The Club Dumas

We become different from each other, opponents even. But we all share a conspiratorial wink when we talk about certain magical authors and books. Those that made us discover literature without weighing us down with dogma or teaching us rules. This is our true common heritage: stories faithful not to what people see but to what people dream.
—  Boris Balkan, The Club Dumas (by Arturo Pérez-Reverte)

Pedro Ceniza lifted a yellowed hand with long nails. “I’d like to say a little about that, Mr. Corso. It’s one thing to forge books for profit, quite another to do it out of love for one’s art, creating something for the satisfaction provided by that very act of creation, or, as in most cases, of re-creation.” The bookbinder blinked a few times, then smiled mischievously. His small, mouselike eyes shone as he looked at The Nine Doors again. “Although I don’t recall having had a hand in the works you’ve just described as admirable, and I’m sure my brother doesn’t either.”

“I called them perfect.”

“Did you? Well, never mind.” Putting his cigarette in his mouth and sucking in his cheeks, he took a long drag. “But whoever the person or persons responsible, you can be sure that he or they derived a great deal of enjoyment from it, a degree of personal satisfaction that money can’t buy….”

Sine pecunia,” added his brother.

Pedro Ceniza blew cigarette smoke through his nose and half-open mouth. He continued: “Let’s take the Speculum, for instance, which the Sorbonne bought in the belief that it was authentic. The paper, typography, printing, and binding alone must have cost those you call forgers five times more than any money they might have made. People just don’t understand… What would be more satisfying to a painter with the talent of a Velazquez and the skill to imitate his works: making money or seeing one of his own paintings hanging in the Prado between Las Meninas and Vulcan’s Forge?”

My name is Boris Balkan and I once translated The Charterhouse of Parma. Apart from that, I’ve edited a few books on the nineteenth-century popular novel, my reviews and articles appear in supplements and journals throughout Europe, and I organize summer-school courses on contemporary writers. Nothing spectacular, I’m afraid. Particularly these days, when suicide disguises itself as homicide, novels are written by Roger Ackroyd’s doctor, and far too many people insist on publishing two hundred pages on the fascinating emotions they experience when they look in the mirror.

But let’s stick to the story.

- The Club Dumas [The Club Dumas] (1993), A. Pérez-Reverte

#EatTheRare Fic Roundup: Hugh/Mads Rairpairs

Whenever we see a new Mads character, we as a fandom solemnly and with great deliberation proceed to ship him with EVERY POSSIBLE PERMUTATION OF HUGH.  Sometimes more than one of each!!  This festival has been amazing for the most ingenious pairings, and i think we all have new favorites now. Let it never end!

The Roundups will be broken into Mads/Hugh pairs, Hannibal Rarepairs, and a special category shoutout for Femslash Rarepairs, because WOW!! NICE JOB FANNIBALS!!!  There will be separate posts for Art and Fic, for a total of six, and then we will sent out one final post with all of the post links.

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Book recommendations?


Books I Wish I Would Have Actually Read in High School:

1984, George Orwell

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

To Kill A MockingBird, Harper Lee

Lord of The Flies, William Golding

Books About Books For People Who Love Books:

The Shadow of The Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

The Club Dumas, Arturo Perez-Reverte

Great Collections of Short Stories:

A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor 

Nine Tails, J.D Salinger

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Raymond Carver

Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris

Different Seasons, Stephen King.

Young Adult Fiction

Thursday’s Child, Sonya Hartnett

Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell

Looking For Alaska, John Green

The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton

Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson

Un jour, je m'en irai sans t'avoir jamais connu. Alors, tu te souviendras de mes grands yeux noirs. De mes reproches silencieux. De mes gémissements d'angoisse quand je dormais. De mes cauchemars que tu étais incapable de conjurer. Tu te souviendras de tout cela quand je ne serai plus là.
—  Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Club Dumas
He who rebels, exercises his freedom, and takes the risk can earn a different fate. That’s what this book is about, hence the joker, paradigm of freedom. The only free man, and also the most wise. The joker is identified with the mercury of the alchemists, Emissary of the gods, he guides souls through the kingdom of shadows…
—  Arturo Pérez-Reverte, El Club Dumas