The Club Dumas

Paperback | May 1, 2006

byArturo Perez-ReverteTranslated bySonia Soto

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A provocative literary thriller that playfully pays tribute to classic tales of mystery and adventure Lucas 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.

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A provocative literary thriller that playfully pays tribute to classic tales of mystery and adventure Lucas 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 Du...

ARTURO PEREZ-REVERTE is the author of many critically acclaimed novels, including The Club Dumas , The Flanders Panel , and the Captain Alatriste series. A retired war journalist, he lives in Madrid and is a member of the Royal Spanish Academy.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.06 × 7.64 × 1 inPublished:May 1, 2006Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:015603283X

ISBN - 13:9780156032834

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Mystery novel with light occult theme. Club Dumas is an amazing mystery novel with the light occult theme in it. The novel has a dedicated cult following that has been built around it and the film which was loosely based on it. The result is that it is possible to find instructions to the assembly of the copy of the book that would be in the likeness of the book around which the story is spinning. The book focuses on the world of the antique book collectors and the prized works that are sought after by the book collectors and the agents. The first think I like to look at is the outside of the book. The Club Dumas carries a great cover that is precisely identifies it as the mystery by starting with the air of the mystery. The use of the language is good, it is right for this type of narrative which is done from the first person as but the person is describing the story of another rather than his own which makes the book more of a third person. We feel as if we are reading the first edition of the book that is just written by the author or listening to the tale being told to us over the cup of coffee. The use of prologue is also brilliantly gives us the information we need and builds this sense of the crime novel as well. The characters and character development are done superbly from the beginning. The reader understands the nature of main character and the other characters are explained also easily enough through use of flashbacks. The character development is not stretched through the book it is done quickly and gives the all the necessary information the reader needs to let him get back to the mystery. The events update slightly the understanding of the character but not add any extra information. The only character that remains mysterious is that of the girl and this is essential to the feeling of mystery the book creates. The themes of the book are also very good. There is a large theme that shows that good and evil are not clear cut that is developed through reportrayal of God and Devil. Here we see a different take on the events tat transpired in Heaven. Than there is the larger theme of the danger of the obsession over the books, taking books too seriously, loosing the hold to reality due to the connections of the plot of the books to the events around us. These themes are developed through the meeting of the characters in the book that are able to give us the insights in to the themes. Overall, the themes are clearly presented; there is no need to look to deep to find them. The plot itself is very interesting as it is two different stories happening that are linked together through the events and common connections. The plot moves at a good speed not going too fast or to slow and leaving the reader interested for more. The plot while utilizes all the different mystery novel devices however has a very interesting end. The good guy doesn’t triumph. In truth it is hard to say who is the good guy in the novel. This book is however not without the flaws. The major one being the ending is a bit confusing due to being rushed. Few questions of why certain things were needed are not answered there. While the mystery in the ending could be mean for the ultimate feel of the book the minor confusion takes away from it. The second flaw is the errors that are present in the book. These include the misspelling of Maleus Malificarum with double l in the second word and continuity errors. These are: the fact that protagonist is not being sure of the age of the girl character in the book even though he is been told the age earlier in the book, confusion about whether Nikon’s father survived Treblinka or Auschwitz, and finally how Nikon use to call the protagonist. None of these errors are important to the plot as they have no influence on it. In conclusion, Club Dumas is an amazing book that is both entertaining and teaches the reader. The book could be a casual read or a serious read. The minor flaws in the book do not the take away from the enjoyment of the book.
Date published: 2009-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A book worm's dream come true! Atmosphere galore! If you love books, mystery and intrigue, then you will love this book!
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intelligent Book for the Literary Community I remember when The Ninth Gate came out I was looking everywhere to find out what the title of this book was called, after all the hunting and finally it being republished I have a copy and it was more then worth the wait. This book is absolutely brilliant. All the literary references, the story, dialogue, great characters, and then finally the twist make this a more then worthwhile read for anyone looking for an intelligent mystery. In the end you never really know what you've gotten yourself into until it's far, far too late.
Date published: 2006-06-14

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PRAISE FOR THE CLUB DUMASAn intelligent and delightful novel." -THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW"A cross between Umberto Eco and Anne Rice . . . Think of The Club Dumas as a beach read for intellectuals."-THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS "