The Gap In The Curtain

The Gap In The Curtain The Gap in the Curtain is a supernatural story full of suspense Guests at a country house party are enabled by an eccentric scientist to see a glimpse of an issue of the Times dated a year ahead of ti

  • Title: The Gap In The Curtain
  • Author: John Buchan
  • ISBN: 9780722120279
  • Page: 433
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  • The Gap in the Curtain is a supernatural story full of suspense Guests at a country house party are enabled by an eccentric scientist to see a glimpse of an issue of the Times dated a year ahead of time.

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  • John Buchan

    John Buchan 1st Baron Tweedsmuir was a Scottish novelist and public servant who combined a successful career as an author of thrillers, historical novels, histories and biographies with a parallel career in public life At the time of his death he was Governor General of Canada Buchan was educated at Glasgow and Oxford Universities After a brief career in law he went to South Africa in 1902 where he contributed to the reconstruction of the country following the Boer War His love for South Africa is a recurring theme in his fiction.On returning to Britain, Buchan built a successful career in publishing with Nelsons and Reuters During the first world war, he was Director of Information in the British government He wrote a twenty four volume history of the war, which was later abridged.Alongside his busy public life, Buchan wrote superb action novels, including the spy catching adventures of Richard Hannay, whose exploits are described in The Thirty Nine Steps, Greenmantle, Mr Standfast, The Three Hostages, and The Island of Sheep.Apart from Hannay, Buchan created two other leading characters in Dickson McCunn, the shrewd retired grocer who appears in Huntingtower, Castle Gay, and The House of the Four Winds and the lawyer Sir Edward Leithen, who features in the The Power House, John Macnab, The Dancing Floor, The Gap in the Curtain and Sick Heart River.From 1927 to 1935 Buchan was Conservative M.P for the Scottish Universities, and in 1935, on his appointment as Governor General to Canada, he was made a peer, taking the title Baron Tweedsmuir During these years he was still productive as a writer, and published notable historical biographies, such as Montrose, Sir Walter Scott, and Cromwell.When he died in Montreal in 1940, the world lost a fine statesman and story teller.The John Buchan Society was founded in 1979 to encourage continuing interest in his life, works and legacy Visit the website johnbuchansociety and follow the Society on Twitter twitter johnbuchansoc and Facebook facebook johnbuchansociety.See also enpedia wiki John_Buchan and Encyclopeadia BritannicaLibrarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.


  • Insofar as he is remembered at all these days, John Buchan is remembered for his spy thrillers like The 39 Steps. He also wrote tales of the supernatural. Whether The Gap in the Curtain is a supernatural tale, or science fiction, or horror, is difficult to say. A brilliant but possibly slightly unbalanced scientist discovers a means of lifting the curtain for a moment and gaining a glimpse of the future. This discovery allows six people to see, for a brief instant of time, a page from a newspape [...]

  • This was an intriguing book and concept. It has John Buchan's usual wonderful style which makes for such a pleasant read, with his soothing descriptions of Britain's comforts and countryside and his skilful characterisation. I especially enjoyed the chapters on the ramblings through southern Africa, the increasingly stifling Cortal family (and Reggie Daker's wonderful escape!), and the very last, which vaporises into such Hope.Other chapters were less enjoyable due to the political setting. I wa [...]

  • A fascinating tale about five men who get a glimpse of The Times newspaper a year in the future, and how what they read there affects their lives. As usual Buchan's prose is spare yet evocative, and the final chapter moved me immensely.

  • John Buchan was an author, a lawyer, an historian, and a politician (including being Governor General of Canada in the last years of his life). In his writing career he is perhaps best known for his 1915 spy-thriller, The 39 Steps, which was made into a movie by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935. His work sometimes drifted into the borders of fantasy, and The Gap in the Curtain follows a simple premise to an interesting conclusion. Led by an Einsteinian professor, five characters are able to see a copy o [...]

  • Another very fine Buchan book, although a big change from the last one in the series! In this book an aged professor of experimental science allows five respectable British gentlemen to look at a newspaper one year into the future (a figurative gap in the curtain of time). We follow their stories, and how the foreknowledge affects them (Lovecraft style, these are early 20th century gentile gentlemen after all), and ultimately the story is one of the dangers that knowing the future can lead to. T [...]

  • Wonderful concept and a really interesting look at what happens when you try to focus on the future instead of on the present but large sections were very heavy and slow going.

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