It was, indeed, the famous necklace, the legendary necklace that Bohmer and Bassenge, court jewelers, had made for Madame Du Barry; the veritable necklace that the Cardinal de Rohan-Soubise intended to give to Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France; and the same that the adventuress Jeanne de Valois, Countess de la Motte, had pulled to pieces one evening in February, 1785, with the aid of her husband and their accomplice, Rétaux de Villette. The Queens Necklace is famous for being worth so much money, but also because of the scandal that surrounded it. The Cardinal was desperate to get back into her good graces and contacted Bohmer and Bassenge about this astoundingly expensive diamond necklace that they had been unsuccessful in tempting any of the Royal families to buy. Now there seems to be some confusion between the Queen, their mutual friend Madame Du Barry, and the Cardinal. The Cardinal made the arrangements on behalf of the Queen, but gave the necklace to Du Barry to deliver. It will prove to be the very first successful theft by the soon to be famous...Arsène Lupin. The stories of this debonair French thief were wildly successful. So successful that at several points LeBlanc, as tired of his creation as Arthur Conan Doyle was of his, attempted to create new characters, but the publics demand for Lupin was too insistent and soon he would have Lupin merge into the stories of his other lead characters. "Arsène Lupin, gentleman- burglar, will return when the furniture is genuine." The plots of the stories are clever and compelling. LeBlanc cant resist having a story involving Sherlock Holmes.
This is a collection of short stories featuring Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Thief. Arsene Lupin in Prison: Baron Cahorn gets a letter from Arsene Lupin saying that either he should box up some of his prize paintings for Lupin or Lupin will collect them himself in one week's time. Lupin in Prison was even better than the first story. Sherlock Holmes is on his way... Arsene Lupin is clearly influenced by Sherlock Holmes but has things in common with P.G. Wodehouse's Psmith character, as well as superheroes like Batman. Where Holmes uses his intelligence for good, Lupin uses it for personal gain, governed by a somewhat noble code of ethics.
The original gentleman burglar stories--first published in 1907 in French.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Burglar is an early 20th century book by Maurice Leblanc. This first book is comprised of nine short stories about the skilled and humorous thief. Herlock Sholmes which was the 2nd far away review - March '14.) The class of gentleman thief is one that is familiar from such characters as The Saint, or Sir Charles Lytton (The Phantom*), or Raffles. (And yes, Mr. Templar is also good-bad despite his fighting the ungodly.) So thats the kind of person I imagined when reading the title of this collection. It was, of course, this last story that brought the collection and the artful thief to my attention.
Questo volume raccoglie 9 brevi episodi che hanno per protagonista il ladro gentiluomo più famoso della Francia, Arsène Lupin. Gli altri episodi sono slegati tra loro e ci narrano, se così è possibile definirle, le più curiose peripezie ed avventure di Arsène Lupin, vittima egli stesso di un raggiro che non è ancora riuscito a digerire.
I have a serious collection of the works - through out the years there are many many editions and stories - but very few in English. Over the years he became a popular Manga/anime figure - in these stories he's the grandsom of the original Lupin.
Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief is the first collection of short stories featuring the master of disguise. Unfortunately, the unexpected surprise of finding out that Maurice Leblancs books are actually collections of short stories also confounded me momentarily and took away some of the potential awe that couldve been generated from the characters adventures. Each of the stories in this volume doesnt necessarily cover as much of his personality as youd wish for, just like how his Robin Hood ways were a little overshadowed by the prose and mystery in itself, but they do give you a pretty good idea of who Arsène Lupin is and what to expect from him. Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief is the first collection of short stories featuring the great famous French rogue and his dazzling ability to get away with just about anything.