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Title:The Three Evangelists
Authors:Fred Vargas
Info:Vintage (2007), Paperback, 304 pages
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The Three Evangelists by Fred Vargas (1995)

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Hilarious quirky characters and poetic writing :)
I guessed the 2nd red herring way ahead of time but was convinced of its truth.
Love Fred Vargas's work and the translation by Sian Reynolds is natural and beautiful.
Must learn French so I can read the original by Vargas. ( )
  JazMinderr | Jul 31, 2014 |
I absolutely adored this book as I loved the three historians Mathias, Marc and Lucien, the three Evangelists of the title, and Marc’s ex-policeman great uncle as they investigated first the mysterious appearance of a tree in the garden of their neighbour, Sophia Simeonidis and then Sophia’s disappearance, followed by an increasing body count. The various mysteries are intriguing and judiciously placed red herrings ensure that the solution was a surprise to this reader at least. Wonderful. ( )
  riverwillow | May 4, 2014 |
Molto carino!
Scoperto grazie agli aNobiiani. :)
Gradevole, soprattutto per la caratterizzazione dei personaggi e per i momenti trascorsi nella "topaia". :D"Nonostante i suoi principi sotterranei, fin troppo rigidi e intransigenti, solo se lo conoscevi bene, nelle sue impennate analitiche partiva un po’ in tutte le direzioni. Ma i bruschi scarti dei suoi ragionamenti e i suoi frequenti sbalzi di umore potevano produrre effetti preziosi. Marc rischiava di cadere in due eccessi opposti: a volte era impaziente, a volte imperturbabile. Anche su Mathias si poteva contare, non tanto come decodificatore, ma piuttosto come sensore. Vandoosler pensava a san Matteo come a una specie di dolmen, una roccia massiccia, statica, sacra, che senza accorgersene s’impregnava di ogni sorta di evento sensibile, orientando le sue particelle di mica nel senso del vento. In ogni caso, descriverlo era complicato. Perché era capace di prontezza, di rapidità, di un tempismo insieme audace e giudizioso. Quanto a Lucien, era un idealista che si disperdeva su tutta la gamma degli eccessi, da quelli più striduli a quelli più bassi e vibranti. E nella sua agitazione cacofonica, inevitabilmente si verificavano degli urti, delle collisioni capaci di generare scintille insperate." Ben tradotto.
Almeno uno dei libri della Vargas, però, voglio leggerlo anche in francese. ( )
  Kazegafukuhi | Aug 10, 2013 |
Chi è morto alzi la mano - ★★★★

Ovvero il mistero del faggio.
Niente Adamsberg in questi romanzi che hanno come protagonisti i "tre evangelisti", ovvero il preistorico, il medievalista e l'esperto della Grande Guerra.
Il livello del giallo è quello solito della Vargas, vale a dire che il dubbio di chi possa essere il colpevole al lettore viene.
I personaggi sono anche questi soliti della Vargas, e come sempre è quello che più apprezzo nei suoi romanzi, più che le indagini è bello seguire le fissazioni di Lucien sui diari del '14-'18, la tettonica a placche di Marc e il raccoglitore-cacciatore Mathias e la loro convivenza sulla scala temporale.

Un po' più in là sulla destra - ★★

Il bello della Vargas, secondo me, non è il giallo ma i personaggi.
Questo romanzo quindi si prende due stelline perchè ho trovato i personaggi faticosi da digerire. Ludwig/Louis associato a Marc il medievalista è veramente troppo, tutti e due hanno pensieri che vagano e divagano, sarebbe stato il caso di stemperare con il silenzio del cacciatore-raccoglitore (che entra in scena proprio al momento giusto) e con i commenti di Lucien (che non si è proprio visto).
L'unico che si salva è Bufo.

Io sono il tenebroso - ★★★★

Anche in questo ultimo romanzo, oltre agli evangelisti, è presente Louis (e Bufo, l'anfibio equilibrato).
Louis e i tre storici si trovano a indagare su degli omicidi particolarmente cruenti e senza apparente logica (ma il titolo italiano in realtà è uno spoiler) e a proteggere il cocco di Marthe.
Questo romanzo funziona meglio del precedente perchè i personaggi sono dosati con equilibrio, grazie anche al contributo del chiassoso Lucien e del solido Mathias.
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  Saretta.L | Mar 31, 2013 |
One morning an ageing ex Opera singer, Sophia Simeonidis, notices a tree planted in her garden and becomes obsessed with how it came to be there. She turns to her neighbours, three obsessive historians (the evangelists of the title) and a disgraced policeman who share a dilapidated house, called The Disgrace by Sophia’s husband, to help her solve the mystery of the tree. When their initial investigations reach a dead end the matter is dropped until Sophia disappears and, once again, the residents of The Disgrace set out to discover what has happened.

This is a book of observations about a group of eccentric but likable characters that borders on the surreal at times. It’s full of odd, seemingly irrelevant but somehow interesting details about the characters and the most insignificant moments or dialogue turn out to be of the utmost importance. It’s the sort of thing Oscar Wilde might have written if he teamed up with Lewis Carroll. The writing is utterly delightful with many phrases and passages that made me smile just because of their structure and cadence which is a credit to Sian Reynolds, the translator, as well as Ms Vargas. The characters, in particular the historians who each have a historical field they specialise in, turn out to be the opposite of the superficial, immature people they might first appear to be and I was enchanted by them all.

The plot definitely plays second fiddle to the meanderings of the three evangelists and their neighbours but, unusually for me, I found I didn’t mind as I was totally captivated by the people and the place. There is definitely a mystery and towards the end it’s quite suspenseful, but it’s not a traditional procedural or noir crime novel. In fact it might not even be a crime novel at all aside from the fact that a crime is assumed to have taken place in it but I’ve given up worrying about labels. Regardless of what kind of book it is I found it charming, unpredictable and quite a treasure. ( )
  bsquaredinoz | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Balmelli, MauriziaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The opera singer Sophia Siméonidis wakes up one morning to discover that a tree has appeared overnight in the garden of her Paris house. Intrigued and unnerved, she turns to her neighbors: Vandoosler, an ex-cop, and three impecunious historians, Mathias, Marc and Lucien — the three evangelists. They agree to dig around the tree and see if something has been buried there. They find nothing but soil.

A few weeks later, Sophia disappears and her body is found burned to ashes in a car. Who killed the opera singer? Her husband, her ex-lover, her best friend, her niece? They all seem to have a motive.

Vandoosler and the three evangelists set out to find the truth.

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The opera singer Sophia Simeonidis wakes up one morning to discover that a tree has appeared overnight in the garden of her Paris house. Intrigued and unnerved, she turns to her neighbours: Vandoosler, an ex-cop, and three impecunious historians, Mathias, Marc and Lucien - the three evangelists. They agree to dig around the tree and see if something has been buried there. They find nothing but soil. A few weeks later, Sophia disappears and her body is found burned to ashes in a car. Who killed the opera singer? Her husband, her ex-lover, her best friend, her niece? They all seem to have a motive. Vandoosler and the three evangelists set out to find the truth.

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Sophia wakes up one morning to find that a tree has appeared overnight in the garden of her Paris house. She asks her neighbours to dig around the tree to find out if something has been buried. But they find nothing but soil under the tree. A few weeks later, Sophia disappears. Then her burnt body is found.… (more)

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