The Fencing Master Author:Arturo Perez-Reverte, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator) The unstoppable thrust is the arcane fencing technique known only by Don Jaime—and the deadly maneuver that a beautiful young woman wants him to teach her.What begins as a rather bold request leads Don Jaime into the shadowy politics and violence of mid-nineteenth-century Madrid.
I read this for this month's "Sport" theme in my online book club, The Reading Cove.
While I felt it got off to a bit of a slow start, I found Don Jaime and Adela's encounters intriguing; and I was suspicious about Adela's desire to learn the "unstoppable thrust." I knew she must want to use it to kill someone, and the mystery held my attention.
So despite a few dull passages here and there, overall I enjoyed this mystery. I give THE FENCING MASTER a B-.
A melancholy story of an honorable man practicing a dying art and trying to come to grips with his slow fade into frailty and uselessness. Through his travails he must decide to stick to his code of honor and self respect or toss them away for self preservation.