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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Indeed, I’ve been expecting it, though I’m hanged if I can imagine what card the Germans have got up their sleeve. Another turns out to be a femme fatale of sorts, who terrorizes the band of heroes simply by existing. They agree to rendezvous at Constantinople in 2 months. He did a smashing job! Back then, people didn’t kill off greenmantle story-teller and switch to another voice part-way through.

Bill Anderson has a great collection of Buchan books. There is a jihad preparing”.

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Email required Address never made public. Stylistically, it foreshadows the s which is when I had assumed it had been written. Moderation FAQs How we moderate reader comments. I am surprised this one hasn’t been made into a film – exciting travel through Germany and Asia Minor.

Hannay chooses friend and fellow-soldier Sandy Arbuthnot, son of a Scottish peer, Arab speaker greenmante Eastern scholar. It referred to events of the ggreenmantle, which are unfamiliar to me, reading it 99 years after it was first published.

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Sandy appears, magnificently dressed, and reveals that Greenmantle is dead and that he himself has been chosen to impersonate him. He is given only one clue: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. That draws on actual German attempts, which never bore fruit. 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 Great Game and the Great War, ” which covers the same events that the protagonists in the Greenmantle partake in. Sandy visits, agrees to deal with the captive Turk and provides news of his own – the clue Cancer means the prophet Greenmantle has the disease and is on his deathbed. Asked why 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”.

The writing is simple and story keeps moving at a pace that leaves you breathless. True, we are not facing direct threat from another nation.

The BBC said that it would not be dictated to. The characters of the tale, if you think hard, you will recall. Buchan lets us imagine gerenmantle could. He is recovering from war wounds when he is recruited to lead a group of unlikely co- conspirators including an overweight American in bad bucham, but who is surprisingly resourceful.

Hopkirk was a child when his mother read aloud Greenmantle to him. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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

After a brief career in law he went to South Africa in where he contributed to the reconstruction of the country following the Boer War. Of course, he steps up and accepts the mission. The problems The 39 Steps had were largely compensated for by its brevity, the book greenamntle rush by at a fair old pace after all.


The exotic settings in Germany, Hungary, and Turkey add another layer of intrigue. Hannay is greennmantle upstairs by von Stumm to his private apartment. Yet he anticipated this criticism in the foreword to Greenmantle where he wrote of his tale; Let no man or woman call its events improbable.

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Stumm’s men flee, Stumm is killed, and Hannay and Sandy meet up with Pienaar to ride into the city and victory. Jan 30, Richard Milton rated it it was amazing. Curious about the author and whether he was writing from personal experience, I found he was friends with someone who shares many experiences with the protagonist, but he himself wrote propaganda material for the British Government.

However, Lewis Einstein’s book Inside Constantinople: We aren’t used to regarding them as anything except angels and children. Read our latest comment and analysis. Pienaar has an eventful and terrifying journey across the battlefield, while Hannay and Blenkiron hide out in a cellar.

On returning to Britain, Buchan built a successful career in publishing with Nelsons and Reuters. To capture all Islam—and I gather that is what we fear—the man must be of the Koreish, the tribe of the Prophet himself. But don’t let my analysis distract you. You never know what will start off a jehad! Buchan, it turns out, can really write.

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

He was like the point of the steel spear soon to be driven home. They shouldn’t be extrapolated into an author-intended world-view.

Again, such writing may be commonplace today but in it was one of the sources of the kind of terse, fast-moving prose that later journalists like Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway and Ian Fleming were to use so effectively.