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The Three Evangelists by Fred Vargas
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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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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 |
Originally published in 1995, a year before The Chalk Circle Man. The main characters are Marc Vandoosler, a medievalist, Matthias Delamare, a specialist on pre-historic man, Lucien Devernois, whose subject is The Great War, and ex-commissaire Armand Vandoosler, Marc's uncle and godfather, whose career in the police seems to have had some slightly dodgy elements which are never made clear. The historians live together grudgingly, forced together by lack of money, each occupying a separate floor of a rambling old house, generally referred to as 'the Disgrace' as it is so out of keeping with its neighbourhood, stacked in order of their periods of interest, with the ex-commissaire occupying the attic. In the house next door is former opera singer Sophia Simeonidis and her husband Pierre, a social worker, to whom she is almost invisible. One morning a tree appears in Sophia's garden. Though it worries her, her husband does not regard it as a matter for concern. In desperation Sophie visits the Disgrace and asks its occupants to help her get to the bottom of the mystery, quite literally, by digging around the roots of the tree to see if anything has been buried under it. They find nothing, but shortly afterwards Sophie goes missing. Pierre appears unconcerned, and the occupants of the Disgrace set out to find her, aided by her best friend and her niece. An historian and archaeologist herself, Vargas has great fun with her characters, giving her historians characteristics appropriate to the periods they study, characteristics which give them different skills which they apply in turn to the solution of the crime, each needing the others to move the solution forward. Marc resents his uncle/godfather, who teases them by referring to them as Sts Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and who sits in his attic observing and gently guiding the action. I had read a number of the Inspector Adamsberg stories before discovering The Three Evangelists, and at the end of reading The Three Evangelists thought how good it would be if Vargas developed a series based on Vandoosler, who is such a winning character. I then realized that the Disgrace is where Adamsberg goes for advice in Have Mercy On Us All and Adamsberg calls on Matthias in This Night's Foul Work. Early in his career Adamsberg worked with Armand Vandoosler down south. It would be interesting to know how Vargas moved from Vandoosler to Adamsberg. She is obviously fond of the characters from her first book, as she has not abandoned them, but perhaps the structure of their relationships and situation were too limiting to allow a series to develop. Perhaps even when creating the evangelists she had Adamsberg in mind. This book seems to set the pattern of recurring themes in Vargas' work, the historical and religious references. Towards the end of this book the godfather tosses a five-franc piece into the air and catches it before suggesting that they throw it away as anyway they can't cut it into twelve. Marc protests "There aren't twelve of us, only four." "Ah, that would be too simple" Vandoosler replies. In one of the Adamsberg books reference is made to the fact that the inspector's surname includes that of the bible's first man. Adamsberg's first name is, of course, Jean-Baptiste. I am now on the lookout for the appearance of John and other biblicaly named characters. If a Jesus appears it may signal the end of the series. Let us pray that is a long way off!
  Oandthegang | Feb 22, 2013 |
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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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