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Danza de la gaviota, La (original 2009; edition 2012)

by Andrea Camilleri

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Title:Danza de la gaviota, La
Authors:Andrea Camilleri
Info:Barcelona: Salamandra
Collections:Read but unowned
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Tags:Literatura italiana, Policiaca, Italia, Sicilia

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The Dance of the Seagull by Andrea Camilleri (2009)

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The novels of Andrea Camilleri breathe out the sense of place, the sense of humor, and the sense of despair that fills the air of Sicily. A good read, enjoy!
I was given this book by GoodReads. ( )
  MaryAnn12 | Apr 4, 2013 |
This is the 15th and latest in translation in the Salvo Montalbano series, with several more published but yet to be translated. Which means lots to look forward to! I read this in less than two days, which is testament to how much I was enjoying it (having some recreation time might have helped too). This latest is a little more pacey than the Camilleri norm, or so it felt, due in no small measure to the urgency in finding Montalbano's colleague Fazio who has gone missing and may have had a terrible fate befall him. Montalbano is getting older of course, he is now 57,and the interchanges between him and his alter ego now and then add to the entertainment factor and help give some insight into the man himself.

The Mafia do not usually figure with any great prominence in Camilleri's books, but here the villains have Mafia connections; however the focus on the individuals and the criminal aspect rather than the organisation ensures than the book does not become any sort of commentary on the mafia itself, something Camilleri is always careful to avoid in my opinion. Not a criticism, rather an observation.

The book starts, rather promisingly, with Salvo's longtime girlfriend Livia arriving to spend a holiday with him, but she disappears from the story as quickly as she arrives, which is a downer for me as I would dearly like to see his relationship with Livia feature more prominently in the series. But that said, there is still, as always, a female presence that gets Montalbano's hormones going and the man in a muddle. Also not present to the usual extent is Sicilian cuisine; Montalbano loves his food, and it often features prominently, but alas, aside from lots of coffee, not so much here. These two slight criticisms aside, I loved this latest, the plot, the often quirky characters, the wit, the interactions, and Camilleri's humourous style.

The dance of the seagull, which the book opens with, serves, should you wonder as a metaphor for a later event, of which I shall say no more! As for a 'double scrockson', read the book!

Camilleri is, if it is not already evident, very probably my favourite, and this latest just serves to entrench him in that position.

Having the full Montalbano series also on DVD, I now plan to watch this story later tonight, time and body allowing. Opportunity to enjoy the story all over again albeit via a different medium. Might not deliver all that the book does, but I shall still enjoy. ( )
  ebyrne41 | Apr 1, 2013 |
The Dance of the Seagull, Andrea Camilleri's new Chief Inspector Montalbano novel, begins with our hero watching the very odd behaviour of a seagull dying on the beach in front of his home, an image that remains with the reader throughout the book. When he arrives at work and discovers that his right-hand man, Fazio, is apparently missing, Montalbano immediately suspects foul play, and it is not too long before he is proven right. There are mysterious goings-on at the docks where the fisherman bring their catch early every morning, and there is an old school friend of Fazio's who appears to have mixed Fazio up with something quite unsavory. Now it is up to Montalbano to find Fazio and protect him from further harm before it is too late.... It is always a delight to read the latest Camilleri and this one, the 15th in the Montalbano series, is no exception. The capricious detective has a fascinating personality, and the descriptions of Sicily and the beautiful food of the place are always refreshing. Not to mention the plots, which are intricate and well-constructed. What stands out this time, other than the seagull of the title, is the fact that there are a couple of self-referential moments that can only be called post-modern: when Montalbano talks about the actor playing him in a TV series (this series does, in fact, exist in Italy) and when, toward the end of the novel, the narrator says something along the lines of he could no more solve the case than Montalbano could tell Camilleri how it will all end! Often that kind of insertion of the author into the narrative comes across as pretentious and glib; here, it is just one more way in which Camilleri delights in playing with language. Highly recommended - but read the entire series first! ( )
  thefirstalicat | Mar 3, 2013 |
La votazione è in rapporto agli altri della serie Montalbano. Decisamente inferiore, per me.
  Lilliblu | Aug 4, 2012 |
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Before leaving for vacation, Inspector Montalbano witnesses a seagull doing an odd dance on the beach outside his home, when the bird suddenly drops dead. Stopping in at his office for a quick check before heading off, he notices that his right-hand man, Fazio, is nowhere to be found. Montalbano sets out to find him and discovers that the seagull's dance of death may provide the key to understanding a macabre world of sadism, extortion, and murder.… (more)

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