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The shape of water by Andrea Camilleri

The shape of water (original 1994; edition 2002)

by Andrea Camilleri (Author), 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)

  1. 20
    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.
  2. 00
    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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I've been spoiled by the Bruno, Chief of Police series and have started to expect an increased sense of place in my international police procedurals. In Bruno's case that also involves the local wine and cuisine to a great degree, but that is more of a bonus.

Camilleri's Montalbano is certainly a worthy cop and makes clever deductions to solve the case here but I didn't get any sense of Sicily whatsoever from this. Beach shorelines and Mafioso connections aren't enough and the shortened novella length (about 40,000 words or 4 hours reading time) doesn't allow for an extended immersion and development.

I understand that Montalbano is the lead in a 24-book series in the original Italian (which also indicates a high level of popular appeal) as of early 2017, so that sense of place and connection may be built over the longer story arc. The series certainly does seem to have its share of fans.

I listened to the Audible Audio edition narrated by Grover Gardner who was excellent as always. ( )
  alanteder | Feb 22, 2017 |
This is actually the first book in the series, but it is the ninth one I've read. It was interesting how they introduced Montalbano and having read the others I can see how the group of characters have been developed. A good introduction to the series with a very intriguing mystery, and an interesting outcome at the end of the book. One of my favourite series. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Feb 20, 2017 |
I am not sure how to rate this book. I was expecting somehing along the lines of Police Chief Bruno, only with an Italian and Sicilian twist. Salvo Montalbano is a police inspector in Vigata. Vigata is located on Siciy and the Mafioso is a big player on the island as everyone knows. Well Slavo is no Bruno, and these books are much lustier than Martin Walker's wonderful series. I guess to be a true classification, this would be a noir mystery rather than a police procedural. The book begins with a very well-known local government man found dead in the passenger seat of his car with his pants and underwear around his knees. Salvo at first think it's murder, but it turns out the death is from natural causes, but that means that a whole slew of criminal types are trying to cash in on it for their own political and personal reasons. Things get really messy, and so does the book. I found the book difficult to follow and difficult to keep the characters straight. I'm not sure if I'll read more in the series or not. I love the setting, and Salvo shows some promise, but Mr. Camilleri needs to offer more insight into Salvo's thinking as he's working through a case. It's hard to catch up. ( )
  Romonko | Dec 13, 2016 |
This is the first Mantalbano mystery in the series. He’s a urbane detective in a Sicily. When a man is found dead in a car with his pants pulled down, the death is ruled natural—a heart attack, but the determined Mantalbano is sure there is more to the story. As he digs and digs he discovers a multi-layered story involving the Mafia and family jealousy. The ending is totally unexpected but spot on. ( )
  brangwinn | Nov 29, 2016 |
I thought this was fun and kind of the anti-Leon/Brunetti books - a sea of Sicialian corruption, no beautiful crumbling Venice and no Paola to cook the meals. I liked Montalbano as a character though - the good guy among the not-so good and look forward to reading a few more in the series. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Andrea Camilleriprimary authorall editionscalculated
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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