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Mr. Standfast

Mr. Standfast by John Buchan
By: (1875-1940)

This is the third of Buchan's Richard Hannay novels, following The Thirty-nine Steps and Greenmantle. Set, like Greenmantle, durinig World War I, it deals Brigadier-General Hannay's recall from the Western Front, to engage in espionage, and forced (much to his chagrin) to pose as a pacifist. He becomes a South African conscientious objector, using the name Cornelius Brand. Under the orders of his spymaster, Sir Walter Bullivant, he travels in the book through England to Scotland, back to the Western Front, and ultimately, for the book's denouement, into the Alps. Those who know Greenmantle will meet some old friends again here, including Bullivant, the American John Blenkiron, the South African Peter Pienaar and others.

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MR STANDFAST

by

JOHN BUCHAN

TO THAT MOST GALLANT COMPANY THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN INFANTRY BRIGADE on the Western Front

CONTENTS

PART I

1. The Wicket Gate 2. 'The Village Named Morality' 3. The Reflections of a Cured Dyspeptic 4. Andrew Amos 5. Various Doings in the West 6. The Skirts of the Coolin 7. I Hear of the Wild Birds 8. The Adventures of a Bagman 9. I Take the Wings of a Dove 10. The Advantages of an Air Raid 11. The Valley of Humiliation

PART II

12. I Become a Combatant Once More 13. The Adventure of the Picardy Chateau 14. Mr Blenkiron Discourses on Love and War 15. St Anton 16. I Lie on a Hard Bed 17. The Col of the Swallows 18. The Underground Railway 19. The Cage of the Wild Birds 20. The Storm Breaks in the West 21. How an Exile Returned to His Own People 22. The Summons Comes for Mr Standfast

NOTE

The earlier adventures of Richard Hannay, to which occasional reference is made in this narrative, are recounted in The Thirty Nine Steps and Greenmantle ... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - October 8, 2015
Subject: Great historical fiction!
I know of no finer author of early 20th century war and espionage fiction than Mr. Buchan. I wish I could shake his hand and thank him for all the hours of pleasure he has given me. MR STANDFAST is a prime example.
Reviewer: - February 18, 2013
Subject: Wonderful war story
Vivid portrayal of mystery, spies and war


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