Arsene Lupin (Anglais)
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Merci à Maurice Le Blanc de nous plonger dans un monde plein de bonheur.
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Leblanc was able to create the most spectacular character of all time. Better than Sherlock Holmes, better than Hercule Poirot, Auguste Dupin, better than anything I have ever read till today (I'm 25 now).
Lupin is, to say little, complex. He is capable of loving and hating with the same passion. He can hate a friend and he can love an enemy with all his heart. Leblanc thought him as a Robin Hood of his time. Possessing a fine eye for art, books, women and deciphering secrets, Lupin has lived many lifes as different people, each one better than the other. In his bboks, Leblanc created the plots using parts of french history, including treasures, landscape, hidden tunnels, immortal characters, wars, etc.
This collection of short stories is just an introduction to the wonderful world of Arsene Lupin and to his world. There are many books featuring Lupin, and in my opinion the best are, in order:
813; The hollow needle; Crystal Stopper; Teeth of the tiger; The Comtesse de Cagliostro; The eight strokes of the clock; The Eunerville Secret. All these books are wonderful adventures, and should be re-edited in english as soon as possible.
This book deals with a tale about a Duke who is just returning from an Antartica Adventure only to find that his best friends house is about to be robbed by Lupin (and has in the past). Once the ball gets rolling, every new fact and clue twists the plot and changes the motives. How does Lupin do it? You'll Just have to find out.
This is a great series by Maurice Leblanc. I would recomend reading "Homelock Shears vs Arsene Lupin" and "The Crystal Stopper" before this, just to get to know Lupin better.
Of course, I personally think that this is not really typical of Maurice Leblanc himself to write such a mushy lovey-dovey subplot and I wonder if Edgar Jepson co-wrote this book with him, or only after Leblanc had passed away. (Then again, it doesn't matter, since I did like the mushy bits anyway. They were absolutely hilarious!) Other Lupin books that I've read were certainly more capable of creating essential suspense, for e.g. The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Burglar (N.B. This book might have been revised and edited from Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Burglar. I'm not too sure, because this was written by the mystery writing team, Boileau-Narcejac.)
I do agree that the pace of the novel is a little slow, but perhaps it feels slow because it requires length to be able to reveal the full implications of certain details which is necessary to create suspense and tension. Characters might have been made to look diabolically extreme, in that Arsene Lupin always seems to be the good guy, and poor Guerchard takes on the baddie's role. However, one has to read the other Lupin works to understand how intelligent our dear Lupin is, and certainly much cleverer than the average detective.
I did thoroughly enjoy this book, but I have to give it only 4 out of 5 stars because I found it rather fairy-tale like, not quite characteristic of other Leblanc works which I truly adore and would rank them above Dolye's Sherlock Holmes.
Maurice LeBlanc's Arsene Lupin is a French opposite of Sherlock Holmes, a brilliant, resourceful thief who delights in outwitting everyone. Unlike other gentleman thieves, e.g. A.J. Raffles, Lupin seems a little more sinister, even evil, at times.
This is the first Lupin book I have read. It is, in fact, the novelization of a play by Edgar Jepson, hence the fairly generic title. It also explains the rather turgid plot structure of the novel, as the story begins in Gournay-Martin's country estate, shifts to his Paris house for about 80% of the novel, and finishes in Lupin's hideout. Consequently, there isn't much action, beyond the various police investigations and clue finding by master detective Guerchard. Events that would have livened up the book's tone, including a foot-chase through the streets of Paris, are described by the characters after they have occurred. Thus, the book is carried by some spritely, if not always brilliant, dialogue, eccentricities of the characters, and a certain mystery: which of the characters is really Lupin, master of disguise? (It's pretty obvious, but I won't spoil it.) So, all in all, this is really not the best place to start reading Lupin, as I did. I do want to read more, but I'm not in any hurry.
On the more technical matters, the translation does seem pretty good given Wildside Press is not an A-list publishing house. LeBlanc seems to have a feel for use of language, and the translation here brings that out quite nicely. Certainly setting and character descriptions are lush (again, rather like a play). I know that Wildside has been taken to task for excessive typos, and there are a few of those, though not any more than you might find from any other publisher.
Another "drawback" from this small publishing house is the lack of any sort of editorial material. There is no intoduction setting the context for this book, nor are there any footnotes, etc. I think books like this benefit tremendously by such material, and it was rather missed.
All in all, this is a likable book, if not terribly gripping. My interest in Lupin is whetted, but not so much that I need to read the rest of the series right this instant.
Arsene Lupin is a dashing character indeed. Though a burglar, he is a gentlemen with great cunning and a suave personality. I laughed at how he outsmarts Inspector Ganimard in the stories (in a way it reminds of of Lupin III and Inspector Zenigata). Lupin is a gentlemen and master of diguise with many aliases and appearances. He could be an architect, a begger, a fisherman, etc. Some people have even dubbed Arsene Lupin the 'Sherlock Holmes' of thieves.
If you love Lupin the Third or detective stories you are in for a treat. I highly recommend the Arsene Lupin series for both.