39 Steps Discussion

Pageturners had an interesting discussion about The Thirty-Nine Steps by Scottish writer John Buchan.

The novel was Buchan’s first “shocker” – a story combining personal and political dramas. It featured Richard Hannay – an all action hero with a stiff upper lip and a miraculous knack for getting himself out of sticky situations.

Pageturners reviews varied from “fast-paced read, easy to read, episodic to first conspiracy novel, liked the Britishness, intro to the spy genre, everything he did drew attention to himself, lots of coincidences, fun read, liked the writing style, had an element of suspense, loved the description of the landscape; to didn’t do it for me, unbelieveable, thumbs down,  one dimensional and simplistic.”

In 1924 Mackenzie King, who was Canadian Prime Minister at the time was impressed with Buchan, stating “ I know no man I would rather have as a friend, a beautiful, noble soul, kindly & generous in thought & word & act, informed as few men in this world have ever been, modest, humble, true, man after God’s own heart.”

And our fun question was: Who would we cast in the lead role?. Well suggestions included leading men – Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Colin Firth, Harrison Ford, John Hanna, John Hamm, Richard Roxburgh, Steve McQueen, Billy Connelly and Sylvester Stallone.

Star ratings varied from a low 1.5 to a high 4.5.

The next discussion will be held on Wednesday 13 November at 5.30pm to talk about The Testaments by Margaret Atwood.

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