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The Waters of Eternal Youth (2016)

by Donna Leon

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Series: Commissario Brunetti (25)

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Not much of a mystery--figured out pretty early who the bad guy was--but Leon's description of life in Venice makes even a ho hum plot enjoyable. ( )
  sblock | Dec 6, 2016 |
A comfortable, but tired read. We know the characters—how many Brunetti books has Donna Leon written anyway. His clan lives peaceably, no real challenges, no changes. Even the crime is old and mostly forgotten. The cops and their vain, strutting boss have learned to live together. The plot is predictable—only one possibility for the villain and he does not disappoint. The book does touch on the evils of our time: eco-trashing, macho women-bashing, political corruption, right wing resurgence, immigrant suspicions, but in a low-pitched voice. The book barely holds your attention, and you can nod off without fear of missing anything. A late night, pre-sleep book. ( )
  kerns222 | Aug 24, 2016 |
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Donna Leon is a master at mystery stories that give the reader a sense of place, a magnificent character who continues to grow with each new book in the series, and a variety of crimes to solve.

In this latest story, Commissario Guido Brunetti is asked by a wealthy widow to look into her grandaughter's near drowning over 15 years ago. The girl was left with permanent brain damage and the grandmother wants to blame someone.

Brunetti isn't sure there's a crime to investigate, but his curiosity (and his innate politeness toward elderly women) drive him to look into what facts are still available. Throughout the book, the story of Venice spreads its cover - the corruption, the pollution, and the current socio-economic problems associated with an influx of immigrants. In he end, Brunetti and company don't disappoint.

I received this audiobook through participation in the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program. Like all previous books in the series, David Colacci handles the various accents and dialects of the area and gives us a reading that is easy to follow and perfect for the characters. ( )
  tututhefirst | Jul 8, 2016 |
My today's standards this is a very "quiet & gentle" crime novel. Leon writes in a very fluid and understated style - very easy to follow and get involved in. The only disconnect is my lack of familiarity with Venice - it's geography & culture - but that is my weakness not the author's. ( )
  labdaddy4 | Jul 8, 2016 |
Excellent, probably the best in the Brunetti series. ( )
  tjsween | Jul 2, 2016 |
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Ah, perché, oh Dio,
Perché non mi lasciasti
crudel, morir nell'acque, e mi salvasti?


Ah, why oh God,
Did you not leave me, oh cruel One,
to drown in the waters, but saved me?

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He had always hated formal dinners, and he hated being at this one.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802124801, Hardcover)

In Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti series, the Venetian inspector has been called on to investigate many things, from shocking to petty crimes. But in The Waters of Eternal Youth, the 25th novel in this celebrated series, Brunetti finds himself drawn into a case that may not be a case at all.

Fifteen years ago, a teenage girl fell into a canal late at night. Unable to swim, she went under and started to drown, only surviving thanks to a nearby man, an alcoholic, who heard her splashes and pulled her out, though not before she suffered irreparable brain damage that left her in a state of permanent childhood, unable to learn or mature. The drunk man claimed he saw her thrown into the canal by another man, but the following day he couldn’t remember a thing.

Now, at a fundraising dinner for a Venetian charity, a wealthy and aristocratic patroness—the girl’s grandmother—asks Brunetti if he will investigate. Brunetti’s not sure what to do. If a crime was committed, it would surely have passed the statute of limitations. But out of a mixture of curiosity, pity, and a willingness to fulfill the wishes of a guilt-wracked older woman, who happens to be his mother-in-law’s best friend, he agrees.

Brunetti soon finds himself unable to let the case rest, if indeed there is a case. Awash in the rhythms and concerns of contemporary Venetian life, from historical preservation, to housing, to new waves of African migrants, and the haunting story of a woman trapped in a damaged perpetual childhood, The Waters of Eternal Youth is another wonderful addition to this series.

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