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S a master of the art of fencing he ives his Die Sommer der Porters life by the rules of the blade a code of conduct that centers around honorable swordsmanship and fair play With modern weaponsike the pistol gaining popularity there is Mercury Retrograde (Dark Alchemy, little interest in fencing but Don Jaime is able to eke out a meageriving teaching his art to the sons of the aristocracy It is 1866 and Madrid is facing a storm of political upheaval as ueen Isabella II s opponents prepare for a revolution In the midst of these uncertain circumstances a mysterious woman seeks out Don Jaime Her name is Adela de Otero and she desires to The Cattle Baron learn the art of the unstoppable thrust an arcane swordplay techniue known only to Don Jaime It is his policy never to teach fencing to women but when she offers him double his usual fee it is an offer he can t refuse Don Jaime soonearns that in addition to being exuisitely beautiful Adela de Otero is also a talented swordswoman and a formidable opponent She possesses a dangerous sort of attraction and she soon begins to awaken in Don Jaime feelings that he thought he had Desire Me More (Desire Me, longeft behind in his old age Before he knows it he finds himself in over his head unwittingly embroiled in a political intrigue with potentially dire conseuencesAfter reading and thoroughly enjoying The Flanders Panel I was expecting a A Teachers Guide to American Tapestry lot from this book and ended up feeling kind ofet down Don t get me wrong I did enjoy it it just didn t What Happens to Our Trash? live up to my full expectations I reallyiked Don Jaime s character as well as the femme fatale Adela de Otero However I felt that the plot was rather weak The Big Important Political Secret ended up being sort of anticlimactic and while the final battle between Don Jaime and the villain was exciting it felt The Pursuit of Mary Bennet like the climax of the story was rather rushed All in all I think that probably sums up the major problem with the bookall of it feelsike the author was in a hurry to get it over and done with A Scandals and Secrets (Hearts Of Fire, lot of potentially interesting details and back story are glossed over without much explanation and that frustrated me I originally discovered Arturo Perez Reverte through Johnny Depp s film The Ninth Gate based on Perez Reverte s book The Club Dumas I was uickly enad with his writing which is fluid descriptive and intrinsically character based My only complaint with The Club Dumas was the ending I felt that Perez Reverte had failed to give enough attention to completing his antiuarian book thrillereaving the reader wanting for a better conclusion When I picked up The Fencing Master I expected a repeat of The Club Dumas fantastic style with a disappointing finish To my surprise Perez Reverte pulled together a much satisfying story with a conclusion that was far tidier than the previous novel Set against the backdrop of the 1868 Spanish Revolution Perez Reverte gives us an extremely sympathetic main character in Don Jaime Astarloa an aging fencing master who is witnessing the demise of not only his profession but his code of ethics as well It s the internal machinations of Don Jaime that drive the novel and gives this story a convincing tone Like The Club Dumas The Fencing Master is well written Shooting for a Century leisurely paced and thick with vivid descriptions As in the former novel Perez Reverte makes use of a fairly obscure profession to draw the reader into a realistic yet commonly unknown world There are times however when Perez Reverte seems to spend too much space on secondary characters Don Jaime s set of caf companions for example addittle value to the overall story Even though one of these characters plays prominently I, Partridge later in the story the numerous scenes with this handful of eccentrics merely drag the plot unnecessarilyNonetheless this one minor complaint is nothing compared to theoosely pulled together ending of The Club Dumas giving The Fencing Master a far entertaining aftertaste Even though I enjoyed the previous novel and the movie it spawned if asked I d have to recommend The Fencing Master to anyone interested in Perez Reverte s wor. ?bola sobre el poder del dinero Shadow of the Templar la ambición política ya extinción de os valores de honradez y fidelidad en este siglo XX ue agoniza.
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So in this book I was presented with two subjects in which I was either woefully ignorant or totally clueless the art of fencing and an 1868 Spanish overthrow of ueen Isabell II I think my understanding would have been enhanced had I known about fencing so I was surprised to find myself deciding it didn t matter While I understood some of the fencing terms generally mostly I came to see the discipline reuired to excel and that it has a Buried Sins (The Three Sisters Inn, long tradition This is overlaid upon the coming chaos of a revolution The above makes this sound boring boring boring and it was just the oppo Okay first off I went into this book with no great expectations I picked it up on impulse in a random kindle sale intending to save it asight reading for the first time I go to the beach whenever that will be I knew I was probably the wrong audience and that there were Six Days in Leningrad likely to be things that d piss me off but whatever Give me historical fiction about fencing and 19th century Spain No need to be uality just uick and readableWell today the day has come And turns out that yes it pretty muchived up to those expectations entertaining with a shit plot and than a bit clich Which I was The Darkness luckily amused than irritated byStill I would A fairly good book The story developed slowly but eventually picked up The book tells tge story of a fencing master Don Jamie one of the fewiving in the civil war period He is approached by a young seniorita with in depth knowledge on the art of fencing He reluctantly accepts her as her student Soon after another client of his is murdered The Maruis Don Luis who dies just after becoming intimate with the seniorita Other murders follow soon Who is killing all these people This is what this book is about This book is my first read of Arturo P rez Reverte I got this book from a second hand book and read it without much expectation I was delighted that I find a good book without influenced by any review or opinion of other people I saw movie Scaramouche 1952 and how the protagonist defeated the antagonist by seeking fencing Flyboy lessons from senior fencing master On this book the main character is a senior fencing master so seeing the story from a master of fencing POV is interestingI was considering to rate this book between 3 or 4 star I pick 3 star due to my personal taste1 The setting of the novel was at the dusk time of fencing as way for honor bound fighting or self defence This kind of setting usually makes me uncomfortably nervous due to my experience reading wuxia with the similar era In wuxia fiction at the dusk of martial arts era the martial arts hopelesslyost against guns and other new war technologies This novel had similar spirit the fencing pictured as an obsolete battle techniue2 There was a scene when protagonist and his friends had a gathering I saw the scene as a potential for a good teamwork sub plot But then the story development went A Dark Sicilian Secret less than my expectationview spoiler the story was focusing only at the Fencing Master meanwhile his friends had no important role in the story hide spoiler The Fencing Master by Arturo Perez Reverte is a throwback to another time in fact even within the 1868 time setting of the story the protagonist a fencing master go figure is a throwback to another time an era of pure honor and purer scruples Of course such an era has never existed but within any moment there exist those uixotic souls whoive as if one might transcend the hungry groveling of politics economics and sexualitySuch behavior may be fantasy but in my opinion so are most poetic and religious concepts Does this worry me Not terribly Anyone who has Wolf Creek Homecoming (Wolf Creek loved Don uixote The Lord of the Rings The Old Man and the Sea and so many will understand what I m trying to describe Only by keeping alive the illusions of perfection trust sacrifice andove only by deluding ourselves just a bit can we face the random Darwinian cruelties of existenceAnd in that sense The Fencing Master is an existential story One may not be able to ef. Novela de aventuras pero también policiaca de traiciones y maniobras políticas en el Madrid galdosiano de 1868 El maestro de esgrima es.
Fect change or impose codes of behavior upon the evolving whims and demands of human society but one can choose to uphold those tenets in spite of the futilityI m not certain what impresses me about The Fencing Master that the book is so good or that Sr Perez wrote it at age thirty seven Precocious fellowHats off to Margaret Jull Costa for this exuisite translation from the original Spanish This one is uite simple and straight forward I might recommend it for a young adult who Black Beech and Honeydew: An Autobiography likes adventure stories I just feltike it gave into stereotypes and predictability a At the Italians Command little too much Perez Reverte has something of an obsession with the Dark Lady character out to destroy the man inove with her Nowhere is that prominent than in this novel Usually it s woven in enough that it doesn t bother me but having read his other ones and then read this one It just made me roll my eyes a Oh Baby! little Come on Arturo you re better at putting together plot threads than thisHowever The mystery is good the suspense is there the dark writing is spooky and appropriate It s a very uick fun easy read And I stilliked it I would just read all the other ones by him first because they re that much better This is my favourite of Perez Reverte s books that I ve read thus far The stoic fencing maestro Jaime Astarloa is Her Rancher Hero (Saddlers Prairie, living out his remaining days of uiet desperation with a philosophical stiff upperip as he watches the way of The Maid of Lorne life he has devoted himself to fade into unlamented obscurity Don Jaime spends his days teaching bratty aristocrats the art of the sword an art they appear to noonger need or care about and marking time with his few acuaintances in the Cafe Progresso a sad group of older men watching their decline in disbelief each a victim of their own inability to make anything meaningful of their ives Into this uiet decline comes the unexpected appearance of a beautiful and mysterious woman Adela de Otero a veritable whirlwind of transformation whose reuest to earn from him the deadly two hundred escudo thrust plunges the hapless fencing master into a world of danger and intrigue uite at variance with his expectations for his sunset years though not perhaps wholly against his secret wishesThe political turmoil and colour of 19th century Madrid is brought to vivid How to Become a Virgin life by Perez Reverte and Don Jaime s position as a virtual outsider within his own society make him an excellent viewpoint character for the reader The poignant decline of Don Jaime along with his perseverence despite the obstacles put before him make him sympathetic despite his relatively cool nature I really enjoyed reading this book and come back to it often to simply soak in the atmosphere so effectively created by Perez ReverteApril 2012 re read Stillove it Don Jaime is a great character and Adela de Otero is almost worthy to be classed with Milady de Winter Awesome sense of time and place as well and all wrapped up in a fairly unconventional swashbucklerAlso posted at Shelf Inflicted Don Jaime Astarloa has two convictions The first one is to be a man of honor The second is the belief that fencing is the ultimate art The pistol is not a weapon it is an impertinence If two men are to kill each other they should do so face to face not from a distance Dangerous Disguise (Cavanaugh Justice, like vile highwaymen Many people would describe Don Jaime as pompous with his old fashioned believes I think it only contributes to the feeling of aiving character Not everyone can be modern and interested in politic and gossip even though it is Madrid 1868 a time of turmoil Some people are no doubt The Bosss Baby Surprise like Don Jaime only interested in perserving certain values I have spent my wholeife trying to preserve a certain idea of myself and that is all You have to cling to a set of values that do not depreciate with time Everything else is the fashion of the moment fleeting mutable In a word nonsense When Don Jaime unwillingly becomes involved in a complicated mystery and re Don Jaime Astarloa is the one of the ast of a noble dying breed La historia de un mundo de tahúres y mercachifles mantenido a distancia por un florete honorable Pero es sobre todo una inuietante par?.
Spanish novelist and ex journalist He worked as a war reporter for twenty one years 1973 1994 He started his journalistic career writing for the now defunct newspaper Pueblo Then he jumped to news reporter for TVE Spanish national channel As a war journalist he traveled to several countries covering many conflicts He put this experience into his book 'Territorio Comanche' focusing on