Monday, February 20, 2006

Arsène Lupin: Gentleman Burglar (review)

I finished the book this morning an I have to say that it was actually quite good. This series ranks up with the Jules Verne adventures and Sherlock Holmes mysteries as one of my favorite old time writings series. In fact, Sherlock Holmes had an appearance in the final chapter! The odd thing is that while they spell Holmes's name correctly in this book, the Arsène Lupin sequal is titled Arsène Lupin vs Herlock Sholmes... weird... even as a copyright issue, it doesn't make sense considering the first book had it spelled right.

I think I might have mentioned it in the preview post, but even for a book printed in English in 1910, this book's writing felt surprisingly modern. More so in many cases than even Sherlock Holmes or any story by Verne. Therefore I couldn't help but picture Arsène Lupin as looking like the anime Lupin rather than a Victorian era gentleman dressed up in the clothes of the period or in the tuxedo, top hat and cape as I've seen in some of the movie poster or book cover images I've Googled up recently.

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