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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Things unimagined before happen daily to our friends by sea and land.

The Greenmantlf seek such a man in the mysterious Greenmantle. This explains the otherwise superfluous presence of a character called Mr Blenkiron, a fat, brave, dyspeptic American, who joins the heroes’ clandestine struggle against Germany.

Annually, here in Australia and in New Zealand we commemorate the ANZAC’s landing on the beaches of Gallipoli and much to my shame I have always been woefully ignorant about the whys and wherefores of it’s history. Thank you Bill A I am a fan of the 39 steps: The exotic settings in Germany, Hungary, and Turkey add another layer of intrigue. Of course, he steps up and accepts the mission.

Let no man or woman call its events improbable. Most fiction I’ve encountered about that war ‘All Quiet On The Western Front’ and so on is very downbeat, this however is full of the joys of battle.

But when those others shut their green,antle and went forward, they were blessed heroes Despite misgivings, Hannay accepts the challenge, and picks Sandy to help him.

Greenmantle (Richard Hannay #2) by John Buchan

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The characters of the tale, if you think hard, you will recall. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Mr Standfast by John Buchan Reading This was too much convolution out on a limb, not enough grounding the buvhan in what was going on, an ending that comes out of nowhere, and a lot of scenes where I was expected to react in a certain way, because, dammit, that’s the way all right-thinking white Britishers act in the early part of the bkchan century.


Original review is below. I barely remember any of this book and so am enjoying it as if for the first time.

On the verge of capture, they find the hill of Hannay’s dream, and entrench there, holding the enemy at bay. But the true, “honourable” Greenmantle is dying, and the Germans have a devilish scheme for passing off a false holy man I won’t give away the twist under his colours. 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.

Pienaar has an eventful and terrifying journey across the battlefield, while Hannay and Blenkiron hide out in a cellar. 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 be 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 ggreenmantle, behind the eye-wash of politically correct phraseology.

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

Main menu Skip to content. Let’s be honest most of us only know that one from the many film versions, just greenmanle all of which take huge liberties with the original plot.


It’s written broadly for all ages, certainly simple enough to be understood by an entire generation of British boys who would probably later serve in WWII. 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. It used to be greebmantle local English club and the contents of the library still include a large number of old hardbound editions of authors who were popular in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Jerry Springer – the Opera. Email required Address never made public. John Buchan is such a classic writer, and a this a novel of its time. How Middle Eastern history could have changed.

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There must be doughty companions to provide the skills that he has not. Review by Sue R: Buchan’s old-fashioned beliefs don’t hinder the novel – I’d say they help it along by giving the narrative a real sense of vitality because the writer believes in the stakes being fought for. The author died inso this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 75 years or less.