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The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
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Oct 13, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: book-club
Recommended for: nobody
Read in October, 2011

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 responsibilities.

"'Listen, Corso, there are no innocent readers anymore. Each overlays teh text with his own perverse view. A reader is the total of all he's read, in addition to all the films and television he's seen. To the information supplied by the author he'll always add his own. And that's where the danger lies: an excess of references caused you to create the wrong opponent, or an imaginary opponent.'"

and "'The information a book provides is an objective given. It may be presented by a malevolent author who wishes to mislead, but it is never false. It is the reader ot makes a false reading'" (335). I don't know that I agree with this second bit. In mysteries especially, the author often doesn't give enough information for the reader to properly solve the mystery. Sometimes she's not supposed to, I guess. In those cases, we're more interested in the detective. But the detective here isn't that interesting. And his interactions with other characters make very little sense. *groan*
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Petra Eggs I hope you get through it this time.


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