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The Fencing Master (1988)

av Arturo Pérez-Reverte

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A murder mystery in 1886 Madrid featuring an old fencing master who still teaches in the age of the pistol. He is famous for his unstoppable thrust and one day a beautiful woman arrives asking he teach it to her. The novel traces their relationship. By the author of The Flanders Panel.
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    nessreader: Fencing Master is about a woman who learns to use the foil: That Lady is about an older woman, scarred in an old fight, who suffers the fallout of passion. Both set in Spain, both literary melodramas, both brilliant.
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Il maestro Jaime Astarloa insegna un'arte nobile e antica. La scherma per lui non è un'attività atletica, ma la disciplina morale e spirituale dell'uomo d'onore. Perciò grande è il suo sconcerto, quando una giovane e bella sconosciuta bussa alla sua porta per pregarlo di accettarla come allieva. Adela de Otero sembra nata con il fioretto in pugno, sarebbe l'orgoglio di qualsiasi insegnante, e ciò che vuole dal maestro è che lui le sveli un colpo di cui pochissimi tra gli spadaccini più valenti conoscono anche solo l'esistenza. Affascinato, il maestro di scherma accetta di allenarla, anche se intuisce che dietro una richiesta tanto peculiare si nasconde un intento segreto, forse pericoloso. Ma l'inquietudine che agita l'animo di Jaime Astarloa è solo il riflesso di quella che turba l'intera Spagna. Siamo nella Madrid del 1868, e c'è nell'aria un complotto. Corre voce che il generale Prim, esiliato dalla regina Isabella II di Spagna, stia organizzando i fuoriusciti che hanno trovaro rifugio nelle maggiori città europee per fomentare una rivoluzione e portare una ventata di novità nell'angolo più conservatore d'Europa. Un appassionante duello fra la nostalgia per gli splendori della tradizione e le seducenti promesse del futuro.
  kikka62 | Jan 30, 2020 |
In a mystery-suspense novel about a man who teaches fencing, you know that sooner or later the fencing is going to be for real. Arturo Perez-Reverte does not disappoint in “The Fencing Master,” one of his earliest and best novels (1988).

Don Jaime, a man of advanced middle age, is a respected fencing master in Madrid in 1868, a time when a sword is no longer the weapon of choice. Fencing is being seen more as a sport or a physical fitness routine than as means of self-defense or the way to settle matters of honor. He misses the old days, but continues to teach a few students.

These are restless times in Spain as talk of rebellion against the queen is heard on the streets and in the cafes. Don Jaime has little interest in all that.

Then he gets an unexpected pupil, a beautiful woman, already skilled in fencing, who asks him to teach her a certain maneuver he has taught only a few, a dangerous but usually effective way to decide a fight with another skilled opponent. With some reluctance, for as a traditionalist Don Jaime believes swordsmanship is a man's business, he agrees. She is, after all, very beautiful.

When he introduces her to another of his students, he loses her to him. Then that man is found dead, a victim of a wound from a sword like what would result from the trick Don Jaime taught the woman. He doesn't tell the police, but suspects she might be the killer. That is, until a woman's body is recovered and identified as the woman in question.

From there the plot moves along at a fast pace, culminating in the most exciting sword fight not found in “The Princess Bride.“ ( )
  hardlyhardy | Nov 9, 2018 |
There are a couple of reasons this isn't getting one star. The first is the writing. I will admit that there were moments that the writing in this book was beautiful and I have to give the author credit where credit is due. The other is my understanding that a lot of my dissatisfaction with the story has to do with the fact that I am not a Spanish native. It is my understanding that this book was written by a native of Spain and translated (quite well, I might add) into English. So the references to Spanish historical events and people that I didn't understand and therefore found distracting, are probably common knowledge to many Spanish citizens and added to the story for them rather than detracted.
But then we come to the story itself. I didn't have a problem with the main character, the fencing master. He was, quite frankly, the only interesting, multilayered character in the whole book. I found the other characters (especially the "femme fatale") to be one dimensional and unbelievable, when I could keep the characters straight that is. The plot was flat and predictable. Honestly, the best part was when the maestro stabbed the woman through the eye at the end. I will gladly admit to punching the air with a triumphant whoop when that happened ;) The glimpses into the maestro's past were far more interesting to me than the action happening in "the present" and honestly THAT'S the book I'd like to read :P
Overall, this book was a chore to get through, but I powered through it because it was short and occasionally had glimmers of hope in the pretty prose and the main character, but these were well overshadowed by the many problems with the plot and other characters. Take from that, what you will :) ( )
  fogisbeautiful | Feb 13, 2018 |
Una inquietante parábola sobre el poder del dinero, la ambición política y la extinción de los valores de honradez y fidelidad en este siglo xx que agoniza.
  bcacultart | Feb 3, 2017 |
Excelente escritura, buena historia...lástima de protagonistas "rotos" que estila el autor y de algún pasaje subido de tono, que en mi opinión no aporta nada. ( )
  Ioseba_Meana | Aug 22, 2016 |
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A murder mystery in 1886 Madrid featuring an old fencing master who still teaches in the age of the pistol. He is famous for his unstoppable thrust and one day a beautiful woman arrives asking he teach it to her. The novel traces their relationship. By the author of The Flanders Panel.

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