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A treasure hunt for a Jesuit ship sunk by pirates off the coast of Spain is the plot on which Perez-Reverte's new novel turns, but a love story is the real heart of this nicely crafted, carefully told adventure. A suspended sailor happens on a maritime auction in Barcelona, where he meets the beautiful Tanger Soto, a museum curator whose winning bid buys her a 17th-centuryA treasure hunt for a Jesuit ship sunk by pirates off the coast of Spain is the plot on which Perez-Reverte's new novel turns, but a love story is the real heart of this nicely crafted, carefully told adventure. A suspended sailor happens on a maritime auction in Barcelona, where he meets the beautiful Tanger Soto, a museum curator whose winning bid buys her a 17th-century atlas that may reveal the final resting place of the Dei Gloria. Coy, the sailor, is totally smitten, so it's no surprise that he signs on to help Tanger track the sunken ship to its grave in waters he's sailed since childhood. Enlisting the aid of a diver friend, Coy and Tanger stay a few steps ahead of the crooked salvagers who've been trying to get the atlas, outmaneuvering the attempts on their lives and the efforts to keep them from the treasure. Perez-Reverte (The Fencing Master, The Club Dumas) is better at plumbing the mysteries of the human heart than those of the sea, but The Nautical Chart manages to combine history, suspense, and obsessive love in a slow-paced but ultimately engrossing read. --Jane Adams...

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ISBN : 10249765
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The Nautical Chart Reviews

  • Penny
    2019-04-12 07:12

    DNFI asked for the book as a present from my parents when it came out back in 2000 so that I could take it with me on my vacation.This was nearly 15 years ago but I remember stubbornly giving it three different, very separate tries before finally giving up for good. I was determined back then to finish every single book I started, more so with this book since it came from my parents at my request, but I couldn't manage. I only have one word to describe how my younger self felt while reading it back then:BOOOOREDI don't recommend reading this book.

  • Vonia
    2019-04-04 05:11

    This was actually quite the disappointing novel. This is my third from Perez-Reverte, and the other two were significantly better. His voice is definitely there. As soon as I began reading, I recognized his voice. His writing transports the reader into another time and place, accompanied by a mysteriously intriguing aura that his words produce; an apprehensive, curious, but always with a tinge of the medieval. The problem here was the plot. It was not really interesting at all, did not really seem to go anywhere, and was pretty much completely predictable from the beginning of the book. In fact, it would have been completely predictable by synopsis alone. To summarize this in a couple paragraphs. Coy is a dedicated, heartfelt, relentless, and seasoned sailor, more comfortable at sea on the high water than on land socializing with others. As a consequence of some negligence on a previous expedition, he has been grounded to land for a few years. Living off of savings, unemployed, and at a loss with what to do with his days, he fortunately (unfortunately?) meets a beautiful woman by the name Tánger Soto (by her father, whom sailed the seas near Tangier in South Africa). He becomes knowingly have sex with her, which leads to him knowingly being foolish enough to be willing to follow her to the ends of the earth, simply for the possibility of spending more time with her. This is despite the less than ideal treatment he receives from her, which in a word, is bitchy. He follows after her as if he has no power over his own mind, pretty much doing anything he is told. As for Tánger, despite her past that may contribute to the way she uses coping mechanisms to defend herself from the weekend and am is society, she had no call to be so fearless toward those being genuinely unselfish in their "relationship" with her. Worst yet, she offers no apologies for the way she acts. She is the unspoken leader of this expedition, in search of the sunken ship, Dei Gloria. It is supposedly full of clear cut emeralds, worth somewhere in the hundred millions. Tánger has had her heart set on this since she was a little girl, and clearly willing to do whatever it takes. She unashamedly manipulates Coy into taking her there, purposefully withholding the cards she finds most valuable, revealing others intermittently. But only by her agenda. And when she showed some vulnerability, reaching out to him, Coy "has never before felt like he was raped by a woman". She makes love to him, someone she is fully aware is in love with her, without even looking at him, but through him. Selfishly. This, among so many other things, makes her a completely unlikeable protagonist, which does not bode well for a reader trying to connect with the characters. Other characters are a couple treasure hunters trying to stop the two of them (a subplot of violence), scholars and professors in cartography and nautical studies, and El Piloto, the captain of the Sailboat they take. The rest of the many hundreds of pages is full of nautical terms, cartography vernacular, and fictional historical information on the Jesuit ship. Read: uninteresting. Unless one is very familiar with the terms, or has a higher than average interest in both fields. Even then, they are not explain to the reader are very well. It was like academic writing, where it was assumed the reader was already knowledgeable in the basics. Like most of the population, I know close to nothing about these fields, and my excitement to learn more about it and be immersed in the world so that I would have a better grasp on the subculture was defused rather quickly. Most of it went over my head. I began to be greatly relieved whenever the specific discussions of longitude, latitude, knots, ships, etcetera ended and returned to story narration. But it was not long before the academic discussions began again in earnest. A few hundred pages later, the team of three is still searching. Whether they actually find the sunken ship full of emeralds in the end is actually irrelevant. Each of the characters has their own reasons for being on the expedition, none of which the riches from The Dei Gloria can fulfill for them. As soon as the three amigos commenced with their final expedition- their final attempt- to uncover the lost ship, I thoroughly loved what I was reading. If only the rest of the book was not lackluster in comparison. Things moved along for these last thirty or so pages at a satisfying pace, with substantial suspense, and concluded with an ending that I really appreciated. many may have seen this as an unsatisfactory, sad ending. on the contrary, I found it not only inevitable, but one of the books where a fairy tale ending of any sort would have only made it that much worse. Although much of the writing and story conclusion compensated for other less stellar aspects, readers would be better served trying another of his works. Unless a reader has an abnormal affinity for the nautical, try Perez-Reverte's "The Fencing Master".

  • Kelly
    2019-04-07 03:04

    I've made no secret of my love for Arturo Perez-Reverte on this site. I even love that I once sleepily read his name as "Arthur in Reverie." Which, oddly enough, I think this dreamy author in love with the past might have appreciated.The Nautical Chart follows the same pattern as many of his other books- the woman who lures our unsuspecting, unassuming man into a mystery, his unfortunate life before that, the strong link to and nostalgia for the past, the promise of redemption, all woven into a beautifully done character study. I will admit that this is the most unabashedly formulaic and predictable of his books, which is why I give it only three stars. However, his formula is one that is ideally built to please me (aside from my past described issues with his "dark lady" complex, but I have much less of an issue with that than with drowning Ophelias, so), so I don't take issue with it.The protagonist of this piece is a down and out sailor, who ends in helping a mysterious woman find maps that will supposedly lead to buried treasure. Our protagonist is somewhat subdued, more inclined to watch the world than participate in it, due to past trauma. I appreciated his return to "living," as slowly and painfully drawn from him as it was. The female character is obviously a stereotypical dark lady, and she's quite easy to predict, but her journey is still touching, and I was still able to become absorbed in the book, however slow it might be to others. I found it more thoughtful than enthralling, which is certainly not what I generally expect from a Perez-Reverte, but that doesn't make it a bad thing. I read this so long ago, I would have to read it again to recall the subtle details that I liked specifically, but I do generally remember that Reverte's deft atmospheric touch was there, his ability to make the gothic seem every day, his way of making his character seem to step out of 19th century dreams without being overly campy about it, his ability to draw a well done character study into an adventure story.I would recommend this to those who already love Reverte's work, not to newcomers. He's capable of much better, and I wouldn't want anyone to walk away thinking that this is his best.

  • Elizabeth (Alaska)
    2019-04-07 23:44

    On the cover of this edition is a blurb from The Washington Post: "A Swashbuckling Tale of Mystery." Just another lie from WP. There is not a whit of swashbuckle herein - and I was looking forward to just that. Unfortunately, swashbuckling isn't the only thing missing. There is also so little characterization that Pérez-Reverte should be embarrassed.His prose is still interesting. The story line was organized in such a way as to make what could have been a thriller almost predictable. I guess it should be acknowledged that even good authors strike out now and then. So, just a dud. Not 100% awful, but I may be being generous giving this 3-stars. It certainly sits at the bottom of that pile. Still, it won't deter me from picking up another by this author.

  • Brooke
    2019-04-19 02:54

    I tried, I really did. But after 119 pages, I had to put it down and move onto some more exciting books. And then I came back for another 60 pages only to dread the idea of trudging on for another 300. Nothing happened. A woman is looking for a shipwreck. She recruits a man to help her. They talk about the ship. They talk about the sea. The man muses to himself about the sea. He finally does punch someone, but even that manages not to be very exciting. I've liked all of the other books by Pérez-Reverte that I've read, and it bugs the completionist in me not to finish this, but I will be reading this for the next three months if I keep trying.

  • Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
    2019-04-04 23:44

    Ένα από τα πιο βαρετά βιβλία του Ρεβέρτε (που συνήθως μου αρέσει απίστευτα). Ο κλασσικός ρεβέρτιος ήρωας, ένας κακομοίρογλου που τον μπλέκουν επιτήδειοι και ένα αντικείμενο-σύμβολο, απλή δικαιολογία για να ξετυλιχτούν χαρακτήρες. Μαρτύρησα να το τελειώσω και φαντάσου, το θυμάμαι ακόμα αυτό το μαρτύριο, δέκα χρόνια μετά.

  • Miranda
    2019-04-05 06:03

    This novel is one of the BEST books I read this year. I thought CLUB DUMAS by the same author was superb, but THE NAUTICAL CHART is five, six, ten times better -- if I could give it seven stars, I would. Besides getting lost in Perez-Reverte's sentences -- they are so well constructed -- there would be times, I would reread a passage for the pleasure of rereading it. Other times I would read a passage out loud because of Revete's descriptions needed to be shared. The cast of characters in this novel come alive as they travel through this story. Coy, our protagonist, wants to live his life like heroes in ancient epics and classic movies, but he is reminded that novels and movies do not always end happily. More importantly, he understands there are rules (or laws) to every game, to every encounter, and it is only at sea --where he truly belongs -- that he feels grounded (the irony!) because he innately knows the laws of the water. The melancholy dwarf is eerie and malicious, but what a character! Come on. A melancholy dwarf -- how funny the description sounds. Tanger , the love interest, is tough, cruel, and at times so broken, I understand why Coy wants to take her in his arms and protect her to the very end. Speaking of the end: Yea, Coy. You shocked me, and you became my hero. Funny, sad, dramatic, adventurous, tightly constructed, and beautifully written -- this is a must read book for all of my friends. A must must must read.

  • MTK
    2019-03-29 06:58

    Πολύ καλό βιβλίο. Ίσως όχι το καλύτερο του Πέρεζ-Ρεβέρτε, αλλά έχει πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα πλοκή. Θα του έβαζα τέσσερα αστέρια, αλλά βρήκα την ηρωίδα αντιπαθή και τα κίνητρα της ανεξήγητα.

  • Mary
    2019-03-22 00:08

    I was looking forward to this books as the author is one of my favourites. I wasn't disappointed.This is a treasure hunting tale. With all the mystery, intrigue and dangers you'd expect from such a story.The thing that struck me most about this book is the pacing. It's very slow, compared to similar stories. This is never a problem though. You feel your way through the story as the main character, Coy does. You discover things when he does and figure things out as he does. He is the reader's companion. The pacing makes you feel as if you're living the tale alongside Coy.The beauty of this book is the description it gives throughout of the sea and life at sea. You feel the passion Coy has for her and even a seasoned landlubber like myself feels like they're understanding it by the end of the book. The amount of research the author must have done must be massive and the book is all the better for it.It is interesting to get a view of English seafarers past and present from the Spanish side. Needless to say, it is quite different from the one I'm used too!I don't want to say anything more about the book as it needs to be discovered for one's self. I do heartily recommend it. As do I some of his other titles - The Fencing Master, The Flanders Panel and especially The Dumas Club. The man is a wonderful storyteller. The good news is I have plenty more of his still to read :-)

  • Margarida
    2019-03-28 02:57

    Uma narrativa fascinante com um final surpreendente. Um autor que se tornou num dos meus favoritos.

  • Irene
    2019-04-18 04:09

    Me he aburrido, y eso es decir mucho viniendo de la pluma de Pérez-Reverte, creo que e sea primera novela suya que no me conquista.Quizás me falten conocimientos de náutica que me han impedido "disfrutar" de esta novela, pero entre su ritmo de tortuga, personajes extraños con los que no he conectado en absoluto y la falta de acontecimientos y trama en sí, llegar al final tiene su mérito.

  • Giovaennchen Lozano
    2019-04-11 07:03

    Siempre me gustaron los libros de piratas, barcos y travesías. Este es un excelente libro que narra las aventuras de un marino sin barco, que se adhiere a la travesía en busca de un tesoro. Los aspectos técnicos son fascinantes, desde conseguir el mapa, o más bien la carta, descifrar lo que está en clave para poder entender dónde quedó el barco, y descubrir cuál es el verdadero tesoro... Sin embargo, no se trata de una aventura ocurrida en los tiempos de los galeones españoles y los piratas detrás de ellos... noo, es una historia moderna con otro tipo de embarcaciones, otro tipo de marinos y otro tipo de tesoros. Los héroes y los villanos son un poquito diferentes... solo que tiene un defecto, para mí muy grande... no me gustó el final. Sin embargo lo recomiendo ampliamente a quienes gusten de historias de intriga y un poco de suspenso.

  • Justwinter
    2019-04-06 23:46

    Him: gullible, tough and rugged. A man without a ship, without prospects, without luck. Romantic in a scotch, straight way. Punch first, ask questions later. Do anything for a hard, remote, sensual blonde. Even when you know it's wrong, even when you know it can only end in disaster, even when you know someone's got to die, even when you know it might be you.Her: Legs, eyes, hair, breasts. Full, hard mouth. Hard eyes. Hard looks. Half truths and hidden meanings. Deceitful even when you know you shouldn't be, even when you know it's you you're running from, even when you know it's you that's made a pact with the devil. Money and smarts only gets you so far.What happens when these two meet? A mysterious and dark adventure, a stolen nautical chart and death at sea.

  • Michael Llewellyn
    2019-04-15 00:01

    While Arturo Perez-Reverte may be a master of the "thinking man's thriller" with such gems as The Club Dumas and The Seville Communion, The Nautical Chart sinks to the bottom like a stone. Tension is almost nonexistent as as a couple of mismatched souls join forces to find a sunken 17th- century ship. Ponderously top-heavy with marine references and repetitive, exhaustive character development, the plot flails like a fish out of water before bogging down in pretentious ambition. The ship isn't found until page 415 of this 456-page book,and I began skimming long before that. Granted there are moments of evocative, brilliantly turned phrases one has come to expect of Perez-Reverte, but they're as elusive as that treasure at the bottom of the sea. A real disappointment.

  • Mark
    2019-03-21 06:13

    I can understand why many regular readers of Perez-Reverte did not enjoy this novel as much as some of his others. It lacks much of the sustained suspense and intrigue you get in some of his better known works. However, I actually found I enjoyed The Nautical Chart more than the other two books I've read by the author (The Club Dumas and The Flanders Panel). Perez-Reverte seemed to have higher literary ambitions than usual in this book, and it seemed to result in a slower-paced, more realistic drama compared to his normal fare. Yet, for this same reason, I found that there was a lot more depth to the story, and the characters and themes simply resonated with me more than in his other novels. Plus, it's about a shipwreck, and that's always cool.

  • Milan/zzz
    2019-03-23 04:48

    After this one I don't think I'll pick up any other Reverte's book.

  • Sveta_orly
    2019-04-15 01:55

    У меня опять книжные стоны.На сей раз о Перес-Реверте, "Тайный меридиан".В прошлый раз мне хотелось захватывающих подробностей и приключений. Сюжет в принципе обещал отвечать требованиям.В общих чертах - некая особа нанимает бывалого моряка, оказавшегося не у дел, в помощники по поиску затонувшей в восемнадцатом веке бригантины.В книге шестьсот двадцать две страницы.Первые триста главный герой медленно и печально, по крупицам, вытягивает у главной героини подробности дела. Попутно выясняется, что охотников за кораблем много, и некоторым из них бьют морды. По дороге вся свободная площадь оказывается закапанной слюной главного героя, который танцует с главной героиней замысловатый менуэт вокруг кровати. Никаких других событий не происходит, если не считать многословного копания главного героя в природе собственной тяги к веснушкам главной героини.Ожидание собственно действа затягивается неимоверно - ни тебе путешествия, ни ебли. "Полкруиза прошло, а мы до сих пор не отошли - они все время принимают продукты!" (с)К этому моменту я начала читать по диагонали, ибо уже была уверена, что приключения не начнутся никогда и все так и сведется к исследованию карт и хождению вокруг да около, пестрящему совершенно непонятными мне морскими терминами.Но на триста двадцатой странице они все-таки неожиданно решают выйти в море. "Что такое? Мы отходим или нет? Что случилось? Почему стоим? Я сейчас такое уст'ёю, вам будет мало места на паяходе. Изя! Ёма! Немедленно! Тут же!" (с)Искры сексуального напряжения наконец-то взрываются, слава яйцам, на четыреста семьдесят пятой. "Тут такая скука, что я изменил любовнице с женой. " (с)Корабль находят на пятьсот пятьдесят восьмой, изумруды в трюме на пятьсот восемьдесят шестой. На шестьсот четвертой очень предсказуемо оказывается, что главная героиня - сука и всех подставила, и на шестьсот двадцатой ее, разумеется, убивают.Тоска!!! В деревню, к тетке, в глушь, в Саратов!С опаской берусь за "Аэропорт" и "Окончательный диагноз" Хейли. Следите за рукой.

  • Synnin
    2019-03-21 07:54

    In the beginning i must say i am in LOVE with Reverte's books for their suspense and mystery, their thrilling plots that make turn pages insanely, their brilliantly described characters and numerous historical facts i learn from what I read. And i enjoy it a great deal."The Nautical Chart", nevermind a bunch of extremely exciting nautical facts, turned out to be my least favourite of Reverte. And that's why:1) I felt disguise for Tanger right away and throughout the whole book I had no idea why she was called smart, intelligent or wise. For me she was a dumb pigheaded girl, perfectly educated in terms of sea knowledge, yes, but generally completely dumb, heartless and emotionless. Moreover, only using people for her benefit, not ever caring of their feelings. Perhaps that was Reverte's idea to make a reader feel what a bitch she really was, but those "she's so wise and smart" every now and then was getting me totally confused.2) I never understood why exactly she wanted to find "Dei Gloria", there must have been something else than emeralds, but this part somehow was never explained.3) Nino Palermo and Horacio were so vaguely described and generally were so weak characters, that i really thought they weren't necessary in this book. Their aim of finding "Dei Gloria" wasn't clear at all either.4) Generally the book started with a fascinating mystery and then it became so slow-paced, i wanted to put it away. All action started on the last 100 pages only.Anyhow, 4 stars are given for those 100 pages of denouement, for Koy who won my sympathy and respect right away, and for a breath-taking final, that made me not cry, but caused a severe sequence of emotions that were chasing me for a while after I stopped reading. I never expected anything like that. To tell more, i expected anything>, but not that>. Time for another book of Reverte :)

  • Alan
    2019-03-31 23:50

    Coy, a sailor down on his luck, wanders into a nautical auction in Barcelona and witnesses a beautiful blond woman covered in freckles bidding on a rare historical map. He is immediately seized with the lust to possess her and count every last freckle on her body. So begins this historical thriller which delivers lots of history but few thrills. The plot wanders through Spanish coastal towns as the intrepid pair sets out on a treasure hunt to locate priceless emeralds that went to the bottom on a Spanish brigadine carrying Jersuits on a secret voyage three centuries ago. They are chased by an unscrupulous treasure hunter and his sidekick, an evil Argentinian dwarf and ex-torturer. It took me a couple of weeks to wade through this book as I traveled to and from work, which means it never grabbed me enough to keep turning the pages. The problem was that I never believed in Coy's love for Tanger, the enigmatic and fascinating beauty at the center of the novel who simply was not enigmatic or fascinating enough to hold things together. She is too cold. She not only repulses Coy's advances but also those of the reader. I got tired of reading about her assymmetrical blond hair and her freckles. The end, too, was utterly predictable several hundred pages in advance. Also, one is repulsed by Coy's frequent outbursts of inexplicable brutality. So while the Spanish milieu is well-described and the history interesting (I learned a lot about 17th century navigation techniques and the different meridians), I can only give this book one tepid thumbs up.

  • John
    2019-04-02 07:02

    No time for more than a brief note, alas.Coy is a sailor confined to land for a couple of years because he accidentally ran a ship aground. He's lured by lovely museum curator Tanger into the search for a Jesuit ship that sank/was sunk in the late 18th century, and for its cargo of precious emeralds. As the tale slowly unfolds we're treated to a myriad smaller stories of Coy's earlier adventures among other men for whom, like him, the land seems a foreign territory and the sea their only possible home.This longish text demands that you immerse yourself in it, that you invest in time in it; it's not really amenable to being read in ten-minute chunks grabbed here and there as other activities permit. If you're looking for rip-roaring, pulse-pounding action, this isn't for you (although there's some of that in it), but I found it entirely engrossing nonetheless -- it was a wrench to put it down each time I had to.Margaret Sayers Peden's respectful translation serves the book well. Every now and then I was reminded, by an odd turn of phrase or some infelicuty, that this was a translation, but that occurred no more than a handful of times during the book; otherwise, the narrative read with great style.

  • M.R.
    2019-03-22 01:04

    Treasure hunters. You know before you open it that somebody's probably going to betray someone because that's usually how it goes with those folk. Enough said. If it hadn't been written by Perez-Reverte, I probably wouldn't have picked it up; and yet I did, because he wrote it, and I was, surprisingly, rewarded. Lyrical prose, atmospheric. Try it, if you've run out of your favorites.

  • Song
    2019-04-03 03:59

    This is a book about ocean and woman, both are mysterious and volatile, but also attractive and enchanting. Sailors will be alive and like a real man only when he is on the sea, just like he will fall in love with beautiful woman, and know the love will be swallowed by the ocean, like anything else.

  • Sebastián
    2019-04-14 01:58

    Me parece rescatable el conocimiento y el léxico de Pérez-Reverte sobre la navegación marítima, pero esperé una historia más emocionante. Los personajes no me agradaron, exceptuando al piloto, pero me pareció tan forzado el romance de Coy con ella. Sí me agradó mucho que ella muriera, buen final.

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    2019-03-23 03:06

    Comme souvent chez Pérez-Reverte, l'accroche est excellente mais le livre un peu poussif, dommage...

  • Fotis Tsiroukis
    2019-04-19 00:48

    Very technical vocabulary, I don't think anyone who is not a seaman will understand most part of it. A bored, unimpressed feeling in total. I wouldn't suggest it.

  • Dan Piette
    2019-03-26 04:57

    Not very god story about a treasure hunt

  • Desislava Filipova
    2019-04-04 02:00

    Историята загатва интересни приключения на границата между минало и настояще, в типичния за Реверте стил, които с лекота пренася читателя в различни светове и създава автентична атмосфера, с много въздействащи описания и ярки герои.Мануел Кой е моряк, който остава на сушата след като по време на вахта, корабът му засяда в неописана на картата подводна скала и е отстранен от морския съд. Той е като събирателен образ - чрез неговите спомени и размисли, морето е показано във всички аспекти - през бури и звездни нощи, до кръчми и сбивания на брега, жени и алкохол, верни другари и плавания по целия свят.Без морето той е изгубен, то е спокойствие и смисъл, цел и посока и спомен за времето, когато моряците са се ориентирали по карти и секстанти, преди да ги заместят навигационните системи, защото дори и пристанищата вече са различни.Танхер Сото може би е загадъчна и фатална жена, но в нея има повече объркване и тъга, а и никога няма да я разберем напълно. Тя е специалист по история в морския музей на Мадрид. Пътят ѝ случайно се пресича с Кой, по време на търг в Барселона, където тя се сдобива със стара и ценна морска карта, в търсене на мистеризно потънал кораб - "Деи Глория", собсвеност на йезуитите потъва мистериозно малко преди ордена да бъде разпуснат от Карлос III, корабът пази своите тайни и чака дява века някой да ги разкрие. Защо Танхер е решена на всичко да открие кораба и какво ще намери?Реверте винаги събира плетеница от многопластови истории и герои, но тук не толкова самият сюжет е от значение, а детайлите, в който сякак е събран смисълът на света.

  • Lucas Corso
    2019-03-28 08:03

    Habiendo leído buena parte de la bibliografía de Pérez-Reverte, podría calificar La carta esférica como un libro de transición. Sus novelas de misterio/búsqueda (sublimadas en El Club Dumas y La Tabla de Flandes) se convierten definitivamente en novelas de personajes (a destacar El Pintor de Batallas, 2006). El tono es más sombrío y pesimista y la trama (siempre magníficamente engarzada) pasa a ser menos relevante. Los temas pérez-revertianos integrados sin artificios y con sutil naturalidad: el mar, el héroe cansado, Troya y el Mediterráneo, los códigos, la camaradería y la soledad... y La Mujer.El lenguaje marino es voluntariamente críptico (como lo será en Cabo Trafalgar), posiblemente para hacernos sentir a los no familiarizados tan perdidos como nuestros semejantes en la novela. Como ellos, ante tan abrumador léxico, podemos echar los higadillos por estribor y siempre a sotavento, nunca a barlovento.Prosa ágil y directa (marca de la casa), juegos narrativos acertados y efectivos, personajes creíbles, densos y creíbles (única concesión a lo grotesco, el hijodeputa de Kiskoros). Tengo curiosidad por conocer la opinión de alguna mujer sobre la protagonista femenina: Tánger Soto. Mujer pérez-revertiana en su máximo exponente.BIEN.

  • Carl
    2019-04-10 00:02

    Boring, misogynistic, and with unearned pretentiousness.Boring -- almost nothing happens in the first 40% of the book, with long, LONG passages related to blather about "the sea," and an entire chapter devoted to discussing latitude and longitude.Misogynistic -- the characters are poorly drawn, and reveal the most base ideas about men and women. The main character, Coy, a disgraced sailor, punctuates his thoughts about his female counterpart with "babe," "that bitch," and "darling," all the while marveling at how a woman could have actually researched, planned, and executed a treasure hunt. Almost as if women...have brains too? The female lead, Tanger, is a kind of femme fatale archetype, but poorly constructed and uninteresting. There's not much to say about her, since she is just that boring.Pretentious - So much blather about "the sea." We get it, you love sailing, you love freedom, land is awful, blah, blah, blah. Tedious.I was really disappointed by this, as I enjoyed some of Perez-Reverte's other work. Skip it.

  • Andrés
    2019-04-01 04:59

    Es un libro de 3.5/5. Es bastante bueno y cercano a los libros clásicos de aventuras... ésos con los que crecimos todos, pero tiene problemas. Como todos los libros de Pérez Reverte, sufre en la parte media y le hace falta un poco en el final. Antes del 40% y entre el 65 y el 90% es excelente. El autor no oculta que, como muchos de nosotros, él también es Coy, con sus libros de barcos y aventuras, y que éste es su tributo al género. Es emocionante leer sobre Rackham el Rojo y Jim Hawkins... todo en medio de las metareferencias cinematográficas.La protagonista es un personaje muy bien logrado.Pérez Reverte es de lo mejor que tiene la literatura hispana hoy en día.