Arsène Lupin, gentleman-burglar is a collection of short stories written by Maurice Leblanc and recounting the adventures of Arsène Lupin.
The first short story of this collection was published in July 1905 in the newspaper Je sais tout. This was the first short story featuring Arsène Lupin. This one having success, Maurice Leblanc is encouraged to write the continuation, in several short stories.
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Reviewed in Canada on 8 September 2017 Verified Purchase
This book is a collection of the first stories originally published as serial articles in a French magazine (much like Conan Doyle did with Sherlock Holmes initially) about Arsene Lupin, phantom thief, master of disguise and intrigue. I had never heard of this series until I fell in a Wikipedia hole while reading some stuff about Persona 5, which surprised me because this is a genre I’m interested in. Apparently, these books are very well known in France, but not so much elsewhere. Anyway, I’m glad I learned about them!
It’s a quick read, the prose is uncomplicated but satisfying, with interesting plots. Most of the characters other than Lupin are quickly sketched in rather than having much in the way of character building, but this is to be expected from their original format. Nice enjoyable light reading.
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