I will freely admit that I'm a Francophile, although I think most of my close friends know this fact. I have probably bored many a person while talking (in depth) about a French film I recently watched, some chanson that I listened to over ten times, or even a book that made me want to move to Paris or New Orleans (ahem). In any case, Vive le France for everything!
Thanks to my publisher Tommy Hancock of Pro Se Productions, I learned of a character and series of books that I knew I had to read for a myriad of reasons. Thanks to Tommy, I was introduced to author Maurice Leblanc and his genius of a character Arsene Lupin!
(the author - taken from the Wikipedia page)
The collection of short stories provides an excellent view of Lupin; however, Leblanc treats him the way Fitzgerald treated Gatsby - you never know what he looks like. For the most part, Lupin is described as suave and refined, yet there are no physical descriptions of him at all. And honestly, doesn't that just add to the mystery? Also, Lupin has a habit of wearing disguises, all the while conversing with people about that "scoundrel" Lupin!
I recently learned that there was a 2004 film based on several Lupin stories. In fact, I watched it last night. Much to my horror and joy, the entire film is in French. With no subtitles. At all. Merde. However, if you have a basic grasp of French, you can pretty much figure out what's going on in the story. And, might I add that Kristin Scott Thomas and Eva Green (from Penny Dreadful) are both in the film? A very good film to check out when you can. There's even an anime based on Lupin's grandson, Lupin III.
I did have another reason for reading this and many other Lupin books, but I'll save that conversation for late this year/next year.
Vive le Lupin!