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The Antiquarian (Enrique Alonso #1)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  544 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
In this gripping historical thriller, the search for a mysterious and powerful object hidden in the heart of Barcelona leads to ambition, desire, love—and murder.

An intriguing letter from his adoptive father, Artur, turns novelist Enrique Alonso’s world upside down. Artur, a well-known antiquarian in Barcelona, reveals that he has discovered an ancient manuscript, but he f
Kindle Edition, 403 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Barcelona eBooks (first published 2009)
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Andrea Andrei
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nu, trecutul nu se uita: doar ca se retrage pe carari ascunse ale mintii, de unde nu poate incomoda, de unde nu poate vicia prezentul.
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, nookbooks
22 OCT 2016 - an interesting story within a story. I really enjoyed my reading of The Antiquarian and found myself looking for more information on the internet. I wanted to know so much more of the Spain which existed during the ages. I have already purchased Mr Sanchez' next book for future reading.

This book makes me want to visit the entirety of Spain. One day!
Eva Anca
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
„Anticarul”, de Julián Sánchez este o carte interesantă, în care se combină mai multe stiluri. Povestea este încărcată de suspans, acțiune și o oarecare doză de romance. Nu lipsesc nici detaliile istorice și religioase, care condimentează povestea de la baza cărții.
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
3.5 qctuqlly. I enjoyed this. The antiquarian community then was old and times were changing and here all of a sudden a noted antiquarian finds himself with a priceless document which a number of people would like to see kept out of the light of public knowledge. There is a little too much fantasy to it, and I had the villain figured out way too early in the tale. The characters for the most part, and pictures given of Barcelona and it's history were excellent. It is an historical mystery based ...more
Traducerea nu mi s-a parut dintre cele mai bune, si mai mult ca sigur textul in limba originala are o alta valoare. Cu toate acestea, asta nu m-a impiedicat sa termin cele 400 de pagini in doua zile si sa-mi capteze atentia considerabil.
Gustavo Arango
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disfrute la lectura del libro; la novela contiene historia de una Barcelona del siglo XIV así como una narrativa muy descriptiva de la Barcelona actual. La lectura me invitó a buscar un poco más acerca de las cábalas y los sefiros y aunque de estos últimos no hay mucha información, parece un tema interesante.
Dana Burda
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cartea scriitorului spaniol Julian Sanchez aparuta la editura Allfa in colectia " Strada fictuiunii" in anul 2013, a fost una dintre cele mai placute surprize in materie de lectura in acest an. O carte care imbina intr-un tot perfect armonios date istorice, intriga politista, poveste de dragoste, aventura si un final surprinzator.
Personajul principal este scriitorul Enrique Alonso fiul adoptiv al anticarului Artur Aiguader faimos in Barcelona. Enrique este chemat in Barcelona de urgenta din cau
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
From the moment I finished reading The Art Restorer, I wanted to learn more about these characters. The previous title by this author, The Antiquarian introduces us to Enrique Alonzo, having just finished his latest novel, Bety, his ex-wife, and Arturo his godfather/guardian who assumed the position of "father" when Enrique's parents were killed. It doesn't take long for us to be told that Arturo, an "antiquarian" who deals in everything antique, has come upon a rare find: a 14th century book, m ...more
May 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Más bien 1.5 estrellas, muy cerca de “qué pérdida tan evidente de mi precioso tiempo”.
Éste es un thriller donde un manuscrito medieval que contiene pistas sobre algo que todos codician pone en movimiento la trama: los asesinatos, el consabido amor, la ciudad que adquiere protagonismo de personaje secundario aunque preponderante, el misterio, los lugares comunes, los diálogos insulsos... Ni mejor ni peor que las sepetecientas otras novelas similares en el mercado hoy día. Y tan mediocre como ella
Rebecca Skane

Somewhat of an overdone story (I think I've read this before) but still a fun read and highly entertaining. It was recently translated into English and judging from the opening introduction, I can understand its international popularity:
"Some of the events depicted in this novel actually happened. I leave it to the reader’s imagination or investigative abilities to determine which. The names of all characters have, of course, been changed."
Read the full review: The Antiquarian Book Review
Mar 31, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Molto, molto tempo fa, Einaudi non avrebbe mai pubblicato tale ciofeca.
Ed io devo smettere di credere, pensare che un libro edito da Einaudi abbia un valore aggiunto.
Einaudi é morta. Si ha da farsene una ragione, e valutare con molta attenzione cosa si porta a casa.
(questo sarebbe costato 19.50 euro, a me meno di un caffé presso la mia piccola libreria dei libri riciclati).
Per quanto é del contenuto:
grandi pretese (echi di Eco, Tuzzi per quanto é del giallo storico/colto), naturalmente del tutt
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, this book made me notice that I fall for beautiful cover-art too easily. This time though, I was not disappointed by what it had promised. I'm still not sure if I would consider the title fitting for the story, just by the way. I have to admit that it took me two attempts to read the whole book but when I had started the second time I just couldn't put it away. I'm probably not a good critic for historical fiction but I enjoyed the connection between present and past very much, as ...more
Nov 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Another "lost in translation?" review: I gave up after 2 chapters. I don't care how fascinating this story might be. The style of writing is so poor, it feels like the author was paid per word. I picked this up because a few folks said it reminded them of "Shadow of the Wind"--ABSOLUTELY NO COMPARISON AT ALL. SOTW was so beautiful it made my soul ache. This one just makes my brain hurt.
Adrian Găinaru
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anticarul, de Julián Sánchez este un roman care la doi ani dupa aparitia sa in Spania, in 2009 la Roca Editorial sub titlul original de El anticuario apare si-n Romania, multumita traducerii Alexandrei Reocov la editura Allfa, in Bucuresti 2011. Cartea prinde si capteaza atentia cititorilor traversand de-a lungul paginilor o seama de teme fundamentale ale literaturii universale, inglobandu-le intr-o maniera ce nu-i deloc pe deplin straina autorului ei, un
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Promising start and weak finish

I really enjoyed the first part of this book, but could not wait for the last third of it to end. I was hoping that this would be similar to the beautiful Shadow of the Wind or The Name of the Rose. Even a Dan Brown novel would have been fine. Sadly, The Antiquarian is none of those things.

The story is set in present day-ish (Internet and cell phones) Barcelona. It opens in the antique shop of Artur Aiguader as he is sorting through some recent purchases. In addit
wow. ... this was disappointing.

The first couple of chapters were promising and well-constructed; unfortunately, the most interesting person was the murder victim. The rest of the story did not equal the set-up and the main characters' relationships did not make any sense.
We are left with an underwhelming main character - Enrique - who is supposed to be a published somewhat famous writer with a passion for sailing - but only seems to use it as a means of escape from difficult situations. I thin
Tristan Robin Blakeman
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mystery fans, fans of Dan Brown, fans of puzzles
Recommended to Tristan Robin by: found browsing in Nook Book Shop
I enjoyed this rather complex book quite a bit - but have very little to say about it.
Sánchez has taken a convoluted puzzle and written in a very clear concise way so that it's quite easy to follow - no mean feat, believe me! About 1/3 of the way through it I got a bit of whiff of Dan Brown's Angels and Demons and The DaVinci Code, but it certainly isn't a copy of those books, and I suppose modern mystery/thrillers with historical backgrounds are not the personal monopoly of Mr. Brown! I thoroug
Starts off strong but overall disappointing

The plot of the book was captivating and draws the reader in immediately. With elements of mystery, history and folklore, parts of The Antiquarian felt similar to The Da Vinci Code. I enjoyed the first two thirds of the book, which are filled with murder, adventure and historical references and flashbacks from the journal of a man hundreds of years ago. The last third of the book was long-winded and could have been cut in half. Much of the writing, thro
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had kind of two distinct story lines in it, with on cutting the other in half way through the first. I really liked the basic premise of the story - its a mystery about an antiquarian that finds an old manuscript. I would have liked more of this story.

About half way through, they go into a long meandering back story about something in the manuscript and the author almost lost me there. 1) The backstory is told by a secondary character about HIS experience which isn't really related to
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book. I tried again and again but it was basically an overwrought Dan Brown book with weak pacing. I don't have anything against Dan Brown books--I've read a few and they were entertaining--but they are fun because the pacing is so tight.

Instead we have a lot of mediocre introspection, a meh love triangle, and some less than interesting characters. The most interesting characters were a researcher who was only in it for a few pages, the antiquarians, and the city of
Oct 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I kept telling myself: ‘Maybe it get’s better towards the end.’ It didn’t though. I enjoyed reading this book, because I wanted to know how the mystery would play out, but there was little action so it was also quite boring. I also know exactly who was the culprit and where the -mystic item- was hidden from their first appearances in the book. Again, quite boring. I expected more.. even though I don’t know why.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dit boek intrigeerde me door de titel. Het moment dat je de eerste bladzijde leest en die je pakt; dan heb je een goed boek. Dit boek deed dat.
Het geeft een plezierige, wonderlijke tocht door heden en verleden. De enige reden dat ik het 4 sterren geef in plaats van 5, is dat ik naar het einde toe al wist wie de 'dader' was, zonder dat dit werd verteld.
Ik heb genoten, zonder meer, in volle teugen!
Elizabeth Hanson
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Needed to be edited
Es una historia entretenida, lo escuché en audiolibro, en mis trayectos del trabajo la casa, es una manera de no aburrirse.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novela para pasar el rato, un thriller en el que al final ya se sabe quien es el asesino. Lo lei parte escuchándolo en el carro.
Bruce Benson
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Le storie con misteri millenari non stancano mai soprattutto se scritte bene. Se poi sono ambientate a Barcelona ancora meglio!!!!
DelAnne Frazee
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: The Antiquarian
Author: Julian Sanchez
Published: 11-20-2012
Publisher: Barcelona Digital Editions
Pages: 412
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub Genre: International Crime; Antiquities; Adult Fiction; History
ISBN: 9781453262945
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
My Rating: 4 Stars

Enrique Alonzo, a novelist, is in search of his adoptive father's killer after he receives a letter from Artur, a well-known antiquarian (relating to or dealing with antiques
Patrick Bättig
Als der Schriftsteller Enrique Alonso die Nachricht erreicht, dass sein Adoptivvater Artur ermordet wurde, macht er sich sofort auf dem Weg nach Barcelona, um dem Begräbnis beizuwohnen und die Polizei bei der Suche nach dem Täter zu unterstützen. Er ist der Einzige, der sagen kann, warum andere den Tod des Antiquars wollten, denn nur wenige Tage zuvor hat er einen Brief erhalten, in dem von einem geheimnisvollen Manuskript aus dem 15. Jahrhundert die Rede ist. Enrique hat die Vermutung, dass der ...more
Anja Zegeling
Het is lang geleden dat ik zo veel moeite moest doen om goed in het verhaal van een boek te komen. En zo veel moeite ook om het uit te lezen. Antiquair Artur Aiguader wordt vermoord en zijn adoptiezoon, schrijver Enrique Alonso, gaat op eigen houtje aan de slag om de moordenaar te vinden. Alles draait hierbij om een geheimzinnig, antiek manuscript. Het begin van De antiquair verloopt stroef en traag met veel lange, ingewikkelde zinnen en een overdaad aan details. Langzame beschrijvingen en trage ...more
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