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The Lost Sailors by Jean-Claude Izzo
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The Lost Sailors (1997)

by Jean-Claude Izzo

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Izzo e la sua Marsiglia, uno spaccato interrazziale pieno di sofferenza, umanità, solitudini. Una città dai mille volti e dalle mille storie, accogliente e spietata, una città aperta al mare, che si offre, che ferisce. Non poteva finire bene e lo si intuisce già dalle prime righe. Il tono triste e malinconico, le atmosfere cupe e l'insostenibile ingiustizia della vita in un mosaico che si compone e va in mille pezzi allo stesso tempo. I destini si incrociano per non lasciarsi mai più e forse è solo questa la misera speranza che resta ai sopravvissuti: ricominciare da quel poco ( o tanto) che resta, con una ferita in più a testimonianza di un passato con cui convivere.
  Magrathea | Dec 30, 2017 |
I like Jean-Claude Izzo and this is a good story, though as another reviewer, somewhere, noted, it's a bit much when every woman he describes is beautiful, desirable, a Siren. And--not the author's problem--after reading the Marseille trilogy, I expected this would also be a mystery. There are mysterious elements in it, but it's most definitely not a whodunit: no detective and no crime (except the vagaries of life, stealing away with possibilities). But Jean-Claude is an evocative writer, and we get Marseille again, which I like, and he has some profound things to say, so I take away one star for the too beautiful women and call this a good Izzo book. ( )
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"A freighter is impounded in the port of Marseilles when its owners declare bankruptcy. On board, the men are divided: wait for the money owed them - money that might never come - or accept their fate and abandon ship? This may be Captain Abdul Aziz's last commission and he is determined to save his charge and stand by his men. Diamantis, his second-in-command, is in search of a woman he has never stopped loving and who may now be living in Marseilles. In these close quarters charged with physical and emotional tension, each of these marooned sailors' life stories begins to resemble a chapter in the complex, colorful, and tragic story of the Mediterranean Sea itself - rich with romance, legend, passion and drama."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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