I asked for the book as a present from my parents when it came out back in 2000 so that I could take it with me on my vacation.
This was nearly 15 years ago but I remember stubbornly giving it three different, very separate tries before finally giving up for good. I was determined back then to finish every single book I started, more so with this book since it came from my parents at my request, but I couldn't manage.
I only have one word to describe how my younger self felt while reading it b ...more
The Nautical Chart follows the same pattern as many of his other books- the woman who lures our unsuspecting, unassuming man into a mystery, his unfortunate life before that, the strong link to and nostalgia for the past, the promise of redemption, all woven into a ...more
Nothing happened. A woman is looking for a shipwreck. She recruits a man to help her. They talk about the ship. They talk about the sea. The man muses to himself about the sea. He finally does punch someone, but even that manages not to be very exciting.
I've liked all of the other books by Pérez- ...more
This is a treasure hunting tale. With all the mystery, intrigue and dangers you'd expect from such a story.
The thing that struck me most about this book is the pacing. It's very slow, compared to similar stories. This is never a problem though. You feel your way through the story as the main character, Coy does. You discover things when he does and figure things out as he does. He is the reader's com ...more
Her: Legs, eyes, hair, breasts. Full, hard mouth. Hard eyes. Hard looks. Half truths and hidden meanings. Deceitful even when you know you ...more
"The Nautical Chart", nevermind a bunch of extremely exciting nautical facts, turned out to be my least favourite of Reverte. And that's why:
1) I felt disguise for Tanger right away and throughout the whole book I had no idea why ...more
Coy is a sailor confined to land for a couple of years because he accidentally ran a ship aground. He's lured by lovely museum curator Tanger into the search for a Jesuit ship that sank/was sunk in the late 18th century, and for its cargo of precious emeralds. As the tale slowly unfolds we're treated to a myriad smaller stories of Coy's earlier adventures among other men for whom, like him, the land seems a foreign territory and the sea their only possibl ...more
So begins this historical thriller which delivers lots of history but few thrills. The plot wanders through Spanish coastal towns as the intrepid pair sets out on a treasure hunt to locate priceless emeralds that went to the bottom on ...more
alto il giusto per poter fare da cuscino
non deve distogliere dal viaggio
si deve poter macchiare, bagnare, rovinare, perdere
si deve poter perdere il segno
si devono poter saltare frasi, righe, pagine a piacere
si deve poter interrompere in qualunque momento
si deve poter regalare alla prima capitata in treno durante il viaggio di ritorno
in pratica dev'essere brutto. e questo è il libro più brutto che abbia mai letto. perfetto per un viaggio di due settimane.
La trama está bien planteada, pero al final el desenlace creo recordar que no me gustó demasiado, lo que no significa que estuviera mal escrito, sino que esperaba otro desenlace.
Todo esto es un recuerdo un tanto lejano pues el libro lo leí hace mas de 13 años y evidentemente aunque mantengo una idea general sobre su contenido no recuerdo e ...more
Coy is a typical sailor who is living lost on the land. He is going stir-crazy and wanders aimlessly through the streets, a sailor with no ship. Feeling nostalgic, he sits through an auction in which an antique nautical chart rises through the bids to go for an outrageous sum. He can’t help but wonder w ...more
Written as a straight story it would be little more than a pamphlet but detailed analysis of the characters' backgrounds and motivations can give a book depth and make it engaging and rewarding. However, I think this would be more true of "The Nautical Chart" if I were able to read it in the orignal Spanish. The translation is fine but the language never really comes to life in the way I feel it should for this sort of book.
Il s’agit plus d’une aventure intérieure pour les personnages que d’un vrai roman d’aventure dans le sens classique du terme, même si l’aventure est là, à travers une chasse au trésor désespérée et la présence d’un certain nombre de personnages inquiétants.
L’érudition est très présente. Cela va de Conrad à Tintin, du Faucon mal ...more
The descriptions in The Nautical Chart are as good as any he he's written, but this is certainly not one of his best books.
You spend most of the book trapped within the protagonist's longing for the book's femme fatale, which reminded ...more
There are other flawed characters; "chief engineer Gorostiola, alias 'the Tucuman Torpedoman'... between these wild ...more