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Offline JamesAPrattIII

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Greenmantle
« on: April 30, 2012, 08:59:32 PM »
I recently finished reading the book "To End All Wars" by Adam Hochscheld where the writer John S Buchan best known for the book "The thirty-nine Steps" recieved a letter from Tobolsk writen by Olga N saying "...that she and her sisters and their father had greatly enjoyed his latest spy novel."  I think the book she is writing about is "Greenmantle" which came out in the Autumn of 1916/1917. It deals mainly with the capture of the Turkish Fortress city of Erzerum by the russian army in Feburary 1916 with the help of British Intelligence.. There is a bio of john S buchan on wiki along with a outline of the book.Greenmantle is also online. The book "Like Hidden Fire" by peter hopkirk ( also printed under the title "East of Constanople' deals with the covert war that went on in the middle east during WW I. It's been awhile since i have read Like Hidden Fire' but i believe it did state Nicholas II did like it. Also in real life british inteligence did not give the information to the Russians on the Turkish defenses from Arab officers serving in the Turkish army which enabled them to capture the city. Lawrence of Arabia boasted post war that he did but I believe the book points out he didn't. I understand Greenmantle was quite a best seller in day and the IF did read and enjoy it. One day i will probably do so. Just thought you would like to know.

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Re: Greenmantle
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2012, 05:36:38 PM »
James , I've seen that reference to Olga having written a letter to the author John Buchan too. See my post, reply 172, on "Olga's Letters" thread. I think there's a fair chance the Imperial Family read "Freemantle". I'm skeptical of Olga having written something of a fan letter to John Buchan. First, I don't think she wrote to other than family and friends very much, if at all. If she did write such a letter it would likely  have been iduring the IF's earliest months in Tobolsk when correspondence was relatively freer than it became after the Bolshevik takeover in Nov. ,1917. Private mail to England  from Siberian Russia while both countries were at war (which they were during most of the Tobolsk captivity) might have been somewhat problematic.

Thus, again, I agree the theme and genre of Buchan's "Freemantle", do seem up the IF's alley, so to speak, but I'm not so sure about Olga's letter. It could as well have been something along the lines of the story eventually getting back to Buchan that the IF  read and enjoyed  his novel(s).

The War To End All Wars btw, was very good. As is The Thirty-nine Steps.
Rodney G.

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Re: Greenmantle
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2012, 06:04:23 PM »
Thanks for the information another part in the book "To End All Wars" it has the suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst in Russia in mid-1917 and she recieves an invatation to visit the Imperial family then under house arrest in the Alexander Palace. I am sort of skeptical that this happened.

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Re: Greenmantle
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2012, 06:13:35 PM »
Thanks for the information another part in the book "To End All Wars" it has the suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst in Russia in mid-1917 and she recieves an invatation to visit the Imperial family then under house arrest in the Alexander Palace. I am sort of skeptical that this happened.

Yes, that item about Pankhurst seemed pretty dubious. Unlikely to have happened when Nicholas still ruled; almost totally no chance while the IF  were under house arrest.
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