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by John Buchan

eBook The Thirty-Nine Steps download ISBN: 0879238380
Author: John Buchan
Publisher: David R Godine (April 1, 1991)
Language: English
Pages: 114
ePub: 1766 kb
Fb2: 1447 kb
Rating: 4.7
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Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery

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The Thirty-Nine Steps is an adventure novel by the Scottish author John Buchan. It first appeared as a serial in Blackwood's Magazine in August and September 1915 before being published in book form in October that year by William Blackwood and. It first appeared as a serial in Blackwood's Magazine in August and September 1915 before being published in book form in October that year by William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh. It is the first of five novels featuring Richard Hannay, an all-action hero with a stiff upper lip and a miraculous knack for getting himself out of sticky situations. The novel formed the basis for a number of film adaptations, notably: Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 version; a 1959 colour remake; a 1978 version which is perhaps.

Buchan John The Thirty-Nine Steps. The thirty-nine steps. As Richard Hannay walks home to his flat in London, he is feeling bored. e-Book first published 2012. Nothing exciting ever seems to happen in England, he thinks. I returned to my flat at about three o’clock on that May afternoon very unhappy with life.

LibriVox recording of The Thirty-nine Steps by John Buchan. Reading by Adrian Praetzellis. Richard Hannay’s boredom is soon relieved when the resourceful engineer is caught up in a web of secret codes, spies, and murder on the eve of WWI. This exciting action-adventure story was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1939 classic film of the same name. John Buchan (1875-1940) was Governor General of Canada and a popular novelist

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Книга жанра: Старинная литература, Старинная литература: Прочее. CHAPTER ONE. The Man Who Died. I returned from the City about three o’clock on that May afternoon pretty well disgusted with life. автор: Джон Бакен (John Buchan). The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Thirty-nine Steps, by John Buchan. This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever

The Thirty-Nine Steps. Читать на английском и переводить текст. This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at ww. utenberg. Title: The Thirty-nine Steps. Posting Date: July 30, 2008 Release Date: June, 1996. Produced by Jo Churcher. HTML version by Al Haines.

My name is Richard Hannay and I am thirty-seven years old. I was born in Scotland, but in 1883 my family moved to. .Scudder read and smoked. He filled a little black book with notes, and counted the days to 15 June. One day he said, ‘Time is passing quickly, Hannay. I was born in Scotland, but in 1883 my family moved to Rhodesia. I grew up in Africa and worked hard for 20 years. While they’re watching the house, I won’t be able to get away.

We know the Buchan formula well, although few may remember it was he who set the mold: take an apparently ordinary man, and let him be drawn into a mystery he only vaguely understands; give him a task to perform, and set obstacles in his path; see that he cannot turn to established authority, see that he cannot be certain who he can trust - and then, set the clock ticking. . . The novel is set during May and June 1914; war was evident in Europe, Richard Hannay the protagonist and narrator, an expatriate Scot, returns to his new home, a flat in London, after a long stay in Rhodesia to begin a new life. One night he is buttonholed by a stranger, a well-travelled American, who claims to be in fear for his life. The man appears to know of an anarchist plot to destabilise Europe, beginning with a plan to assassinate the Greek Premier, Constantine Karolides, during his forthcoming visit to London. The man reveals his name to be Franklin P. Scudder, a freelance spy, and remarks that he is dead, which holds Hannay's attention. Scudder explains that he has faked his own death to avert suspicion. Scudder claims to be following a ring of German spies called the Black Stone who are trying to steal British plans for the outbreak of war. Hannay lets Scudder hide in his flat, and sure enough the next day another man is discovered having apparently committed suicide in the same building. A couple of days later Hannay returns home to find Scudder dead with a knife through his heart. And that is just the beginning.
Comments: (7)
Xarcondre
Scotsman John Buchan’s fabulous The 39 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. At least on Amazon, it has a solid four-star average after hundreds of reviews, which I feel more 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 39 Steps is fun and exciting, which is what it is supposed to be. Watching Hannay escape time after time until the thrilling confrontation and conclusion is exhilarating.

Buchan writes as though using lighting bolts rather than a pen, and we’re just along for the electric-charged ride. The 39 Steps is the quintessential can’t-put-down read. That thrill you got as a youngster reading a mystery adventure by flashlight beneath the covers was captured by Buchan and moved forward into adulthood, and on that level it doesn't just succeed, it shines. It's on The Guardian's list for good reason.

The book differs from Hitchcock’s famous British film adaptation in that there is no love interest for Hannay here; frankly because it isn’t needed. A rollicking good old-fashioned tale that set a bar seldom reached since. Fabulous fun and quite enjoyable when read, if you don't try to compare it with modern-day spy novels.
Samugor
As many other purchasers have complained, this is a terrible (or wonderful) example of what can go wrong with cheap, print-on-demand printing. The last pages of the book - right at the climax of the mystery - are out of order or missing. So the whole experience is ruined.
Not the first time I have ordered a book from Amazon with similar P.O.D. errors
Amazon, which I understand Jeff Bezos started as a book publishing venture, should be ashamed of their lack of quality control.
Daizil
This is a World War I era spy/adventure/mystery/thriller story written as part of the British government's propaganda efforts, in which most prominent British writers were enlisted. It's full of British "good old chaps" who instantly trust and aid each other despite wild tales and incongruities. The villains, of course, are German. Amazing coincidences abound to further the story. How the Germans got most of their knowledge and perpetrated their deeds remains unexplained when the book has ended. How did they locate Scudder to kill him? How did they track and then anticipate the movements of Hannay (yes, I know they had an aeroplane, but that's not saying enough). Most of the book is a bit of a travelogue with Hannay fleeing the Germans through Scotland (Buchan was a Scot) without really knowing who they are or what they are up to. Of course the British commoners thwart the seemingly invincible German intelligence agents. Perhaps innovative when it was written, but now best read as a period piece.
komandante
This is a classic spy story and was a best seller in its time and may be said to have made John Buchan's fortune. The story takes place in England and Scotland just before the start of World War I. Readers acquainted with the time and place will find the setting familiar, both geographically and socially. For the others, this is an excellent introduction and tutorial to the period, all in an amusing and easy to read slim book. The villains are of course the Germans, but even they are almost gentlemen and it's not their fault that they are not English.
The protagonist is a James Bond of his time, but without the gadgets and no sex; it's all just a matter of brain and some brawn. A "colonial," the protagonist has a fairly low opinion of his home country, and even a lower one of foreigners, except of course the rural Scots. The boo is definitely not pc, and for those not offended by this, this book is a must. It is surprisingly compelling and the price is certainly right.
Gold Crown
I was heartbroken when this book ended. Richard Hannay, where are you in our world? These are terrific adventure stories from a lost era. I was particularly grateful that Buchan doesn't bother to spend energy on scene-setting. The Great War... unleashed ancient hatreds... and bands of devilish men... who tried to do evil to our hero. Uh, ok! And we're off to the races.
Munigrinn
Don't buy this version. The last 6 or so pages are out of order and missing content. So, after having read the whole book, I have no idea how it ends. And now I am wondering if anything else was missing from the rest of the text? Even though it's a fairly cheap version, don't waste your money, unless you want to puzzle out the ending for yourself. I guess I'll go watch the movie now so I can see the resolution of this tale.
Xurad
If you, like many since Downton Abbey and other things came along to feed us anglophiles, enjoy a genuine drama that is also a thriller, this is the book for you. It is not politically correct, it is written of and in a period hat will never exist again and what Americans once considered "Merry olde England."

If you like Sherlock, you will love this. If you love a spy thriller, this is your book. If you'd like to go back several decades before Agatha Christie, come along! This is from the days of "hale fellow, well met," and I look forward to following the other Richard Hannay books that gleam like gems at dusk as I sip on a gin and tonic.