Tag Archives: Arsene Lupin

Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Thief

2 May

The recent Netflix Arsene Lupin inspired series prompted a reissue by Orion of the book “Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Thieft” by Maurice LeBlanc with a media tie-in cover. Seeing at a local bookshop I thought I would give it a go.

The stories are interesting, but the characters really didn’t grab me. This is not the fault of Maurice Leblanc, I just could not raise any enthusiasm for the stories. The stories are well written, but just didn’t engage me. I had the same problem with Raffles, so I suspect that the villanous side of the fence isn’t for me.

The colour photographs from the television series that sit somewhat incongruously in the middle of the book don’t help by adding a jarring and somewhat confusing note.

One thing of interest is the fact that Sherlock Holmes who Leblanc had to rename Herlock Sholmes to advoid the wrath of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has had his name restored to Sherlock Holmes in this edition.

I am sure many will love the book, but, alas, it’s not for me.

%d bloggers like this: