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Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Fantômas has ratings and reviews. Fabian said: Fantômas, written by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre, was followed by no less than 42 sequels. Praise. [Fantomas is] like going on a roller coaster: you know what to expect but you scream, with fear and pleasure, anyway They don’t write’em like that.

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Pierre Souvestre

Stylistically and plotwise, Fantomas is a bridge between the previous century’s serialized melodramas of Eugene Sue or Charles Souvwstre and modern crime novels, both police procedurals and pulps focused on the criminal element in society. What at first seemed a bunch of jumbled, irrelevant episodes scattered across France have begun to converge in delightfully implausible ways, like a more shamelessly lurid version of those scenes in Les Miserables where all the huge casts of characters who had been developing on their own for hundreds of pages all suddenly wind up in the same boarding house or whatever.

Brentano’s ; Paul, I am torn about my rating of the book.

Speaking of vagueness, many of the characters are described in such bland, nondescript terms that it seems there are few differences between any of them. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. I prefer to regard him first and foremost as my own personal enemy!


It’s French, But Ooh, It’s Pulpy: The Dark Adventures Of Fantômas : NPR

Make him such a mast Still, one of the greatest! It is not known if this was done with or without legal permission. The Corpse Who Kills. I know Shakespeare did these things, too, but at least he had other things going for him.

It’s French, But Ooh, It’s Pulpy: The Dark Adventures Of Fantômas

My only negative comment and its not really a bad one would be that there is a huge amount of characters and with Fantomas and Jurve disguising themselves on a regular basis it took some concentration to keep a track of who was who. A man can brave a danger he can souestre, but he trembles when confronted with a peril he suspects but cannot see.

It is just possible he was the inspiration for Hercule Poirot, although there are many dissimilarities. A Limb Of Satan. The original edition only fantomaa in English; there is no French edition. Even later, when we learn more about the crimes and about the chase, Fantomas’ identity remains obscure.

Check copyright status Cite this Title Fantomas: Refresh and try again. In order to set up a list of libraries that souvesstre have souvestee to, you must first login or sign up. And did I learn from this torturous experience? Looking for More Great Reads? La cravate de chanvre The hangman’s necktie. All manner of horrible revenges threaten me to-day. Brentano’s, ; Paul, Other characters also exist in persis Fantomas is a very weird book.


And, if he does, will he be right? Shame that he turned out to be such a crummy non-character. In this way, the novel is not a type of ‘whodunit’ but more an early example of police procedural.

Nov 29, Kit Fox rated it liked it. New translation with introduction: This was apparently meant to be the same character, although rewritten as a hero, and with no acknowledgement to the original French books or films. The trial came and went, without the wife being called.

Fantomas by Marcel Allain, Pierre Souvestre | : Books

Le bouquet tragique The deadly bouquet. For me to discover that, however, I would have to read some 42 other novels, most of which are not available in English. He may be only a figment of the imagination from too excitable reporters, or a way for incompetent policemen to blame their failures on some very clever opponent. Apr 05, Sylvester Kuo rated it it was ok Shelves: Lists What are lists? They were first published by the Societe Parisienne d’Edition between April and September in 34 weekly magazines of 16 pages each.

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