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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I remember reading these novels when I was young and believed that the British way of life and values would go on forever. Ignoring the obvious dating of the action these are still well written and entertaining stories, Sick Heart River is not a Richard Hannay story but it remains one of the best descriptions of a dying man trying to make the most of his remaining days.
Wonderful stuff if you can keep your mind youthful and uncluttered by the problems of today. As reviewed by others in other compilations of John Buchan the adventures of Richard Hannay are cracking yarns with disengaging feature of repellent racist stereotypes regularly being used in descriptions. If you are tempted to get this version because it has in addition to five Hannay adventures two extra Buchan stories with some of same cast of characters be warned that currently the sixth book "The Courts of the Morning" is riddled with typos - I expect to post before I finish the book.
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Hannay had lost his turf and had become simply a continuity, like the last few stories of Sherlock Holmes when even the author was simply dragging on till the end. Sep 23, Debbie rated it liked it Shelves: This book is actually 1 short story and 4 novels in one. I got through the short sort, The 39 Steps, which is terrific. I loved being able to reconcile the story to all the movie versions I have seen. Then I res the next two novels, which were overly long.
Too much political ruminating and just plain too much of everything. I finally decided I had had enough Richard Hannay and didn't bother reading the last 2 novels. Oct 10, Nick rated it it was amazing. Anyone who is a fan of old movies -- and especially Hitchcock -- will recall "The Thirty-nine Steps," the quintessential spy thriller involving the ordinary guy dragged into a war-time conspiracy. Our hero, Richard Hannay, sorts out the mess and prevents the bad guys from winning by a combination of luck and grit, with touch of 'brains'. It's good, rollicking fun, and the author of the original novel, John Buchan, went on to write 4 more Richard Hannay novels to meet a never-ending demand for sp Anyone who is a fan of old movies -- and especially Hitchcock -- will recall "The Thirty-nine Steps," the quintessential spy thriller involving the ordinary guy dragged into a war-time conspiracy.
It's good, rollicking fun, and the author of the original novel, John Buchan, went on to write 4 more Richard Hannay novels to meet a never-ending demand for spy stories like these. I've just waded through all 5 during several long travel days, and I'm happy to report that they are all diverting reads.
The first remains the best, but the others, especially Greenmantle and Mr Standfast both war novels , are good too. Buchan is at his best when his hero is dismantling a vast world-wide conspiracy to destroy the free world, and part of the charm of these pre-Bond books is that the conspiracies feel just a bit dated and the masterminds just a bit simple. There is a bit of unintentional hilarity, mostly in The Three Hostages, which puts forth the idea that an evil mastermind could take over the world by hypnotizing a few key players into doing his bidding.
Fortunately our hero is immune, being a plain, hearty English gentleman, and thereby hangs a tale. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of these novels today is the insight that they give into the concerns of people in the first part of the 20th century. Someone once said that the past is a foreign country, and that seemed very true reading these charming books. We still have conspiracy theories today, of course; they're just very, very different. Apr 13, Ross rated it liked it. Like most reviewers I came to this omnibus via Hitchcock's 's film of the 39 Steps, one of my favorite films.
If I was to review that story alone I'd give it a clear 4 stars, but I've averaged it out for the collection at 3.
These books were written almost as British Empire propaganda and daring do. As such the pattern of improbable plots, narrow escapes, and world wide conspiracies, which only a lone hero can resolve, wears a bit thin with repetition. The stories reminded me of the Boys Own Like most reviewers I came to this omnibus via Hitchcock's 's film of the 39 Steps, one of my favorite films.
The stories reminded me of the Boys Own Annuals that I inherited from my uncles who grew up in the 's. Having said that they do have there own charm in the way they represent attitudes and prejudices of those times. As an example of the mores you'll find in these books, Buchan is suspected of racism and particularly anti Semitism, and there are passages to support that in the books.
On the other hand he has defenders who say he simply reflected attitudes 0f the time in his characters and was not himself actively racist. Rather than putting me off, I found the general representation of the attitudes of the time one of the points of interest. I'm not going to go into writing, style of character etc. These are almost irrelevant. You'll either like, or at least accept, the dated nature of the books, or you won't.
This collection will go on my shelves with my complete Dashiell Hammett and Chandler. Buchan is not in that class but he is interesting. I've finished reading the 39 Steps, and find the style quite stilted and the plot too straight forward to keep my interest for long. I know why I enjoyed this book as a teenager, as it is simple, clear, with not too many complex ideas to explore as an adolescent one needs one's resources for other things.
Reading this was a bit like eating pancakes for lunch, they are filling, tasty with toppings, but don't give you much nutrition and you end up feeling hungry soon after, and wishing you'd eat I've finished reading the 39 Steps, and find the style quite stilted and the plot too straight forward to keep my interest for long.
Reading this was a bit like eating pancakes for lunch, they are filling, tasty with toppings, but don't give you much nutrition and you end up feeling hungry soon after, and wishing you'd eaten a BLT instead. I'll read the other Richard Hannay stories in the book, just for nostalgia's sake.
Aug 19, Gavin McGrath rated it really liked it. Hero always respects the humanity of his opponents. Honour and integrity important virtues. Aug 27, Doug K rated it it was amazing. While the gung-ho attitudes and stiff-upper-lippishness sometimes gets a bit much, it needs to be borne in mind that these books were written specifically as propaganda to help the war effort - Buchan's real feelings on the war are not Hannay's.
Feb 25, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: I've finished the first book in this volume, The Thirty-Nine Steps , so my rating is currently based on that one novel. Well written and easy to read.
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The first person narrative gets you into Hannay's adventures very quickly. Jan 24, Vikki rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love John Buchan's writing.
I've read the 39 Steps before and loved it, so I was delighted to find this. The other stories continue to follow the adventures of the reluctant spy, Richard Hannay, through a number of different adventures. Jul 10, Jeff rated it really liked it. Loved the old empire style of language and thinking, not applicable to our generation any more, but perhaps a little could be.
Fast paced but all the stories are similar. I love Hannay so much - the accidental hero, and spy. Mar 20, Kristen Page rated it liked it Shelves: Honkey grandpa be trippin.
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