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Chourmo (La trilogie Fabio Montale #2)

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"A talented French writer who draws from the deep dark well of noir."-The Washington Post Chourmo . . . the rowers in a galley. In Marseilles, you weren't just from one neighborhood, one project. You were chourmo. In the same galley, rowing! Trying to get out. Together.

In this second installment of Jean-Claude Izzo's legendary Marseilles Trilogy-which includes Total Chaos,
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Europa Editions (first published 1996)
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Paula
Apr 25, 2011 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, fiction
Chourmo is the second novel in Izzo's Marseilles trilogy (aptly named, as the essential character in all the novels is the city itself). Marseille, in all its complexity, is a constant for Izzo; the city's role in the drama goes beyond that of background or setting for the crime-story: the corruption, murder, sex, love and hate with which he populates his noir narratives. Marseille is, in a sense, both father and mother, friend & lover for generations of immigrants, once Italian & Spanis ...more
arcobaleno
“I racconti dei viaggi mi incantavano più dei viaggi stessi”
...dice il protagonista all’inizio.
Ecco, a leggere questo romanzo mi è successa un po’ la stessa cosa… Ogni tassello la tappa di un viaggio; ma non ero attratta dai fatti, dagli intrecci, dal succedersi degli avvenimenti,… no, alcune volte perdevo anche la strada, un collegamento,… (e nei noirs questo non bisognerebbe permetterselo!): mi accorgevo in realtà che quelli erano aspetti per me secondari. Ciò che mi incantava, invece, era i
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Charles Kerns
Jun 27, 2013 Charles Kerns rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, france
Chourmo gives false hopes that all will turn out well. That you can live your life to old age and find happiness. That noir is not so dark. That good may not win, but holds its own.
S©aP
Sep 24, 2012 S©aP rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il secondo di tre. Amato molto più del primo. Non si tratta di pathos, o di costruzione della trama, di tensione letteraria o di traduzione efficace. Non solo, almeno (anzi, in qualche punto la trama è troppo veloce, si accavalla, meno limpida che nel primo romanzo; richiede un'attenzione che distrae dal tutto). E' per quella vena di malinconia possente, che pervade la narrazione; malinconia nella quale si stempera un rifiuto netto, categorico, esistenziale, dei "modi" dell'odierno vivere. Qualc ...more
Marina Sofia
Jan 26, 2013 Marina Sofia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had no idea this was part of a trilogy, so I jumped right in at the middle. The atmosphere of Marseille, the love the author has for that flawed yet fascinating city, is unforgettable. I was completely captivated. Even when I was repulsed by the events he describes.
Having now read the other two books in the trilogy, I will say that this was my favourite of the three. It is much more of a 'traditional' whodunit than the other two, but the story is so sad, and I love the way the author does not sh
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L
Aug 17, 2009 L rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Izzo is it! For those unfamiliar with the book, it is the third in Izzo's "Marseilles Trilogy."

Fabio Montale, fed up with all that is bad about the police, thought he could retire, go relax in his home town. Do some fishing, some eating and drinking. Then his cousin comes to him, distraught, because her son has disappeared. Naturally the cousin is beautiful, a love who slipped through Montale's fingers in his youth. Naturally he can't really avoid being brought back into it all.

Montale is broo
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Barry Hammond
May 20, 2016 Barry Hammond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the famed Marseilles trilogy, and a fine example of so-called Mediterranean Noir, Chourmo is a great crime thriller soaked in the atmosphere of the port of Marseilles, with it's mix of Italians, French, North African, and Arabic immigrants. It's main character is an ex-cop who, when his beautiful cousin tells him her son has gone missing has to unravel the complicated events around his death. A classic of atmosphere and tension. - BH.
Jure
Apr 26, 2014 Jure rated it it was ok
I understand of course that it is character driven with Marseilles once again being a character of its own but it just didn't work for me. Maybe because, after reading the first book, it wasn't so fresh and exciting anymore or maybe because our main man was still pretty dull and a bit of a sissy (btw closing lines are: "That's when I started to cry. God, it felt good.") But mostly I resented total neglect of any creditable storytelling. There are just so many distractions that it seems everythin ...more
Procyon Lotor
Dopo Total Kops "Casino Totale", Chourmo il secondo rintocco con Fabio Montale. Il suo persistente conflitto di interessi, cogli effetti collaterali dei medicamenti applicati dalla polizia marsigliese al corpo sociale, lo ha fatto restare ormai ex-poliziotto. La strategia poliziesca della compartimentazione per gestire i conflitti tra i gruppi, fallibile quando i subordinati accrescono le aspirazioni, ma quando manca l'alternativa, denunciarne le mancanze pericoloso. Montale viene scagliato n ...more
Anna
May 26, 2009 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimestories
Second book by Jean - Claude Izzo - sequel Total Cheops. I couldn't stop reading til I finished it. Fabio Montale is protagonist strongly connected with life of the city he lives in. Story is completely believable and very well told. There is an old crush on cousin, family secrets, beautiful woman, good food, anger, frustration and the multicutural city, where racial conflicts are everyday life.
Silverblue
Jan 19, 2013 Silverblue rated it liked it
I liked the book a lot except once again the story foder are the Muslims and North Afrikan Arabs. It really becomes tiring when in everything you read the bad guys are the Muslims. The story itself told from the narrator's perspective, he only hates racism and struggles to understand the wrongs in the world perpetrated by man. a very melacholy, moving and at times cynical and witty.
Carlo
May 24, 2015 Carlo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, noir, fiction, france, ebook
In una Marsiglia di straziante (un po’ troppo, direi) bellezza, Fabio Montale si gode la vita da ex poliziotto tra uscite in mare, utili più ad allontanare la quotidianità che per pescare, e lunghe soste nei bar del porto. Da questo tran-tran fatto fondamentalmente di solitudine - a parte qualche vecchia conoscenza fra le quali una Honorine che è un’Adelina di Montalbano meno acida - lo strappa la cugina che gli chiede di rintracciare il figlio adolescente scomparso dopo una fuga in città (ma il ...more
Marco Monaco
Sep 24, 2015 Marco Monaco rated it really liked it
La lettura di questo libro mi ha lasciato senza fiato, ma non per alla bravura di Izzo nel tessere una trama, direi, perfetta!ma mi riferisco, bensi, a quello che sarebbe accaduto nel mondo con il fondamentalismo islamico...l'autore francese scrisse questo libro nel lontano 1996, le torri gemelle erano ancora saldamente ancorate nella sicurezza che gli Stati Uniti avevano di sè...ma, invece, leggendo attentamente questo romanzo si capisce che la realtà ce l'avevamo sotto gli occhi e forse non l' ...more
Mark
Mar 22, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-noir
Not as good as the first in the series. But his descriptions of Marseilles are always interesting. And I love his laconic way of writing about car chases and other mayhem. My favorite Izzo remains The Lost Sailors.
Dvora
Feb 14, 2016 Dvora rated it liked it
Shelves: france
Like the first in the trilogy, I enjoyed this more because I've been to Marseille and was having fun imagining the locations there (most of which I'd never been to, but never mind). I'm not a fan of Noir, but that doesn't stop me from reading this trilogy, it only stops me from rating it very highly because, hey, I don't much like Noir and my ratings reflect how well I think the book is written combined with how much I enjoyed it. In addition to its being a thriller with too many murders and too ...more
Malcolm
Mar 02, 2014 Malcolm rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
This is the real deal. An absolutely terrific read. The author conjures up the sounds, the smells and the flavours of Marseilles through the written word. This is why I enjoy reading books: to exprience other places and other lives through the eyes of others.

It is a crime novel of course but more than that it is a novel about life. Izzo makes me want to visit Marseilles yet he also makes me feel that I have been there.

I read Total Chaos, the first book in the Marseilles trilogy many years ago
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Lolo
Jun 08, 2015 Lolo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dans ce second tome de la trilogie marseillaise, nous retrouvons Montale, flic à la retraite, qui se voit tiré de sa routine faite de pêche et l'alcool par sa cousine dont le fils à disparu. Un concours de circonstances le plonge dans une enquête policière, en marge de l'institution, qui va dépasser la disparation et le confronter à ses anciennes connaissances de policier, mais aussi à la Mafia et à des intégristes islamistes. Ce n'est toujours pas de la grande littérature, mais selon moi un pol ...more
Josh
Sep 06, 2014 Josh rated it really liked it
More good stuff from this author in the hard boiled detective genre set in Marseilles. Full of the same delicious meals, outrageous drinking, and trying to make things right in the cauldron of violence, official indolence, and inter=communal tensions in this mixing bowl of a Mediterranean French city in the 1990s.

"I had to get involved. I had to be loyal to my youth. Before growing old, for good. We all grow old, through our indifference, our abdication of responsibility, our cowardice. And our
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Piperitapitta
Tutte le sfumature del blu, fino al nero.

È già da qualche giorno che ho finito di leggere la Trilogia, ma preferisco continuare da qui, dal secondo capitolo, piuttosto che riunire i tre romanzi in un commento unico.
Certo, mi piacerebbe sapere con certezza come è stata pensata, se già c'era in partenza un'idea di trama generale che racchiudesse tutte e tre le storie, una struttura che ne regolasse lo svolgimento, o se invece Izzo sia andato avanti di capitolo in capitolo senza lasciarsi incastrar
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Frank
Jan 17, 2011 Frank rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scambio
Ho letto questo libro senza sapere che si trattava del secondo episodio di una trilogia che ha come protagonista lo stesso personaggio: Fabio Montale.
Non leggendo mai le trame e i commenti prima di affrontare un libro, questa cosa ogni tanto mi accade.
Poco male, in fondo questo volume può tranquillamente essere considerato un romanzo a sé stante. Solamente la presentazione ufficiale del protagonista manca, anche se durante lo svolgimento della storia, questa lacuna viene colmata.
Di Jean-Claude I
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Tony
Apr 14, 2009 Tony rated it liked it
Izzo, Jean-Claude. CHOURMO. (France-1996; US-2006). ***. It turns out that this novel is the second installment in the “Marseilles Trilogy” by this author. Since this is the first novel of his I’ve read, it looks like I jumped right into the middle of things. Although you miss the significance of some of the references, the novel is pretty much stand alone, though the protagonist is now not a policeman, but a private individual living in Marseilles who likes to fish. Fabio Montale, our hero, app ...more
robxyz
Jun 22, 2012 robxyz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished, on, 2008, 25, nov
Secondo capitolo della trilogia di Marsiglia con Fabio Montale co-protagonista assieme alla citt stessa; anzi, direi che Marsiglia la protagonista assoluta di tutte e tre le storie, il vero motivo della creazione di questi romanzi. <br />Izzo ti conduce per mano descrivendoti anche le gradinate, i muri, l'aria, per farti sentire "dentro" la citt assieme a lui, che come evidente fin dall'inizio da questa citt ne stregato.</p><p>Ho trovato il precedente, primo episodio, "Casin ...more
Federico
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Fx Smeets
Chourmo is one of these novels I had always promised myself to read, because it was held is such high regards by people whose opinion I trust.

Las ! The context might grasp the interest of any reader familiar with or fascinated by this graal of all cities that is Marseille. But as for the novel, I can barely see anything good to say. Political comments ooze from the author in every scene - not that Izzo has his heart in the wrong place ; more that he has his pen in the wrong hand, if not in the w
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Antonio Lopez
Sep 13, 2015 Antonio Lopez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful follow-up to Total Chaos. In fact, I thought it was much better. The plot and sociocultural elements, plus character development, were well cooked, like many of the dishes Izzo so eloquently writes about throughout the book. In fact, someone should make a cookbook based on the series,
Dinesh Raghavendra
Feb 18, 2016 Dinesh Raghavendra rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read Jean Claude Izzo from a really long time. Ever since he got a glowing mention in my friend Marcel Inhoff's blogpost about noir. (https://shigekuni.wordpress.com/2010/...) This one is a page-turner. Its the second part of Izzo's Marseille trilogy. I haven't read either the first or the third book but it picks up after the first part.

Its gets all the tropes of noir down to a pat. The wistful ex-cop. The beautiful Angelou. The missing Kid. The thugs and their schemes. Izzo is grea
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Natalia Pì
Ce livre est simplement génial, j'ai beaucoup aimé. Je l'ai trouvé meilleur que le premier livre de cette trilogie, peut-etre parce que l'histoire touchait à des thèmes que je ressens comme très importants, le racisme et le rapport entre différent communautés, la difficulté des femmes à gagner et maintenir leur indépendance.
Ce livre est terriblement mélancolique, douloureux, et triste, mais au même temps c'est une bonne histoire et c'est très observant de la réalité marseillaise.
Izzo fait des ob
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Margaret
In the second installment of the Marseilles trilogy sees Fabio Montale out of official work with the police and is living the life, fishing and hanging out in his favorite bar. Chourmo opens with the same violent crime action that characterizes this type of noir, and gives no indication of stopping in Montale's second outing. This time, his cousin's son has gone missing and he must find out what happened.

Montale really just wants to fish and hang out but once gain he's drawn back to investigati
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melo
Jan 10, 2011 melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intreccio dannatamente intricato, ma si fa seguire, complici l'aria di Marsiglia, una famiglia di personaggi degna di Malaussene (o quasi), e una narrazione che non si sa come riesce a tenere incollati alle pagine, forse solo per il gusto di vedere come diavolo va a finire.
Senza contare che ho finito il libro con la voglia di pastis.
Poi c'è il fatto che è un noir, ci scappa il morto, e non chiamandosi Gandalf non ritorna, ovviamente. Non so perché, ma alla fine, nonostante del pastis ci possa es
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Immagini_e_Parole
Secondo libro della trilogia di Izzo, dedicata al personaggio "Fabio Montale", un ex-poliziotto che ama il mare e la pesca. Un noir di gran classe, ambientato nei vicoli di Marsiglia.
Consigliato vivamente.
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Jean-Claude Izzo was a French poet, playwright, screenwriter, and novelist who achieved sudden fame in the mid-1990s with the publication of his three noir novels, Total Chaos (Total Khéops), Chourmo, and Solea: widely known as the Marseilles Trilogy. They feature, as protagonist, ex-cop Fabio Montale, and are set in the author's native city of Marseille. All have been translated into English by H ...more
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