Arsene Lupin Vs. Herlock Sholmes: A Classic Tale of the World's Greatest Thief and the World's Greatest Detective! (英語) ペーパーバック – 2001/10/1
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LeBlanc's creation, gentleman thief Arsene Lupin, is everything you would expect from a French aristocrat -- witty, charming, brilliant, sly . . . and possibly the greatest thief in the world. In this classic tale, Lupin comes up against the only man who may be able to stop him . . . no less than the great British gentleman-detective Herlock Sholmes! Who will emerge triumphant?
The difference with this novel and the other Lupin books however is that rather than Lupin really having a distinct presence, or following him around directly, we instead follow Herlock Sholmes and Wilson around as they try to track him down. While the good detective Ganimard does play a large role in the book, I just didn't really enjoy following Herlock around as much. Isodore Beautrelet from "The Hollow Needle" was a much more interesting adversary to Lupin than Herlock Sholmes is. Also, Herlock Sholmes is not really like Sherlock Holmes, for any fans of the Arthur Conan Doyle series. This is not the highly-observant, highly eccentric detective from France. Rather, he is a hothead with a vengeance for Lupin, but he is also very smart and clever. The endings of both stories are still very well-done in Maurice LeBlanc fashion, but this is not the best of the Arsene Lupin series.
This novel seems to use an old translation. Some of the phrases are a little old-fashioned, and it seems that the translation was perhaps a bit too tight. If they retranslated this and used a more modern writing style, it would really improve this book. However, this is the only translation available that I know of. Despite this, I still give this book five stars because once you start reading this book, you forget about the structural problems. You just want to find out who will win.
For fans of the Lupin series but not many Conan Doyle fans will appreciate this detective.
Unlike the Holmes and Watson that Conan Doyle fans have come to love, Herlock and Wilson are NOT what any C.D. fan would expect. Herlock is crude, cold-hearted, and has quite a temper. Meanwhile, Wilson is very stupid and makes a hobby of stating the obvious (literally). There is good reason why LeBlact couldn't use the names of Sherlock and Watson, he didn't deserve to (that and I'm sure some nice lawyers would sue him relentlessly for copyright infringement).
I you are a fan of the Lupin series then you'll most likely love this as well, for fans of the REAL Sherlock Holmes......probably not, for those who have not read the original S.H. I recomend reading the original before this. But the one thing that I did take away from this book is a new-found appreciation for my new favorite thief, Arsene Lupin, as a stand-alone series it IS great, but mixing it with the S.H. franchise.....not the best idea in the world...well maybe if it was more true to the original character.
Now, I'm not an expert on Arsene Lupin translations, but I definitely realized that something was wrong when I finished the book without once seeing the character of Herlock Sholmes (or Homelock Shears or whatever Sherlock Holmes is called by LeBlanc) introduced.
So, if you're just looking for another Lupin story to add to your bookshelf, I very much recommend this book. However, if you are specifically looking for "Arsene Lupin vs. Herlock Sholmes," then look elsewhere.
The story is good, but I'm giving it one star for false advertising (titling?).