2011: 71. The 39 Steps

The Thirty-Nine Steps (Dover Thrift Editions)

The Thirty-Nine Steps (Dover Thrift Editions)

John Buchan, Dover Thrift Editions

"I returned from the City about three o'clock on that May afternoon pretty well disgusted with life."

I picked this up with high hopes.  A classic thriller!! Recently made into a Masterpiece Theater movie (a sure sign of worth!).  A famous Hitchcock thriller.  Alas, I was not a fan.  The pros: it is eminently readable.  Clearly written, and compelling - you pick it up, and tear through it. Not at all boring.  Cons: unbelievable plot, even for a spy novel.  The antagonists are both terribly powerful and totally incompetant.  Oh, yes, and serious anti-Semitism, which was extremely off-putting.  I will say, though, that my copy (which was put out by Penguin, not the Dover Thrift that I've linked above) is fabulous to look at - which was just another link in my unreasonable expectations.  So - has anyone read this and have higher praise for it?

Categories:  Fiction

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