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Merikartta

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  3,136 ratings  ·  177 reviews
A treasure hunt for a Jesuit ship sunk by pirates off the coast of Spain is the plot on which Perez-Reverte's new novel turns, but a love story is the real heart of this nicely crafted, carefully told adventure. A suspended sailor happens on a maritime auction in Barcelona, where he meets the beautiful Tanger Soto, a museum curator whose winning bid buys her a 17th-century ...more
Paperback, 503 pages
Published 2004 by Like kustannus Oy (first published 2000)
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Penny
DNF
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
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Kelly
I've made no secret of my love for Arturo Perez-Reverte on this site. I even love that I once sleepily read his name as "Arthur in Reverie." Which, oddly enough, I think this dreamy author in love with the past might have appreciated.

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
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Brooke
I tried, I really did. But after 119 pages, I had to put it down and move onto some more exciting books. And then I came back for another 60 pages only to dread the idea of trudging on for another 300.

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-
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Miranda
This novel is one of the BEST books I read this year. I thought CLUB DUMAS by the same author was superb, but THE NAUTICAL CHART is five, six, ten times better -- if I could give it seven stars, I would. Besides getting lost in Perez-Reverte's sentences -- they are so well constructed -- there would be times, I would reread a passage for the pleasure of rereading it. Other times I would read a passage out loud because of Revete's descriptions needed to be shared. The cast of characters in this n ...more
Mary
I was looking forward to this books as the author is one of my favourites. I wasn't disappointed.

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
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Giovaennchen Lozano
Siempre me gustaron los libros de piratas, barcos y travesías. Este es un excelente libro que narra las aventuras de un marino sin barco, que se adhiere a la travesía en busca de un tesoro. Los aspectos técnicos son fascinantes, desde conseguir el mapa, o más bien la carta, descifrar lo que está en clave para poder entender dónde quedó el barco, y descubrir cuál es el verdadero tesoro... Sin embargo, no se trata de una aventura ocurrida en los tiempos de los galeones españoles y los piratas detr ...more
Justwinter
Him: gullible, tough and rugged. A man without a ship, without prospects, without luck. Romantic in a scotch, straight way. Punch first, ask questions later. Do anything for a hard, remote, sensual blonde. Even when you know it's wrong, even when you know it can only end in disaster, even when you know someone's got to die, even when you know it might be you.

Her: Legs, eyes, hair, breasts. Full, hard mouth. Hard eyes. Hard looks. Half truths and hidden meanings. Deceitful even when you know you
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Michael Llewellyn
While Arturo Perez-Reverte may be a master of the "thinking man's thriller" with such gems as The Club Dumas and The Seville Communion, The Nautical Chart sinks to the bottom like a stone. Tension is almost nonexistent as as a couple of mismatched souls join forces to find a sunken 17th- century ship. Ponderously top-heavy with marine references and repetitive, exhaustive character development, the plot flails like a fish out of water before bogging down in pretentious ambition. The ship isn't f ...more
Margarida
Uma narrativa fascinante com um final surpreendente. Um autor que se tornou num dos meus favoritos.
Milan/zzz
After this one I don't think I'll pick up any other Reverte's book.
Sveta_orly
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Synnin
In the beginning i must say i am in LOVE with Reverte's books for their suspense and mystery, their thrilling plots that make turn pages insanely, their brilliantly described characters and numerous historical facts i learn from what I read. And i enjoy it a great deal.

"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
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John
No time for more than a brief note, alas.

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
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Alan
Coy, a sailor down on his luck, wanders into a nautical auction in Barcelona and witnesses a beautiful blond woman covered in freckles bidding on a rare historical map. He is immediately seized with the lust to possess her and count every last freckle on her body.
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
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Mark
I can understand why many regular readers of Perez-Reverte did not enjoy this novel as much as some of his others. It lacks much of the sustained suspense and intrigue you get in some of his better known works. However, I actually found I enjoyed The Nautical Chart more than the other two books I've read by the author (The Club Dumas and The Flanders Panel). Perez-Reverte seemed to have higher literary ambitions than usual in this book, and it seemed to result in a slower-paced, more realistic d ...more
Fco. V. Salvador
En su medio millar de páginas nos describe la recuperación del tesoro de un pecio hundido frente a las costas de Cartagena por parte de Tánger, empleada del Museo Naval, y Coy, marinero 'varado' en tierra. A ellos se enfrentan, como prototípicos perseguidores, Nino Palermo y Horacio Kiskoros. La novela se desarrolla lentamente, con un proceso investigador escaso en el que el lector poco puede intervenir, y sus diálogos, llenos de silencios, resultan intervenidos casi siempre por la voz interior ...more
M.R.
Treasure hunters. You know before you open it that somebody's probably going to betray someone because that's usually how it goes with those folk. Enough said. If it hadn't been written by Perez-Reverte, I probably wouldn't have picked it up; and yet I did, because he wrote it, and I was, surprisingly, rewarded. Lyrical prose, atmospheric. Try it, if you've run out of your favorites.
Annie M
I love everything Arturo Pérez-Reverte writes and although this is not like his other novels, it is no exception. This novel, about hunting treasure from a shipwreck, is full of P-R's atmospheric prose. It is slower-paced and longer than his other works, but I felt it was appropriate with this kind of story. There was more depth to the plot and to the characters. As it is told from Coy's perspective, you do feel inside his skin. The "throw a punch, ask questions later" responses seemed totally n ...more
Sebastián
Me parece rescatable el conocimiento y el léxico de Pérez-Reverte sobre la navegación marítima, pero esperé una historia más emocionante. Los personajes no me agradaron, exceptuando al piloto, pero me pareció tan forzado el romance de Coy con ella. Sí me agradó mucho que ella muriera, buen final.
Debby
At a maritime auction in Barcelona, Merchant marine officer Manuel Coy witnesses an intense bidding war over a 17th c. nautical atlas. The winner is beautiful, but cool, Tangier Soto, who is obsessed with finding a Jesuit ship sunk in the 17th c. carrying a fortune in emeralds. They join forces with the help of Coy's friend and ship owner, El Piloto, and are able to locate the Dei Gloria & the emeralds. There are crosses and double crosses throughout and it's difficult to know who the "good" ...more
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Comme souvent chez Pérez-Reverte, l'accroche est excellente mais le livre un peu poussif, dommage...
Ilmatte
come dev'essere un libro da viaggio

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.

El Segoviano
Como todos los del autor es una novela interesante, bien escrita y recuerdo que con un conocimiento por parte del autor, apabullante sobre las cosas de la mar.
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
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Sara
Typically I love the writing and style of Arturo Perez-Reverte, but this novel started a bit slooowww—not my favorite novel of his. Still the writing is beautiful despite the exhaustive beginning.

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
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Brad
Feb 06, 2009 Brad rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
Recommended to Brad by: Miranda Gilliam
Set in the Spanish Mediterranean, this suspenseful hunt for a lost shipwreck and possible treasure while avoiding modern pirates seemed believable because all the characters were well developed -- especially the two main characters Coy and Tanger. The reader is hooked early on the merchant marine Coy and his struggle to survive on land and get the girl. Tanger was one of the strongest females I've encountered in my reading, but her strength was fully feminine -- modern, but feminine, not some un ...more
Ian
An entertaining book though not as good as I felt it could have been.

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.

Int
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Isil
Pérez-Reverte est un des rares auteurs contemporains que je lis avec un réel plaisir. "Le cimetière des bateaux sans nom" est le neuvième roman de l'auteur que je lis.

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
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Rodrigo Oliveira
Depois de ter lido a sinopse, parti para a leitura deste livro com uma enorme expectativa. A procura de um tesouro afundado, que repousa no Mediterrâneo há mais de duzentos anos era assunto suficiente para me deixar ávido pela leitura. Infelizmente, essa avidez foi dando lugar a um tédio enorme conforme ia avançando. Avançando só mesmo no número de páginas porque nas primeiras duzentas, o autor não nos consegue transportar para lado nenhum nem fazer avançar a história de forma a agarrar o leitor ...more
Isis
In its references to literature and the power of the written word this reminded me a little of The Shadow of the Wind - so much so that I was startled when I recalled that oops, that was a different Spanish author - and in Tanger Soto, the strong and mysterious Ur-woman, it reminded me of The Queen of the South. But I liked it better than either of these, maybe because I used to live on a sailboat, maybe because I loved the pervasive presence of history, of the Jesuits and their sailing ships, o ...more
Felisa Rosa
Arturo Perez Reverte is an amazing writer. He is the kind of writer who makes long, basically unecessary descriptions seem riveting and essential. There are writers who may be on par with Reverte's descriptive talents, but, in my opinion, no one who exceeds him.
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
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