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The Club Dumas

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  26,691 Ratings  ·  1,488 Reviews
Rare-book sleuth Lucas Corso is hired to authenticate a manuscript chapter of Alexandre Dumas's "The Three Musketeers", discovered after its owner's mysterious death.
Paperback, 362 pages
Published March 17th 1998 by Vintage (first published September 1992)
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Stephen
6.0 stars. Another book on my list of "All Time Favorite" novels. This is a book that I started reading with very high expectations and, lo and behold, those expectations were actually met if not exceeded. This book had so many aspects to it that were right in my wheelhouse. First, it is set in the world of rare book collectors with endless references to rare editions to excite the book nerd in us all. Second, there are two related subplots involving (i) an original manuscript of The Three Muske ...more
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
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Kiersten
Apr 24, 2008 Kiersten rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Jeri's review, I don't really have a lot to add.

I thought the premise was interesting, but the climax was disappointing, the characters were one-dimensional (this might have been purposeful, as he was trying to draw parallels to Dumas' book, but didn't really work for me), and the was protagonist off-putting. I wasn't bothered by the details about bookbinding and famous books as much; those, in my opinion, were more interesting than the plot itself.

I think one of the problems wit
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Nikoleta
Feb 28, 2015 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, book-lovers
Το ξεκίνησα με μια χαλαρή διάθεση και σελίδα με τη σελίδα με κέρδιζε όλο και περισσότερο, καθώς η ένταση στην πλοκή ολοένα αυξάνεται.
Το έργο εχει την τάση να συνομιλεί με τα περισσότερα έργα της κλασικής λογοτεχνίας. Από τις σελίδες του περνά ο Σερλοκ Χολμς, ο Αμλετ, η Οδυσσεια και φυσικά οι τρεις σωματοφύλακες, που η ιστορία τους είναι βαρύνουσας σημασίας για την πλοκή του βιβλίου. Εκτός από τις υποθέσεις των έργων, αναφορές κάνει κ για τους συγγραφείς, τις βιογραφίες τους, καθώς και, ο Ρεβερτε
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Scurra
Jul 22, 2008 Scurra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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Josh
Sep 12, 2007 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lowbrow readers in highbrow disguises
I normally wouldn’t pick up something like this, but it was given to me as a gift, so I cracked it. It took me until about half-way through before I realized that it was the basis for the Johnny Depp/Roman Polanski flop “The Ninth Gate.” (Which I've yet to see).

The Club Dumas was probably only the second detective novel I’ve read in the past five years, the other being Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn. While the novels have very little in common, I couldn’t help but notice the formulaic sim
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Fabian
May 28, 2012 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A beachbook for intellectuals" (NYTimes) indeed. The brilliance is subtle, the prose is accessible, the themes are grand. How hard, really, is the creation of a postmodern "beachbook"? Very. And to wrangle with the conventions without overstepping unto dreaded cliche... And to keep the characters charismatic & vivid... And to keep a labyrinthine mystery going... etc. Very difficult, and this novel does not quite cross into the inanity of Jasper Fforde's terrain nor into the uber-popular, co ...more
Paquita Maria Sanchez
WAAAAAAAAY up its own ass.
Nhi Nguyễn
Nhã Nam xếp cuốn tiểu thuyết này vào thể loại trinh thám, thế nhưng đối với tôi, “Câu lạc bộ Dumas” không hẳn là một tiểu thuyết trinh thám điển hình, mặc dù cũng có những cái chết, những âm mưu, và cả những sự thật được hé lộ thông qua khám phá và suy luận đầy lôi cuốn của nhân vật chính. Tác giả Arturo Pérez-Reverte, bằng ngòi bút của mình, đã viết nên một cuộc phiêu lưu của một gã săn sách cổ với nội tâm phức tạp, giữa những trang sách cổ mang màu sắc huyền bí của sự tôn thờ Quỷ Vương Lucifer ...more
Cherie
Jan 21, 2014 Cherie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cherie by: Judy
I would like to say that I liked this book more than I did, but I did not. There were parts of the story that I thought were very interesting, like the information about Alexander Dumas, his books, and how he wrote them, if it were all true. I do not know. I will do the research and find out, though. There were several book titles that were mentioned that I looked up, and added to my to-be-read-list. The book collectors and the practice of hiring guys to find, purchase or steal books for them fo ...more
Kelly
May 31, 2007 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bibliophiles, fans of the swashbuckling adventure, Dumas fans (obviously)
This book is an homage to the swashbuckling adventure story, particularly the Three Musketeers like stories of Alexandre Dumas, pere. But I recommend it to anyone with a deep love for books (... which I would assume would be anyone who has taken the time to join this site in the first place...). I think that you'll recognize yourself in some of the characters, even in their most ridiculous adventures. I found myself variously giggling aloud, gasping in shock, and turning pages faster and faster ...more
Will Byrnes
Nov 02, 2008 Will Byrnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 abs ...more
Sue
Feb 18, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Complex mystery lovers
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.
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
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Kaycie
Jul 08, 2014 Kaycie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001_read
WHY WAS THIS BOOK ON MY TO-READ SHELF FOR SO LONG!?!!

After reading the description and for the first 85% of the book, I thought that this was only going to be a book about a murder mystery that was bookish and based on the works of Alexander Dumas. It was an EXTRAORDINARILY well-written murder mystery, though, and really only ever-so-slightly cheesy, considering the content (c'mon now, how ridiculously hard is it to write a murder mystery based on the works of Dumas and not have it turn out at l
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Sarah
Oct 30, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pas de note pour ce livre que j'ai lu dans des circonstances peu favorables, entre fatigue et voyages.

L'intrigue policière a eu du mal à me captiver, les personnages ne m'ont pas trop intéressés mais... l'auteur sait parler des livres des autres. Voilà qui m'a donné l'envie de me plonger dans les livres d'aventures du XIXe, surtout les Trois Mousquetaires dont il est beaucoup question ici, mais aussi les autres romans d'Alexandre Dumas et Rocambole, Les Mystères de Paris...
L'envie aussi de se p
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Tasha
I mostly enjoyed this book but I don't think I got what happened at the end. The story was intriguing and I loved the tie in to The Three Musketeers. Having just read The Three Musketeers I really enjoyed the connections to that story and I think it really helped to have read that before reading this one. At times I was caught up in the story and at other times I had to slow down and pay close attention to what was going on. It's a dark story with interesting characters.
Leslie
Sep 27, 2016 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, owned, spanish
A lot of fun for this Dumas fan! This book is somewhat similar to what I imagine you would get if you crossed The Name of the Rose with Angels and Demons; lots of demonology, antiquarian books and Dumas in a thriller.

My only regret is that I didn't read it last year once I had completed the entire d'Artagnan series. At least my memory of the characters and events was relatively fresh.
Brooke
Aug 17, 2008 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I realized as I got 1/4 into this book that I've read it before. It's sort of a confusing tale - I was pretty sure I had read this years ago when I read The Flanders Panel and The Seville Communion. The book I thought it was started with a man in the library of a home that is burning down, but the summary on the back cover wasn't ringing any bells, so I thought that maybe I was wrong about reading it before. I was right that I'd read it before, but it wasn't the book with the man in the fire.

It
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Willow
Aug 04, 2012 Willow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually read The Club Dumas because I was frustrated with the ending of The Ninth Gate. Roman Polanski made his film like a noir mystery, but never really provided the explanation at the end that you expect from this kind of movie. Grrrr
I’m glad though that it made me check out this book. I so rarely read contemporary, I would have missed this.

The Club Dumas is much different. Unlike the movie there are two books and two stories that run parallel to each other. I love how Arturo pulls you in
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Wendy
This was a very odd book unlike anything I've ever read. Fortunately, it was a very intriguing odd book, but also a book that required a vast literary background to really understand. Every other word seemed to be an allusion to some famous classic. Besides the fact that you MUST have read The 3 Musketeers before this book, other recommended titles include: The Count of Monte Cristo, Twenty Years After, Paradise Lost, Dante's Inferno, Mutiny on the Bounty, Notre Dame de Paris, Cyrano de Bergerac ...more
Chrissa Vasileiou
Αυτό το βιβλίο απλά το λάτρεψα.Έχω διαβάσει όλα τα βιβλία του Ρεβέρτε που έχουν εκδοθεί στα ελληνικά,και αυτό είναι μέσα στο top 3 μου.Καλογραμμένο,καταιγιστική δράση,ζωντανοί χαρακτήρες,ένας αξιολάτρευτος πρωταγωνιστής,πολύ μυστήριο,ιστορία σε δύο επίπεδα...Από τη μία η αναζήτηση του αυθεντικού βιβλίου κι από την άλλη η "Λέσχη Δουμάς"...Στα συν,το ότι ο πρωταγωνιστής είναι "κυνηγός" βιβλίων και οι πάμπολλες πληροφορίες σχετικά με διάφορα βιβλία,εκδόσεις,βιβλιοπωλεία κτλ.,καθώς και οι σκηνές που ...more
Cátia Santos
Achei que iria gostar bem mais deste livro, já que versa sobre uma das minhas obras preferidas, "Os três mosqueteiros". Paralelamente, também outro livro, mais negro e oculto, faz parte da narrativa, mas nunca nenhum dos mistérios me despoletou aquele "click" que me fizesse agarrar o livro de outra forma.

Um início um pouco entediante, que acaba por melhorar, mas um fim dececionante. Havia potencial para explorar a história de outra maneira, algo que, na minha opinião, o autor desperdiçou.
Estelle
For the first half of the book I thought I would give it it 5 stars. I loved the writing, the characters and the mystery.
Sadly the second half, and mostly the ending, kinda lost me and it turned out to be a bit silly. Too bad...
Still, an entertaining read! And I'd recommend it to books and Dumas lovers.
Maryam
One of those books that get better as they progress. A very surprising ending. Recommended if you're into books about books and thrillers.
Algernon
Jun 18, 2011 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
A decent thriller built around a well developed Literary Detective - hard edged, cynical, gin swilling Lucas Corso. Arturo Perez Reverte joins with his debut novel a club of writers for book lovers who built their stories around rare books, dusty libraries, obscure texts or frequent references to popular novels. I'm talking about Umberto Eco, who gets a nod in the Club Dumas and may have inspired the author, and of the likes of Jasper Fforde and Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I've considered and discarded D ...more
Emily
Oct 13, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: book-club
There were some deliciously clever turns of phrase, but they did not make this book worth the read. As other reviewers have said, the characters were flat and the plot is a bit too intentionally clever (without actually being so) to hold my interest. The book did get easier to read as time went on, but when all was said and done, it was just a more high brow version of a bad Dan Brown novel. The best parts of the book happened when characters meta-talked about readers, authors, and their respons ...more
Grace Tjan
Nov 30, 2009 Grace Tjan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"...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
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SpookySoto
May 02, 2015 SpookySoto rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
Este es uno de los libros más rebuscados e inverosímiles que he leído. Es pretencioso, denso y aburrido y llega hasta ser absurda. El autor hace un vaciado de información irrelevante que no aporta ni avanza en nada la historia que nos cuenta. Los personajes son clichés, el ritmo es super lento y la historia es ridícula.

Había visto la película (the ninth gate) con Johnnie Deep (de la que solo recuerdo que es muuuy mala), pero había escuchado que el libro era muy bueno. Esas personas mintieron. Es
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Fatima
May 12, 2015 Fatima rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
Primer libro de este autor que leo y la verdad he quedado un poco decepcionada con lo reconocido que es el mismo en este genero.

Creo que el mas grande problema fueron las dos sub-tramas las cuales nunca logro desarrollarlas en su totalidad, por lo que se le presentó un problema al final y se preguntó: Y como termino esto? Lo cual nos llevo al terrible final. Los personajes muy lineales y sin vida.

Lo único que me intereso fue la parte de cuando hablaban de Alejandro Dumas y su obra literaria Los
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Spanish novelist and ex-journalist. He worked as a war reporter for twenty-one years (1973 - 1994). He started his journalistic career writing for the now-defunct newspaper Pueblo. Then, he jumped to news reporter for TVE, Spanish national channel. As a war journalist he traveled to several countries, covering many conflicts. He put this experience into his book 'Territorio Comanche', focusing on ...more
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