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The Club Dumas

A book by Arturo Perez-Reverte

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Occult undertones intriguing, but the rest?

  • Mar 30, 1998
Club Dumas entertains with its sundry of interesting information about Alexander Dumas, his serials and the selective world of the rare book. The occult undertones and puzzles added extra tantilization. But other than that, the story of a jaded book detective, his penchant for a mystery Lolita and their involvement with a group of characters who have confused their identities to the point where they are acting out parts of Dumas' 3 Musketeers, was trite and like the outcome in 'The Flanders Panel' predictable. Rebirth occurs in the onion layers of young flesh? Come on-what were all the spectacular reviews about? Methinks most folk assume that when they read a novel with the scholarly undertones of Umberto Eco, automatically they have 'arrived' on that plane where those who prefer the commercially successful genre of Grisham et al can never reach. This author exploits that need for pseudo intelligence.

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Fallen angels, satanic manuals, and a passion for the works of Raphael Sabatini and Alexandre Dumas among others--this is the stuff of Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte's engrossing novelThe Club Dumas.Set in a world of antiquarian booksellers where dealers would gladly betray their own mothers to get their hands on a rare volume,The Club Dumasis a thinking person's thriller: in addition to a riveting plot, the book is full of intriguing details that range from the working habits of Alexandre Dumas to how one might go about forging a 17th-century text. Woven through these meditations is enough murder, sex, and the occult to keep both the hero, Lucas Corso, and the reader hopping.

As in his previous novel, The Flanders Panel, set in the world of art restoration, Mr. Pérez-Reverte has written a literary thriller to tease both the intellect and adrenaline gland. Lucas Corso makes a complex, ultimately sympathetic hero, and there's plenty to delight in the intricate twists and turns the story takes before the mystery of The Club Dumas is finally solved.

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ISBN-10: 0151001820
ISBN-13: 978-0151001828
Author: Arturo Perez-Reverte
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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