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Greenmantle: Authorised Edition (The Richard Hannay Adventures) (urspr publ 1916; utgåvan 2018)

av John Buchan (Författare)

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In Greenmantle (1916), a classic tale of espionage and adventure, Richard Hannay, hero of The Thirty-Nine Steps, travels across war-torn Europe on the trail of a German plot and an Islamic Messiah. He is joined by three more of Buchan's heroes: Peter Pienaar, the old Boer scout; John S. Blenkiron, the American determined to fight the Kaiser; and Sandy Arbuthnot--Greenmantle himself--a character modelled on Lawrence of Arabia. Together they move in disguise through Germany to Constantinople and the Russian border in order to face their enemies: the grotesque Stumm and the evil femme fatale Hilda von Einem.… (mer)
Medlem:PLF1915
Titel:Greenmantle: Authorised Edition (The Richard Hannay Adventures)
Författare:John Buchan (Författare)
Info:Polygon (2018), Edition: Authorised, 352 pages
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  leslie.98 | May 11, 2020 |
Really solid WWI spy adventure from Buchan, party of the Richard Hannay series. Really a ripping good adventure story. Unfortunately, it started out so slow and talky that I almost gave up on it. I'm glad I didn't though. This one has Hannay spying for the Brits in the Ottoman Empire. Interesting and fun. ( )
  AliceAnna | Feb 24, 2020 |
Well, this is one of those old thrillers from the British Empire that is also set during World War I, and is a kind of propaganda piece about the greatness of the British, and the fallibility of the Boche (a pejorative term for German soldiers).

John Buchan wrote a series of adventures featuring Richard Hannay. Hannay was a mining engineer who made a pile in South Africa and finds living in idleness in England rather a bore. So, fortunately for him, he has adventures. This is the second of the Hannay adventures.

The time is 1916 and the British are fighting back the Boche in Europe. Hannay is looking forward to going back into the fray, but is induced instead into helping with a spy mission. The spy agencies are certain that the Germans have plans to take over the Middle East, a place where the British have some interests, e.g. Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia (Iraq).

So, Hannay is to be sent off to Constantinople to straighten things out. He's given a small team to help: an American, John S. Blenkiron, Ludovick Arbuthnot, who is known as Sandy, and another bloke, whose name I've forgotten (Peter?), but who knows how to get around in tight places. He can singlehandedly defeat hoards of marauding Bantus...or something. Sandy's expertise is in the Middle East. He can easily pass as a Turk, or Arab, or whatever is needed.

So, by various, improbably methods, sometimes pretending to be turncoats who are trying to join up with the Germans, they make their improbable journeys, each in his own separate way, to Constantinople to meet up. They find that the Turks, who are nominally German allies, can be manipulated by a "holy man", known as Greenmantle. It appears that Greenmantle is on his death bed, so that raises problems as well.

Well, I'll stop. What we have is lots of British posturing about their being a superior "race", superior even to the Germanic "race", lots of improbable, last-minute escapes from disaster, and so forth. Naturally, in the end it all comes out well for the good guys. Great literature, this is not. But for idling away a few hours with an amusing yarn, this isn't half bad. ( )
1 rösta lgpiper | Sep 17, 2019 |
Richard Hannay's adventures continue in a WWI thriller that takes him spying across Germany and ends with the thrilling Battle of Erzurum (a real battle but with a fictional twist https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erzurum_Offensive). Again a great deal of fun can be had reading this book, and there is a certain topicality today in the importance of fundamentalist Islam to the plot. Also introduces the recurring characters of Sandy Arbuthnot (who though based on one of Buchan's friends reminds me strongly of T E Lawrence), the American Blenkiron and the great Boer scout Peter Pienaar. Some of Hannay's attitudes grate somewhat to the modern ear but it is clear that Hannay is not Buchan but is very much a man of his time. ( )
  Figgles | Sep 17, 2018 |
This is a book that hasn't aged well. What may have once seemed a rollicking good yarn in the style of Boys Own or Biggles now seems very thin - the plot sparse, the characterisation limited and the whole concept quite unrealistic. But the basic plot line, that someone, or something, could bring pious muslims together in rebellion against the west, could have seemed prescient in retrospect. Sadly, the author fails totally to flesh out this idea and the plot device remains a repeated hollow phrase with no any attempt to fill in any details. ( )
  mbmackay | Jun 23, 2018 |
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In Greenmantle (1916), a classic tale of espionage and adventure, Richard Hannay, hero of The Thirty-Nine Steps, travels across war-torn Europe on the trail of a German plot and an Islamic Messiah. He is joined by three more of Buchan's heroes: Peter Pienaar, the old Boer scout; John S. Blenkiron, the American determined to fight the Kaiser; and Sandy Arbuthnot--Greenmantle himself--a character modelled on Lawrence of Arabia. Together they move in disguise through Germany to Constantinople and the Russian border in order to face their enemies: the grotesque Stumm and the evil femme fatale Hilda von Einem.

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