Sick heart river 1941 is a novel by scottish author john buchan set in canada it was published posthumously the book was published in the united states under the title mountain meadow plot summary sir edward leithen is diagnosed with advanced tuberculosis and . Sick heart river is the fifth book in the edward leithen series this is buchans last novel about a man who is dying and it must reflect buchans own efforts to come to terms with his looming demisesick heart river finds leithen now in his late fifties facing a terminal diagnosis of turberculosis. Sick heart river is john buchans most powerful novel and his last completed days before his death it was published posthumously in 1941 buchans rich descriptions of the rugged canadian northwest territories are influenced by his real life voyage down the mackenzie river in 1937. Sick heart river a contemporary review if thou hast a woe tell it not to the weakling tell it to thy saddle bow and ride singing forth john buchan took this proverb of alfred as text for his book sick heart river hodder and stoughton 8 3 which is as good a sermon to lift the downhearted as has ever been given in the form of a novel
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