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John Buchan
Birth date: 1875-08-26
Died: 1940-02-11
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A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
This is the second of John Buchan's WWI spy thrillers featuring British colonial hero supreme Richard Hannay (he's South African, but possesses all the Empire's virtues). Unlike The Thirty-Nine Steps, which is placed in the run-up to the war, this story throws Hannay and his various associates right...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
This is another entry in the "classics I never read" category. I resist the temptation to add the "Canadian" tag to it just because John Buchan went on later (much later) to become the Governor General of Canada. Nothing could be less connected to Canada than this early spy thriller. I found this ...
Reading Slothfully
Reading Slothfully rated it 4 years ago
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 Ric...
BrokenTune rated it 5 years ago
I originally came across The 39 Steps when it was listed in the BBC's The Big Read in 2003 as one of Britain's favourite books. Buchan's book came in 138th place. Having now read the book, I'd like to know how this book even made the list. Just HOW??? Sure this book (published in 1915) was one o...
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Reading Slothfully rated it 6 years ago
We have had a season subscription to our local community theater group for as long as we've lived in Reading. Recently, they did an adaption of this novel of Buchan's, which was an early spy thriller, or something. Now that I have "mature" hearing, I didn't get a whole lot of the dialog. Much of it ...
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