I suffered from acute asthma as a child. Until I was 11 or so, there was no effective medication for the ailment, so I spent a fair bit of time off. Greenmantle has ratings and reviews. Jayaprakash said: I first read this book when I was 10 or It was a library copy, borrowed from the Kod. Greenmantle () by John Buchan · Chapter 1→. Book 2 in the Richard Hannay series. It is one of two Hannay novels set during the First.

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At the climax treenmantle the performance, soldiers of the Ottoman Minister of War Enverarrive and drag Hannay and Peter away, apparently to prison, but they are instead delivered to a cosy room containing Blenkiron and the leader of the dancers – none buchab than the miraculous Sandy Arbuthnot.

The sentiments seem quaint and dated by the lights of our time, but courage, wit, and sacrifice still green,antle their uses. One almost feels the cold as the main character escapes German soldiers in a cold, snowy region. Blenkiron, full of honour and wholly cured of dyspepsia, has returned to the States, after vainly endeavouring to take Peter with him.

They settle down and stagnate, and by and by they degenerate into that appalling subtlety which is their ruling passion gone crooked.

Greenmantle : John Buchan :

Keep in mind, however, that this novel is one of the first popular spy thrillers ever written. But it has amused me to write, and I shall be well repaid if it amuses you—and a few others—to read.

Buchan’s Hannay is a clear precursor to Fleming’s Bond, with the one major exception forced greenmantlf a more innocent time and readership – Hannay is no womanizer. This is “boys-own” stuff.

The Great Game and the Great War, ” which covers the same greennmantle that the protagonists in the Greenmantle partake in.


Greenmantle by John Buchan – book review

The Germans seek such a man in the mysterious Greenmantle. John Buchan’s four tales featuring hero Richard Hannay fall squarely in the ripping yarn tradition, and they’re particularly jkhn as examples of early spy novels. A I didn’t freenmantle this as much as Buchan’s more famous The 39 Steps as it felt clunkier and more contrived but it was still a reasonable page turner with an exciting finish.

Nov 26, Gayle rated it liked it. Therefore a treasure for children and adults. One further side note: One message of the book is the importance of understanding cultures different from our own.

They pool their news – Sandy has identified Kasredin from their clue sheet, as the title of an ancient Turkish allegorical story, the hero of which is a religious leader called Greenmantle, and has also heard much of a prophet known as iohn Emerald”, associated with the play. There must be doughty companions to provide the skills that he has not.

Having been fighting in WWI, Major Hannay is called back to London to hear the proposition of the official who helped him in the affair of The 39 Steps. Historical accuracy and prescience of the book aside, this is a wonderful old school adventure of two British officers turning into “amateur” spies with a mission to prevent a Boche plan to ignite an Arab jihad against the British in the Middle East.

Of course, stopping it would be something of a bonus, but isn’t actually part of the commission: Jan 30, Richard Milton rated it it was amazing. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Being of the time, and of the politics of the time, there are sentiments expressed that will jar against modern sensibilities. This was too much convolution out on a limb, not enough grounding the reader in what was going on, an ending that comes out of nowhere, and a lot of scenes where I was expected to react in a certain way, because, dammit, that’s the way all right-thinking white Britishers act in the early part of the twentieth century.


The good news is that that almost certainly guarantees another outing for Buchan’s work — a chance for me to read more of it, and hopefully, a re-assessment of its value. It is as if, as the history books do really say, the grreenmantle didn’t actually know evil yet, didn’t know real terror.

The action starts right off and never lets up.

Greenmanyle the years my habit has been to read compulsively, bingeing on stories and authors I love; reading and rereading them, obsessed as any addict in a smoke-filled Limehouse den. Or he might be a fellow that preached a pure religion, like the chap that founded the Senussi. A flicker of a smile passed over the worn face.

Return to Book Page. Hannay chooses friend and fellow-soldier Sandy Arbuthnot, son of a Scottish peer, Arab speaker and Eastern scholar. One of these items ships sooner than the other. It seems that a revelation has been promised.

It is a straightforward narrative. The end is tremendous.


It’s the humanity of one part of the human race. Hilda is glamorous and beautiful, even in death despite being killed by a shell. Maybe from the modern perspective the intrigue buchzn not whether the hero will survive but how, but that doesn’t detract from the very real involvement with the story that’s possible if you give yourself over to it.