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The Dumas Club by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
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The Dumas Club (1993)

by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

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    Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco (P_S_Patrick, stephaniefeldman, Sensei-CRS)
    P_S_Patrick: These books have a fair bit in common. They are both intense and thrilling mysteries, involving the occult, conspiracies, books, murders, and are both set mainly in Europe. What The Club Dumas does, Foucalt's Pendulum does better, but that is just my opinion. I have known people give up on reading Foucalt's Pendulum because of its length, its abundance of complicated detail, and its demands on the readers concentration, but any serious reader who enjoyed the Club Dumas should enjoy this more. Anyone who enjoyed Eco's story, likewise, should enjoy the other book, but don't expect it to be quite as good, though I don't think there is a surplus of work in this genre that can compare, with this being more or less the next best thing that I have read.… (more)
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    phoenix7g: Mystery and books.
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    Death of a Bookseller by Bernard J. Farmer (Jannes)
    Jannes: A crime novel set among Londons book-dealers and collectors. Also deals with the occult.
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    Drood by Dan Simmons (caittilynn)
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    White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings by Iain Sinclair (Jannes)
    Jannes: More book-hunting with supernatural overtones.
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An interesting enough book, but ultimately not very satisfying. I picked it up because of the Dumas angle, he being one of my favorite novelists. The overall approach was good - to keep the mystery and tension building around the manuscripts, not as a result of some enemy breathing down his neck. It’s harder to do and I appreciated it. The women were eye-rollingly ridiculous though. Wish-fulfillment vehicles or mere props so that the men could have something to do/win/impress. Old-world insults the lot of it. And it wasn’t difficult to figure out that the real villain was the narrator a la Roger Ackroyd, the name of the novel having been dropped a couple of times. Then there was a photographer named Nikon. OMFG. Really? Oy. ( )
2 vote Bookmarque | Jan 10, 2018 |
An interesting book, yet its plot ultimately lacks interest and suspense, with little left to wonder. Nonetheless it is a well documented and entertaining read. If you haven't read "The Three Musketeers", I suggest you do it first or this one might ruin it with some spoilers. ( )
  hnemesio | Jul 21, 2017 |
A noirish literary thriller with more than a few dashes of the occult thrown in, this is a fun and challenging read that finds a way to incorporate the likes of both D'Artagnan and Mephistopheles into its two principal plotlines. Lucas Corso, a middle-aged book mercenary of sorts who is on the book hunt big time here, makes for a fine protagonist, and he's surrounded by plenty of other interesting characters, including a blonde femme fatale and a mysterious, but largely innocent 19-year-old girl who serves as Corso's protector, and who may or may not be much more than she seems. The downside to it all is that the narrative bogs down at times, which may be more of a function of the translation from the original Spanish than anything else. And in addition to some pacing problems, clumsy sentences occasionally crop up, as well. Example: "The bottle of gin was empty, so he started searching the liquor cabinet until he stood up triumphantly holding a miniature bottle of gin." Still, if you're looking for a thriller with both literary and supernatural aspirations that are realized far more often than not, this one will do the job nicely for you. Surely Dumas père would have approved. ( )
  jimgysin | Jun 19, 2017 |
Wonderful book! Perfect for book-nerds, who'll probably feel the same sense of pride as I did, at knowing most of the references novels. Loved how the story (stories?) unraveled, and the ending was just deliciously devilish. ( )
  cybercarotte | Nov 23, 2016 |
A lot of fun for this Dumas fan! This book is somewhat similar to what I imagine you would get if you crossed The Name of the Rose with Angels and Demons; lots of demonology, antiquarian books and Dumas in a thriller.

My only regret is that I didn't read it last year once I had completed the entire d'Artagnan series. At least my memory of the characters and events was relatively fresh. ( )
  leslie.98 | Sep 27, 2016 |
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Junak romana, Lukas Korso, je vrstan poznavalac retkih rukopisa i antikvitetnih knjiga. Kad je poznati izdavač i bibliofil pronađen mrtav u svom kabinetu, ispostavlja se da je posedovao rukopis 42. poglavlja Diminog romana Tri musketara. Korso je angažovan da potvrdi autentičnost rukopisa, ali istovremeno za drugog klijenta mora da utvrdi koji je od tri postojeća primerka okultnog priručnika Knjiga o devet vrata u kraljevstvo senki pravi. Neko, međutim, po obrascu književne zbilje otežava Korsovo istraživanje, roman se raslojava na nekoliko nivoa, a glavni junak i čitalac lutaju između dve knjige i tri zapleta, nekoliko ubistava i ljubavnih veza, da bi tek čudno društvo Kluba Dima dovelo do razrešenja.
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Junak romana, Lukas Korso, je vrstan poznavalac retkih rukopisa i antikvitetnih knjiga. Kad je poznati izdavač i bibliofil pronađen mrtav u svom kabinetu, ispostavlja se da je posedovao rukopis 42. poglavlja Diminog romana Tri musketara. Korso je angažovan da potvrdi autentičnost rukopisa, ali istovremeno za drugog klijenta mora da utvrdi koji je od tri postojeća primerka okultnog priručnika Knjiga o devet vrata u kraljevstvo senki pravi. Neko, međutim, po obrascu književne zbilje otežava Korsovo istraživanje, roman se raslojava na nekoliko nivoa, a glavni junak i čitalac lutaju između dve knjige i tri zapleta, nekoliko ubistava i ljubavnih veza, da bi tek čudno društvo Kluba Dima dovelo do razrešenja.
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Un roman délectable qui se situe entre Le Nom de la Rose, les jeux de rôles et Agatha Christie.
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Arturo Pérez-Reverteprimary authorall editionscalculated
Carmignani, IlideTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kallio, KatjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Soto, SoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Like any intelligent being, the devil likes games, riddles. Obstacle courses where the weak and incapable fall by the wayside and only superior spirits -- the initiates -- win." [Baroness Frieda Ungern, 231]
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Lucas Corso, middle-aged, tired, and cynical, is a book detective, a mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy and unscrupulous clients. When a well-known bibliophile is found hanged, leaving behind part of the original manuscript of Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers, Corso is brought in to authenticate the fragment. Part mystery, part puzzle, part witty intertextual game.

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"Lucas Corso is a book detective, a mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy and unscrupulous clients. When a well known bibliophile is found hanged, leaving behind part of the original manuscript of Alexandre Dumas' 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 resemblence to those of Dumas' masterpiece."--back cover… (more)

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