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...

Reader's Thoughts

Cherie

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.

Sakura87

Perché leggere Zafòn quando si può leggere Pérez-Reverte?La vita è 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 è 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 più sporco. Corso è privo di emozioni, quando non strettamente attinenti alla sfera dei libri antichi, e bravo a fingere come il migliore dei manipolatori; ha un unico amico –se di amicizia si può parlare-, il libraio dongiovanni Flavio La Ponte (italiano, inutile chiederlo: pare che i nostri uomini all’estero abbiano questa fama), nessuna compagna, nessun legame. La storia, narrata da un personaggio interno onnisciente -Boris Balkan- inizia prima che Corso compaia in scena, e precisamente con la morte per impiccagione (suicidio od omicidio, difficile stabilirlo) di Enrique Taillefer, influente collezionista di libri antichi. Poco prima di morire, il riccone commissiona a Flavio La Ponte la vendita di un capitolo manoscritto dei Tre moschettieri, “Il vino d’Angiò”, ed è qui che Corso viene incaricato delle indagini dall’amico Flavio. Questo, tuttavia, non è l’unico filo conduttore del romanzo: poco dopo, Corso viene convocato da Varo Borja, collezionista senza scrupoli di libri sul diavolo, che lo ingaggia per provare l’autenticità del suo Le nove porte del regno delle ombre, volume in latino stampato nel XVII secolo e di cui esistono solo tre copie certificate. Aristide Torchia, lo stampatore, fu bruciato dall’Inquisizione insieme alle sue opere per aver dichiarato di essere stato ispirato dal Diavolo in persona. In fondo al volume, nove incisioni che richiamano i Tarocchi e la simbologia esoterica.Tocca a Corso recarsi a Lisbona ad esaminare il volume della collezione Fargas –appartenente a un nobile in disgrazia- e poi a Parigi per giudicare quello della vedova Ungern, appassionata anch’essa del Diavolo e scrittrice di libri esoterici. Sulle sue tracce, tuttavia, c’è un misterioso figuro dai baffi neri con la faccia sfigurata da una cicatrice, che Corso soprannomina prontamente Rochefort per la sua somiglianza fisica con il mortale nemico di D’Artagnan. E sembra che il feuilleton di Dumas prenda vita, quando anche Milady fa la sua comparsa nella persona di Liana Lausauca, la vedova Taillefer, intenzionata a riprendersi “Il vino d’Angiò” a ogni costo.L’intreccio, dunque, è già notevolmente complicato: Corso intuisce una connessione tra Dumas e le Nove Porte, e inizia a indagare in quella direzione. Il cardinale Richelieu, infatti, sembrava non essere esattamente estraneo al mondo esoterico. Ulteriori omicidi, inoltre, rischiano di coinvolgere il mercenario nella storia del libro del Diavolo più di quanto non gli aggradi. I personaggi, i luoghi e gli eventi dei Tre Moschettieri sembrano essersi materializzati nella realtà. Lo studio delle incisioni dei tre esemplari delle Nove Porte rivela risultati inaspettati. A complicare il tutto, una strana ragazza dai capelli biondi e corti sembra incrociare troppo spesso la strada di Corso, presentandosi con il nome di Irene Adler, la donna che beffò Sherlock Holmes in uno dei racconti di Conan Doyle.Arturo Pérez-Reverte non si accontenta di intrecciare tutti i fili della narrazione in uno: ed ecco che il finale del libro non è scontato, nemmeno per chi ha visto il film.Per farla breve, è apprezzabile il tentativo di Pérez-Reverte di tentare un intreccio così macchinoso e contorto: l’autore, però, non ha tenuto conto del fatto che, quando si carica in questo modo il lettore di aspettative, qualunque sia la risoluzione prescelta quasi certamente non risulterà soddisfacente. Il club Dumas resta in bilico tra il thriller e il gotico, senza sbilanciarsi con troppa convinzione verso quest’ultimo nonostante lo promettesse fin dalle prime pagine, e accelerando inutilmente la narrazione nel finale.Molto accurato, invece, lo stile dell’autore: superiore a molti suoi connazionali contemporanei, mi viene da suggerire malignamente che il romanzo non abbia venduto quanto L’ombra del vento perché troppo ostico per il lettore medio da spiaggia. Il paragone con quel romanzo in particolare risulta spontaneo, essendo in sostanza entrambi gialli che si muovono nel mondo dei libri. Al contrario di quella di Zafòn, asettica ed elementare, la prosa di Pérez-Reverte è ricca e i periodi sono ragionevolmente lunghi: indugia molto sulla terminologia specifica che riguarda manoscritti e incunaboli. Per di più, il romanzo è accompagnato dalle incisioni delle Nove Porte (di tutti e tre gli esemplari del libro) e dalle tabelle compilate dal protagonista durante i suoi studi sul campo. Consigliato agli amanti dei thriller, agli appassionati del genere gotico, a chi apprezza Dumas (abbondano i riferimenti alla sua vita e alle sue opere), o semplicemente a chi adora i libri sui libri.

Book Concierge

The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte3***Lucas Corso is a book mercenary. When he is tasked with authenticating a manuscript purporting to be an original chapter from Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers he winds up in the midst of a highly intricate game that may cost him his life, or even his soul. The quest takes him from Madrid to France and Portugal, and involves a cast of characters that I sometimes found confusing. There is a second plot line that is part of the reason for the confusion. In his attempt to authenticate the Dumas manuscript, he comes across another work – The Nine Doors. This red herring … or is it? … centers on satanic rites and devil worship. The twists and turns, intersecting vs parallel paths, insights and missteps all help to confound the reader’s attempts to solve the puzzle before Corso does. It’s an adventure tale, a murder mystery and a morality play all at once. The book abounds with literary references, mostly to the work of Dumas, but also to other works. I was reminded of The Shadow of the Wind , although THIS book preceded Zafon’s novel by nearly a decade. Life interfered with my ability to read this work continuously, so I was forced to stop and then pick it up a few weeks later. I’m sure than affected my rating. I enjoyed it, but didn’t love it.

Emily

There were some deliciously clever turns of phrase, but they did not make this book worth the read. As other reviewers have said, the characters were flat and the plot is a bit too intentionally clever (without actually being so) to hold my interest. The book did get easier to read as time went on, but when all was said and done, it was just a more high brow version of a bad Dan Brown novel. The best parts of the book happened when characters meta-talked about readers, authors, and their responsibilities. "'Listen, Corso, there are no innocent readers anymore. Each overlays teh text with his own perverse view. A reader is the total of all he's read, in addition to all the films and television he's seen. To the information supplied by the author he'll always add his own. And that's where the danger lies: an excess of references caused you to create the wrong opponent, or an imaginary opponent.'"and "'The information a book provides is an objective given. It may be presented by a malevolent author who wishes to mislead, but it is never false. It is the reader ot makes a false reading'" (335). I don't know that I agree with this second bit. In mysteries especially, the author often doesn't give enough information for the reader to properly solve the mystery. Sometimes she's not supposed to, I guess. In those cases, we're more interested in the detective. But the detective here isn't that interesting. And his interactions with other characters make very little sense. *groan*

Cornmo/jon

I saw "Ninth Gate" in the theater in Denton, TX. At the end, a redneck stood up and said, "That's bullshit." I agreed and was disappointed in the quick wrap-up.The book, however, shows another storyline that was completely ignored by the movie. The ending was good and not bullshit.I love charts in novels and this one has them. It also has the engravings from the book that the novel is based on.I hope to find a novel based on Event Horizon.Other good novels with a movie brother: Jaws, The Postman.Novel I had to put down because the movie followed it too well: PerfumeNovel based on the movie that follows the movie well: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Jeff

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.

rinabeana

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!

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....

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.

Lorena

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.

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.

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.

Andres

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.

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. There are references aplenty that presume an eidetic memory of great literature. However, one can roll ones eyes at the sneering condescension involved as the author makes this a fun-filled journey, a puzzle with literary clues and a surprise ending. Quite recommended.

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