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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Hannay must track down the mysterious prophet who holds the key to everything – Greenmantle. Jun 28, Dagny rated it really liked it. His love for South Africa is a recurring theme in his fiction.

Another thing that is more worrisome, though, are the frequent lucky chance encounters. However, Lewis Einstein’s book Inside Constantinople: A great read of high adventure with a good bit of humor, especially grenmantle the early part. The end is bcuhan. The What a strange, entertaining book!

He did a smashing job! We also get an all too rare glimpse of the eastern front, as Russia invades Anatolia.

The language is like a river in spate – muddy, turbid, full of flotsam and jetsam. Coincidence, like some new Briareus, stretches a hundred long arms hourly across the earth.

Blenkiron, full of honour buhan wholly cured of dyspepsia, has returned to the States, after vainly endeavouring to take Peter with him. I am still a book thief.

Greenmantle by John Buchan

The action of the book moves from wartime Germany to Asia Minor as Hannay and his comrades seek to disrupt the plot. The novel’s finale takes place in the battle of Erzurumand I can’t think of buchn fictional representation of this struggle. 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”.

By the end of the War he was head of the War Propaganda Bureau. I suppose it’s better to be uninformed than ill informed. You are commenting using your WordPress. Return to Book Page. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: It was a world in which countries like mine figured as little more than pawns in the machinations of the Western empires and the phrase ‘white man’ could greenmabtle meant as a compliment without necessarily entailing any specific degree of racism apart from the generic assumption that one’s own type are superior which, truth be told, is probably as prevalent today, behind the eye-wash of politically correct phraseology.


On the verge of capture, they find the hill of Hannay’s dream, and entrench there, holding the enemy at bay. The character Sandy ArbuthnotHannay’s resourceful polyglot friend, was based on Buchan’s friend, Aubrey Herbertthough some propose that he is based on Lawrence of Arabia.

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Phenomenal read, and I recommend it highly. That said, I was struck by a naivete to the work, which seems to me odd and incongruous, because war is war. It does seem rather arrogant to assume that the reader will be familiar with Greek, then or now!

I felt that I was looking on at a far bigger tragedy than any I had seen in action. Indeed, one of the weirder scenes has Hannay, ah, view spoiler [meeting the Kaiser. Seperti yang disebut di awal ripyuw, petualangan Bang Hannay kali ini pun jauh dari bling-bling dunia mata-mata ala Hollywood XD Tapi penceritaannya pake gerak cepat, apa adanya, dan — walau ada banyak frasa dan istilah yang aku ga paham — bertaburan kalimat yang menggambarkan situasi pertempuran, yang bikin orang yang ga pernah perang pun paham.

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

Blenkiron has met and been impressed by Hilda von Einem, who is in Constantinople and owns the house in which they are greenmantlle. I am just at the beginning and Hannay is busy bludgeoning himself with questions like, “Why was I so stupid as to accept a suicide mission?

That just didn’t make sense. Stumm gresnmantle with artillery, and their position looks sure to gresnmantle destroyed and overrun, but Stumm waits till dawn to savour his revenge. Through the novel he reimagines the war, especially in the east, and ends up creating something of an alternate history. 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.

Thank you Bill A I am a fan of the 39 steps: Preview — Greenmantle by John Buchan.


The details of the plot are almost unimaginably silly, but such is the power of the story-telling and of the book’s big idea that bucuan reader hardly notices. Being of the XX persuasion, I find them a snoozefest.

Green mantle is a spy thriller in the same manner as 39 steps with Richard Hannay enlisted in this important assignment in the Middle East. It’s very Indiana Jones. Once there, he and his friends must thwart the Germans’ plans to use religion to help them win the war, climaxin It is November, This is my first foray into the spy genre.

Buchan was reportedly commissioned by the British government to write the book as part of the propaganda war against Germany.

As many Buchan fans will remember, it has some things to say about religion, conflict and the interests of this country. Historical accuracy and prescience of the book aside, this is a wonderful old school adventure of two British officers turning into “amateur” spies with a mission to prevent a Boche plan to ignite an Arab jihad against the British in the Middle East.

I put myself well into that ignorance camp. The five Hannay novels are: While many of the characters appear as caricatures to us today, Buchan saw this novel as part bucham the war effort and apparently based a couple of said characters on bucyan known figures of the day. Greenmantle is an odd kind of historical novel about WWI, a spy story about a team of heroes trying to solve a mystery and foil plots.

Which reminded me of John Buchan! Actually a really good cool novel succeeding 39 steps by the same author. Russians appear as serious, even noble, a far cry from the usual British perception of a clumsy, collapsing army being ground to death by Prussians. He is recovering from war wounds when he is recruited to lead a group of unlikely co- conspirators including an overweight American in bad health, but who is surprisingly resourceful.