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Arsene Lupin (Arsène Lupin #1)

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The first entry in Maurice LeBlance's long-running series about France's hero-thief Arsene Lupin.
Paperback, 188 pages
Published September 11th 2003 by Borgo Press (first published June 10th 1907)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Feb 10, 2015 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-french
”It was, indeed, the famous necklace, the legendary necklace that Bohmer and Bassenge, court jewelers, had made for Madame Du Barry; the veritable necklace that the Cardinal de Rohan-Soubise intended to give to Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France; and the same that the adventuress Jeanne de Valois, Countess de la Motte, had pulled to pieces one evening in February, 1785, with the aid of her husband and their accomplice, Rétaux de Villette.”

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A necklace worthy of the very best thief.

The Queen’s Neck
Dan Schwent
Jan 27, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of short stories featuring Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Thief.
The Arrest of Arsene Lupin: A trans-Atlantic cruise ship gets a message saying that Arsene Lupin is on board, with a recent forearm wound and going by the name R-. The message gets cut off and hysteria grips the ship. Everyone whose name begins with R is suspected of being Lupin.

The writing is good and there are only slight hints that it's been translated from French. The story was well done and I'm a little ashamed t
Ahmad Sharabiani
Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief (Arsène Lupin, #1), Maurice Leblanc
عنوان: دزد جنتلمن: کتاب اول از مجموعه آرسن لوپن؛ اثر: موریس لبلان؛ مترجم: علی مظفری؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، موسسه مطبوعاتی اسکندری، 1343، در 140 ص، موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسوی قرن 20 م
پس از شش سال، دوره ی دبستان بوستان که پایان یافت. نخستین بار در دبیرستان، از دوستانم، نام «آرسن لوپن» را شنیدم، از آن دوست پرسیدم: آرسن لوپن یعنی چه؟ گفت: به آدمهای ناتو و زبر و زرنگ چنین میگویند. پرسیدم: به چه زبانی؟ گفت: نمیدانم. هربار در وصف یکی
Aug 15, 2015 Marine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chronique à venir (live book'in'osaure) :)
Jan 31, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone

The review from afar – No. 29

2015 forward to these overseas reviews:
Thanks to Project Gutenberg for supplying me with books for an old Kindle 3G.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Burglar is an early 20th century book by Maurice Leblanc. This first book is comprised of nine short stories about the skilled and humorous thief. I chose it because of the tie-in that the final story represents. (It is also the predecessor to Arsene Lupin vs. Herlock Sholmes which was the 2nd far
Oct 11, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am re-reading this at the moment. This is the first time Penguin issued this particular edition. Arsene Lupin is a major French literature character - where he basically steals from the Rich ... and keeps the dough. Sort of a nicer version of Fantomas.

I have a serious collection of the works - through out the years there are many many editions and stories - but very few in English. But I got editons from the 20's, etc. I first discovered Arsene Lupin in Japan. Over the years he became a popul
Mina Soare
This is better than Sherlock Holmes!

Just to start on the right note. As you probably deduced, I wasn't struck by lightning just now, so please lower your pitchforks, fellow readers, it is my opinion (yes, I did go there) almost against my will. Nonetheless, you might find it easier to empathize, after reading the last story(view spoiler) (which contains the scene that got the fifth star)

The main reason for m
Aug 06, 2007 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The original gentleman burglar stories--first published in 1907 in French. I read the French version of book 1--the first in a long series by Maurice Leblanc. There are several short stories in each volume. It's a lot like Sherlock Holmes in that you're always trying to figure out how he did it, but the difference is that you are rooting for the bad guy.

I liked the story in which Arsene sends a note to a wealthy man and gives him a list of all the items in his house that he plans to steal, and
False Millennium
These are my images. I acquired the book through an intra-library loan. I was sent the first edition (in English) published in 1910. The writing style is archaic, full of exclamation points. The paper was so fragile, it had to be handled with great care. I learned of this author while reading a book on the Titanic...the thought posed at the anonymous nature of travel and how you can self-create when loosed from the usual societal bonds. The author of the Titanic book noted, however, that those t ...more
Jul 01, 2008 Benjamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like a good heist story
Shelves: fiction
I am sure that I had to read an Arsene Lupin story at some point in my 9 years of French classes. I do know that we read a good number of short stories. I also know that it was a very rare instance when I actually caught the surprise by the end of the story. The French seem to have a particular talent for throwing in a twist in the end of a story that is so bizarre and funny that if you are unsure of your vocabulary, you can never catch, because what you are reading just doesn’t fit with what y ...more
Fun light reading. According to the introduction, Lupin is the french Sherlock Holmes. While I also get the sense, from his own review, that he's exagerating Lupin's relative importance, I can see how he makes the argument. Particularly as Leblanc went to a great deal of effort to make people think that way. He has a whole collection (of which only one is included in this book, thankfully) of stories in which Lupin outwits the great English detective Herlock Sholmes. It was originally Sherlock H ...more
Jan 19, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librivox
Oh, this is what I always wanted Sherlock Holmes to be!
I first read Maurice Leblanc's Arsène Lupin many many years ago as a teenager. I remember enjoying it but it was anything to write home about unlike Doyle's Holmes or Christie's Poirot which I did enjoy and was something to write home about.

Fast forward to now. I think Lupin is more a grown up type of hero. He's not evil but he's not the white knight. I would compare him to the type of "hero" TV Dexter kinda is. In a less psychopath way, of course. The style is very much early XX century nothin
Michelle Wei
Dec 12, 2014 Michelle Wei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually finished a while ago... the ending was the same as the Arsene Lupin in the Eight Strokes of the Clock, but I liked both books.

I really liked the book in general. Arene Lupin is a very clever person and he is always messing around with the police. He lets himself get caught and escapes when he feels like it. People have said he is the equivalent of Sherlock Holmes. I can't say they are because one solves crimes and the other does the crime, but their IQ level is about the same. Each c
Dec 04, 2014 Hope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this Lupin title for a recent trip and found the short, witty mysteries to be perfect for long layovers. My five hours in the airport flew by.

Arsene Lupin is a gentleman thief who steals not out of need, but for the pure adventure of it. He is so famous for his escapades that he sometimes sends a list of items he wants from his victims and asks them to wrap them up and send them to him to save him the trouble of stealing them himself.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin is c
Aug 02, 2008 Kairei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Also one of the most influencing books of all time, Arsene Lupin's adventures have inspired me and other writers to spawn many other version of gentleman thieves. The series itself isn't the first and original gentleman thief ever created, but it sure is influencing, especially to people of France. My favorite here is the last story about the meeting between Lupin and Holmes (renamed "Herlock Sholmes" to avoid copyright infringement), and I can't wait to read Lupin's other adventures in other bo ...more
Jul 12, 2014 Lau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful wonderful read. Lupin has been compared to Sherlock Holmes a lot and I truly believe Lupin to be superior. He's witty, intelligent and charming and even though he's a bad guy, one can't help but love him.

In this book, each chapter describes a mini story, which is related and intertwined with the main story arc. As it is the case with most of collections, there were some stories better than others.
The first 4 chapters were HIGHLY entertaining. I really like the fact that sometimes, t
Jan 10, 2015 Brad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
So, I'd never have picked this up if it hadn't been for one little thing: Hannu Rajaniemi's Quantum Thief. I was missing a thief in my life.

Fortunately, I enjoyed the taste of this French dish and especially enjoyed the aspects of the novel that were from Lupin's pov. From a pure story view, it was all standard pulp that reflected the late victorian era ending with a mild rivalry with Mr. Sherlock Holmes, himself.

I couldn't care less that there were copyright issues. Cameos are the pinnacle of f
Feather Mista
May 16, 2014 Feather Mista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pícaros
Recommended to Feather by: fama
¡Es un plato el Arsenio este!
Pensé en redondear con tres estrellitas porque no es un libro que me haya cambiado la vida ni enganchado de principio a fin; pero los momentos gratos son tantos, el turro de Lupín se hace querer tanto, y alguna de las explicaciones tan rebuscadas (a veces, a niveles casi jojescos), que sería muy mezquino de mi parte promediar para abajo.

Un Lupín leído... ¡Quedan 20 más!
Reet Champion
A cheeky thief. A spoiled lady. A quiet assistant. A divided suitor.

A riot of characters come together to create a most unusual assembly that most solve the mystery of Arsene Lupin and his brilliantly executed plans that leave many a minds boggled.

I have heard a lot about Arsene Lupin but never read any of Maurice Leblanc’s famed stories. Once upon a time I had a spare time and no ARCs to read (that’s one for the books!) and decided it was time to chase down Lupin and see what all of the fuss wa
Madhulika Liddle
In a fictitious world peopled by brilliant sleuths, from meticulous policemen to mild-mannered old ladies and gentle Catholic priests, all hell-bent on upholding the law, there stand out some oddities: gentlemen burglars. Leslie Charteris’s dashing Simon Templar ‘The Saint’; EW Hornung’s Raffles—and Maurice LeBlanc’s Arsène Lupin.

The book in which LeBlanc first introduced Arsène Lupin, thief extraordinaire, a somewhat Robin Hood-esque figure, was this one. The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsène
Jul 24, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leblanc was inspired by the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle, whose Sherlock Holmes series was printed in the newspaper first too. His series, containing 20 stories about the gentleman thief Arsène Lupin were published in the magazine ”Je sais tout” between 1905 and 1935. My collection included 11 of those 20 stories. The admiration of Doyle’s series led him to include Mr. Holmes in one of his stories. For rightly reasons Leblanc had to change the name into Herlock Sholmes, but still everybody can ...more
Amelia (Lettrice In Soffitta)
Potete leggere la recensione anche sul mio blog:

Approfittando dell'offerta che il Corriere della Sera ha messo in atto, ho cominciato a collezionare i libri che narrano delle avventure di questo famigerato ladro.Mi sono trovata davanti nove brevi storie, ognuna interessante alla sua maniera, sebbene le prime tre rimangano le più interessanti che sono state sottoposte alla mia lettura.
In ordine, secondo la lettura che ho affrontato, ecco le nove novelle: "
Jul 10, 2014 Donato rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this mostly to practice my French reading skills, and found it to be fairly easy going. Almost too easy, in fact. Proust, here I come! (Not so fast, buddy, read some more light-weights before you get to the heavy-weights...)

Anyway, it was a fun read, not so much who-dun-it as how-did-he-do-it? And it wasn't predictably structured. The first story recounts Lupin's arrest, making you think, huh? are we starting at the end? In reality, we're starting at the middle, and the middle is where it
May 06, 2011 Kang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sebenarnya saya menunggu-nunggu ada penerbit Indonesia yang menerjemahkan novel tentang si pencuri elegan Arsène Lupin ini. Sayang sekali sampai saat ini belum ada juga yang menerjemahkan novel yang pertama ditulis tahu 1907 tersebut. Karena itulah saya terperanjat gembira melihat Elex Media Komputindo menerbitkan Arsène Lupin versi manga. Saya tidak bisa berbahasa Perancis, jadi saya tidak bisa membaca novel aslinya, karena itu saya tidak keberatan memba

Monsieur Gournay-Martin adalah orang kaya yang terkenal di lingkungan kebangsawanan Perancis. Putrinya, Mademoiselle Germaine akan menikah dengan Duke Charmerace, Bangsawan muda yang kaya raya, eksentrik dan suka petualangan. Setelah sempat dikabarkan hilang dalam perjalanannya ke Kutub Selatan, Duke Charmerace kembali setelah perjalanannya selama 7 tahun. Pernikahan ini akan diselenggarakan secara besar-besaran, Sonia Kritchnoff, pelayan Mademoiselle Germaine bertugas menuliskan undangan yang b
Edward Smith
Aug 03, 2011 Edward Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arsene Lupin is the Gallican equivalent of Sherlock Holmes, except where Holmes is an eccentric and reclusive detective Lupin is a charming and witty Gentlemen-Burglar. He has a keen intellect, a master of disguise, locksmith, master of martial arts, and courting women. Lupin is not a sociopath like Fantomas, he is a good-natured person who just so happens to enjoy the thrill of thievery. Upright and decent folk have nothing to worry from him, as he only plunders from those of dubious character ...more
Oct 06, 2011 Simon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids
Shelves: kindle-books, mystery
I decided to read the Arsene Lupin series because, well, I'm a fan of mystery, and I remember seeing the French animated cartoon when I was a kid.

To be honest, I didn't expect much. Historically, Arsene Lupin was written at the turn of the century when Sherlock Holmes became very popular. In a sense, it was the French-language equivalent of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Of course, the roles are reversed, and Lupin is a genius burglar. Unfortunately, it is very transparent that this book was writt
May 12, 2011 Maren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is important to not that this is just an edited selection of Leblanc's stories about the Gentleman-Thief who turns detective. While, no doubt, the entire body of stories about Lupin might be daunting the changing tone and even style and narrators of these stories is easily apparent because the stories are chosen from different points in the series. While the stories are mostly entertaining the result of the selections is slightly dissatisfying because the reader feels the ellipses between Lup ...more
David Kao
May 03, 2013 David Kao rated it it was amazing
Arsene Lupin series is my favorite detective series , unlike Sherlock Holmes Arsene Lupin is a thief who only steal stuffs from rich peoples and he solves cases like Sherlock Holmes , he is as smart as Sherlock Holmes , so people called him " Gentle Thief " , and many women is in love with him , but the one he truly loved was killed by Herlock Holmes ( It s actually Sherlock Holmes ) , in an accident .
When he was young he doesn't have a good childhood because his father died when he was young
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Maurice Leblanc began as a journalist, until asked to write a short story filler, and gentleman thief (later detective) Arsène Lupin, more gallant and dashing than English counterpart Sherlock Holmes.
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