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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Richard Hannay in on a top mission to foil a plot to create a holy war in the Muslim world, to draw troops from the Western Front, and to help Germany win the war. I could hear the rain dripping from the eaves of the window, and far off the hoot of taxis in Whitehall. As a bonus it gave me some insight into Turkey’s involvement in WWI which was interesting to me as an Aussie.

Retrieved from ” https: One of the German villains, a ferocious and imposing bully, turns out to have an effeminate side in a somewhat erotic and scary passage. Views Read Edit View history.

Greenmantle by John Buchan

No, sermons like this do not say that the hearers should go out and kill people, and no doubt the preachers do not believe that they should, but they do not say that they should not kill, and they stoke up anger. There is the Boer Peter Pienaar, the American capitalist Blenkiron, the very resourceful lieutenant Sandy Arbuthnot, Enver Bey’s henchman Rasta and the very beautiful but fiendish and extremely dangerous Hilda von Einem, who is for certain modeled after Irene Adler.

To find out more, buhan how to control cookies, see here: Please add book cover 2 10 Nov 02, The plot is too convoluted — and, to be honest, a little too hocus-pocus — to recap, but it doesn’t really matter.

Sandy, who knows “something of the soul of the East”, explains that: It relies for suspense and drama on pace and action. It’s small credit for us to stick it out. It was interesting watching Hannay gather a team together and then seeing treenmantle undercover investigations move them far apart and bring them together with surprising results. How come they are so overlooked?! Because Buchan wrote Greenmantle specifically because he had been asked by Charles Masterman, a Liberal MP who was head greenmahtle the secret British Ggreenmantle Propaganda Bureau to produce a book, paid for at government expense, as part of the propaganda war against Germany.


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. So much has gfeenmantle, especially where the novel touches on political themes.


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. We have the same protagonist, Richard Hannay, and he’s up to his by-now usual tricks: It is as if, as the history books do really say, the world didn’t actually know evil yet, didn’t know real terror.

Disguised as a disaffected Boer named Cornelius Brandt, Hannay is taken in tow by Colonel von Stumm, a caricature German officer with bullet head, thick neck and monocle as well as the regulation arrogant bullying manner.

Buchan’s version of Islamists have dark sorcery on their side, so it seems incongruous to set a German woman as their leader. Thirty years ago there was a bogus prophecy that played the devil in Yemen. This article needs additional citations for verification. However, there are also elements of real life events. The long-looked for revelation had come.

Early on in this novel, Hannay remarks on the ability of the English for ‘getting inside the skin’ of distant races. It contained “unsuitable and bucham material” at this difficult time.

Buchan’s racial fixation racism? 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 very Indiana Jones. I greenmantls to gain some knowledge of the early 20th century Arab world, but there is little in the way of exposition aside from standard spy lingo. It has the makings of a Bond movie — there are two clean-cut heroes and a femme fatale.


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The danger comes when “you can get the same language to greenmntle both”. This was trench warfare at its most infamous, famed for being the first use of poison gas by the British which succeeded in killing as many of our own as it did the enemy, the campaign summed up greejmantle the beginning of Oh What A Lovely War by the scoreboard reading: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

I can’t answer that, except, I guess, to say that fashions change. Nov 13, Julie Davis rated it really liked it.

At another point in the story Hannay, in disguise, is travelling through wartime Germany and just happens to meet the Kaiser, to whom he is introduced. View all 8 comments. He is asked to sabotage an international Muslim jihad against the Empire, funded by the Germans. Buhan is definitely a group effort.

Not all of his characters are so staged. Bullivant briefs Hannay on the political situation in the Middle Eastsuggesting that the Germans and their Turkish allies are plotting to create a Muslim uprising, that will throw the Middle East, India and North Africa into turmoil. That lifts them from being “classics of the genre” into something much more important.

Hannay is forever running across one or another of his fellow adventurers at opportune moments — in an obscure town on the banks of the Danube, for example. Notify me of new comments via email. At the time of his death he was Governor-General of Canada. Treenmantle suppose it’s better to be uninformed than ill informed.

It feels like even the readers at the time might have had questions about why such-and-such a thing was important or relevant. Can he do it?