The Thirty-nine Steps - John Buchan Reviews
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by - written on 30/01/10 (Very useful, 48 readings)
Weighing in at a mere 126 pages, John Buchan's first novel involving the character Richard Hannay has had its fair share of film and TV adaptations, including a pair of versions from maestro Alfred Hitchcock. I have never seen any of them but knew of their popularity, so surely the novel would be a worthwhile read given how short it was. Richard Hannay is used to the finer things in his London pad, employing a manservant that dotes on him, while enjoying the best restaurants, drinks and foods money can buy. When a strange man he has never met arrives at his door, he purports to being chased by Prussians and in fear of his life due to ... Read the complete review
by - written on 02/10/07 (Useful, 92 readings)
This classic thriller or 'shocker' by John Buchan is famous for its action packed plot and gripping cliff hangers. There are surprises around every corner as our hero, Richard Hannay flees to Scotland to escape a conviction for a murder he did not commit. The murder victim is Scudder; a secret agent who dug a little too deeply and found he couldn't hide well enough from the Prussian agents in hot pursuit. The agents will stop at nothing to accomplish their mission...unless Richard Hannay can outwit them and blow their cover. Hannay's travels take him into the Highlands, desperately trying to stay hidden from the Police and the ... Read the complete review
by - written on 12/11/00, updated on 12/11/00 (Very useful, 111 readings)
I was recommended this book by my grandfather, who read it as a boy back in the 1920s. He told me that it was his favourite book for years, and I decided to take him up on his proposal when I found it on sale in £1 classics. Well, I did enjoy this book. My father collects old boys' annuals from around the turn of the century; spiffing tales of derring-do and whipping johnny hun, all that sort of thing. I found Buchan's book to be very much in the same vein. I should not reveal the story too much, but I will say that it concerns a young colonial who, returning to England, is caught up in a vast and nefarious plot to undermine the entire British Empire after ... Read the complete review
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