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Un marino sin barco, desterrado del mar, conoce a una extraña mujer que posee, tal vez sin saberlo, respuestas a preguntas que ciertos hombres se hacen desde siglos. Cazadores de naufragios en busca del fantasma de un barco perdido en el Mediterráneo, problemas de latitud y longitud cuyo secreto yace oculto en antiguos derroteros y cartas náuticas, museos navales, bibliote ...more
Paperback, 590 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Alfaguara (first published 2000)
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Penny
Jul 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF

I asked for the book as a present from my parents when it came out back in 2000 so that I could take it with me on my vacation.
This was nearly 15 years ago but I remember stubbornly giving it three different, very separate tries before finally giving up for good. I was determined back then to finish every single book I started, more so with this book since it came from my parents at my request, but I couldn't manage.
I only have one word to describe how my younger self felt while reading it b
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Vonia
This was actually quite the disappointing novel. This is my third from Perez-Reverte, and the other two were significantly better. His voice is definitely there. As soon as I began reading, I recognized his voice. His writing transports the reader into another time and place, accompanied by a mysteriously intriguing aura that his words produce; an apprehensive, curious, but always with a tinge of the medieval. The problem here was the plot. It was not really interesting at all, did not really se ...more
Kelly
Jan 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, owned
I've made no secret of my love for Arturo Perez-Reverte on this site. I even love that I once sleepily read his name as "Arthur in Reverie." Which, oddly enough, I think this dreamy author in love with the past might have appreciated.

The Nautical Chart follows the same pattern as many of his other books- the woman who lures our unsuspecting, unassuming man into a mystery, his unfortunate life before that, the strong link to and nostalgia for the past, the promise of redemption, all woven into a
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Elizabeth (Alaska)
On the cover of this edition is a blurb from The Washington Post: "A Swashbuckling Tale of Mystery." Just another lie from WP. There is not a whit of swashbuckle herein - and I was looking forward to just that.

Unfortunately, swashbuckling isn't the only thing missing. There is also so little characterization that Pérez-Reverte should be embarrassed.His prose is still interesting. The story line was organized in such a way as to make what could have been a thriller almost predictable. I guess it
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Brooke
Aug 10, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partial-reads
I tried, I really did. But after 119 pages, I had to put it down and move onto some more exciting books. And then I came back for another 60 pages only to dread the idea of trudging on for another 300.

Nothing happened. A woman is looking for a shipwreck. She recruits a man to help her. They talk about the ship. They talk about the sea. The man muses to himself about the sea. He finally does punch someone, but even that manages not to be very exciting.

I've liked all of the other books by Pérez-
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Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Ένα από τα πιο βαρετά βιβλία του Ρεβέρτε (που συνήθως μου αρέσει απίστευτα). Ο κλασσικός ρεβέρτιος ήρωας, ένας κακομοίρογλου που τον μπλέκουν επιτήδειοι και ένα αντικείμενο-σύμβολο, απλή δικαιολογία για να ξετυλιχτούν χαρακτήρες. Μαρτύρησα να το τελειώσω και φαντάσου, το θυμάμαι ακόμα αυτό το μαρτύριο, δέκα χρόνια μετά.
Miranda
Dec 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
This novel is one of the BEST books I read this year. I thought CLUB DUMAS by the same author was superb, but THE NAUTICAL CHART is five, six, ten times better -- if I could give it seven stars, I would. Besides getting lost in Perez-Reverte's sentences -- they are so well constructed -- there would be times, I would reread a passage for the pleasure of rereading it. Other times I would read a passage out loud because of Revete's descriptions needed to be shared. The cast of characters in this n ...more
MTK
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πολύ καλό βιβλίο. Ίσως όχι το καλύτερο του Πέρεζ-Ρεβέρτε, αλλά έχει πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα πλοκή. Θα του έβαζα τέσσερα αστέρια, αλλά βρήκα την ηρωίδα αντιπαθή και τα κίνητρα της ανεξήγητα.
Carl R.
May 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My first encounter with Arturo Perez-Reverte was The Fencing Master, with which I was quite taken. After The Nautical Chart, however, I don’t think I’ll go seeking another. This was one of those last-minute-pick-something-up-for-the-plane choices. It has its moments—a well-set-up ending twist, for example—but for the most part, it makes a vice of its virtues.

The virtues in question include an admirable integration of jazz into the narrative, a deft connecting of back story with the main narrativ
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Mary
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to this books as the author is one of my favourites. I wasn't disappointed.

This is a treasure hunting tale. With all the mystery, intrigue and dangers you'd expect from such a story.

The thing that struck me most about this book is the pacing. It's very slow, compared to similar stories. This is never a problem though. You feel your way through the story as the main character, Coy does. You discover things when he does and figure things out as he does. He is the reader's com
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Margarida
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uma narrativa fascinante com um final surpreendente. Um autor que se tornou num dos meus favoritos.
Sara
Mar 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typically I love the writing and style of Arturo Perez-Reverte, but this novel started a bit slooowww—not my favorite novel of his. Still the writing is beautiful despite the exhaustive beginning.

Coy is a typical sailor who is living lost on the land. He is going stir-crazy and wanders aimlessly through the streets, a sailor with no ship. Feeling nostalgic, he sits through an auction in which an antique nautical chart rises through the bids to go for an outrageous sum. He can’t help but wonder w
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Rodrigo Oliveira
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Depois de ter lido a sinopse, parti para a leitura deste livro com uma enorme expectativa. A procura de um tesouro afundado, que repousa no Mediterrâneo há mais de duzentos anos era assunto suficiente para me deixar ávido pela leitura. Infelizmente, essa avidez foi dando lugar a um tédio enorme conforme ia avançando. Avançando só mesmo no número de páginas porque nas primeiras duzentas, o autor não nos consegue transportar para lado nenhum nem fazer avançar a história de forma a agarrar o leitor ...more
Giovaennchen Lozano
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Siempre me gustaron los libros de piratas, barcos y travesías. Este es un excelente libro que narra las aventuras de un marino sin barco, que se adhiere a la travesía en busca de un tesoro. Los aspectos técnicos son fascinantes, desde conseguir el mapa, o más bien la carta, descifrar lo que está en clave para poder entender dónde quedó el barco, y descubrir cuál es el verdadero tesoro... Sin embargo, no se trata de una aventura ocurrida en los tiempos de los galeones españoles y los piratas detr ...more
Justwinter
Him: gullible, tough and rugged. A man without a ship, without prospects, without luck. Romantic in a scotch, straight way. Punch first, ask questions later. Do anything for a hard, remote, sensual blonde. Even when you know it's wrong, even when you know it can only end in disaster, even when you know someone's got to die, even when you know it might be you.

Her: Legs, eyes, hair, breasts. Full, hard mouth. Hard eyes. Hard looks. Half truths and hidden meanings. Deceitful even when you know you
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Michael Llewellyn
While Arturo Perez-Reverte may be a master of the "thinking man's thriller" with such gems as The Club Dumas and The Seville Communion, The Nautical Chart sinks to the bottom like a stone. Tension is almost nonexistent as as a couple of mismatched souls join forces to find a sunken 17th- century ship. Ponderously top-heavy with marine references and repetitive, exhaustive character development, the plot flails like a fish out of water before bogging down in pretentious ambition. The ship isn't f ...more
Mark
Jul 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, spanish, mystery
I can understand why many regular readers of Perez-Reverte did not enjoy this novel as much as some of his others. It lacks much of the sustained suspense and intrigue you get in some of his better known works. However, I actually found I enjoyed The Nautical Chart more than the other two books I've read by the author (The Club Dumas and The Flanders Panel). Perez-Reverte seemed to have higher literary ambitions than usual in this book, and it seemed to result in a slower-paced, more realistic d ...more
Irene
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Me he aburrido, y eso es decir mucho viniendo de la pluma de Pérez-Reverte, creo que e sea primera novela suya que no me conquista.

Quizás me falten conocimientos de náutica que me han impedido "disfrutar" de esta novela, pero entre su ritmo de tortuga, personajes extraños con los que no he conectado en absoluto y la falta de acontecimientos y trama en sí, llegar al final tiene su mérito.
Milan/zzz
Apr 24, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After this one I don't think I'll pick up any other Reverte's book.
Dan Piette
Not very god story about a treasure hunt
Sveta_orly
Dec 28, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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Synnin
Dec 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning i must say i am in LOVE with Reverte's books for their suspense and mystery, their thrilling plots that make turn pages insanely, their brilliantly described characters and numerous historical facts i learn from what I read. And i enjoy it a great deal.

"The Nautical Chart", nevermind a bunch of extremely exciting nautical facts, turned out to be my least favourite of Reverte. And that's why:

1) I felt disguise for Tanger right away and throughout the whole book I had no idea why
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Christophe
Jun 02, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

568 pages. poche. broché. Coy, un marin barcelonais, ne vivait que par et pour la mer jusqu'à ce qu'un naufrage le bannisse du monde maritime. Lors de la vente aux enchères d'une ancienne carte maritime, il tombe éperdument amoureux de Tanger, une femme troublante qui travaille au musée de la Marine de Madrid. Celle-ci va l'entraîner sur la piste d'un vaisseau englouti, le brigantin Dei Gloria, coulé au large des côtes espagnoles voilà plus de deux siècles. Un navire mystérieux, qui, a priori, n

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Alan
Mar 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coy, a sailor down on his luck, wanders into a nautical auction in Barcelona and witnesses a beautiful blond woman covered in freckles bidding on a rare historical map. He is immediately seized with the lust to possess her and count every last freckle on her body.
So begins this historical thriller which delivers lots of history but few thrills. The plot wanders through Spanish coastal towns as the intrepid pair sets out on a treasure hunt to locate priceless emeralds that went to the bottom on
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John
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No time for more than a brief note, alas.

Coy is a sailor confined to land for a couple of years because he accidentally ran a ship aground. He's lured by lovely museum curator Tanger into the search for a Jesuit ship that sank/was sunk in the late 18th century, and for its cargo of precious emeralds. As the tale slowly unfolds we're treated to a myriad smaller stories of Coy's earlier adventures among other men for whom, like him, the land seems a foreign territory and the sea their only possibl
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M.R.
Sep 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Treasure hunters. You know before you open it that somebody's probably going to betray someone because that's usually how it goes with those folk. Enough said. If it hadn't been written by Perez-Reverte, I probably wouldn't have picked it up; and yet I did, because he wrote it, and I was, surprisingly, rewarded. Lyrical prose, atmospheric. Try it, if you've run out of your favorites.
Song
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about ocean and woman, both are mysterious and volatile, but also attractive and enchanting. Sailors will be alive and like a real man only when he is on the sea, just like he will fall in love with beautiful woman, and know the love will be swallowed by the ocean, like anything else.
Sebastián
Me parece rescatable el conocimiento y el léxico de Pérez-Reverte sobre la navegación marítima, pero esperé una historia más emocionante. Los personajes no me agradaron, exceptuando al piloto, pero me pareció tan forzado el romance de Coy con ella. Sí me agradó mucho que ella muriera, buen final.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Comme souvent chez Pérez-Reverte, l'accroche est excellente mais le livre un peu poussif, dommage...
Fotis Tsiroukis
Very technical vocabulary, I don't think anyone who is not a seaman will understand most part of it. A bored, unimpressed feeling in total. I wouldn't suggest it.
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