Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan

This is my second book of this year's challenge and my first 'Classic' of the year.

I say classic but this book left me feeling slightly deflated. Maybe I am not the best person to judge this book as the thriller genre has failed to set me on fire.
Maybe a thriller fan would appreciate it more.

Richard Hannay returns home from the Boer war to find a strange man standing by his door, a man with a startling revelation. He invites him in to sleep for the night and the next day his new friend is dead.

Hannay finds himself on the run from the local police and a mysterious gang of criminals. Who is this mysterious gang and what has it got to do with the outbreak of the first world war ?

I found the whole plot dull as dishwater, from the beginning, right through to the disappointing end. I must say that I found the so called chase through the Scottish moors pretty lame and it wasn't much of a chase when half the local population is inviting you in for bed and breakfast !

If I had to say something positive about this book it would be that it was short.

I can't believe the amount of good reviews this book has, but maybe ( just maybe) it's not my cup of tea. I have never seen any of the film adaptations but I presume they tinkered around with the story. I also found much of the plot to be quite unrealistic and unbelievable.



  1. Hmm! Just discovered this one in a box of old books we had from hubby's mom. Thinking twice but it is short so....

  2. You may like it, a lot of people seem to. It just wasn't my cup of teab but I'm not really a fan of thrillers.

  3. I saw the recent remake of it and I was underwhelmed. It would be kind of interesting to read the book so see what all the fuss is about. I mean they've made at least two film adaptions. Anyway, thanks for the review.

  4. Your welcome and thanks for reading :)

  5. It has some lovely episodes throughout, but I much prefer the Hitchcock film. And I don't mind thrillers.

  6. Hi Vikileak thanks for looking at my blog, I've never seen any of the films but I'd like to to see how different it is from the book.

  7. I hate thrillers, but this seems tame enough for me. LOL It's a good thing we're all different.

    Annie Kate