary life: he was a diplomat, soldier, barrister, journalist, historian, politician, publisher, poet and novelist. He was born in Perth in 1875, the eldest son of a Free Church of Scotland minister, and educated at Hutcheson’s Grammar School in Glasgow. He graduated from Glasgow University then took a scholarship to Brasenose College, Oxford. During his time there – ‘spent peacefully in an enclave like a monastery’ – he wrote two historical novels. In 1901 he became a barrister of the Middle Temple and a private secretary to the High Commissioner for South Africa. ...More About John Buchan