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The 39 Steps by John Buchan
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Aug 05, 2011

I loved it when I read it years ago and I thoroughly enjoyed it again-however in re-reading the book I realized how different the play and the movie are from the book, but nonetheless both are very good! It is a really good spy story where the main character meets very interesting people who help or hinder him along the way. I wonder though did Buchnan have a foreboding over the coming World Wars? He must have been a very keen and astute political watcher-especially of what was going on in Europe. One point I found very interesting was how often we really do not notice things. What appears to be normal is not-particularly if a person excels at presenting themselves differently. Perception is not always the reality. I would love to read more stories by the author particularly stories about Richard Hannay. Even this book was written at the beginning of the last century I found it entertaining and fun to read. Buchnan had a very good sense of humor!


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