“He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad”
The club Dumas is a bibliophile’s adventure novel, and was the basis for the film The ninth gate starring Johnny Depp. It’s also one of my favorite books of all time.
Originally published in Spanish, I read the English translation. Pérez-Reverte is very picky when it comes to his translations (he originally did not allow his books to be translated into any language but French) and the English edition of The club Dumas is very well done.
Brief plot summary
Lucas Corso is a rare book dealer hired to authenticate a previously unknown manuscript of a chapter from Dumas’s The three musketeers. At the same time, he is commissioned to discover which of the remaining three copies of the book De umbrarum regni novem portis is the only genuine, non-counterfeit copy.
Lucas’s journey takes him all around Europe where he is joined by a mysterious American tourist in a series of incidents bearing a more than passing resemblence to the plot of The three musketeers.