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 ยท Chapter 1โ†’. 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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Nearly every chapter has a mix of disguises, chases, fine cars, the Kaiser!

Feb 11, Pravesh Bhardwaj rated it really liked it. Prescient is a word often used to descrive Buchan’s work he wrote The 39 steps as well.

The war has driven that word from our vocabulary, and melodrama has become the prosiest realism. He falls ill with malaria and is sheltered over Christmas by a poor woman in a lonely cottage. May 19, Julia rated it really liked it. 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.

During the past year, in the intervals of an active life, I have amused myself with constructing this tale. Now and again I drew my breath in sharply at some of the derogatory names used and attitudes shown towards people of races different to those whom Richard Hannay describes admiringly as “white men”. Then there’s the perennial theme that pits one worldview against another, with the fate of civilization hanging in the balance.

So there has to be a huge purging of language, a careful sifting of what is legitimate from what is evil. It’s a startling fast forward to the consciousness of the present, as if Buchan has conceived of and has given a glimpse of a sort of brutality and fear that would not become part of mainstream consciousness until long after, or at least until the HOlocaust.


Another thing that is more worrisome, though, are the frequent lucky chance encounters. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think someone should do a ten part mini series on it. I know that I’ve said this before but a classic is a classic. Mr Standfast.

Greenmantle by John Buchan

The Leeds Grand Mosque, for example, is, so far as I know, a mainstream institution. At the buchsn of 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 other than the miraculous Sandy Arbuthnot. He was also buchqn director of his own publishing company, Nelsons, and as an editor he originated the idea of the weekly part-work again paid for by the government on the First World War.

However, there are also elements of real life events. I’m surprised no one’s ever filmed it. I think it was great to read this book while knowing the real events that took place in Turkey and the Middle East during the Great War.

I am a book thief. 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. Stylistically, Greenmantle is sort buchah like reading Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom but without all the metaphysical mumbo jumbo and excruciating detail. One thing about him โ€” he occasionally quotes in Greek. In the clear morning air I could see grsenmantle he did not wear the uniform of the invaders.

The long-looked for revelation had come. He was turbaned and rode like one possessed, and against the snow I caught the dark sheen of emerald. I first read this book when I was 10 or View all 8 comments. They found people, not just in Pakistan, but in Yorkshire, who would pour it into their ears. Buchan wrote five Hannay books the first is The Thirty-Nine Steps and this is the second as what he called ‘his contribution to the war effort’.


On the verge of capture, they find the hill of Hannay’s dream, and entrench there, holding the enemy at bay.

Greenmantle (Richard Hannay #2) by John Buchan

With the battle of Erzurum booming in the background, they realise the importance of the stolen plans, and Peter Pienaar volunteers to sneak through the battle lines and deliver them to the Russians.

Here was one that had loosed Hell, and the furies of Hell had got hold of him. Open Preview See a Problem? The ocean voyage to Lisbon and the following train journey thru Holland greenmntle Norther Germany to Berlin.

But there is even more to marvel at here. How Middle Eastern history could have changed. The John Buchan Society was founded in to encourage continuing interest in his life, works and legacy.

Your Mahdis and Mullahs and Imams were nobodies, but they had only a local prestige. We aren’t used to regarding them as anything except angels and children. And like James Bond, he’s a little too clever, lucky, bulletproof, multi-lingual, and gravity defying than real humans. While this book doesn’t concentrate on the Gallipoli campaign itself, it and it’s aftermath are mentioned and the events contained within these pages take place just after our defeat there.

Buchan’s racial fixation racism? Preview โ€” Greenmantle by John Buchan. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Just in time, the Russians, helped by the plans delivered by Pienaar, break through the defences and sweep towards the town.

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During these years he was still productive as a writer, and published notable historical biographies, such as Montrose, Sir Walter Scott, and Cromwell.