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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Christiane

Traído por los pelosQué decepcionante esta novela que empecé a leer con mucha expectativa por el tema fascinante y original de los libros raros y las pasiones que despiertan. El enigma del libro de magia negra prometió mucho suspenso y quizás « Dumas con su genio enorme y su talento habría insuflado vida en aquella materia prima, conviertiendola en obra maestra » pero Arturo Pérez-Reverte seguramente no lo logra. La tensión se pierde en escenas a menudo irrelevantes y demasiado largas y detalles supérfluos. El autor hace decir a Boris Balkan que « hay que asumir la trama y los personajes para disfrutar la historia » y aquí exactamente reside el problema.Como vamos a asumir una trama tan confusa y traída por los pelos que gira alrededor de un supuesto nexo oscuro entre « Los Tres Mosqueteros » y el libro satánico. En vez de entusiasmar al lector con una solución del enigma sorprendente y satisfactoria, todo termina en un final débil y forzado que ya no interesa a nadie.Ni hablar de los personajes que nunca cobran vida y los pésimos diálogos. Me cansé de las innumerables referencias a las muecas de conejo/lobo, la gabardina arrugada y los lentes con marco de metal de Corso, los ojos verdes, la tez tostada y el cuello desnudo de la chica (personaje totalmente supérfluo y sin sentido), las caderas anchas, la carne blanca y las uñas lacadas en rojo sangre de Liana de Taillefer, etc. etc. Lucas Corso es un tal « pescado frío » que quién se va a creer su historia de amor eterno con « Nikon » ? Me imagino que las escenas de sexo entre él y Liana y él y la chica (ridícula además) fueron incluidas para convencernos de que Corso es una persona de carne y hueso y con pasiones. Pero resultaron poco convincentes y el protagonista siempre quedó pura figura de cartón piedra.Esta novela ha sido comparada con « El Nombre de la Rosa » pero Arturo Pérez-Reverte está muy, pero muy lejos de llegar a la altura de Umberto Eco.

Belinda

I adored this book--beautifully written, and a veritable buffet for book lovers--it's twisty and wonderfully strange--the constant literary references were a true delight. I loved the film "The Ninth Gate", regardless of critics reviews and Polanski's commentary on the film made me want to read this even more. Even though it is quite different than the film I loved the differences. I was crazy for the fleshed out version of "the girl" a.k.a. Irene Adler. I was fascinated by the twists and turns and instead of hating the film or hating the book, I enjoyed both for different reasons. I liked the details not found in the film and the deeper literary references. I know many folks who are snotty about someone being inspired to read a book after seeing a film, but frankly I had not heard of this book until I had seen the film despite working professionally as a bookseller for 12 years. I think no matter what inspires someone to read it's a wonderful thing. I would highly recommend this book--it's entertaining, funny, fascinating and well written. I think both history buffs and book buffs would enjoy this one.

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

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.

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.

Traci

The problem with books about books is that they often come off sounding dry. To be honest, I probably wouldn't have even finished this one if I hadn't already seen the movie. I don't say that often, and the fact that I'm saying it now is very sad, considering that "The Ninth Gate" is only barely based off of this book in the first place.I liked the first person point of view--I don't read many books that feature that, much less pull it off, and the only negative thing I can say about it here is that the narrator isn't present for much of the story. I liked how Lucas was totally ignorant of the connection between his two manuscripts. I also liked how the author found a way to tie together two seemingly unrelated things (Dumas and the Devil).This book didn't quite achieve the level of crazy that The Dante Club managed, and for that I am grateful. It's probably one of the other reasons I kept reading. The characters were much more believable, even the experts, who apparently have Dumas' work and his life memorized.

Grace Tjan

"...when it comes to books, conventional morality doesn't exist."The Club Dumas is ostensibly a mystery, but the real mystery here is the depth of our obsession with books, not just for what is contained therein, but also for their physical selves: the luxurious vellum or shagreen bindings, the fading gilt letters on their spines, the linen papers that would stay fresh for three hundred years, the rare first editions and complete serials that cost a small fortune. And what is written inside can change our lives, influences our perception of reality and even drives us mad with forbidden knowledge.The other mystery inherent in all narratives is the narrator. How faithful is he to the reality of his subject? How much embellishment does he add to the bare bones of the story? Is he telling us the unvarnished truth or instead coddles us with beautiful lies? Did Borja ever meet the devil? Who really killed Enrique Taillefer? Was the girl who called herself Irene Adler really the devil incarnate? How reliable is Boris Balkan, the 'nearly omniscient' narrator?A page-turner of a mystery with some loose ends. The conclusion is either briliant or a cop-out, depending on your taste.

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.

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.

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.

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 more of an archetype than even Corso (or the reader) suspects - and yet neither Corso nor the reader are truly aware of what quest they are actually on.It also falls into that group of novels that require other reference points to properly appreciate. Just like a whole layer of Bridget Jones' Diary is lost if the reader is not well acquainted with Pride and Prejudice, so too The Dumas Club is much better if you've read the d'Artganan books (notably The Three Musketeers.)And the clever intertwining plotlines that keep the reader as baffled as Corso, whilst allowing you to remain just that half-a-step ahead is a fine juggling act that only really loses its way right at the end (indeed The Ninth Gate - the film version - manages to improve on the ending of the book, although it should be observed that it only does so by abandoning one whole half of the plot!)And this hook also belongs in that small group of novels in which the illustrations form an essential part of the plot (I can only think of Jasper Fforde's First Among Sequels that uses illustrations as an integral part of the story in a similar way.) So, despite the small flaw in the ending (which doesn't truly diminish the book, but is disappointing), this is a genuine classic.

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!

Margie

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.

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.

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 forgettable.the narrative is shaped as a fast-paced mystery, perhaps along the lines of The DaVinci Code (a book i never finished). it is, unfortunately, a very shallow mystery. well, actually, two mysteries and two pieces of literature at the heart of these mysteries: one an unpublished chapter by alexandre dumas and another a diabolical tome of which only three exist and whose publisher was burned at the stake. the mysteries are - perhaps - entwined. unfortunately, the mysteries are rather standard and the identities of the two villains (one per mystery!) are grindingly obvious. was this intended? i certainly hope so, because otherwise including a quote from a very relevant agatha christie novel as one of the chapter sub-headings was an amateurish move. why show your cards that way, unless it is intentional?nevertheless, this is a quick and rather agreeable read. highly disposable and annoyingly repetitious at times (about a zillion descriptions of Corso looking rabbity and his companion's wise face and constantly bare feet - wtf?)...but the tight plotting, witty dialogue, and the obvious erudition of the author make it all easy to swallow. i just wish there was more to it all. sigh.

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