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The Thirty-Nine Steps - Community Reviews back

by John Buchan, John Keegan
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BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it 7 months 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...
Reading Slothfully
Reading Slothfully rated it 1 year 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 ...
brokenbiscuits
brokenbiscuits rated it 4 years ago
“Sansho the Steward” by Mori Ogai This is a poignant short story about a brother and sister who are kidnapped and sold into slavery. There’s no way there could be a happy end for both of them. The Golden Slipper, and other problems for Violet Strange by Anna Katherine Green A fun detective nov...
Bloodorange
Bloodorange rated it 4 years ago
3.5 stars. A short, old-fashioned spy thriller with a touch of humour, which reminded me of a video game or role playing game; the protagonist is very resourceful, the ending scene merits four stars, descriptions of characters and nature are really pleasing. I might actually want to see one of the ...
CarlAlves
CarlAlves rated it 4 years ago
The Thirty-Nine Steps was written and is set in World War 1 era Europe, where conspiracies of worldwide war are at work. The story’s main character, Richard Hannay is leading a typical middle class life when he gets thrust in the middle of it all as a stranger shows up telling him of this conspiracy...
nente
nente rated it 5 years ago
It's all true about melodrama and an impossible number of improbable coincidences. But there's one redeeming feature: this book is quite well-written as regards language, unlike most of the ordinary light reading.
AmySea
AmySea rated it 6 years ago
I enjoyed this action-adventure light story. It wasn't thrilling by today's thriller standards, but I had fun with it. I enjoyed the Scotland setting, too.
Maven Books
Maven Books rated it 6 years ago
I'd heard the title of this book (and accompanying movie) many times before, but didn't realize it was a spy thriller (I thought it was horror instead, perhaps due to the Alfred Hitchock movie connection?). It's definitely a fairly thrilling read for the most part -- the descriptions of the Scottis...
JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it 6 years ago
”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 ha...
melaniecclegg
melaniecclegg rated it 7 years ago
While this adventure/spy novel wasn't particularly tense or exciting, it's short enough that it didn't get too dull. To a modern reader, used to double agents, moles, and triple-crossers, the plot seems rather straight forward, and Rochard Hannay is no James Bond. Despite being the hero, he doesn't ...
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