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THE Club Dumas
THE Club Dumas
by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.50

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I had hoped., 23 July 2007
This review is from: THE Club Dumas (Paperback)
I purchased this book after having seen it compared with The Name of the Rose - a novel I had thoroughly enjoyed.

It is set in the world of book collecting and dealing. The protagonist is Lucas Corso (a somewhat stereotypical 'shady' dealer) who is entrusted with the task of discovering whether part of a manuscript by Dumas and a copy of the exceedingly rare book "The Book of the Nine Doors" (supposedly containing the secret knowledge required to summon Lucifer himself) are authentic.

In so doing, Corso becomes embroiled in a sinister plot involving murders, the occult, fallen angels and is harried by characters bearing a strong resemblance to those in Dumas' "The Three Musketeers"

As I stated before, I bought this book because of its supposed resemblance to other "literary thrillers" such as "The Name of the Rose". The comparisons are fair enough and the reader will certainly get his fix of obscure bibliographic material (both real and fictional). However, it lacks the wit and humour of the former, and pales in comparison in its "thriller" aspect.

The plot is engaging and manages to hold one's interest throughout, however, towards the end it becomes overly ludicrous and the denouement is anticlimactic.


The Actual
The Actual
by Saul Bellow
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 23 July 2007
This review is from: The Actual (Paperback)
Harry Trellman is the narrator and the story is essentially one of recuperating a long lost love, of making amends over lost opportunities. In between the reader is introduced to various characters from a morally dubious world and is treated to various wry observations from Harry.

As others have already pointed out, not much happens in this novella. It's the first work I have read by Bellow and really isn't the best introduction. The narrative is clevery woven together and it is well written. However, upon finishing it, one is left with the distinct impression that there really was not much point to it.

There are a few glimpses which suggest a far more interesting novel could have been written if it had been fleshed out a little more.


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