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(Arsène Lupin #1)

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The suave adventures of a gentleman rogue—a French Thomas Crown Created by Maurice LeBlanc during the early twentieth century, Arsene Lupin is a witty confidence man and burglar, the Sherlock Holmes of crime. The poor and innocent have nothing to fear from him; often they profit from his spontaneous generosity. The rich and powerful, and the detective who tries to spoil hi ...more
Paperback, 279 pages
Published July 26th 2007 by Penguin Classics (first published June 10th 1907)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 N
Ahmad Sharabiani
Arsène Lupin, gentleman-cambrioleur = Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar (Arsène Lupin, #1), Maurice Leblanc

Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar is the first collection of stories by Maurice Leblanc recounting the adventures of Arsène Lupin, released on 10 June 1907. Containing the first eight stories depicting the character, each was first published in the French magazine Je sais tout following the first on 15 July 1905. The seventh features fictional English detective Sherlock Holmes, changed in subse
Dan Schwent
May 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 06, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Jan 31, 2015 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
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Masterful, ingenious crimes by gentleman-thief Arsene Lupin with at the end a tribute to the great english 'Brains' Sherlock Holmes; with a little twist:-)
Oct 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
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What do you do when you’ve got a thief that you just can’t seem to get your hands on no matter how ahead of everything you are? Absolutely nothing. While he doesn’t pray on the poor and prefers to take on the rich and powerful, he however spontaneously shares his spoils with the less fortunate that happen to be in the right place at the right moment. Created in 1905 by the French writer Maurice Leblanc, Arsène Lupin quickly gained fame among rea
Jul 01, 2008 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
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Arsene Lupin is part of my childhood memory. Remarkable tales of romance, mystery and adventure! What is not to love?

And I had just discovered a Japanese manga-ka had translated the tales of Lupin into manga-form:

When reading the manga, the Arsene Lupin I came to know as a child once more came to life before my eyes. Goodness, Lupin is so snaky, so arrogant and so full of himself! But on the other hand you can't help cheering him on and adore him nonethel
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults.
Recommended to Helen by: No-one.
This is a delightful volume of stories by Maurice Leblanc about the adventures of a Holmesian French Belle Epoque detective named Arsene Lupin. This volume represents a selection from the many stories Leblanc penned about the immensely popular character - that the editor considered among the best, and which also hang together, that is, refer back to each other sequentially.

I guess I enjoyed reading these confections set in a much simpler time, when wireless telegraphy was still an amazing advan
Newly Wardell
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am an unapologetically enamored with a anime called Lupin the 3rd. So to finally get to read the adventures that inspired that creation was a pleasure. It doesn't hurt that Maurice LeBlanc is an amazing writer. He is a master of the unreliable narration. So good! You can't believe the storyteller because theres a chance that the storyteller is lying. He escapes from jail by playing into perceptions and ppls imaginations. But he is not faultless. Ppl take advantage of him and he gets robbed too ...more
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
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it
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
i do not remember when i last read Sherlock Holmes- only that this was much more fun for me, that however inspired by Conan Doyle, this gentleman thief is charming, comic, playful, and romantic and generous. he is not an intellectual puzzle-solver but first a criminal, later a detective helper, who maintains his curious ethics throughout his adventures, short-stories probably better read on occasion rather than in one concentrated dose... he is of the times and i think surrealists also liked him ...more
Great fun, proper review to follow, after Hols 😀
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
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
This supposed gentlemen thief is very much like the evil version of Sherlock Holmes. These stories like the Holmes ones are about the puzzle not about the character.
A suspiciously high number of these stories try to make Lupin look like a hero but he's still not as likable as his british equivalent Raffles. That's because he is so overpowered, it seems as if he robs simply because he likes too without even any financial motive. Raffles is drawn as a much meaner character but still comes across
Aug 23, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Michelle Wei
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! Obviously some of the stories are better than others, but altogether it was hilarious, delightful, and silly in a great way. Maybe it helps that I was walking through Paris listening to them, but they really were great. I think I vastly prefer caper stories over detective stories.
DeAnna Knippling
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tales of a gentleman thief: he steals things but is a (witty) gentleman about it, and there are some things he can't stand...

I liked this. Not a lot of surprises, and not as strongly plotted as Sherlock Holmes, but all right: the stories go down easy. The sort of storytelling that soothes a bad day. Some fudging on clues.

Recommended for Sherlock Holmes fans.
Jul 03, 2014 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
Apr 18, 2011 rated it liked it
It is important to note 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 Lu ...more
Dec 04, 2014 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 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 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was free on audio. The stories were different and interesting. The protagonist was a burglar, but definitely one that was very much a gentleman also with chivalry and seemed to do what he did to mess with those that needed a "spanking" for the right reasons. Kind of like a sophisticated Robin Hood type character. I gave this a 5 because it was decent unlike most modern books of the same type and much better to hold my interest than several others on free audio I have listened to.
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librivox
Oh, this is what I always wanted Sherlock Holmes to be!
I have the whole collection of the stories of Arsene Lupin, but at this point I am not sure if I will read the rest of them. I liked it at first, but I found that it got old really fast and by the last story I wasn't all that interested anymore. It didn't help that I didn't really like the take on Sherlock Holmes from the last story of this collection.

The stories, for the most part, were actually really enjoyable, I actually liked Arsene Lupin at first. But, I don't know, there was something th
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Maurice Leblanc (1864 - 1941) was a French novelist, best known as the creator of gentleman thief (later detective) Arsène Lupin.

Leblanc began as a journalist, until he was asked to write a short story filler, and created, more gallant and dashing than English counterpart Sherlock Holmes.

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