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. 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.

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Bang Hannay ditugasin jadi mata-mata untuk menyelidiki taktik yang digunakan Jerman untuk ‘menyetir’ Turki, taktik yang ditengarai ada unsur organisasi agama radikalnya. It does seem rather arrogant to assume that the reader will be familiar with Greek, then or now! After a brief career in law he went to South Africa in wh 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.

Ultimately I gave it 5 stars because it’s a damn good read. Though, it isn’t necessary to have read “The Thirty-nine Steps” to jump into the second installment, you may want to brush up on your World War I history a little bit so you understand the shifting alliances, allegiances, and enmities between and among the Ottoman Turks, the Young Turks, imperial Germany, and the Kurds.

Yes he does try to portray the Kaiser in a sympathetic light, and was criticised for doing so. Things unimagined before happen daily to our friends by sea and land.

Greenmantle by John Buchan – book review

There are, however, greatly sympathetic German and Turkish characters. So there has to be a huge purging of language, a careful sifting of what is legitimate from what is evil.

Actually a really good cool novel succeeding 39 steps by the same author. Sep 09, Bucuan Alexander rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was written inbut in some ways is quite relevant to the world’s situation today. Perhaps the second war would’ve been less harrowing if the Germans had not been laughed at so heartily. Hannay is forever running across one or another of his fellow adventurers at opportune moments — in an obscure town on the banks of the Danube, for example.

Certainly, they shouldn’t be taken as a reason not to read the work. This material and the exciting and well drawn but not too excessively over the top narrative of unlikely escapes and murderous Germanic brown-bread eaters–all that makes this book really fun.


I could hear the rain dripping from the eaves of the window, and far off the hoot of taxis in Whitehall. Stumm arrives with artillery, and their position looks sure to be destroyed and overrun, but Stumm waits till dawn to savour his revenge.

The Great Game and the Great War, ” which covers the same events that the protagonists in the Greenmantle partake in. Oh yes, he wrote The Thirty-Nine Buchsn … and that’s as far as most of us get.

But perhaps it is because I am reading the book so very many years afterward and it depended on cultural conditions which have since changed.

Once there, he and his friends must thwart the Germans’ plans to use religion to help them win the war, climaxin It is November, But I rather think it’s a man. Bucyan can’t recommend this one highly enough; those who like older stories of espionage and spycraft will really enjoy it.

Hreenmantle book was actually written in – so at the height of WWI – and it is odd to read. Neither of the readers of Greenmantle in our group mentioned that. The war has driven that word from our vocabulary, and melodrama has become the prosiest realism. That tiny, deft detail, the trivial impatience of taxi drivers who know nothing of great secrets and great affairs of state, still makes grernmantle hairs stand up on the back of my neck as I eavesdrop on the two men in their high office.

All round, an excellent spy yarn greenmanle I can recommend to others. They greenmant,e rescued by one of Sandy’s men, steal some plans from Stumm, and escape across the rooftops. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Hannay chooses friend and fellow-soldier Sandy Arbuthnot, son of a Scottish peer, Arab speaker and Eastern scholar. I gave it only three stars instead of four, because of its unabashed jingoism.

Meanwhile, what we have here is a remarkably exciting adventure, full of broad generalisations about national character, memorable characters and daring exploits. On the third day, they break cover, and make for safety in a wild horse ride, closely pursued by their enemies. It obviously had its propoganda purposes.

A warning from the past that the BBC does not want us to hear

Nov 26, Gayle rated it liked it. Some day, when the full history is written—sober history with ample documents—the poor romancer will give up business and fall to reading Miss Austen in a hermitage. This is great work–the writing is personal and emotional, and yet it’s formula is spy novel, Conan DOyle greehmantle the mystery but greenmaantle added depth because it’s about Turkey and the East and will give you insight into World War I in Europe.


Asked bucban his MCB colleague had attended a memorial service for Sheikh Yassin, the spiritual leader of the terrorist organisation Hamas, Mr Bunglawala said that Yassin had been a “renowned Muslim scholar”.

Over 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. My trouble is that she puts greenmanhle out of countenance, and I can’t fit her in as an antagonist.

John Buchan is such a classic writer, and a this a novel of its time. Buchan himself used the word “shocker” to describe his adventure stories and he wasn’t talking about impact value.

By all accounts a must read. They shouldn’t be extrapolated into an author-intended world-view. The John Buchan Society was founded in to encourage continuing interest in his life, works and legacy. I’m told that Buchan is still widely read. The plot is not as improbable as it may seem: Once there, he and his friends must thwart the Germans’ plans to use religion to help them win the war, climaxing at the battle of Erzurum. The stakes are no less than victory and defeat, Hannay.

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They settle down and stagnate, and by and by they degenerate into that appalling subtlety which is their ruling passion gone crooked. It seems that a revelation has been promised. On his sickbed, he realises that the clue “v. I’ve no idea whether Islam incorporates the idea of a second coming but that is more-or-less what has been promised and the Germans are manipulating the prophesy for their own ends.

Finding Stumm plans to send him to Egypt via London, Hannay flees into the snowbound countryside, tracked by the vengeful Colonel.