Sep 26, 2020
The Club Dumas
Posted by Arturo Pérez-Reverte Sonia Soto

A provocative literary thriller that playfully pays tribute to classic tales of mystery and adventureLucas 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 brA provocative literary thriller that playfully pays tribute to classic tales of mystery and adventureLucas 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.

  • Title: The Club Dumas
  • Author: Arturo Pérez-Reverte Sonia Soto
  • ISBN: 9780156032834
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Club Dumas A provocative literary thriller that playfully pays tribute to classic tales of mystery and adventureLucas Corso is a book detective a middle aged mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealt

    Stephen

    6.0 stars Another book on my list of All Time Favorite novels This is a book that I started reading with very high expectations and, lo and behold, those expectations were actually met if not exceeded This book had so many aspects to it that were right in my wheelhouse First, it is set in the world of rare book collectors with endless references to rare editions to excite the book nerd in us all Second, there are two related subplots involving i an original manuscript of The Three Musketeers tha [...]


    Kiersten

    After reading Jeri s review, I don t really have a lot to add I thought the premise was interesting, but the climax was disappointing, the characters were one dimensional this might have been purposeful, as he was trying to draw parallels to Dumas book, but didn t really work for me , and the was protagonist off putting I wasn t bothered by the details about bookbinding and famous books as much those, in my opinion, were interesting than the plot itself I think one of the problems with the book [...]


    mark monday

    the protagonist Corso is a lot of fun a shady, efficient, highly intelligent, deeply contemptuous, globe trotting purveyor of literature from antiquity the gumshoe transformed into book detective he is perhaps the most enjoyable part of the novel and it is a pleasure although a familiar one to be seeing events through his eyes in a way, he saves The Club Dumas from being completely forgettablee narrative is shaped as a fast paced mystery, perhaps along the lines of The DaVinci Code a book i neve [...]


    Fabian

    A beachbook for intellectuals, N.Y.Times indeed Its brilliance is subtle, the prose is accessible, the themes are grand How hard, really, is the creation of a postmodern beachbook Very And to wrangle with the conventions without overstepping unto dreaded cliche And to keep the characters charismatic vivid And to keep a labyrinthine mystery going etc Very difficult, and this novel does not quite cross into the inanity of Jasper Fforde s terrain nor into the uber popular, comical turf of Mr Dan Br [...]


    Nikoleta

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    Scurra

    This book is a confidence trick I mean that in the most complimentary way possible however Perez Reverte takes a perverse delight in not just yanking the rug out from under you but practically rebuilding the house around you while you are reading, without you noticing until it is almost too late Put simply, this is a Quest novel The protagonist Corso takes the Hero s Journey and all the archetypes are present and correct indeed, one of them may be of an archetype than even Corso or the reader s [...]


    Josh

    I normally wouldn t pick up something like this, but it was given to me as a gift, so I cracked it It took me until about half way through before I realized that it was the basis for the Johnny Depp Roman Polanski flop The Ninth Gate Which I ve yet to see.The Club Dumas was probably only the second detective novel I ve read in the past five years, the other being Jonathan Lethem s Motherless Brooklyn While the novels have very little in common, I couldn t help but notice the formulaic similariti [...]


    Paquita Maria Sanchez

    WAAAAAAAAY up its own ass.


    Outis

    Credo di avere un problema con la letteratura spagnola Eccetto Il Don Chisciotte, gli altri tre romanzi spagnoli che ho letto spagnoli, non latinoamericani non mi hanno convinto Il profumo delle foglie di limone non mi piaciuto per niente, l ombra del vento non mi ha entusiasmato E adesso il Club Dumas Colpa tua direte voi visto che ti scegli questo genere di libri Ma se Il profumo delle foglie di limone e l ombra del vento sono chiaramente presentati come bestseller, il club Dumas viene fatto p [...]


    Nhi Nguyễn

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    Ian D

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    Pinkerton

    All inizio ero gasatissimo, ogni singolo aspetto del mistero legato ai libri in modo intrigante, e mi sentivo pure in difetto quando non coglievo le citazioni letterarie, dinnanzi ad un atmosfera che rappresentava un eden di cui mi ritenevo indegno spettatore la sola cosa ad annoiarmi stava nella passione in scala del protagonista per Napoleone Proseguendo le descrizioni cominciano a cincischiare, non era necessario ripetere continuamente i tratti degli attori principali, soprattutto utilizzando [...]


    Kelly

    This book is an homage to the swashbuckling adventure story, particularly the Three Musketeers like stories of Alexandre Dumas, pere But I recommend it to anyone with a deep love for books which I would assume would be anyone who has taken the time to join this site in the first place I think that you ll recognize yourself in some of the characters, even in their most ridiculous adventures I found myself variously giggling aloud, gasping in shock, and turning pages faster and faster like a fiend [...]


    Will Byrnes

    Corso is an unscrupulous dealer in and acquirer of rare books When a famous collector is found dead, he is called in to authenticate what is supposedly an original manuscript chapter of the Three Musketeers He is subsequently engaged to find the remaining known copies of mysterious book that may have the power to summon Satan himself The flap copy portrays this as in intellectual thriller and it is indeed that It would help to be familiar with the work of Dumas, but still fun even in the absence [...]


    Sakura87

    Perch leggere Zaf n quando si pu leggere P rez Reverte La vita retta dal caso e ben poco viene a collimare, ma quando troviamo lo stesso schema in letteratura ci sentiamo presi un po in giro.Lucas Corso un mercenario bibliofilo senza scrupoli compra e vende con metodi poco ortodossi, indaga sulla storia dei libri, giudica vecchi incunaboli, si prostituisce al migliore offerente eseguendo per lui il lavoro sporco, e non esitando ad affidare ad altri quello ancora pi sporco Corso privo di emozioni [...]


    Cherie

    I would like to say that I liked this book than I did, but I did not There were parts of the story that I thought were very interesting, like the information about Alexander Dumas, his books, and how he wrote them, if it were all true I do not know I will do the research and find out, though There were several book titles that were mentioned that I looked up, and added to my to be read list The book collectors and the practice of hiring guys to find, purchase or steal books for them for any amo [...]


    Willow

    I actually read The Club Dumas because I was frustrated with the ending of The Ninth Gate Roman Polanski made his film like a noir mystery, but never really provided the explanation at the end that you expect from this kind of movie GrrrrI m glad though that it made me check out this book I so rarely read contemporary, I would have missed this The Club Dumas is much different Unlike the movie there are two books and two stories that run parallel to each other I love how Arturo pulls you into thi [...]


    Sue

    Nothing like a mystery involving books, the rare book trade, bibliophiles involved in various unscrupulous and barely legal dealings, and then, of course, murder This book has many parts and once it gets going it becomes an addictive read Enjoy I call it a cerebral mystery as there is quite a plot to follow If following the works of Dumas and tracing the back story on some 17th century occult texts sounds interesting and believe me it is , give this a try.


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    Kaycie

    WHY WAS THIS BOOK ON MY TO READ SHELF FOR SO LONG After reading the description and for the first 85% of the book, I thought that this was only going to be a book about a murder mystery that was bookish and based on the works of Alexander Dumas It was an EXTRAORDINARILY well written murder mystery, though, and really only ever so slightly cheesy, considering the content c mon now, how ridiculously hard is it to write a murder mystery based on the works of Dumas and not have it turn out at least [...]


    Sarah

    Pas de note pour ce livre que j ai lu dans des circonstances peu favorables, entre fatigue et voyages.L intrigue polici re a eu du mal me captiver, les personnages ne m ont pas trop int ress s mais l auteur sait parler des livres des autres Voil qui m a donn l envie de me plonger dans les livres d aventures du XIXe, surtout les Trois Mousquetaires dont il est beaucoup question ici, mais aussi les autres romans d Alexandre Dumas et Rocambole, Les Myst res de Paris L envie aussi de se promener dan [...]


    Leslie

    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.


    Estelle

    For the first half of the book I thought I would give it it 5 stars I loved the writing, the characters and the mystery Sadly the second half, and mostly the ending, kinda lost me and it turned out to be a bit silly Too bad Still, an entertaining read And I d recommend it to books and Dumas lovers.


    Brooke

    I realized as I got 1 4 into this book that I ve read it before It s sort of a confusing tale I was pretty sure I had read this years ago when I read The Flanders Panel and The Seville Communion The book I thought it was started with a man in the library of a home that is burning down, but the summary on the back cover wasn t ringing any bells, so I thought that maybe I was wrong about reading it before I was right that I d read it before, but it wasn t the book with the man in the fire It s dif [...]


    Algernon

    A decent thriller built around a well developed Literary Detective hard edged, cynical, gin swilling Lucas Corso Arturo Perez Reverte joins with his debut novel a club of writers for book lovers who built their stories around rare books, dusty libraries, obscure texts or frequent references to popular novels I m talking about Umberto Eco, who gets a nod in the Club Dumas and may have inspired the author, and of the likes of Jasper Fforde and Carlos Ruiz Zafon I ve considered and discarded Dan Br [...]


    Julie Barrett

    HUH was my reaction to the end of this book and that is not a good reaction to have I had such high hopes for this book the premise seemed so entertaining set in the world of rare book collecting, a mystery involving both Satan and Dumas Talk about a let down The main character, Corso, is so dull, I could care less what happens to him His one friend so irritating and their friendship is never explained And don t get me started on the beautiful young girl who inexplicably falls for Corso If I had [...]


    Wendy

    This was a very odd book unlike anything I ve ever read Fortunately, it was a very intriguing odd book, but also a book that required a vast literary background to really understand Every other word seemed to be an allusion to some famous classic Besides the fact that you MUST have read The 3 Musketeers before this book, other recommended titles include The Count of Monte Cristo, Twenty Years After, Paradise Lost, Dante s Inferno, Mutiny on the Bounty, Notre Dame de Paris, Cyrano de Bergerac, et [...]


    Tasha

    I mostly enjoyed this book but I don t think I got what happened at the end The story was intriguing and I loved the tie in to The Three Musketeers Having just read The Three Musketeers I really enjoyed the connections to that story and I think it really helped to have read that before reading this one At times I was caught up in the story and at other times I had to slow down and pay close attention to what was going on It s a dark story with interesting characters.


    Fatima

    Primer libro de este autor que leo y la verdad he quedado un poco decepcionada con lo reconocido que es el mismo en este genero.Creo que el mas grande problema fueron las dos sub tramas las cuales nunca logro desarrollarlas en su totalidad, por lo que se le present un problema al final y se pregunt Y como termino esto Lo cual nos llevo al terrible final Los personajes muy lineales y sin vida Lo nico que me intereso fue la parte de cuando hablaban de Alejandro Dumas y su obra literaria Los Tres M [...]


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