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The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte

The Club Dumas (original 1993; edition 2006)

by Arturo Perez-Reverte, Sonia Soto (Translator)

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Title:The Club Dumas
Authors:Arturo Perez-Reverte
Other authors:Sonia Soto (Translator)
Info:Harvest Books (2006), Paperback, 368 pages
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The Dumas Club 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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I really enjoyed the film so snapped this up when I saw it 2nd hand. I then realised that the book has a connection to The Three Musketeers that The Ninth Gate lacked. So I read that first and then this. It should be said that this book not only gives away crucial plot points from The Musketeers (excellent by the way, and highly recommended), but also from the sequels right up to the end of The Man in the Iron Mask.

Anyway, what we have here is excellent. A real book for book lovers, with ancient books, autograph manuscripts and instructions on how to forge them; an interesting mystery with surprises and a shed load of very clever and at times very funny post-modernist jokes, all handled as apparently they can be only by continental Europeans. ( )
1 vote Lukerik | May 14, 2015 |
Listened to the abridged audiobook. Excellent ( )
  eppish | Oct 28, 2014 |
Subterranean Press 187/500 ( )
  T4NK | Sep 30, 2014 |
This novel enjoyed some international popularity for some time before it became the basis of Roman Polanski's delightful thriller The Ninth Gate. Happily, that movie does not exhaust the merits of this book, being an adaptation of only one of the two interlaced central plots, the duplicity of which are fundamental to the story being told.

From my own perspective, The Club Dumas is notable for being a modern novel to involve the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Pérez-Reverte's protagonist Lucas Corso is a broker of rare books and manuscripts. Besides the explicit mention of a 1545 (second edition) Hypnerotomachia (47-49), it is apparent that Poliphilo -- as well as H.P. Lovecraft's imagined Necronomicon -- has influenced Pérez-Reverte’s conception of his plot-crucial imaginary grimoire, the 1666 De Umbrarum Regni Novem Portis, with its offensiveness to Christian sensibilities, provocative woodcut illustrations, impenetrable text, and Venetian origin. The novel includes the illustrations, which are richly iconic Tarot-like images.

But all that is within the plot-line harvested for The Ninth Gate. At the same time, Corso in the novel is involved with an attempt to locate an alleged fugitive original manuscript of a chapter from The Three Musketeers, and it is the phenomena of textual obsession, multiple authorship, and criminal intrigue that tie the literary and occult halves of the story into a braided whole. The novel is lively, not dense: a genuine pleasure read for the bookish.
4 vote paradoxosalpha | Aug 12, 2014 |
The Da Vinci Dumas Code Club. ( )
  proustitute | Jul 17, 2014 |
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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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Carmignani, IlideTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kallio, KatjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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, a rare book hunter, is called in to authenticate a fragment of the original manuscript of Alexandre Dumas's "The Three Musketeers," found in the possession of a murdered bibliophile, and soon finds himself involved in an adventure in which life imitates literature.… (more)

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