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The Club Dumas (original 1993; edition 2006)

by Arturo Perez-Reverte, Sonia Soto (Translator)

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Member:twinkley
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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    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (jhedlund, phoenix7g)
    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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    The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (phoenix7g)
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    White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings by Iain Sinclair (Jannes)
    Jannes: More book-hunting with supernatural overtones.
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    Drood by Dan Simmons (caittilynn)
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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 |
Lucas Corso tracks down rare books for collectors. A friend has asked him to get a manuscript of a chapter of "[The Three Musketeers]" authenticated and a client has asked him to find the two other copies of an occult book, "The Nine Doors", he recently purchased. According to the printer, who was burnt as a heretic in 1667, he only printed one copy. Which, if any, of the three copies is genuine?

I have to admit my knowledge of popular 19th century French and Italian literature is scanty, so a lot of the names in this book were just names and without Google wouldn't even have been that. If I remembered more of "The Three Musketeers", I would probably have got a lot more out of it. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Sep 21, 2016 |
It's on the 1001 Books To Read Before You Die. Waste of breath. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 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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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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