Re: RARA-AVIS: Perez-Reverte's noir swashbucklers

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 17 Feb 2006

The Inimitable Bill Denton wrote:

> The TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT (20 Jan 2006) ran a review by one Michael
> Saler of two new translations of swashbucklers by Arturo Perez-Reverte:
> CAPTAIN ALATRISTE and THE PURITY OF BLOOD. (There's an acute accent on
> the first e in "Perez" I can't manage.)

(Quote of review cut in the interest of brevity)

> Saler ends with "In other words, all against one, and one against all: a
> noir swordsman for our times."
> I remember some talk years ago about an earlier Perez-Reverte novel which
> was held up as hardboiled, but didn't much grab me. Someone later left in
> a huff over this. Anyone read any of this series about Alatriste? It
> sounds great.

I actually bought the book last year and just started it this week. I also recently picked up THE PURITY OF BLOOD. I've been a Perez-Reverte fan since the cover of THE NAUTICAL CHART caught my eye at the Vegas Bouchercon a few years back. I got it, and was glad I did. I've also read THE CLUB DUMAS
(my favorite work of his so far, and very noir in its outlook. Roman Polanski made a clunker of a movie based on this book a few years back. It was called THE NINTH GATE, and Johnny Depp starred. Seriously, an awful movie adaptation of a very clever book! Like no one here has seen THAT before!) and THE FLANDERS PANEL, which I also enjoyed. I'm fifty or so pages into ALATRISTE, and it's fabulous stuff.

All the Best-

Brian Thornton

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