The Thirty-Nine Steps

In This Fast Paced Spy Thriller, A Self Described Ordinary Fellow Stumbles Upon A Plot Involving Not Only Espionage And Murder But Also The Future Of Britain Itself Richard Hannay Arrives In London On The Eve Of World War I, Where He Encounters An American Agent Seeking Help In Preventing A Political Assassination Before Long, Hannay Finds Himself In Possession Of A Little Black Book That Holds The Key To The Conspiracy And On The Run From Both The Police And Members Of A Mysterious Organization That Will Stop At Nothing To Keep Their Secrets Hidden This Is The First Of Five Novels In John Buchan S Greenmantle Series, Featuring The Adventures Of The Stalwart And Resourceful Richard Hannay Originally Published In 1915, It Also Served As The Basis For Several Movies And Plays, Including Alfred Hitchcock S Classic Cinematic Adaptation.The Thirty-Nine Steps

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  • Paperback
  • 88 pages
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps
  • John Buchan
  • English
  • 28 June 2019
  • 9780486282015

10 thoughts on “The Thirty-Nine Steps

  1. says:

    I know what it is to feel lonely and helpless and to have the whole world against me, and those are things that no men or women ought to feel Richard Hanney in The 39 Steps In the edition that I read Toby Buchan, grandson of John Buchan, wrote an introduction that was almost an apology About half way through the book I understood the need for an apology The book pales in comparison to the movie The writing is jaunty and for a while sustains the reader, but soon I was searching desperately for the dialogue or the scenes that I loved most about the movie They are not there Charles Bennett adapted the novel to the screen and Ian Hay wrote the dialogue They took a Buchan framework and turned it into an entertaining and exciting movie I recently rewatched The 39 Steps 1935 during one of the Hitchcock weekends on TCM which made me that much interested in reading the book that inspired the movie Most of the book is one long chase scene involving motor cars, planes, bicycles, and leg races over hill and dale There are numerous disguises, car crashes, and one rather large explosion No overtones of sexual attraction or for that matter women It is a boy s adventure played by a 37 year old man who has made his fortune in Rhodesia and found himself in dire circumstances when he decides to see London Indulge me while I plug the movie I had three favorite scenes from the movie that I hoped would be i...

  2. says:

    Scotsman John Buchan s fabulous The Thirty Nine Steps is rightly considered a seminal classic in the Adventure Spy genre and it is for good reason it was on The Guardian s Best 100 English Novels list at 42.This exciting tale of espionage defined the man on the run tale in breathless fashion, and was the first of the author s Richard Hannay tales What remains remarkable is the contemporary prose Though it takes place before the first World War, offering insight into the view of what was happening at that time, the tale is timeless, and with minor changes, could easily be a thrilling espionage adventure told in our day Books need to be judged within their context, and while most do, some don t This classic has a solid four star average after hundreds of reviews on in the US, which accurately reflects how much fun this is to read.That s not to say some of what happens isn t implausible, almost Cornell Woolrich implausible, but with a style and pace which makes Robert Ludlum seem lethargic no easy task the reader is having so much fun they simply don t care Reading The Thirty Nine Steps is fun and exciting, which is...

  3. says:

    I am currently working my way through the list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die and decided to read Buchan s short mystery spy novel because it seemed like a quick and easy option to take me a step closer to maybe one day completing the list I never imagined it would be such a painfully boring slog Some books made the big list because they are actually good, some because they are or were scandalous, some because they are so far away from pretty much everything else that s been written, and some because they kick started something or opened up a new type of genre and or storytelling I believe The Thirty Nine Steps falls into this last category It arguably introduced the world to the spy genre and has resulted in many attempted imitations over the years since its publication in 1915 But in terms of plot, writing and characters it just seems to me to have very little to offer It may be one of the first of its kind, but many other authors have bettered the genre, in my opinion I would use John le Carr as a prime example.The novel begins with the bored Richard Hannay who is determined to give London just one day to hold his interest before he leaves for a exciting alternative abroad Richard, however, gets way than he bargained for when a new American acquaintance is murdered in Hannay s flat just a few days after the pair meet Realising he is now likely the main target of the group who assassinated his new friend, ...

  4. says:

    Run of the mill outmoded thriller With conventions that pile on on like wretched clich s, The 39 Steps is somewhat thrilling, somewhat entertaining A sure predecessor to The Fugitive, it has our main man running from the law while hiding and acting the parts of the British lower classes The theme being that camouflage is the best defense, while you re out on the offense.There s reverse psychology, the usurping of identities, and the amateur loss of evidence here, a motor car, a bicycle Stupid, gullible people, drunk sometimes, also stumble upon the protagonist just when he needs them, the pre WWI Good Samaritans, the mo...

  5. says:

    I LIKE THE CUT OF YOUR JIBIn this mercifully short ur thriller our hero is the kind of guy who has an inbuilt trustometer which is activated by looking He looks at another man and instantly can tell if he s the decent, upstanding, plucky sort or the low, conniving, blackguard sort He was very young, but he was the man for my money. P30 I saw by this man s eyes that he was the kind you can trust p43Other men also have this impressive power of instant worthiness assessment He watched me with a smile I don t want proof I can size up a man You re no murderer and you re no fool I believe you are speaking the truth Early on, our man Richard Hannay runs into an odd cove called Scudder and they use their trustometers on each other Just one word, Mr Scudder I believe you are straight, but if so be you are not, I should warn you that I m a handy man with a gun Scudder says I haven t the privilege of your name, sir, but let me tell you that you re a white man I ll thank you to lend me a razor I was thinking well, you don t have to be too perspicacious to see that someone is white and not black, but then I realized that white in this context does not mean white Of course, it means good So this is not The Wire It s like the 1914 version of James Bond, meaning no technology, absolutely no girls, but lots of racing around Even thou...

  6. says:

    Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Read Poll of 2003.A fairly conceited man gets embroiled in a rather far fetched murder cum political conspiracy that can only be described as Man Walks Through A Lot Of Heather Mercifully short, this book could have been even shorter if we didn t have to follow Mr Hannay the length and breadth of Scotland, only to hear about his aching feet.Fairly regular stuff, adventurous without too much danger to quicken your pace maker The only thing that was really missing was a James Bond style Woman For Looking At And Not Much Else Oh Yes Sleeping With Too Not an awful lot of depth even if it was purposefully written that way, though that s hardly an excuse It was also lacking in any kind of depth in terms of plot there s a conspiracy, but what it is...

  7. says:

    How can a classic be so bad Melodramatic, as expected, but Buchan piles improbability upon improbability insulting your intelligence until by the end you just want to slap him This is an important book in that it sprung many imitators, and some claim it is the start of the spy genre It has been filmed three times, adapted for radio and television, inspired the chase film genre, and certainly it gave Alfred Hitchcock his basic subject Buchan was a political man, and he uses the book for a little bit of political and social satire Well and good, but the ridiculous plot, narrative short cuts, and silly but always convincing to the other characters disguises make this a bad, bad book It has one of the least credible and least exciting endings I have read in a thriller no wonder all the films change ...

  8. says:

    When it was first published, this novel must have been fascinating reading At the time the UK was at war with Germany and there were no doubt German spies in the country The book was initially serialised in a magazine and many chapters end on the proverbial cliff hanger As a result the story is fast paced and full of action.In a dedication before the book John Buchan describes the book as a dime novel or shocker where the incidents defy the probabilities and march just inside the borders of the possible I cannot put it better than that.The lead character of Richard Hannay is a wealthy man in his late thirties who has recently returned from successful business activities in Africa Bored with London society he initially relishes the intrigue offered by his chance meeting with Scudder but his situation soon deteriorates.I found the Hannay and the other leading characters somewhat stereotypical but that is not altogether surprising in an action novel of this length I suspect Buchan s target audience did not want depth and sensitivity they wanted easy to understand characters and lots of action.I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of country life in Galloway which would then have been a world away from life in an English city.Yes, it may seem a bit thin...

  9. says:

    I hadn t heard of this book until recently, when it made a surprise appearance on The Guardian s Best 100 English Novels list It s an early spy novel, written in 1915 and set just before WWI, and a smashing and brisk read It was written by a John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, and I did not make that up Baron Tweedsmuir Baron Tweedsmuir, at your service sirrahIt cites Kipling and Conrad as influences, appropriately, and there s some mention of Holmes as well, but its primary influence is clearly Robert Louis Stevenson s Kidnapped There s a scene involving hiding and sweltering on top of a dovecote that s a direct play on a similar one in Kidnapped, but above all they share Scottishness, which manifests itself in a love of running about on moors and in a general unawareness of the existence of women There are zero women in this book Seriously, you never even pass one on the sidewalk Correction a commenter named Vesna says there is one I don t remember her but I m willing to believe it Top Six Literary Works Featuring Moors6 The 39 Steps5 Hound of the Baskervilles4 Kidnapped3 Return of the Native2 Othello1 Wuthering HeightsWhat Buchan is really, really into is disguises like this but no parrotAnd very little happens in The 39 Steps that doesn t have to do with them Buchan s hero, Richard Hannay, is a master of disguise his transfo...

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