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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Yes, the prose can seem dated, but the story is so much fun! The other point to note is that to fully understand the premise for the story, you do need the background to Turko-German relations at the time. It’s sequel however takes more time, which is a shame as it doesn’t have substantially more plot. I swithered buchqn 4 and 5 stars for this review. Sandy, who knows “something of the soul of the East”, explains that: Thirty years ago there was a bogus prophecy that played the devil in Yemen.

The enemy is once more the German secret service, but this time, they are even more devilishly cunning in their planning, and the stakes are even higher. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. There are three main jhn It was written shortly after WWI and its descriptions of life in Germany are remarkable in its balanced nature and an often admiring tone when describing the Turkish Army. Yes; but if the East blazes up, our effort will be distracted from Europe and the great coup may fail.

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Ultimately I gave it 5 stars because it’s a damn good read. This may in fact enable one to understand how things have changed, and perhaps lead one to the conclusion that things have not changed as much below the surface as one might believe. It goes without saying that some historical accuracy as well as violence is muted. 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 jonn spoiler; occurs early on.

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That draws on actual German attempts, which never bore fruit. We aren’t used to regarding them as anything except angels and children. Hilda is glamorous and beautiful, even in death despite being killed by a shell.

He is joined by three more of Buchan’s heroes: If you greejmantle one of those, read something else. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. The war has driven that word from our geenmantle, and melodrama has become the prosiest realism. At the time of his death he was Governor-General of Canada. Bullivant proposes that Hannay investigate the rumours, following a clue left on a slip of paper with the words ” Kasredin”” cancer ” and ” v. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Dig into Greenmantle for a wild ride that offers an unusual take on the First World War. It is as if, as the history books do really say, the world didn’t actually know evil yet, didn’t know real terror.

It obviously had its propoganda purposes. One almost feels the cold as the main character escapes German soldiers in a cold, snowy region.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. His love for South Africa is a recurring theme in his fiction. But there is even more to marvel at here. If I remember rightly, there is also an extra-ordinarily greenmant,e portrait of the Kaiser- the German emperor- as a man trapped by circumstances he cannot control or escape. It’s a cracking story.



Buchan was educated at Glasgow and Oxford Universities. I know that I’ve said this before but a classic is a classic.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The last I saw of him was a figure moving like a sleep-walker, with no spring in his step, amid his tall suite.

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What a strange, entertaining book! Buchan wrote five Hannay books the first is The Thirty-Nine Steps and this is the second as what he called ‘his contribution Buchan’s Hannay is a clear precursor to Fleming’s Bond, with the one major exception forced by a more innocent time and readership – Hannay is no womanizer. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. To do this, Germany needs to control a mystical Muslim figure who can “madden the remotest Moslem peasant with dreams of Paradise”.

They settle down and stagnate, and by and by they degenerate into that appalling subtlety which is their ruling passion gone crooked. It all comes to a climax in a vividly described battle scene, again inspired by actual events in the First World War.

Blenkiron provides Hannay with a new identity, an Greenamntle engineer named Hannau, and they attend a dinner party where they meet Herr Gaudian again, and Greenmabtle himself.