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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It has that touch of interwar glamour about it that I wouldn’t have associated with an earlier work.

Blenkiron provides Hannay greenmantlf a new identity, an American engineer named Hannau, and they attend a dinner party where they meet Herr Gaudian again, and Enver himself. During the past year, in the intervals of an active life, I have amused myself with constructing this tale. Ultimately, Buchan was a man of his time.

The war has driven that word from our vocabulary, and melodrama has become green,antle prosiest realism. 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. Hannay is called in to investigate rumours of an uprising in the Muslim world, and undertakes a perilous journey through enemy territory to meet his friend Sandy in Constantinople.

Main menu Skip to content. I’m surprised no one’s ever filmed it. He’s summoned not to the War Office, but to the Foreign Office and greenmanttle a different job altogether. Pages containing links to subscription-only content Use British English from July Use dmy dates from July Articles needing additional references from September All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles buchab unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from February Articles with Project Gutenberg links Articles with LibriVox links.


Works by John Buchan.

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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. I believe “Greenmantle” falls squarely into that elusive genre, the “ripping good yarn.

This is “boys-own” stuff. A spy mission during which he is told he will almost certainly die, that will probably have him journey to Turkey, and to which there are only three words as a clue. 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 understand the shifting alliances, allegiances, and enmities between and among the Ottoman Turks, the Young Turks, imperial Germany, and the Kurds.

His heroes bound larger than life from the pages. 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. Or he might be a fellow that preached a pure religion, like the chap that founded the Senussi.

In the clear morning air I could see that he did not wear the uniform of the invaders. Here was one that had loosed Hell, and the furies of Hell had got greenmantle of him. That just didn’t make sense. Hannay is called in greejmantle investigate rumours of an uprising in the Muslim world, and undertakes a perilous journey through enemy territory to meet his friend Sandy in Constantinople.

Hannay’s job is to go and find out exactly what the prophesy says and just how the Germans believe they can play it. For the mythic fantasy, Greenmantle, see Charles de Lint. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation.


Greenmantle (Richard Hannay #2) by John Buchan

Asked about the support for suicide bombing by a leader of the Muslim Association of Britain an affiliate of the MCBhe said that “I understand why he feels such pain for the Palestinians”. But this man, the chief of a nation of Stumms, paid the price in war for the gifts that had made him successful in peace. Yes; but if the East blazes up, our effort will be distracted from Europe and the great coup may fail.

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. View all 9 comments. The story focuses on traditional virtues: Buchan was able to write Greenmantle with some authority because he was himself both a soldier and a spymaster.

This hints at the combination of factors that might explain the popularity of the works. While many of the characters appear as caricatures to us today, Buchan saw this novel as part greemmantle the war effort and apparently based a couple of said characters on well known figures of the day.

Hopkirk was a child when his mother read aloud Greenmantle to him. Bill Anderson has a great collection of Buchan books. Translate the muddy language. He wrote a twenty-four volume history of the war, which was later abridged. It grrenmantle always difficult to put oneself in the position of either the writer or a contemporary reader of something written years or more ago.

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