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Alternate cover edition can be found hereWhen Richard Hannay returns from a long stay in Africa he becomes caught up in a sensational plot to precipitate a pan European warAfter the discovery of a corpse in his flat Hannay flees the attentions of both the conspirators and the forces of the law and the pursuit turns into a thrilling manhuntSet against the hot summer which precedes the outbreak of the First World War The Thirty nine Steps is one of the finest and most highly admired thrillers ever written


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    ”I know what it is to feel lonely and helpless and to have the whole world against me and those are things that no men or women ought to feel” Richard Hanney in The 39 Steps In the edition that I read Toby Buchan grandson of John Buchan wrote an introduction that was almost an apology About half way through the book I understood the need for an apology The book pales in comparison to the movie The writing is jaunty and for a while sustains the reader but soon I was searching desperately for the dialogue or the scenes that I loved most about the movie They are not there Charles Bennett adapted the novel to the screen and Ian Hay wrote the dialogue They took a Buchan framework and turned it into an entertaining and exciting movie I recently rewatched The 39 Steps 1935 during one of the Hitchcock weekends on TCM which made me that much interested in reading the book that inspired the movie Most of the book is one long chase scene involving motor cars planes bicycles and leg races over hill and dale There are numerous disguises car crashes and one rather large explosion No overtones of sexual attraction or for that matter women It is a boy’s adventure played by a 37 year old man who has made his fortune in Rhodesia and found himself in dire circumstances when he decides to see London Indulge me while I plug the movie I had three favorite scenes from the movie that I hoped would be in the book or at least that there would be other memorable scenes that Bennett and Hay decided not to use None of these scenes are in the book unfortunately The scene with the farmer’s wife that the writers and Hitchcock managed to convey to the watcher in so brief a span of time how lonely and desperate her life is married to a jealous older crusty man with no hope of respite When the Richard Hanney character played by Robert Donat kisses her as he scrambles out a back door with her husband’s coat and hat I felt like cheering That kiss so easy to give might be the very thing she needs to sustain herself or to break free The scene where Richard Hanney has made it to what he feels is a safe haven only to discover that his benefactor is the very man he has been trying to thwart view spoilerThe reveal of the missing digit on the villain's hand is done so well that I still feel the cold tightness of suspense grip my heart each time hide spoiler