El club Dumas

El club DumasLucas Corso Is A Book Detective, A Middle Aged Mercenary Hired To Hunt Down Rare Editions For Wealthy And Unscrupulous Clients When A Well Known Bibliophile Is Found Dead, Leaving Behind Part Of The Original Manuscript Of Alexandre Dumas S The Three Musketeers, Corso Is Brought In To Authenticate The Fragment He Is Soon Drawn Into A Swirling Plot Involving Devil Worship, Occult Practices, And Swashbuckling Derring Do Among A Cast Of Characters Bearing A Suspicious Resemblance To Those Of Dumas S Masterpiece Aided By A Mysterious Beauty Named For A Conan Doyle Heroine, Corso Travels From Madrid To Toledo To Paris On The Killer S Trail In This Twisty Intellectual Romp Through The Book World

Spanish novelist and ex journalist He worked as a war reporter for twenty one years 1973 1994 He started his journalistic career writing for the now defunct newspaper Pueblo Then, he jumped to news reporter for TVE, Spanish national channel As a war journalist he traveled to several countries, covering many conflicts He put this experience into his book Territorio Comanche , focusing on

[PDF / Epub] ☉ El club Dumas Author Arturo Pérez-Reverte – 502udns.info
  • Paperback
  • 362 pages
  • El club Dumas
  • Arturo Pérez-Reverte
  • English
  • 15 May 2017

10 thoughts on “El club Dumas

  1. says:

    Arturo P rez Reverte image from Periodistadigital.com Corso is an unscrupulous dealer in and acquirer of rare books When a famous collector is found dead, he is called in to authenticate what is supposedly an original manuscript chapter of The Three Musketeers He is subsequently engaged to find the remaining known copies of a mysterious book that may have the power to summon Satan himself The flap copy portrays this as in intellectual thriller and it is indeed that It would help to be familiar with the work of Dumas, but still fun even in the absence There are references aplenty that presume an eidetic memory of great literature, or, in the absence of that, at least an eagerness to engage the Google engine to add some light Whether the refs are obvious or require research, the author makes this a fun filled journey, a puzzle with literary clues and a surprise ending Quite recommended P rez Reverte is one of the best known, and best selling contemporary authors of Spanish fiction EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, Twitter and FB pages

  2. says:

    6.0 stars Another book on my list of All Time Favorite novels This is a book that I started reading with very high expectations and, lo and behold, those expectations were actually met if not exceeded This book had so many aspects to it that were right in my wheelhouse First, it is set in the world of rare book collectors with endless references to rare editions to excite the book nerd in us all Second, there are two related subplots involving i an original manuscript of The Three Musketeers that tracks the life of Alexandre Dumas and explores many of his works and ii a rare book written in 1666 and reputed to have been written in partial collaboration with Satan himself that contain puzzles that need to be solved in order to .no spoilers Third, you have a superb main character in Lucas Corso, a cynical, amoral book detective played very well by Johnny Depp in the film version known as The Ninth Gate Fourth, Fifth, Sixth etc. you have secret societies, satanic rituals, exotic locals, femme fatales, quirky and memorable supporting characters, supernatural guardians and pacing that moves along very quickly Add all of that up and you have what the front of the book accurately describes as a beach read for intellectuals I loved it and I give it my HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION Nominee World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.

  3. says:

    A beachbook for intellectuals N.Y.Times indeed Its brilliance is subtle, the prose is accessible, the themes are grand How hard, really, is the creation of a postmodern beachbook Very And to wrangle with the conventions without overstepping unto dreaded cliche And to keep the characters charismatic vivid to keep a labyrinthine mystery going etc Very difficult, and this novel does not quite cross into the inanity of Jasper Fforde s terrain nor into the uber popular, comical turf of Mr Dan Brown It is original and entertaining in equal measure It is, perhaps, one of the sole post modern neonoir contenders to be forged unto the Must 1001 List.I watched the Roman Polanski Johnny Depp film, The Ninth Gate a while back and I still remember just how searing reviews had been I know now why the book is a minor gem whereas the film is a major flop Did you know that only half almost, precisely of the book exists in that cinematic format It is because the screenplay destroyed the marvelous effect constructed o so masterfully by Perez Reverte, only grabbing one strand of plot the demonic one doing with it what it wanted, that we don t have a good version of a book that, frankly, MUST be read not heard, or watched The Club Dumas is at its most basic good solid fun.

  4. says:

    After reading Jeri s review, I don t really have a lot to add I thought the premise was interesting, but the climax was disappointing, the characters were one dimensional this might have been purposeful, as he was trying to draw parallels to Dumas book, but didn t really work for me , and the was protagonist off putting I wasn t bothered by the details about bookbinding and famous books as much those, in my opinion, were interesting than the plot itself I think one of the problems with the book was that the author took two plots that could have been very interesting if fleshed out on their own the devil book story and the Anjou wine story and tried to mash them together The result neither was really fully developed Each plot line just seemed to get in the way of the other Also, I really thought that if Corso talked about the girl s light green eyes or the way she smelled like youth and fever one time, I was going to have to flush the thing down the toilet.

  5. says:

    the protagonist Corso is a lot of fun a shady, efficient, highly intelligent, deeply contemptuous, globe trotting purveyor of literature from antiquity the gumshoe transformed into book detective he is perhaps the most enjoyable part of the novel and it is a pleasure although a familiar one to be seeing events through his eyes in a way, he saves The Club Dumas from being completely forgettable.the narrative is shaped as a fast paced mystery, perhaps along the lines of The DaVinci Code a book i never finished it is, unfortunately, a very shallow mystery well, actually, two mysteries and two pieces of literature at the heart of these mysteries one an unpublished chapter by alexandre dumas and another a diabolical tome of which only three exist and whose publisher was burned at the stake the mysteries are perhaps entwined unfortunately, the mysteries are rather standard and the identities of the two villains one per mystery are grindingly obvious was this intended i certainly hope so, because otherwise including a quote from a very relevant agatha christie novel as one of the chapter sub headings was an amateurish move why show your cards that way, unless it is intentional nevertheless, this is a quick and rather agreeable read highly disposable and annoyingly repetitious at times about a zillion descriptions of Corso looking rabbity and his companion s wise face and constantly bare feet wtf but the tight plotting, witty dialogue, and the obvious erudition of the author make it all easy to swallow i just wish there was to it all sigh.

  6. says:

    This book is a confidence trick I mean that in the most complimentary way possible however Perez Reverte takes a perverse delight in not just yanking the rug out from under you but practically rebuilding the house around you while you are reading, without you noticing until it is almost too late Put simply, this is a Quest novel The protagonist Corso takes the Hero s Journey and all the archetypes are present and correct indeed, one of them may be of an archetype than even Corso or the reader suspects and yet neither Corso nor the reader are truly aware of what quest they are actually on.It also falls into that group of novels that require other reference points to properly appreciate Just like a whole layer of Bridget Jones Diary is lost if the reader is not well acquainted with Pride and Prejudice, so too The Dumas Club is much better if you ve read the d Artganan books notably The Three Musketeers And the clever intertwining plotlines that keep the reader as baffled as Corso, whilst allowing you to remain just that half a step ahead is a fine juggling act that only really loses its way right at the end indeed The Ninth Gate the film version manages to improve on the ending of the book, although it should be observed that it only does so by abandoning one whole half of the plot And this hook also belongs in that small group of novels in which the illustrations form an essential part of the plot I can only think of Jasper Fforde s First Among Sequels that uses illustrations as an integral part of the story in a similar way So, despite the small flaw in the ending which doesn t truly diminish the book, but is disappointing , this is a genuine classic.

  7. says:

    I normally wouldn t pick up something like this, but it was given to me as a gift, so I cracked it It took me until about half way through before I realized that it was the basis for the Johnny Depp Roman Polanski flop The Ninth Gate Which I ve yet to see The Club Dumas was probably only the second detective novel I ve read in the past five years, the other being Jonathan Lethem s Motherless Brooklyn While the novels have very little in common, I couldn t help but notice the formulaic similarities, and though one is about a rare book collector in Spain and the other about a Tourette s inflicted driver in New York, neither seems able to avoid or resist the clich s of the genre Both begin with the death of an older patron of the protagonist Our bumbling protagonist is then hesitantly lured into investigating the crime The protagonist is met with resistance by the dead man s sultry widow with a murky past who tries to seduce him, but doesn t It is later revealed that the widow is sleeping with the protagonist s presumed only ally s A beautiful younger woman both described as being between 18 and 20 with short, black hair comes out of nowhere and becomes instantly infatuated with our admittedly unattractive protagonist for reasons never stated A shadowy, violent figure stalks, then attacks our protagonist He is rescued by the younger woman Clues lead him to a city up the coast where the main events of the plot are revealed to be the machinations of a clandestine, conspiratorial organization Unfortunately, the strikingly familiar formula makes the only original and interesting aspects of each Lionel s battle with Tourette s befuddling his efforts to solve the crime, or The Club Dumas references to esoterica and arcane literature which are clearly designed to appeal to pretentious literati okay, so it worked P seem like little than window dressing, leaving the core of the novel a warmed over re run Hell, even the DaVinci Code contained most of the above formula.Motherless Brooklyn, with its exploration of small time crime syndicates and short, sporadic sub chapters some no than a few sentences long which parallel the main character s own tourettic outbursts, was clearly the better written of the two The Club Dumas constant dwelling upon clues which have all the subtlety of an out of control Sherman tank, results in the reader knowing exactly what is going to happen before they re even half way through.

  8. says:

    WAAAAAAAAY up its own ass.

  9. says:

    This book is an homage to the swashbuckling adventure story, particularly the Three Musketeers like stories of Alexandre Dumas, pere But I recommend it to anyone with a deep love for books which I would assume would be anyone who has taken the time to join this site in the first place I think that you ll recognize yourself in some of the characters, even in their most ridiculous adventures I found myself variously giggling aloud, gasping in shock, and turning pages faster and faster like a fiend Which is exactly what a book of the swashbuckling adventure genre should do Except that this book isn t about that most of the time It is about wandering scholars, crazed professors, and eccentric, obsessed bibliophiles.My favorite book of Perez Reverte s remains The Flanders Panel, but this book is still very high on those that I love And it has a higher action creepout factor for those who like a little swash in their swashbuckling homages I highly recommend it It s a great, absorbing read One note I suggest reading some Dumas, or you lose about half of the fun and cleverness of the novel The end reveal couldn t possibly be as good without that background, I don t think.As a final note I heard there was a movie made of this I chose not to see it, and I heard I chose correctly Don t judge it by that This book is absolutely fantastic, and I m sure the plot was mangled to make it exciting for Hollywood audiences Don t base your opinion of it on that.

  10. says:

    One is never alone with a book nearby, don t you agree Every page reminds us of a day that has passed and makes us relive the emotions that filled it Happy hours underlined in red pencil, dark ones in black I almost never re read books but I will be reading this one again Once I get myself a copy This book is like the epitome of everything I like dark, mysterious, a bit thrilling, literary and nerdy, devilish, and of course the occult I didn t want it to end I love Corso, but Irene is the real HBIC.EDIT It s my lucky day walked to Book Off and found a hardcover for only five bucks

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