The Club Dumas is the basis for the movie The Ninth Gate starring Johnny Depp.
The Club Dumas (original Spanish title El Club Dumas) is a 1993 novel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. The book is set in a world of antiquarian booksellers echoing his previous work, The Flanders Panel.
The story follows the adventures of a book dealer, Lucas Corso, who is hired to authenticate a rare manuscript by Alexandre Dumas, père. Corso's investigation leads him to seek out two copies of a rare book known as De Umbrarum Regni Novem Portis
(The Book of the Nine Doors of the Kingdom of Shadows). Corso
encounters a host of intriguing characters on his journey of
investigation, including devil worshippers, obsessed bibliophiles and an hypnotically enticing femme fatale. Corso's travels take him to Madrid (Spain), Sintra (Portugal), Paris (France) and Toledo (Spain).
The book is full of details that range from the working habits of
Alexandre Dumas to how one might go about forging a 17th-century text,
as well as insight into demonology, and the nature of social constructionism.
Movie= 84 Charing Cross Road
This is an older movie starring Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal) and Anne Bankcroft.
In 1949, New York book-lover Helene Hanff
responds to an ad about collectibles at the Marks and Company bookshop,
located at 84 Charing Cross Road in London. Frank P. Doel, the man in
charge of overseas orders, answers her query and a romance begins
between them that will span two decades. After several attempts to meet
fail over the years, Helene finally does get to 84 Charring Cross Road,
but by this time, many things have changed.
There is a lot of "booktalk" in this movie. Charring Cross road is a well known area with a lot of bookstores.
picture on the left is the cover of a obscure movie I bought on the
internet titled "Book Wars" it is about street booksellers in New York.
How they make a living and the rivalry between them all.
Charles P. Everitt happened to be a rare book dealer and authority on
Americana, but he could have been a character out of Mark Twain. The
stories he tells in "The Adventures of a Treasure Hunter," about the
grand old days of wheeling and dealing in the first half of the 20th
century, are unfailingly vivid and colorful.
Stories from the bookworld of yesteryear! If you liked John Dunning's
BOOKED TO DIE, the whodunnit of the bibliophile world, if you like
selling books on internet, or hunting out valuable & rare books for
your own collection, you'll enjoy this one! Internet has altered the
landscape, and time's they're always changin', but the heart of the hunt
remains, at it's core, the same. Here a book-scout/dealer shares his
insights, anecdotes, and tall-tales, to the delight of all of us
bibliophile internet booksellers of the New Millenium! An extra bonus is
that the writer is not only a knowledgeable bookman, but also a
historical specialist in Americana - There's a little myth-debunking
mixed into the recipe, to add a little flavor ala LIES MY TEACHER TOLD
ME (by historian Loewen)! A classic that should be added to the Required
Reading list for all new booksellers!
1918. Parnassus on Wheels is the story of Roger Mifflin, a sprite like
figure who moves through the New England countryside with his traveling
book wagon. His story shows how book selling can be one of the world's
highest callings, spreading enlightenment with a dose of delight.
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