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Montalbano's First Case by Andrea Camilleri

Montalbano's First Case (2004)

by Andrea Camilleri

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....e il settimo giorno Camilleri creò Montalbano.

Tre racconti lunghi, senza "ammazzatine", anche perchè a Camilleri non è che gliene importi tanto di mostrare sangue e truculenza se non nella misura strumentale a far luce sulla natura umana delle cose. Particolarmente singolare è il racconto centrale, quello che mostra il giovane commissario nel passaggio dall'odiata sede di Mascalippa (fra le montagne) e quella definitiva di Vigata (vicino al mare). Lasciando da parte la prima indagine che qui affronta, tutto il racconto è un lento trascorrere da una scrittura angusta ed insofferente ad un lento rinascere, ad una luminosità che raggiunge il suo massimo nel coronamento del sogno di Montalbano di coniugare la sua vita lavorativa e personale al cospetto del mare. Affittando poi quella che sarà la sua dimora per lungo tempo, una villetta ad un piano direttamente sulla spiaggia, Montalbano "si fa persuaso" che qualsiasi storia, indagine, caso attraverserà la sua vita non potrà mai "lordarlo" tanto che il mare non riesca a restituirgli una certa purezza bastevole ad andare avanti.
  Magrathea | Dec 30, 2017 |
Just like every novel with Montalbano: succinct, with Salvo on the verge of breaking the law but honest to himself, and an absolutely fascinating story. A must for every Camilleri's fan. ( )
  Kaczencja | Aug 17, 2015 |
Inspector Montalbano is promoted to his dream assignment, Vigata by the sea. Ready to enjoy his posting, he runs head on into one of the powerful "families" in the area. Will he cave and work with them, not make waves? Or will he buck against them until he is brought down by them? The reader really isn't sure until the end.

I'm thinking that the fact that it was translated is what made it a bit stiff in the reading. I laughed out loud at least twice, and the seafood meals described had me salivating. Oh to live by the Sicilian seashore! The mystery itself was different, again, cultures. Not a murder mystery, more an introduction to Inspector Montalbano and the way he gets the job done (not by the book).

The last chapter describes the law as Montalbano sees it. Similar to a sweater his aunt knitted for him, the sweater not fitting well, to short in some places, too long in others, too loose or too tight, but he still wore it and it fit OK with a little tugging, because it was made of wool, not iron. Kind of like pirate guidelines. It works well if the person who is doing the tugging is pure of heart, but not so well if they are a pirate. All in all, I enjoyed this, and will try another if it comes my way. ( )
  MrsLee | Sep 14, 2014 |
This prequel was a good back story for how Montalbano got to Vigata and met some of the characters recognized in later books. I do wish that Cat and Livia were introduced here also but maybe another prequel will come to explain those 2. I love this series a lot and look forward to everyone. His descriptions of the landscapes and, of course, the food are wonderful. ( )
  Jane1551 | Jul 31, 2014 |
If you've never encountered Inspector Salvo Montalbano, the acerbic, smart-ass detective from Vigata Sicily, you have missed one of mystery writing's joys. Andrea Camillieri is still going strong at 88 and now gives us a true prequel to the amazing series. It's only 100 scant pages, reads very quickly, but gives the new reader a good deal to look forward to, and the veteran series lovers another piece of the wonderful Montalbano story. Perfect Christmas gift for anyone who loves Sicily, good detective stories and/or Italian food. ( )
  tututhefirst | Jan 22, 2014 |
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In this prequel to the internationally bestselling Inspector Montalbano series, Salvo Montalbano is thirty-five years old and still a bit naive and there are plenty of criminals ready to take advantage of his inexperience. Montalbano's First Case details our hero's early years as a deputy inspector. There are no bloody crimes, yet devoted readers will nonetheless find the scenes and sensations'not to mention a satisfactory dose of spine-chilling suspense'that they have come to expect.… (more)

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