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The year is 1866 and revolution is brewing in Spain. The corrupt Bourbon queen, Isabella II, is slowly losing her grip on power as equally corrupt exiled politicians vie to be her successor in a new republic. Against this background of political upheaval, Don Jaime goes about his business, teaching a dying art to a dwindling number of students. This is a man who resists changing times; to a friend he explains, "I have spent my whole life trying to preserve a certain idea of myself, and that is all. You have to cling to a set of values that do not depreciate with time. Everything else is the fashion of the moment, fleeting, mutable. In a word, nonsense." But then Adela de Otero--a woman with a mysterious past and an amazing talent for swordplay--comes into his life, and Don Jaime's world is turned upside down. As always, Pérez-Reverte offers literary excellence, a thumping good mystery, and fascinating insight into an arcane practice, in this case, fencing. Though the 19th-century politics in the book may resonate more with a Spanish audience than with English readers, the moral at the heart of The Fencing Master is universal: "to be honest, or at least honorable--anything, indeed, that has its roots in the word honor." In this, Don Jaime and Arturo Pérez-Reverte both succeed. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The resolution was satisfying and the final scene of the old master still searching for the perfect thrust, which was built on the blocks Perez-Reverte had stacked up for 250 pages, was, in a word, perfect.
This is a little different than the "Captain Alatriste" novels. Not as dashing or action packed but interesting. Read morePublished 7 months ago by orthojoe
another great read by arturo perez reverte. good story, good writing, read it one night can not say how enjoyable it was.Published 10 months ago by tom
This is the story of a fencing master in Madrid in the 19th century who is somewhat of a throwback to an earlier era. Lots of Don Quixote parallels. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jeffrey Hart
Interesting book with lots of fencing terms and twists. The editing of the Kindle edition, however, left a lot to be desired. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Donna J. Parkinson
This was an interesting and exciting novel with a startling twist at the end. One had to respect the fencing master because he was a man determined to adher to his principles in... Read morePublished 13 months ago by perryjaris
I loved this story and Arturo Perez-Reverte is becoming one of my favorite authors. I am just shocked and disappointed to see that the publisher would release this Kindle copy,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by SusiQ
I bought this book from solrbooks for one cent! haha! I received it within a week, it was in great condition and have been enjoying reading it since. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sindy esse quam videri
I was looking for a book set in Madrid and a friend recommended this author. I know nothing about fencing, so all the terminology was a bit distracting. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Karen C
Good story, as usual by Perez-Reverte, but I found the fencing descriptions tedious and confusing. As usual, I enjoy his books, but this is not my favorite.Published 17 months ago by Jo Kenny