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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  219 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Roman d’aventures total, tourbillonnaire, conquérant, véritable machinerie de l’imaginaire où s’entrecroisent et se percutent tous les codes romanesques, la littérature populaire, entre passé historique et projection dans le futur, nos hantises programmées et nos rêves d’échappées irrépressibles.
Martial Canterel, richissime opiomane, se laisse interrompre dans sa rec
Broché, 461 pages
Published August 21st 2014 by Zulma
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George K.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 21st-century
Τι ωραίο βιβλίο ήταν αυτό; Γεμάτο φαντασία, περιπέτεια, υπερβολές, βιβλιοφιλικές αναφορές, τα πάντα! Που λέτε, το βιβλίο κυκλοφόρησε στα ελληνικά τον Σεπτέμβριο του 2016 και έτρεξα να το αγοράσω αμέσως, χωρίς να έχω διαβάσει ή έστω αγοράσει το πιο γνωστό βιβλίο του συγγραφέα -που κυκλοφορεί στα ελληνικά εδώ και χρόνια και έχει κάνει μπόλικη φασαρία-, το "Εκεί που ζουν οι τίγρεις", και χωρίς να δώσω σημασία στην κάπως "τσιμπημένη" τιμή του. Μπορεί να με τρόμαζε το μέγεθος του "Εκεί που ζουν οι τί ...more
Vasilis Manias
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Αδιανόητο στη σύλληψη και στην εκτέλεση καταφέρνει και μπλέκει μαεστρικά ορισμένους από τους πλέον αγαπημένους ήρωες της Παγκόσμιας Λογοτεχνίας, κλείνοντας τη διήγηση με ένα παραμυθένιο τέλος που σε αφήνει με δάκρια στα μάτια.

Με μία λεξη; Αριστούργημα.
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
A kitchy little genre romp (there's a Holmes character and of course no end to the Jules Verne) homage. Not exactly my thing but turns out to be a nicely entertaining piece. Prefer the author's more erudite Where Tigers Are at Home. It wouldn't hurt to see more de Roblès in English (and kudos to trans'r Hannah Chute on her first project (always happy to see a new person in the field)).
Effie Saxioni
Πολύ κακό για το τίποτα.Δεν βρήκα πουθενά το νόημα της ύπαρξης αυτού του περίεργου συνονθυλεύματος,υπήρχαν σημεία που απλά δεν έστεκαν ούτε καν στα πλαίσια του φανταστικού και ήταν από τις πολύ λίγες φορές που ήθελα να το παρατήσω και να το στείλω στα αζήτητα.Δεν το έκανα,ποτέ δεν το κάνω άλλωστε,και επιβεβαίωσε μέχρι και την τελευταία στιγμή ότι ήταν χάσιμο χρόνου.Ελπίζω απλά να ήταν ασυμφωνία χαρακτήρων,μιας κι από ότι βλέπω η βαθμολογία του είναι σχετικά καλή.Περί ορέξεως,βέβαια😉
Přiznávám rovnou, že toto není můj šálek čaje. Na knížku jsem četla hodně dobrých recenzí, objevila se i v několika seznamech knih roku, tak jsem si říkala, že bych si dala nějaké lehčí čtení a tohle by mohlo být ono. Bohužel jsem se s touhle knihou z větší části minula. Je to tak surreálné, místy až fantasmagorické, že mi to prostě hlava nepobrala. Asi jsem nad tím moc přemýšlela, asi je potřeba nechat se unášet textem a nehledat žádná rozumová vysvětlení, prostě si to užívat. A to já nedokázal ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 στο τσακ για το πεντάρι.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Mais... mais... mais... c'est quoi ce truc ?
Au départ je trouvais l'idée plutôt sympa : on a une sorte de pastiche des grands romans populaires - à la Jules Verne - et on embarque à bord d'une aventure joyeuse et improbable.
Sauf qu'à cette histoire se mêle un regard extérieur. Où l'on comprend que le récit est lu à voix haute et qu'autour se trouvent des personnages saugrenus et à la sexualité débridée.
Ok, me dis-je. On verra plus tard.
Mais plus je m'entêtais
Un livre assez curieux, riche en aventures et grand n'importe quoi, saupoudré de steampunk et d'hommages littéraires et même si parfois on ne sait pas trop où ça mène, le voyage est divertissant et/ou intéressant.

Impossible de savoir exactement dans quel époque l'intrigue se joue, on se laisse doucement happer par cette ambiance teintée de fantastique, d'historique et d'inconnu, et on apprend à ne pas vouloir tout comprendre.

Certaines descriptions très précises mais trop
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C'est un roman brillant, bourré d'imagination, superbement écrit et jubilatoire. Seule la fin et certains passages m'ont un peu déçue/lassée, sans cela ce serait un vrai coup de coeur. Il y a du génie dans ce texte.
Denisa T.
DNF at p. 157 / Nedočteno, na mě moc velké psycho, nedávalo mi to smysl.
May 19, 2014 is currently reading it
crazy stuff in an alternate present combining some modern technology with a steampunk like feel; about 1/4 in and still have no complete understanding of what's going on beyond mad adventures with all the cliches of the genre (clear Vernian vibe with a bit of Sherlock Holmes thrown in a madcap expedition on the Transiberian Expres) and a bit over the top and unrelated stuff that is more intimate

entertaining but not that remarkable so far, will see how it goes
Constance Fastré
Dans un petit village français se trouve une usine de fabrique de liseuses électroniques appartenant à l'immonde, infâme et dégoûtant monsieur Wang. Dans cette usine travaillent, entre autres, la belle Charlotte, l'impuissant Dieumercie, son pote JJ, le hacker Fabrice, la très frustrée Louise, et surtout Arnaud, l'amoureux transi dont la dulcinée gît nue sur son lit, dans le coma. Arnaud passe ses journées à lire à voix haute pour les travailleurs. Jour après jour, il raconte l'histoire de Marti ...more
Chris Grieves
For me, this book didn't reach the standards that I expect from Open Letter. I really struggled to get all of the way through it. The writing and the main plot were fairly mediocre, but the concept was great. I got to the end thinking that there was a lot more that could have been done with the idea behind the story.

The plot of the Canterel/Holmes story-line had far too many coincidences in it for me. It also wasn't clear when it was set (or if it was set in a completely different ti
Brooke Salaz
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beginning was wondrous, pitched medieval battle that turned out to be rich dandy playing out an elaborate scenario with toy soldiers. Genius and so funny. Enjoyable romp with lots of laughs and dizzying accounts of improbable scenes. Books within books, readers, tellers, fictional characters interweaving and tales bumping into one another. Bizarrely convoluted adventure with gaggle of these folks (Sherlock, Clawdia Chauchat, Inspector Scummington, Grimod, Martial Canterel, et al) chasing after a ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book by chance, judged it based on its cover (and title), and happily proclaim myself its ideal reader. This is a great mash-up of 19th century adventure novels - the French inspector and the consulting detective on a race around the world, in a world that combines opulent passenger trains, machine gun partisans, airships, sea monsters, and a bio-dome circus. It's all a dreamscape of a classics reader in a cigar factory, or an eReader virus that recombines works in the public domain ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Livre bizarre et sans doute un peu inclassable... Ni totalement SF, ni totalement Steampunk, il mélange tout un tas de choses dans un style très "bas-rock" dans le sens où il y a sex (dont l'intérêt m'échappe si ce n'est pour faire "genre"...), drogues (là encore, on dirait presque un passage obligé...) mais pas de rock & roll (plutôt du classique...).

Bref, je suis dubitatif et si j'admire l'érudition que l'on y trouve (et j'en ai probablement raté pas mal !), je ne peux néanmoin
Even though this was the only book that I took with me on vacation last week, I couldn't get into it. More than once, I literally just stared at a wall instead of reading this book. I just don't know what it was really about, despite the fact that I read about a third of it. Some parts of it were pretty interesting / amusing, but others were just long and boring, and the connections between all of the characters was not really clear.
Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giv
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
A book that attempts to be too many things at the same time: pastiche of Jules Verne, dystopian steampunk detective, critique of the consumer society, showcase of the author's formidably erudite flights of the imagination, plot experiment with a pinch of Pynchon...all crammed into an intrigue with so many loose ends that it leaves the reader unraveled and puzzled at the end, with a distinct feeling of having read a failure of a book.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The worst book I've read in a long time. Interesting in theory, but done in by utterly unmemorable, cardboard characters; boring and pointless subplots; and very dubious sexual and racial politics. I'm actually sort of annoyed at myself for having read the whole thing.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting book; its events both surprised me and seemed inevitable. There are still parts I don't quite understand; I wonder if I'll have to give it another go. Still, I definitely enjoyed the ride. ^_^
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 lastig om in te komen en veel om op te zoeken, maar uiteindelijk erg leuk en origineel
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Envoutant !!!
''Son premier grand périple, il l'avait fait enfant, en compagnie de sa mère. Femme de tête, excentrique au point d'en paraître anglaise...''
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Pořád nevím, co si o tom myslet. Neskutečná pakárna s nepopiratelnými záchvěvy geniality...
A complex adventure story with big intentions that are not quite met, for this reader.
Slogged through without any delight.
For a certain type of reader this would be perfect.
That reader would enjoy complexity combined with absurdity and a lot of random plot events, which may add up to a sweeping event.
Perhaps it's just too smart for me.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Μέτριο. Καλή προσπάθεια αλλά από κάποιο σημείο γίνεται κουραστικό...Το "Εκεί που ζουν οι τίγρεις" είμαι μακράν καλύτερο.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, europe
I can see what Blas de Roblès was trying to do here: juxtapose a realistic narrative about a dysfunctional ebook factory with a fanciful romp that parodies and pastiches Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.P. Lovecraft, Jules Verne, and others, in order to make a statement about the grand tradition of storytelling and its role in forming humanity's cognitive universe. But the latter portion felt forced and had a fanfic vibe to it, and there was a LOT of sexual violence and slimy objectification of women t ...more
Knit Spirit
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lorsque son ami Holmes débarque à l’improviste chez lui afin de solliciter son aide pour retrouver un diamant volé, Martial Canterel ne se fait pas prier et c’est sur le champ qu’il part à l’aventure autour du monde pour résoudre le mystère et retrouver le voleur. Parallèlement à cela, dans le Périgord, une fabrique de cigare fait faillite et est reprise par une entreprise fabriquant des liseuses électroniques. Les chapitres vont alors s’enchaîner en alternant les deux histoires.
Cela faisa
Tohle bylo zklamání. Děsný paskvil.
Musím říct, že vyprávění je trochu zmatečné. V jednu chvíli jedou hlavní hrdinové na místo určení drožkou a pak brouzdají internetem na iPadu. Doteď jsem tak nějak nepobrala, jak to vlastně s časovou polohou románu je. A myslím, že ani klasickou jednu časovou rovinu nemá. Další věc, co mi postupem času začala vadit, byla vulgarita a místy dost překvapující a oplzlé výmysly, kterými autor protkával linii příběhu.
Zpočátku jsem knihu díky oné „šťavn
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a mess of a book.  I was so intrigued by it when it was described to me at a rep night and I needed to read a book in translation for my reading challenge with my roommates so I thought this was going to be perfect.

There are too many plots in this book.  Yes, most of them end up tying together in the end but it took too long to get there.  I didn't care about most of the plots because they didn't feel important or necessary.  And then when they did start to tie together, I w
Chad Post
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We (Open Letter) will be publishing an English-language translation of this by Hannah Chute in the summer of 2017. I just read Hannah's translation and literally laughed out loud on several occasions, leading me to make it our "lead titles" for the spring/summer 2017 catalog.

The two storylines--one of an e-reader factory in France run by a gross and awful man, the other a mystery-adventure in the vein of the Sherlock Holmes stories mixed with Jules Verne--play off one another incredi
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Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès is a French writer, poet, philosopher and archaeologist. In 2008 he won the Prix Médicis for his novel "Là où les tigres sont chez eux".
Born in 1954 in Sidi Bel Abbes, he repatriated to France with his parents after the independence of Algeria, he spent his adolescence in Provence, in the Var. He then studied philosophy at the Sorbonne and history at the College de