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The shape of water by Andrea Camilleri

The shape of water (original 1994; edition 2002)

by Andrea Camilleri, Stephen Sartarelli (Translator)

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Title:The shape of water
Authors:Andrea Camilleri (Author)
Other authors:Stephen Sartarelli (Translator)
Info:New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2002.
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:fiction, mystery, Italian

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The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri (1994)

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    The Terracotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: The first two titles in the Montalbano series, with many of the same characters appearing in both.
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    The Day of the Owl by Leonardo Sciascia (charl08)
  3. 11
    Death in August by Marco Vichi (Tom_D)
    Tom_D: Similar characters and a translator, Stephen Sartarelli, in common.

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Odd Sicilian crime drama set in the early 90s (no mobiles barely any computers) amid a lot of political corruption. It's a very dark noir feel to it, counterpointed with the insertion of fine wines and food.

Salzu Montalbano is a captain of a local police force (Sicilian police apparently have a mix of regional, national and military police all in the same town). A local politician is found dead in a compromising position amongst the local working girls. As it happens one Salzu's old school friends is the pimp who runs the area, and he's able to provide some clues (This provides quite a bit of context to the style of the book and tone of the policing) . All of the evidence points in one direction, but Salzu isn't convinced it fits as neatly as it should.

Short, but interesting if you like this kind of thing, the tone is a bit odd - partly the translation, and also the seedy setting. ( )
  reading_fox | Jul 22, 2016 |
Every good thing I've heard about Camilleri is so true. I'd liken Detective Montalbano to a Sicilian James Bond. Wine, Women and Food. Oh, when you read of the food you know you're in Italy! This first in the series is a nice, quick and enjoyable introduction. I thought it a flimsy mystery but so much fun and humor it's easy to overlook. ( )
  Carmenere | May 13, 2016 |
Okay, I'm hooked! I'll be enjoying the series!

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. ( )
  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Mar 25, 2016 |
Easy read. Sicilian detective deals with suspicious natural death. Diverting and Montalbano is a sympathetic character.
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  Laurochka | Feb 6, 2016 |
I became entranced with Andrea Camilleri's deceptively simple writing and the glorious character of Inspector Montalbano in this the first of 18 books already translated that I read last year.
Despite the pleasing and predictable formula with which each book unfolds, there is still a guilty pleasure to be gained from following and unravelling the exploits of Montalbano and his men and the women who tempt or torment him.
There is a wonderful sense of place and character not to mention the glorious food that permeates each book.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the entire series. ( )
  Nick-Spill | Jan 24, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Andrea Camilleriprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andersson, BarbroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Assemi, SchahrzadTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gracin, JurajTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Irizar, AnderTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Τραϊκόγλου… Μαρία-ΡόζαTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kangas, HelinäTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mikołajewski, JarosławTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quadruppani, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riu, XavierTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sartarelli, StephenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sartarelli, StephenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Simoniti, VeronikaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Кондюриной… А.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
רפופורט, מירוןTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Andrea Camilleri's novels starring Inspector Montalbano have become an international sensation and have been translated from Italian into eight languages, ranging from Dutch to Japanese. The Shape of Water is the first book in this sly, witty, and engaging series with its sardonic take on Sicilian life.

Early one morning, Silvio Lupanello, a big shot in the village of Vigàta, is found dead in his car with his pants around his knees. The car happens to be parked in a rough part of town frequented by prostitutes and drug dealers, and as the news of his death spreads, the rumors begin. Enter Inspector Salvo Montalbano, Vigàta's most respected detective. With his characteristic 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 to the real killer. This funny and fast-paced Sicilian page-turner will be a delicious discovery for mystery afficionados and fiction lovers alike.

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The first English translation of the best-selling international mystery series follows Sicilian detective Inspector Montalbano as he investigates the suspicious death of an engineer who had made a name for himself in a small town.

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