30 Day Book Challenge

Day 10: Shortest Book I’ve Read

The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan.

I think The Thirty-Nine Steps is the shortest book I’ve ever read. My Wordsworth Classics edition is just 115 pages long.

Due to its short length, there is not really a lot of time for character development. Richard Hannay, the protagonist, remains the focus most of the time. So, it is mainly his character that we get to know fully. But even in this short space Buchan manages to portray the villains quite successfully. They are pretty sinister, as they are meant to be. I really enjoyed this classic innocent man on the run thriller.

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