La guerra dei vampiri Nancy Kilpatrick


Published: 1951


504 pages


La guerra dei vampiri  by  Nancy Kilpatrick

La guerra dei vampiri by Nancy Kilpatrick
1951 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 504 pages | ISBN: | 10.76 Mb

This novel concludes what I think of as the original Hannay trilogy, which sees our hero through the course of the first world war, or the Great War as they used to call it.Theres an interesting change in tone over these three books. The Thirty Nine Steps is stark and intense with Hannay a man pushed to the limit, fighting a battle he barely understands with few allies until the last third of the novel.

Greenmantle is an altogether more rollicking and gregarious work with various allies and companions along the way as well as the window-dressing of exotic settings, although it isnt bereft of moments of singular intensity.Mr. Standfast is by far the darkest of the three novels, as Hannay alternates between the frontlines and backrooms of some of the most climactic moments of the war. There is a vivid sense of the horror of war, both in blitz-torn London and in the battlefields of Europe. Even though Hannay has his share of comrades, and even a love interest (described as childlike or like a slim boy rather a lot of times - was Buchan a closeted Uranian?) this novel plunges deep into the ideological currents that surround the war and its dissenters, taking us far from the realms of amiable jingoism at times.

It also features a villain who is somehow far more diabolical than when we first met him in 39 and far more purely villainous than the villains in Greenmantle.The ending is bittersweet, with some noble companions lost. Along the way, I also realised that Hannay works as a character because Buchan is able to show us his limitations to just the right degree as to make his superhuman abilities palatable. Hannay describes a couple of lines of Goethe used as passwords by German spies as pretty dismal poetry and confesses to having no ear for any instrumental music other than marching tunes.

These foibles remind us that, for all his achievements, Hannay has led a life that has had little of culture or art in it, and Buchan does not present this as a flaw or an advantage, simply as a part of the character, allowing us to draw our own conclusions. This a far cry from the first Bulldog Drummond novel where Sapper is clearly in love with his headstrong buffoon of a hero, even though he doesnt come across as especially notable even through Sappers narrative.Buchan was a subtle author- there are many fine things woven into the fabric of this novel.

You dont have to agree with his politics or his religion to admire how he has deeply interwoven them with an exciting adventure story in a manner that gives added depth to the plot rather than making it into a shallow polemic. Matthew Reilly can brag until hes bleat in the face about pure entertainment, but a writer who is aware of his world-view and intelligently works it into his novels is preferable to any amount of allegedly subtext-less hi-jinks.

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