THE CLUB DUMAS, by Arturo Perez-Reverte, is the story of a book detective, a man who is hired to find rare and expensive books for his clients. The story centers on Alexander Dumas’ THE THREE MUSKETEERS specifically.
An intelligent, but flawed, novel, it will appeal to readers who value the classics.
It contains ample background information on Dumas himself, his collaborators, and his lifestyle. I learned that I would not have liked Dumas as a person, though his writing (although it wasn’t always his) was grand.
Perez-Reverte does a great deal of brilliant writing here. Many passages left me awed. I especially like the theme of “shadows” that permeates the story.
What I didn’t like was what I refer to as the “middle-aged man’s wet dream”, where women are pervasively objectified and sleep with a 40-year-old man at the drop of a hat. Even though the woman is only 19. Yeah, right. You know what a 19-year-old girl thinks of that? “Ewww.”
Other than that, the story is imaginative and entertaining, and I would recommend it to my smarter friends.