Der Club Dumas

ISBN: 3442721938
ISBN 13: 9783442721931
By: Arturo Pérez-Reverte Claudia Schmitt

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Lucas Corso sucht im Auftrag von Händlern und Sammlern nach seltenen Erstausgaben und prachtvollen Wiegendrucken. Zwei bibliophile Kostbarkeiten werden dem Bücherjäger zum Verhängnis: ein wertvoller okkulter Band, dessen Drucker vor Jahrhunderten auf dem Scheiterhaufen endete, und das Kapitel eines Originalmanuskripts von Alexandre Dumas. Manche Bücherschätze entzünden offensichtlich Leidenschaften, die geradewegs in den Wahnsinn führen...

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Aditya Hadi

What an amazing books !!If you really like books, you must like this book. Arturo Perez-Reverte brought us to a story where a novel plots become real. Corso is a book dealer who will do any job regarding books. His friends, La Porte, brought him a manuscript of a chapter of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. Its previous owner was hung himself to death. La Porte than ask Corso to check the manuscript's authenticity. Not a long time after that, a rich book maniac gave him an extraordinary job, to check the authenticity of a satanic book by compare it with its other copy.This is where the weirdness began. The entire person in The Three Musketeers came alive, at least in Corso's mind. There are Rochefort, Cardinal Richelieu, and aven Milady de Winter. Some important person regarding to the satanic books died. Rochefort tried to catch him like The Novel's Rochefort deal with D'Artagnan. Corso also met a suspicious girl in a lot of occasion that finally help him solve the mystery.I like the way Reverte told the story with a lot of points of view, even with the villain view. I never see it in other books before. We will get important information regarding the history of the creation of The Three Musketeers, and how its fans deal with it right now. Once again, what a great book in literary fiction.Why I'm not give 5 stars? I don't like the way Reverte use some kind of imagination that was used by Salman Rushdie in Midnight's Children and Satanic Verses. It made an uncomfortable mix of the story in my mind.What I remember most of the book? It said : The way readers react to a story is a sum up of the books that they read, movies that they watched, and music that they listened before. They are so not objective. Thus, we have to try a different view to get a true purpose of the book's author.


This book was as fantastic as I expected it to be. I recently read all three of Dumas's books about the musketeers: The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After and The Vicomte de Bragelonne. While this is not necessary to fully appreciate The Club Dumas, I was glad I had the background. Knowledge of the story of The Three Musketeers would certainly enhance your reading experience. At any rate, this book is a book nerd's dream. I was ecstatic that within a couple chapters both The Vicomte de Bragelonne and Scaramouche (by Rafael Sabatini) had been quoted. Corso is a very endearing character, despite his seeming lack of compassion for those who get in the way of his work. I was enthralled with this story from the very beginning right through to the end. I definitely recommend it!


Three and a half? Four minus?It's good fun for those who love books, and parts of it are quite suspenseful. The ending was unsatisfying, though, and I felt the need to go back and start compiling a list of characters, as it got rather confusing. I would have had a difficult time following the story if not for the fact that I read it quite quickly, over just a few days. Recommended with the above caveats.

Joseph Teller

This is the book that the movie 'The Nine Gates' was based extremely loosely on (the one with Johnny Depp) but only a small subset of the characters, plot and details were included in the film.The book is much more interesting, in many ways, and has a different ending than the film in most ways. It's a story more steeped in literary history than it is in mysticism, and is more the tale of two books origins, than it is about secret satanic conspiracies (as the movie was). Most of all, it's more about the works of Alexander Dumas and devotees of those works.Corso is a middle man, who acquired books for collectors and book dealers, mostly from estates of other collectors and book dealers. Not modern publication, but things written before the 20th century. He is known to be less than ethical or moral in his actions, a mercenary who has few friends or loyalties beyond whoever is employing him for a specific task.He is asked by two different persons to carry out two different investigations of finding the authenticity of two works, a book of mysticism 'The Nine Gates to The Kingdom of Shadows' and a manuscript chapter in Dumas' own handwriting of 'The Three Musketeers'. From there reality as he knows it begins a long slow slide into chaos.....and literature overshadowing the normal world as he knows it.Definitely an interesting read, if you are a fan of classic serial literature....


I just can't get enough of books about books! I actually discovered this book via the Johnny Depp movie The Ninth Gate. The movie changes much of the book's plot, as most film adaptations of novels do. The novel is fuller, with A and B plot strands which interweave throughout; The Anjou Wine vs. The Nine Doors. I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be a nice mix of Chandler-esque hard-boiled detective fiction with a dash of comedy, an ounce of historical Da Vinci Code like intrigue, with a hint of possible supernatural horror. A great combination in my opinion. Being a book collector myself, I relished the descriptions of book shops and antique vellum volumes. The exteded discussions of how to forge an antique book were interesting as well. Great stuff! Probably not for all tastes, as the reviews seem to indicate. Looks like folks either love it or hate it. I would presume that those who love books, who are collectors at heart, will enjoy this. While those who don't will find this reather tedious, perhaps even boring.

Zakariah Johnson

A fun, witty, erudite, and wonderfully arrogant wink within a wink within a wink, The Club Dumas is a post-modern murder mystery starring a mercenary book dealer, Lucas Corso, on the hunt for the authentic incunabulum that will summon the Devil. His course is filled with beautiful descriptions of European cities, very European characters, and a literary heritage worth killing for. Did Alexandre Dumas make a pact with the Devil, and doesn't every writer? If those questions interest you, this novel about novels (and too many great books and writers are involved to name) should entertain you or any reader who has long lost the innocence to read a book solely on one level.

Michael Kelly

One of the very best novels I have ever read.I had previously seen the movie 'The Ninth Gate' and loved it, so I was looking forward to the novel. This was one of those very rare occasions when I was glad I had seen the movie first, because the book was such a delightful expansion of the themes. The movie is a straightforward (but still labyrinthine and complex) telling of only the main strand of the story, stripping away an entire second half of the plot. Here in the novel, the situation is far more complex, a delicious literary adventure, fantastically interwoven.The ending is similar to the movie's, but a bit more subtle and low key. This is not a criticism of either ending: one is more suited to cinema, one is more suited to an intellectually puzzling thriller. Both are extremely satisfying.

brian dean

First off, I agree with the main characters that Sabatini's "He was born with the gift of laughter and the knowledge the world was mad." is probably the best opening sentence in any novel.I have trouble describing my problems with the book as they contain spoilers. As briefly as I can, the unreliable narrator bit was a little too unreliable.While reading the book, I kept being reminded of The Ninth Gate movie in which one of the intertwined plots is removed. Although the movie was not particularly good, that was a good decision.I recently read The Templar Legacy, which read very much as a Dan Browne clone. This book follows a similar format - historians dump a lot of info, some adventure, historians dump a lot of info.... but felt different and not totally derivative. Perhaps that is because of the Spanish background to the story, which is not ruined by the translation .Don't read this on a Kindle! The whole story is about people who love real books but the main reason is the e-version is full of typos and omitted words.


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, etc. etc...The story line--I suppose it sort of existed--went something like this: Lucius Corso is a cynical old bibliophile wrapped up in a mess involving two ancient manuscripts and murder. Lots of it. You'll enjoy this book if you've done some classical reading, and if you don't mind learning a bit (a lot!) as you go along...about about ancient book binding and printing, how the 3 Musketeers was written, and of Dumas himself. I also found Corso's sneaking suspicion that he might himself be a character in a novel to be entertaining, especially when he wanted to "kick the head of whoever was writing this ridiculous script." However, the ending was confusing, especially if you didn't stop to think about what was happening...but the last line was very fitting: "and everyone gets the devil he deserves".


Well, this one is a good one. For those who like puzzles this book is a great option. It runs through three lines: Corso, the main character is hired to do some research about an ancient book, of which every copy was burned in Italy in the 16th century, due to charges of witchcraft and satanism. On the other side, it runs along some of the hand written texts the Dumas novel The Three Musketeers and the Count of Montecristo. It also has as an intertext the topic of the Devil in love.Pérez-Reverte places this novel in Europe, and especially one of the characters turns out to be, in the end, a great acomplishment in narrative terms. Keeps you in with the typical stress of thrillers, but in the background lies a great canvas of literary history and theory that makes this piece a delight for lovers of challenging readings.Perhaps it is easier to appreciate it if you read it in it's original spanish and not prejudiced by the film version on Roman Polanski, The Ninth Gate.


This book was a gift from my wonderful and very sweet friend Charity, thanks girl!Reading this book was a pleasure, its main character is a book connoisseur, his insight and investigations on the works of Dumas made me want to read more of him, his time period, the periodical adventure and revisit some of what I have read in the past. I loved the little peak at the antique book dealer’s world and even though it’s a work of fiction I feel that the writer did well in giving us insight on book lovers (those that, unlike me, have enough money to spend ridiculous amounts on them!).I really liked the look it gives on the writing process and how it has changed over the years, it gave the novel the historical fiction status that I crave, without the “DaVinci Code” incredible/sensationalist twist. My beef with the book and the reason it got a 4 not a 5 star rating was the last 20 pages or so, they just somehow didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the book for me, for an amazing read the ending just didn’t live up to my expectations. Actually, now that I think about it, it was not the end itself it was the chapter before that, the resolution with the widow and the man with the mustache that’s the part that seemed incongruous.I would recommend this book to any and all book lovers, it was well worth my time and I will take my little notes and quotes from it for years to come.


A book about people for whom books are a matter of life (and death). Doesn't that sound like a romantic adventure already?Highly recommended.


I would like to say that I liked this book more 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 amount of money? Hmmmm... The second book revolving around in the plot of this story was a little too far fetched for me. I just could not buy it. I loved the two old guys that were printers and book binders and their creapy old studio. The twist that was served up in the end regarding them was an aha moment. I missed it at first. I liked the beginning better than the ending. On top of the story issues that I could not buy into, I really did not think any of the characters were all that great. They were okay, just not people I really wanted to get to know more about. Corso was just okay. Even the bad guys were meh. If there was really supposed to be something/someone sinister, it was lost on me.The setting could have been so much more! It was in Spain? It was all a blurr. The only place I thought that was well done was the old garden and house of one of the 2nd character that was murdered. There were some good lines, and I think I caught most of them in my summary notes. There were many cliches/lines that were used from other references. Most made me smile. There were A LOT of of litterary characters and books mentioned!P.S. There were a LOT of typos and punctuation marks missing in this book. It drove me crazy for a while. I guess my brain decided to compensate because I stopped noticing by the end.

Martin Saucedo

Esta historia se cuenta con la fórmula de las novelas de misterio actuales. Esperaba llegar a un momento que me sorprendiera, pero nunca llegó. Me había llamado la atención porque el personaje principal es un cazalibros. Los tejidos de la trama se van entreponiendo y a veces es interesante; pero como la mayoría de los escritores de este género, parece que pierden el control de la historia, tanto que no se llega a un climax verosímil. El estilo es a veces cómico y pretende aires intelectuales con referencias intertextuales y extraliterarias. Hay inclusive una escena donde el personaje principal se piensa un personaje de una novela policiaca. De vez en cuando algunos de los personajes parecen reales, pero las referencias a Alexandro Dumás padre eran a veces algo abrumadoras, en especial en la escena de la tertulia literaria. Lo que me mantuvo leyendo el libro fueron las láminas y las complicaciones del libro Las nueve pertas, pero el desenlace fue una desilusión. Creo que el autor publicó este libro prematuramente. En general, si algún lector quiere leer una trama parecida, pero con más sazón, le recomendaría que leyera El último catón de Matilde Asensí donde la investigación de la autora es mucho más sencilla, pero mucho mejor aplicado para desarrollar la historia.

Andrea Petrullo

This was a great summer read. The style reminded me of Umberto Eco, though the plot was very fast-paced. The Club Dumas is a mystery whose protagonist is a book detective of sorts, so it was right up my alley. It helped a little that I've read The Three Musketeers, though it wasn't nessesary to understand the plot. I think the best thing about it was that even though it was a fast read, it was beautifuly written and made me feel like I was learning something.

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