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The Patience of the Spider (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries) (original 2004; edition 2007)

by Andrea Camilleri, Stephen Sartarelli (Translator)

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Title:The Patience of the Spider (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
Authors:Andrea Camilleri
Other authors:Stephen Sartarelli (Translator)
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2007), Edition: First Printing, Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Your library, Audio books, Read but unowned
Tags:mystery, Sicily

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The Patience of the Spider by Andrea Camilleri (2004)



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Like all the Montalbano novels, "The Patience of the Spider" is also filled with lively dialogue, sharply observed descriptions, vibrant characterization and dramatic shifts in tone. The relationship with Livia is skilfully handled, but this time I couldn't stand Livia's presence and discourse. It looked like she only functioned as a counterpoint to Montabano's viewpoints... And the nagging, for pit's sake...

This book also has a less-complex plot than earlier books but is still an excellent read for the pleasure of the character development and the insight into Sicilian life (I still have to read the 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th installments in the english or german translations).

It amounts to a great deal for Camilleri's writing that I worked out who had done, what and why quite early on in the story, but it didn't matter in the slightest. I still enjoyed immensely the path to get there. The writing, even in translation, it's still better than most of the crap out there...

Catarella is also at his "best"...It's difficult to imagine, as you read, that this book could have been written in anything other than English. Catarella's rather eccentric use of language and the quality of the translation is perhaps best demonstrated by saying that the English could be corny and rather annoying, but isn't. And it's also gigglingly funny! ( )
  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
Yet another entertaining read from this delightful series.Andrea Camilleri always has a way at looking at crimes from a slightly different perspective. I do like the character of Inspector Montalbano. But what is about his relationship with Livia! I look forward to returning to this series soon. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Aug 3, 2016 |
First, my compliments to Stephen Sartarelli on his translation and notes compiled for the reader to understand every nuance of Camilleri's written word.
Some say that the pace of the book is slow, but, I enjoyed this differing flavor on a detective novel. Camilleri is able to immerse us in the world of Inspector Montalbano: his love and enjoyment of mediterranean food coupled with a detailed description of the sea and the warm and rocky Sicilian geography. With a mix of humor, cynicism, compassion, and love of good food, Montalbano goes into battle against the powerful and the corrupt who are determined to block his path. This is a"delicious" discovery for mystery afficionados and fiction lovers. (less) ( )
  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Mar 25, 2016 |
While I enjoyed every minute of it, I did find some of the plot predictable this time. And poor Montalbano, recuperating and having Livia cooking for him instead of Adelina, didn't get as many wonderful meals in this one! Still a solid mystery with above average writing. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jan 31, 2016 |
2010, Blackstone Audiobooks, Read by Grover Gardner

Book Description: adapted from Amazon.com:
Set once again in Sicily, The Patience of the Spider pits Inspector Montalbano against his greatest foe yet: the weight of his own years. Still recovering from the gunshot wound he suffered in Rounding the Mark, his recuperation is hampered by the demands of a new case: the abduction of Susanna Mistretta, an attractive university student and daughter of a geologist. Unable to trust his colleagues to handle the case properly, Montalbano focuses on subtle anomalies – such as the direction the missing girl's motorbike was pointed – that suggest the kidnapping is more than the simple extortion attempt it appears to be. A mystery unlike any other, this emotionally taut story brings the Montalbano saga to a captivating crossroads.

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Thoroughly enjoyed The Patience of the Spider. It’s an excellent mystery story: an intricate web of hatred, distortion, and family secrets. And it’s a superb character story as Montalbano comes face to face with his age and physical limitations, and “must overcome self-imposed seclusion and waxing self-doubt … in pursuit of the strangest culprit he’s ever hunted.” (italien-mysteries.com) Considerable attention is paid to Montalbano’s inner turmoil – including his response to his strained relationship with long-time lover, Livia. Our fearless Sicilian inspector has indeed come to a captivating crossroads. I’m looking forward to discovering what he does next: will he view the crossroads as crisis or opportunity? ( )
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The latest mystery in Andrea Camilleri?s internationally bestselling Inspector Montalbano series

Winning fans in Europe and America for their dark sophistication and dry humor, Andrea Camilleri?s crime novels are classics of the genre. Set once again in Sicily, The Patience of the Spider pits Inspector Montalbano against his greatest foe yet: the weight of his own years. Still recovering from the gunshot wound he suffered in Rounding the Mark, he must overcome self-imposed seclusion and waxing self-doubt to penetrate a web of hatred and secrets in pursuit of the strangest culprit he?s ever hunted. A mystery unlike any other, this emotionally taut story brings the Montalbano saga to a captivating crossroads.

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Still recovering from his gunshot wound, Inspector Montalbano is feeling the weight of his years, and of his solitude. He's getting softer, more introspective, and critical of his life choices. But if withdrawing from society has become natural of late, he'll soon be forced to interact with others, compelled to intervene as a web of hatred and secrets threatens to squeeze its victims to death. This is Montalbano's most unusual and challenging case yet - and the one that will either change him or break him.… (more)

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