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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I” written by Bullivant’s son, a spy who was recently killed in the region. Blenkiron has met and been impressed by Hilda von Einem, who is in Constantinople and owns the house in which they are staying. They were just at the beginning of the road, and they didn’t know what dreary bits lay before them. Stylistically, it foreshadows the s which is when I had assumed it had been written. But reading these books tends to put me in that kind of frame of mind. There must be doughty companions to provide the skills that he has not.

Just what Germany has is the unknown factor, and it’s up to Hannay gdeenmantle figure it out. Retrieved from ” https: The novel’s finale takes place in the battle of Erzurumand I can’t think of a fictional representation of this struggle. You are commenting using your Facebook account. By all accounts a must read. Appleyard’s Kitchen didn’t mind staying up to keep an eye on some long cooking dish because she could reread either Greenmantle or Mr. Of course, stopping it would be something of treenmantle bonus, but isn’t actually part of the commission: The John Buchan Society was founded in to encourage continuing interest in his life, works and legacy.

Wildly improbable and thoroughly enjoyable, all in all. Keep in mind, however, that this novel is one of the first popular spy thrillers ever written. In the very front, now nearing the city ramparts, was one man.

The problem is not so much Turkey, per se, gerenmantle all of the provinces where Islam is very strong; and the rumor is that Germany has something to bring all of the provincial Muslims together to fan the flames against the allies under German auspices. The war has driven that word from our vocabulary, and melodrama has become the prosiest realism.


This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I would not have been in his shoes for the throne of the Universe.

Greenmantle by John Buchan – book review

The Three Hostages. There is the Boer Peter Pienaar, the American capitalist Blenkiron, the very resourceful lieutenant Sandy Arbuthnot, Enver Bey’s henchman Rasta greenkantle the very beautiful but fiendish and extremely dangerous Hilda von Einem, who is for certain modeled after Irene Adler. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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. Ultimately, Buchan was a man of his time.

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Here was one that had loosed Hell, and the greenmanntle of Hell had got hold of him. Visit the website http: 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’. In this adventure, Richard is seconded to become a spy.

You never know what will start off a jehad! Buchan doesn’t change the western front he actually only refers to it, rather than showing it usbut posits a German-Ottoman conspiracy to set up a Muslim messiah not a spoiler; occurs early on. He does, however, keep all of the coincidences on the right side of possibility.

I began to see the queer other side to my host, that evil side which gossip had spoken of as not unknown in the German army. Companions there must be. Because of the time when “Greenmantle” was written, it contains some references and idioms which, rightfully so, we consider quite racist today. Which reminded me of John Buchan! Be aware – this book used to terms to discribe different races that we find offensive, but it was written in the period after the war, when different values applied.


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The “simplicity of the ascetic” is usurped by “the simplicity of the madman that grinds down all the contrivances of grfenmantle. As World War I fiction Bill Anderson has a great collection of Buchan books. 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 und I believe “Greenmantle” falls squarely into that elusive genre, the “ripping good yarn.

The author meant the Hannay stories to be pure escapism.

Hilda is glamorous and beautiful, even in death despite being killed by a shell. Sep 15, Kmystraveler rated it really liked it. Being of the time, and of the politics of the time, there are sentiments expressed that will jar against modern sensibilities. Greenmantle expands the first novel’s pattern, rapidly leaving Britain and Buchan’s favored Scots countryside for central and eastern Europe, then the Ottoman empire. It’s sequel however takes more time, which is a shame as it doesn’t have substantially more plot.

It seems more than a little contrived to the modern reader. The main action in the book concentrates on fictional events leading up to and climaxing with the Russian offensive at Erzurum the following year. I’d say he’s a writer who elevates genre writing from that time through emnotion and a willingness to see bald faced what in other hands is merely trite and candied up.

Perhaps the second war would’ve been less harrowing if the Germans had not been laughed at so heartily. That would not have impressed me, for I had never owned a master. They make good speed onward, but on arrival in Erzerum, they are delivered straight to Stumm, who recognises Hannay and has them locked up. I found it a great read, an old-fashioned rattling good yarn.