Michael Sims has edited two other collections for Penguin Classics: The Annotated Archy and Mehitable and Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Thief. His research for the latter inspired The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime. His most recent non-fiction book is Apollo's Fire: A Journey through the Extraordinary Wonders of an Ordinary Day, which National Public Radio chose as one of the Best Science Books of 2007. He is also the author of Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form, which was a New York Times Notable Book and a Library Journal Best Science Book; and Darwin's Orchestra: An Almanac of Nature in History and the Arts. His writing has appeared in New Statesman, Gourmet, Orion, the Washington Post, and many other periodicals in the United States and abroad. Learn more at www.michaelsimsbooks.com.. Leblanc's creation, gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, is everything you would expect from a French aristocrat - witty, charming, brilliant, sly ... and possibly the greatest thief in the world.
Fascinating! Well written and an enjoyable read after some 60 years since my last encounter with Lupin. Quick delivery.
Awesome Arsene lupin , I came to know about this from a game by Atlus called persona 5 and the game was right , this is a terrific book . Lupin the III was adapted from this with a modernized approach
A "Best of" Collection of Arsene Lupin stories A word of warning!! This is NOT the first Arsene Lupin book/collection, "Arsene Lupin: Gentleman Burglar". This is a "Best of" collection of Arsene Lupin stories taken from 3 of the earlier collections. Now, who is Arsene Lupin? He is a very popular French character, created as a some-what rival to Sherlock Holmes (who he actually encounters in several early stories). Instead of being a detective (tho he would become one), he is a 'gentleman-burglar'. But he makes a point of stealing from the rich and powerful, and usually gives to the poor and downtrodden. He is witty and charming, so this makes him very popular. There are many books (novels and short story collections) of him, and he has spawned both tv shows and movies. As noted, this book collects 13 stories from 3 collections. They are: from "Arsene Lupin: Gentleman Thief": * "The Arrest of Arsene Lupin" * "Arsene Lupin in Prison" * "The Escape of Arsene Lupin" * "The Mysterious Railway Passenger" * "The Queen's Necklace" * "Sherlock Holmes Arrives Too Late" from "The Confessions of Arsene Lupin": * "Flashes of Sunlight" * "The Wedding-ring" * "The Red Silk Scarf" * "Edith Swan-neck" from "Eight Strokes of the Clock" * "On the Top of the Tower" * "Theres and Germaine" * "At the Sign of Mercury" For those wanting to know more about Arsene Lupin, read the page on him at the "Cool French Comics" site that is part of Black Coat Press's website. Black Coat Press has put out several Arsene Lupin books and collections, include 3 with works by Leblanc.
Love Lupin and FINALLY an English translation for a collection of Lupin's twisted, witty charms! Love Lupin. Who does NOT love a classy, civilized, well-mannered, witty and charming French gentleman with a boy-ish twist of character? I have looked for Lupin books since I was 12 and they were pretty hard to find then, and now there are about 13 stories in one book! He is THE classic gentleman thief. The inspiration to so many popular culture gentleman art/jewel/almost-about-anything thieves, it is rather a wonder that most Americans do not know about him. He inspired so many pop culture characters throughout the world in movies, tv series, other books and even anime. It IS an old book, a classic of sorts, but that makes it even more delicious. This is not a serious-type book but more of a puzzle, game-sort. So book-lovers and non-lovers alike can love Arsene Lupin. For both children and adults, this book canNOT be left out of any collection of books!
Belle Epoch Comes Alive I bought this book on the recommendation of my French wife who knows I love Sherlock Holmes. She read it as a teenager in French. I love the Penguin translation. Although Lupin is often compared to Holmes (Leblanc did that himself), he is really a character all to himself, delighting in his cunning as Holmes did but exercising it on the other side of the law. The stories, or multiple épisodes, capture turn-of-the-century France in a style that is highly readable and evocative for a Francophile. I've enjoyed reading it slowly and recommend it to others as it was offered to me.
much better than I was expecting The book was much, much better than I was expecting. I'm fortunate to have experienced the stories within these pages.
If you like old fashioned stories with lots of plot twists with ... If you like old fashioned stories with lots of plot twists with a legendary anti-hero this is a book for you. Short stories that link characters and plots to individual stories. Somewhat like Sherlock Holmes but from the other side of the law.
Five Stars great
Four Stars Fun read
Great Intro to the Gentleman-Theif of all time! I have read Arsene Lupin in other languages; and this volume is great for those who are curious about A.L. He is definitely more dashing than Sherlock Holmes, and the stories are more psychologically or "humanly" involved.
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