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URL :  Prester John
Author : John Buchan
Detail : Date of publication: 1910

Prester John is a 1910 adventure novel by John Buchan. It tells the story of a young Scotsman named David Crawford and his adventures in South Africa, where a Zulu uprising is tied to the medieval legend of Prester John. Crawford is similar in many ways to Buchan's later character, Richard Hannay.

Buchan was a strong supporter of the British Empire and the British Commonwealth, and this can be seen in this novel. Containing the racial stereotypes and caricatures of its day, the book was popular, and constitutes an excellent example of early 20th century adventure novel.[according to whom?] It is still in print today and much of the novel's theme of cultural clash is still relevant.

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The setting is contemporaneous with publication: the beginning of the twentieth century. Crawford grows up in Kirkcaple, by the North Sea, where he first encounters the antagonist, Laputa, performing a ritual on the beach. Crawford's father dies, and he goes to work as a shopkeeper in a place called Blaauwildebeestefontein.
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