The Fencing Master

The Fencing Master

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Fencing is not a game but a science. The outcome is invariably the same: triumph or disaster, life or death...

It is 1868; Spain teeters on the brink of revolution. Jaime Astarloa is a master-fencer of the old school, priding himself on the precision, dignity and honour of his ancient art; his friends spend their days in cafes discussing plots at court, but Jaime's obsession is to perfect the irresistible sword thrust. Then Adela de Otero, violet-eyed and enigmatic, appears at his door. When Jaime takes her on as a pupil he finds himself embroiled in dark political intrigues against which his old-fashioned values are no protection.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 14mm | 159g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0
  • 0099448629
  • 9780099448624
  • 239,838

Review Text

A delight... the thriller as it out to be
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A delight... the thriller as it out to be -- Allan Massie * Scotsman * As assured and elegant as Don Jaime's sword thrusts -- Stephanie Merritt * Observer * The author is in the best sense a romantic and to read him is to rediscover the delights of Dumas and Conan Doyle -- Amanda Craig * The Times * You will want to reach the book's nearly perfect ending in a single sitting * Time Out *
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About Arturo Perez-Reverte

Arturo Perez-Reverte was born in Cartagena in 1951. Since the publication of The Fencing Master, his first novel, Perez-Reverte has become one of Europe's bestselling authors. The Flanders Panel was awarded the Grand Prix Annuel de Litterature Policiere in France. His novel, The Dumas Club, has been made into the film The Ninth Gate by Roman Polanski and starring Johnny Depp.
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6,867 ratings
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4 41% (2,846)
3 30% (2,072)
2 6% (401)
1 1% (80)
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