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The Club Dumas

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  31,373 ratings  ·  1,793 reviews
Lucas Corso is a book detective, a middle-aged mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy and unscrupulous clients. When a well-known bibliophile is found dead, leaving behind part of the original manuscript of Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers, Corso is brought in to authenticate the fragment. He is soon drawn into a swirling plot involving devil worship, ...more
Paperback, 362 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Mariner Books (first published 1993)
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Caterina The Prague Cemetery and Foucoult's Pendulum, both by Umberto Eco are great and at the same line with the Reverte novels you mention. Hope you enjoy…moreThe Prague Cemetery and Foucoult's Pendulum, both by Umberto Eco are great and at the same line with the Reverte novels you mention. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!(less)

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Will Byrnes
Nov 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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Corso is an unscrupulous dealer in and acquirer of rare books. When a famous collector is found dead, he is called in to authenticate what is supposedly an original manuscript chapter of The Three Musketeers. He is subsequently engaged to find the remaining known copies of a mysterious book that may have the power to summon Satan himself. The flap copy portrays this as in intellectual thriller and it is indeed that. It would help to be fami
6.0 stars. Another book on my list of "All Time Favorite" novels. This is a book that I started reading with very high expectations and, lo and behold, those expectations were actually met if not exceeded. This book had so many aspects to it that were right in my wheelhouse. First, it is set in the world of rare book collectors with endless references to rare editions to excite the book nerd in us all. Second, there are two related subplots involving (i) an original manuscript of The Three Muske ...more
Apr 24, 2008 rated it did not like it
After reading Jeri's review, I don't really have a lot to add.

I thought the premise was interesting, but the climax was disappointing, the characters were one-dimensional (this might have been purposeful, as he was trying to draw parallels to Dumas' book, but didn't really work for me), and the was protagonist off-putting. I wasn't bothered by the details about bookbinding and famous books as much; those, in my opinion, were more interesting than the plot itself.

I think one of the problems wit
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
"A beachbook for intellectuals," (N.Y.Times) indeed! Its brilliance is subtle, the prose is accessible, the themes are grand. How hard, really, is the creation of a postmodern "beachbook"? Very. And to wrangle with the conventions without overstepping unto dreaded cliche... And to keep the characters charismatic & vivid... & to keep a labyrinthine mystery going... etc. Very difficult, and this novel does not quite cross into the inanity of Jasper Fforde's terrain nor into the uber-popula ...more
mark monday
the protagonist Corso is a lot of fun. a shady, efficient, highly intelligent, deeply contemptuous, globe-trotting purveyor of literature from antiquity - the gumshoe transformed into book detective. he is perhaps the most enjoyable part of the novel and it is a pleasure (although a familiar one) to be seeing events through his eyes. in a way, he saves The Club Dumas from being completely forgettable.

the narrative is shaped as a fast-paced mystery, perhaps along the lines of The DaVinci Code (a
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This book is a confidence trick. I mean that in the most complimentary way possible however; Perez-Reverte takes a perverse delight in not just yanking the rug out from under you but practically rebuilding the house around you while you are reading, without you noticing until it is almost too late!

Put simply, this is a Quest novel. The protagonist (Corso) takes the Hero's Journey and all the archetypes are present and correct - indeed, one of them may be more of an archetype than even Corso (or
Sep 12, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: lowbrow readers in highbrow disguises
I normally wouldn’t pick up something like this, but it was given to me as a gift, so I cracked it. It took me until about half-way through before I realized that it was the basis for the Johnny Depp/Roman Polanski flop “The Ninth Gate.” (Which I've yet to see).

The Club Dumas was probably only the second detective novel I’ve read in the past five years, the other being Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn. While the novels have very little in common, I couldn’t help but notice the formulaic sim
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Jul 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: literature, spain
WAAAAAAAAY up its own ass.
May 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: bibliophiles, fans of the swashbuckling adventure, Dumas fans (obviously)
This book is an homage to the swashbuckling adventure story, particularly the Three Musketeers like stories of Alexandre Dumas, pere. But I recommend it to anyone with a deep love for books (... which I would assume would be anyone who has taken the time to join this site in the first place...). I think that you'll recognize yourself in some of the characters, even in their most ridiculous adventures. I found myself variously giggling aloud, gasping in shock, and turning pages faster and faster ...more
“One is never alone with a book nearby, don't you agree? Every page reminds us of a day that has passed and makes us relive the emotions that filled it. Happy hours underlined in red pencil, dark ones in black...”

I almost never re-read books but I will be reading this one again... Once I get myself a copy :)

This book is like the epitome of everything I like... dark, mysterious, a bit thrilling, literary and nerdy, devilish, and of course the occult. I didn't want it to end! I love Corso, but Ire
Aug 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
I realized as I got 1/4 into this book that I've read it before. It's sort of a confusing tale - I was pretty sure I had read this years ago when I read The Flanders Panel and The Seville Communion. The book I thought it was started with a man in the library of a home that is burning down, but the summary on the back cover wasn't ringing any bells, so I thought that maybe I was wrong about reading it before. I was right that I'd read it before, but it wasn't the book with the man in the fire.

Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Complex mystery lovers
Nothing like a mystery involving books, the rare book trade, bibliophiles involved in various unscrupulous and barely legal dealings, and then, of course, murder. This book has many parts and once it gets going it becomes an addictive read. Enjoy. I call it a cerebral mystery as there is quite a plot to follow. If following the works of Dumas and tracing the back story on some 17th century occult texts sounds interesting (and believe me it is), give this a try.
Paula W
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this. I really, really liked this.

Give me some modern day people figuring out hidden meanings in classical literature, and I’m all over it. Thank you, Sean Gibson, for suggesting this to me. It was PERFECT.
I would be very interested in reading another work by this author, because his writing is remarkable. I feel, however, that it is not used to its potential sometimes. For example, on page 263, a sexual scene is described, but the extreme use of figurative language, especially the references in the similes and/or metaphors, are completely out of place with the tone of the rest of the chapter; the rest of the novel, actually. "Like the Titanic. Straight to the bottom", "Wellington... in a remote B ...more
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I actually read The Club Dumas because I was frustrated with the ending of The Ninth Gate. Roman Polanski made his film like a noir mystery, but never really provided the explanation at the end that you expect from this kind of movie. Grrrr
I’m glad though that it made me check out this book. I so rarely read contemporary, I would have missed this.

The Club Dumas is much different. Unlike the movie there are two books and two stories that run parallel to each other. I love how Arturo pulls you in
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, owned, spanish
A lot of fun for this Dumas fan! This book is somewhat similar to what I imagine you would get if you crossed The Name of the Rose with Angels and Demons; lots of demonology, antiquarian books and Dumas in a thriller.

My only regret is that I didn't read it last year once I had completed the entire d'Artagnan series. At least my memory of the characters and events was relatively fresh.
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
A decent thriller built around a well developed Literary Detective - hard edged, cynical, gin swilling Lucas Corso. Arturo Perez Reverte joins with his debut novel a club of writers for book lovers who built their stories around rare books, dusty libraries, obscure texts or frequent references to popular novels. I'm talking about Umberto Eco, who gets a nod in the Club Dumas and may have inspired the author, and of the likes of Jasper Fforde and Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I've considered and discarded D ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cherie by: Judy
I would like to say that I liked this book more than I did, but I did not. There were parts of the story that I thought were very interesting, like the information about Alexander Dumas, his books, and how he wrote them, if it were all true. I do not know. I will do the research and find out, though. There were several book titles that were mentioned that I looked up, and added to my to-be-read-list. The book collectors and the practice of hiring guys to find, purchase or steal books for them fo ...more
This was a very odd book unlike anything I've ever read. Fortunately, it was a very intriguing odd book, but also a book that required a vast literary background to really understand. Every other word seemed to be an allusion to some famous classic. Besides the fact that you MUST have read The 3 Musketeers before this book, other recommended titles include: The Count of Monte Cristo, Twenty Years After, Paradise Lost, Dante's Inferno, Mutiny on the Bounty, Notre Dame de Paris, Cyrano de Bergerac ...more
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1001_read

After reading the description and for the first 85% of the book, I thought that this was only going to be a book about a murder mystery that was bookish and based on the works of Alexander Dumas. It was an EXTRAORDINARILY well-written murder mystery, though, and really only ever-so-slightly cheesy, considering the content (c'mon now, how ridiculously hard is it to write a murder mystery based on the works of Dumas and not have it turn out at l
Grace Tjan
Nov 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
"...when it comes to books, conventional morality doesn't exist."

The Club Dumas is ostensibly a mystery, but the real mystery here is the depth of our obsession with books, not just for what is contained therein, but also for their physical selves: the luxurious vellum or shagreen bindings, the fading gilt letters on their spines, the linen papers that would stay fresh for three hundred years, the rare first editions and complete serials that cost a small fortune. And what is written inside can
For the first half of the book I thought I would give it it 5 stars. I loved the writing, the characters and the mystery.
Sadly the second half, and mostly the ending, kinda lost me and it turned out to be a bit silly. Too bad...
Still, an entertaining read! And I'd recommend it to books and Dumas lovers.
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of those books that get better as they progress. A very surprising ending. Recommended if you're into books about books and thrillers.
Julie Barrett
May 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
HUH? was my reaction to the end of this book and that is not a good reaction to have. I had such high hopes for this book - the premise seemed so entertaining - set in the world of rare book collecting, a mystery involving both Satan and Dumas. Talk about a let down!

The main character, Corso, is so dull, I could care less what happens to him. His one friend - so irritating and their friendship is never explained. And don't get me started on the beautiful young girl who inexplicably falls for Co
Aditya Hadi
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
What an amazing books !!

If you really like books, you must like this book. Arturo Perez-Reverte brought us to a story where a novel plots become real.

Corso is a book dealer who will do any job regarding books. His friends, La Porte, brought him a manuscript of a chapter of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. Its previous owner was hung himself to death. La Porte than ask Corso to check the manuscript's authenticity. Not a long time after that, a rich book maniac gave him an extraordinary j
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: book-club
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 respons ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
What a ride....I loved the entire book minus the last two chapters. That's all I can say. My 3 star rating is a compromise, 5-stars for all but those last two chapters. I haven't been so disappointed in an ending for a long time. All those chapters of good writing, good characters, what I thought was a good story....wasted!
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book was as fantastic as I expected it to be. I recently read all three of Dumas's books about the musketeers: The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After and The Vicomte de Bragelonne. While this is not necessary to fully appreciate The Club Dumas, I was glad I had the background. Knowledge of the story of The Three Musketeers would certainly enhance your reading experience. At any rate, this book is a book nerd's dream. I was ecstatic that within a couple chapters both The Vicomte de Bragel ...more
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: bibliophiles; fans of Alexandre Dumas and Arthur Conan Doyle
Recommended to Kinksrock by: No one; I was always interested in reading it after seeing "The Ninth Gate".
An incredible reading experience for those who love books, especially readers of the D'Artagnan Romances and Sherlock Holmes stories. The main character tracks down and investigates antique books for wealthy clients, and he is involved in a confusing investigation concerning an original manuscript of a chapter from "The Three Musketeers" and books that are supposed to help one summon the Devil. He is being hounded by what appears to be a live character from "The Three Musketeers" and aided by a ...more
May 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I saw "Ninth Gate" in the theater in Denton, TX. At the end, a redneck stood up and said, "That's bullshit." I agreed and was disappointed in the quick wrap-up.
The book, however, shows another storyline that was completely ignored by the movie. The ending was good and not bullshit.
I love charts in novels and this one has them. It also has the engravings from the book that the novel is based on.

I hope to find a novel based on Event Horizon.
Other good novels with a movie brother: Jaws, The Postman
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