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The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
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The Club Dumas (original 1993; edition 1998)

by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (Author), Sonia Soto (Translator)

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Member:donutage
Title:The Club Dumas
Authors:Arturo Pérez-Reverte (Author)
Other authors:Sonia Soto (Translator)
Info:Vintage (1998), Edition: Reprint, 362 pages
Collections:Moorestown
Rating:***
Tags:fiction, novel, spanish, 20c, book fiction, mystery, occult, dangerous books, translation

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The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (1993)

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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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  Alba26 | Aug 23, 2019 |
Oh, man did Polanski butcher this book. The Club Dumas is an example of the intellectual thriller genre. The Da Vinci Code might be another, but I would rather not put the two in the same bucket. The critics understandably compare it to Umberto Eco light and I would agree - it makes you feel smart because you’re in on all of the supposedly arcane knowledge being tossed around. There is international intrigue, antiquarian texts, the occult and most certainly murder. In the end, I didn’t know whether something supernatural happened or not, and I prefer it that way. ( )
1 vote Seafox | Jul 24, 2019 |
Overall this is a good book. It does not have the excitement of the film but that is OK. The story differs somewhat. Well worth the time. It highlights just how ludicrous secret societies are and kind of spooky as to what lengths they will go to cover up a secret. Not quite the same caliber as ECO's Focault's Pendulum but entertaining. ( )
  Joe73 | Jun 3, 2019 |
terrifically fun and exciting (and much better than the film based on it, The Ninth Gate), this occult metafictive pastiche detective story thing was jolly fun from beginning to end. and now i want to read everything i can get my hands on about demonology and devil summoning. ( )
  haarpsichord | Nov 5, 2018 |
I love a good literary mystery or just a good book-about-books, but this one was incredibly disappointing. In The Club Dumas, Pérez-Reverte has constructed an elaborate labyrinth that lacks a Minotaur. The proposed mystery is intriguing - on one hand, we have Dumas' The Three Muskateers, and an obscure religious text, The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows. While at first my mind was spinning in an attempt to piece together how Dumas was involved in the occult, the real mystery revealed itself to be how Pérez-Reverte was going to tie together his two plotlines. In the end, we have minimal resolution that fizzles out to leave the reader confused and unsatisfied after turning the last page.

Reading this book struck me with a major case of déjà vu. After some Google research, I discovered the cause: the book was adapted into a thriller directed by Roman Polanski and starring Johnny Depp, The Nineth Gate, which I watched on Netflix a few years ago. I remember enjoying the movie immensely.
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  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
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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, 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. The task seems straightforward, but the unsuspecting Corso 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 in pursuit of a sinister and seemingly omniscient killer. "A cross between Umberto Eco and Anne Rice. Think of The Club Dumas as a beach book for intellectuals."-New York Daily News. Part mystery, part puzzle, part witty intertextual game, The Club Dumas is a wholly original intellectual thriller by the internationally bestselling author of The Flanders Panel and The Seville Communion. Lucas Corso's search for the original copy of a book of the occult takes him from Madrid to Paris and into a secret society of antiquarians.… (more)

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