"What we become" (Last Pérez-Reverte's novel): Reviews and dates


#1 bestselling author and Dagger Award winner Arturo Perez-Reverte delivers an epic historical tale following the dangerous and passionate love affair between a beautiful high society woman and an elegant thief. A story of romance, adventure, and espionage, this novel solidifies Perez-Reverte as an international literary giant.
Event date:
Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address:
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

"What We Become" with Arturo Pérez-Reverte
When: Mon., June 13, 7 p.m.
• Book Passage
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Arturo Pérez-Reverte: book signing and discussion
Presented by Murder by the Book at Murder by the Book
June 15, 2016



Murder by the Book presents Arturo Pérez-Reverte. Arturo Pérez-Reverte will sign and discuss What We Become (Atria; $28).
#1 bestselling author and Dagger Award winner Arturo Perez-Reverte delivers an epic historical tale following the dangerous and passionate love affair between a beautiful high society woman and an elegant thief. A story of romance, adventure, and espionage, this novel solidifies Perez-Reverte as an international literary giant.
En route from Lisbon to Buenos Aires in 1928, Max and Mecha meet aboard a luxurious transatlantic cruise ship. There Max teaches the stunning stranger and her erudite husband to dance the tango. A steamy affair ignites at sea and continues as the seedy decadence of Buenos Aires envelops the secret lovers.
Nice, 1937. Still drawn to one another a decade later, Max and Mecha rekindle their dalliance. In the wake of a perilous mission gone awry, Mecha looks after her charming paramour until a deadly encounter with a Spanish spy forces him to flee.
Sorrento, 1966. Max once again runs into trouble and Mecha. She offers him temporary shelter from the KGB agents on his trail, but their undeniable attraction offers only a small glimmer of hope that their paths will ever cross again.
Arturo Perez-Reverte is at his finest here, offering readers a bittersweet, richly rendered portrait of a powerful, forbidden love story that burns brightly over forty years, from the fervor of youth to the dawn of old age.
Arturo Pérez-Reverte is the #1 internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, includingThe Club Dumas, The Queen of the South, and The Siege, which won the International Dagger Award from the Crime Writers’ Association. A retired war journalist, he lives in Madrid and is a member of the Royal Spanish Academy. His books have been translated into more than forty languages and have been adapted to the big screen.
(Author photograph by Victoria Iglesias)
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Arturo Perez-Reverte discusses his book What We Become

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 7:00 pm
Free
Bestselling author and Dagger Award winner Arturo Pérez-Reverte delivers an epic historical tale following the dangerous and passionate love affair between a beautiful high society woman and an elegant thief.
This event takes place at:
New York City ( NYC )
http://www.clubfreetime.com/new-york-city-nyc/free-book-reading/2016-06-16/event/270502

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WHAT WE BECOME by Arturo Perez-Reverte (Historical Fiction)
Arturo Perez-Reverte’s latest is an epic historical tale following the dangerous and passionate love affair between a beautiful high society woman and an elegant thief.

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http://www.bookreporter.com/reviews/what-we-become


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AMAZON:

WORLDWIDE ACCLAIM for What We Become:

“Sparkling with witty dialogue, this elegantly translated thriller is enthusiastically recommended to sophisticated readers and those who wish to be
.” (Library Journal, Starred Review)

“Perez-Reverte summons the romantic spirit of an old black-and-white movie: impossibly glamorous, undeniably wistful.
” (Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW)

"Pérez-Reverte, who has written of women and adventure before, along with crime and betrayal,combines them all here in a hypnotic rhapsody of a novel that drinks freely from many genres: historical epic, Hitchcockian thriller, and, above all, grand love story, both heartbreaking and deliciously sexy. Pérez-Reverte masterfully,excruciatingly, jumps back and forth between the three encounters, playing the reader’s emotions masterfully and creating as much tension through the love story as through the derring-do and the betrayals that stain both. An intoxicating entertainment, pulsing with life but, at the same time, with a kind of damp, hidden lament for all that was and is no more.” (Booklist, starred review)

[What We Become] is an extraordinary novel of love and adventure,passion and intrigue, emotion, betrayal and reunions spanning across four decades of the troubled twentieth century and represented by three fascinating times and places.” (–El Mundo)

“Beautiful language, a gripping story, authenticcharacters and fascinating sceneries – these are the ingredients for anexcellent novel.” (--Nordeutscher Rundfunk)

“A great love story...a fresh documentation of the lost history of Europe
.” (– El País)

What We Become is breathtakingly written.” (–Westdeutscher Rundfunk)

Romance, life, desire and adventure, all told by Pérez-Reverte in the best way possible.” (–La Vanguardia)

“What We Become is a brilliant novel which takes us into the nostalgic world of tango,love,and crime.”
(–Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

This book is a masterpiece. It reads like a classic film. The story moves effortlessly between the dance halls of 1920s Buenos Aires, to a chess tournament in 1960s Italy, and back to Nice in the 30s. Max, a gentleman thief,meets Mecha, the beautiful wife of a famous composer, when hes working as a ballroom dancer on an ocean liner. Its his job to keep escorted women entertained. As you read, you can practically here the music as they are dancing. Their paths cross several more times in the intervening years, each time leaving its mark on them and their shared histories. As two of his capers escalate you find Max in two different nail biting moments at the same time, each making you turn pages faster and faster. WHAT WE BECOME does what Arturo Pérez-Reverte does best. He transports you to another place in time, and leaves you feeling nostalgic when the the book ends. (John Kwiatkowski Murder By The Book)

Praise for International Bestselling Author, Arturo Pérez-Reverte:

“John le Carre meets Gabriel Garcia Marquez…” (–The Wall Street Journal)

“Few contemporary writers conjure up derring-do as well as well as Arturo Pérez-Reverte.” (– The Christian Science Monitor)

“Pérez-Reverte’s literary thriller explodes withhistory, heartbreak [and] determination…
” (– Entertainment Weekly)

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What We Become
By Arturo Perez-Reverte

Release Date: June 7th, 2016
Purchase: [Chapters/Indigo] [Amazon]

Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl--#1 bestselling author and Dagger Award winner Arturo Pérez-Reverte delivers an epic historical tale following the dangerous and passionate love affair between a beautiful high society woman and an elegant thief. A story of romance, adventure, and espionage, this novel solidifies Pérez-Reverte as an international literary giant.

En route from Lisbon to Buenos Aires in 1928, Max and Mecha meet aboard a luxurious transatlantic cruise ship. There Max teaches the stunning stranger and her erudite husband to dance the tango. A steamy affair ignites at sea and continues as the seedy decadence of Buenos Aires envelops the secret lovers.

Nice, 1937. Still drawn to one another a decade later, Max and Mecha rekindle their dalliance. In the wake of a perilous mission gone awry, Mecha looks after her charming paramour until a deadly encounter with a Spanish spy forces him to flee.

Sorrento, 1966. Max once again runs into trouble—and Mecha. She offers him temporary shelter from the KGB agents on his trail, but their undeniable attraction offers only a small glimmer of hope that their paths will ever cross again.

Arturo Pérez-Reverte is at his finest here, offering readers a bittersweet, richly rendered portrait of a powerful, forbidden love story that burns brightly over forty years, from the fervor of youth to the dawn of old age.

What We Become was the first title I picked up as part of my binge read. Taking place en route from Lisbon to Buenos Aires in 1928, it features a passionate love affair between Max and Mecha on a luxurious cruise ship. This passionate affair, although at first assumed to have ended on that cruise ship, follows the duo throughout the years in a variety of circumstances. Perilous missions, disastrous encounters, all filled with suspense, are a few of the events that pull this duo together, and it irrevocably had my attention from beginning to end. It was enchanting, wonderfully written, and ignited my imagination. I adored it! Max and Mecha were phenomenal characters that captured me, heart and soul, and had me gripping the pages and begging for more. It was perfection!

http://acupcakeandlatte.blogspot.com.es/2016/06/high-stakes-high-seas-2-books-to-help.html

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Prolific master Pérez-Reverte (The Siege, 2014, etc.) returns with a novel of fate, love, and deception that spans four decades as two beautiful misfits struggle to make a real human connection despite the violent politics of the Spanish Civil War and then the Cold War.
Max Costa grows up in the slums of Buenos Aires to become the consummate con man: suave, handsome, and quick-fingered. While working as a ballroom dancer on a luxury ocean liner in 1928, he encounters Mecha, sparking a short but passionate affair. But Mecha is married to a famous Spanish composer with eclectic sexual tastes, and when the composer insists that Max escort the couple into the Argentinian underworld so that he might find gritty inspiration to write a “perfect tango,” the night that follows puts Max on the run. Ten years later, now a successful thief, Max is recruited as a spy by two Italian agents, and while infiltrating a high-society party, he once again runs into Mecha. Passion reignites, but once again Max must leave precipitously. Both these stories unfold in pieces, intercut with a third encounter between Max and Mecha in 1966 as Mecha’s son competes against a Russian for a chance to play in the world chess championship. In typical Pérez-Reverte fashion, the novel’s strength is in its details and its lush descriptions of exotic places and luxurious parties that contrast with political violence. This novel is also driven by the deeply flawed humanity of its two main characters: their desire and their inability to trust anyone, even each other, despite their strong connection. The sense of regret that imbues the 1966 storyline elevates the novel to a meditation on the ravages inflicted on the body and spirit by time and history.
Pérez-Reverte summons the romantic spirit of an old black-and-white movie: impossibly glamorous, undeniably wistful.

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/arturo-perez-reverte/what-we-become-reverte/

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What We Become
BY ARTURO PÉREZ-REVERTE



Is it a tango? Is it a chess match? What We Become could be read either way: a passionate dance of lovers coming together and separating over a lifetime, or a match where motives are minutely analyzed before each “move.” Mr. Pérez-Reverte has given us yet another work of literary art that is enjoyable and thought-provoking.
The tango and chess are key topics in the story, which begins in 1928 when famed composer, Armando de Troeye, and his stunning wife, Mecha Inzunza, travel to Buenos Aires aboard a luxury liner. Max Costa is the professional dancer onboard. He is Argentinian, a devilishly handsome rogue and perfect match for Mecha as they capture the dance floor in superbly performed tangos. In Buenos Aires, Max introduces the couple to a skid row bar and the “Old School Tango” – a source of inspiration for Armando and tantalizing foreplay for Max and Mecha. Their affair flares, but they soon part. It will rekindle eleven years later in Nice where Mecha waits for news of Armando’s fate in revolutionary Spain and Max’s past entangles him in a double-dealing espionage caper. Battered and hunted, Max turns to Mecha for help. Again they part. The separation is longer this time – until 1966. They are in their sixties now, in Sorrento. The fire between them is tamped, their bodies no longer beautiful. The relationship takes a different turn and propels the story into a suspenseful and, finally, bittersweet ending.
As an enthusiastic fan, it was a pleasure to open a new work by Mr. Pérez-Reverte, and I was not disappointed. The originality, intelligence, and superb writing are all there. Though some of the more introspective passages were a test of patience, the wait was worthwhile for the dynamic action that followed. An excellent read!

https://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/what-we-become/

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What We Become by Arturo Perez-Reverte

June 1, 2016
Reviewed by Richard Goldman
Hardcover June 2016
Buy it at Mystery Lovers Bookshop

Ive certainly enjoyed every book by Arturo Perez-Reverte although some Ive loved more than others. In the latter category titles like The Flanders Panel, The Fencing Master and The Siege come to mind. Now Id like to add What We Become.
At my stage of life how could I not love a story filled with bittersweet romance, the simultaneous satisfactions and regrets of growing older, the memories of past events. Plus weve got cosmopolitan backdrops, gorgeous clothes and the best of the 20s, 30s and 60s.
The story spans 40 years and concerns a deep love between two people who only spend perhaps three weeks together during that period. Max Costa meets Mecha Inzunza in 1928 on a trans-Atlantic liner bound for Buenos Aires where Mechas husband intends to write a tango that, by being better than Ravels Bolero will win a bet that he has with that well-known composer. While Mecha and her husband Armando are wealthy first class passengers Max is employed by the ships owners to be a dancing partner for passengers. In this he is very accomplished: handsome, debonair, well-dressed, an excellent dancer. Naturally hes almost quite a gigolo and on the way to becoming quite a thief.
Over the coming 40 years Max and Mecha will meet twice more: in 1937 in Nice and in 1966 in Sorrento. On each occasion Max is up to no good but the attraction between the two lovers is undiminshed. The strands of these three stories are interwoven throughout the book with interesting parallels and contrasts as the story in the "present" carries forward while we gradually uncover the past events that led these two to their current situation.
While the romantic and erotic shenanigans carry on there is plenty of other intrigue including jewel thefts, the Spanish Civil War, Max working for fascist spies and finally, a chess matchup between Mechas son and a Russian grandmaster that is chock full of Cold War-era hostility.
Brilliantly written, full of wonderful historical scenes, two unforgettable characters. Who could ask for more.

http://www.revuzeit.com/reviews/2016/2/18/what-we-become-by-arturo-perez-reverte

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What We Become, by Arturo Pérez-Reverte


When Max Costa signed up as a ballroom dancer for the Cap Polonio in 1928, he didn’t know he would meet a woman who would haunt him for the rest of his life. To be fair to Mecha Inzunza, she didn’t know she was going to meet the love of her life on a trip to Buenos Aires, either. Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s What We Become (translated by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia) follows Max and Mecha over forty years, from Buenos Aires in 1928 to Nice in 1938 to Sorrento in 1964. What We Become is the story of two different kinds of scoundrels who keep getting caught up in their own schemes, though there is always the hope that this time will be different.
What We Become jumps back in forth in time, with Max as our lodestar. He’s not a first person narrator, but the story stays tightly focused on him throughout. The bulk of the novel takes place in 1964, in Sorrento, Italy. Max has, finally, settled into a steady job at the age of 64. He’s a chauffeur for a Swiss psychologist. When the psychologist leaves for an extended business trip, Max is left at loose ends. It is pure chance that he spots Mecha with her son and future daughter-in-law in town. They are there for a chess tournament. Seized with the desire to see Mecha again and relive the old days, Max “borrows” his employer’s car and clothes, empties his own bank account, and sets up like the playboy he used to be. Then he arranges to bump into Mecha again.
While Max and Mecha get reacquainted, the narrative takes us back to their first and second meetings. We see them tangoing in Buenos Aires before Max takes off with Mecha’s pearls after a brief and disturbing sexual liaison. We also see them in Nice, France, in 1938. Max has been blackmailed by agents of both the Italian government and the Spanish Nationalist government to steal some papers that would make everyone look bad if they were made public.
Again and again, Max and Mecha gently torment each other. They are always terribly polite and well-mannered (except in bed), but the subtext of their relationship is heartbreaking. Ever since their first tango on the ship to Buenos Aires, they’ve had a connection. No one else has been right for either of them and they’ve spent many lonely years apart.
The hope that the third time is the charm keeps us going along, even though both Max and Mecha have changed a lot since 1938. Mecha is now devoted to her son, who may be the next international chess champion if he can defeat the current holder of the title. Max is weary after years of financial failures. Don’t get the wrong impression, however. What We Become is not a romance. Rather, this book is a psychological portrait of two characters who have lived very unusual but unhappy lives. Further, because we learn about Mecha through Max’s life, she remains very mysterious. I’ve just spent almost 500 pages with her and I still don’t understand the woman.
What We Become is masterly in its characterization—even with Mecha’s unexplored motivations. Not only are the characters amazingly well-drawn, Pérez-Reverte has truly captured the lost world of old Europe and Buenos Aires. (Both Mecha and Max are creatures from a different age when we see them in 1964 Sorrento.) The descriptions of clothing and manners and places are richly detailed, so much so that I thought I could smell the spilled alcohol in the Argentinian dives and the cigarette smoke at the dinner party in Nice. This book is an immersive experience.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration. It will be released 7 June 2016.

https://abookishtype.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/what-we-become-by-arturo-perez-reverte/

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Friday May 13
What We Become, by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
Max is a thief and a bit of roué—oh, but what a roué, the kind men envy and women can’t resist. Born in the Buenos Aires slums in the early twentieth century, Max fought his way out of there and reinvented himself as an elegant Spaniard, employed on ocean liners as a tango dancer to entertain the ladies while their husbands drink brandy. Then he meets Mecha, sees her pearl necklace, and finds himself torn between business and pleasure: “the taste of absinthe in his mouth was sweet like a promise of women and adventure.”

http://www.booklistreader.com/2016/05/13/book-lists/reviews-of-the-week-peter-lovesey-a-j-hartley-arturo-perez-reverte-and-more/


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What We Become.


Pérez-Reverte, Arturo (author).
Translated by Nick Caistor.

June 2016. 464p. Atria, hardcover, $27(9781476751986); e-book, $14.99(9781476752006).
REVIEW. First published May 1, 2016 (Booklist).

Max is a thief and a bit of roué—oh, but what a roué, the kind men envy and women can’t resist. Born in the Buenos Aires slums in the early twentieth century, Max fought his way out of there and reinvented himself as an elegant Spaniard, employed on ocean liners as a tango dancer to entertain the ladies while their husbands drink brandy. Then he meets Mecha, sees her pearl necklace, and finds himself torn between business and pleasure: “the taste of absinthe in his mouth was sweet like a promise of women and adventure.” Max gets both, much more than he bargained for, really, but yet, not nearly enough. Pérez-Reverte, who has written of women and adventure before, along with crime and betrayal, combines them all here in a hypnotic rhapsody of a novel that drinks freely from many genres: historical epic, Hitchcockian thriller, and, above all, grand love story, both heartbreaking and deliciously sexy. Max and Mecha only meet three times—on the ocean liner, where their life-consuming passion ignites; in 1937, in Nice, where it burns again (and where Max is in full Cary Grant To Catch a Thief mode); and, much later, in 1966, when the near-elderly couple are thrown together with more dangers to confront. Pérez-Reverte masterfully, excruciatingly, jumps back and forth between the three encounters, playing the reader’s emotions masterfullyand creating as much tension through the love story as through the derring-do and the betrayals that stain both. An intoxicating entertainment, pulsing with life but, at the same time, with “a kind of damp, hidden lament for all that was and is no more.”— Bill Ott

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