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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 C

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Europa Editions (first published 1996)
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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 il
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S©aP
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
Charles Kerns
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.
Paula
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
Marina Sofia
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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Piperitapitta
�� gi�� 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 �� stata pensata, se gi�� 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 incastrare da scelte preordinate, decidendo di
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Jure
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 K�ops "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 scaglia ...more
Silverblue
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.
Mark
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.
Malcolm
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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Josh
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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Frank
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
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
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, ...more
L
Aug 17, 2009 L rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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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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Hana
Loved this book. If possible better than the first. Very atmospheric. Well paced and exciting at times balanced by the melancholy and quiet descriptions of the sea. Loved the descriptions of the characters and the food. Can't wait for the third to arrive.
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
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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Jim
The second in the magnificent trio of Marseilles-based noir novels. Izzo's ex-cop protagonist, Fabio Montale, tries to make his life and career count for something and to protect his beloved city from the underworld. His past keeps coming back into his present, this time in the person of Gelou, his beautiful cousin, one of the many women in his life who "got away". The descriptions of the geography and of Montale's motivations are clear and beautiful. This is a book well worth reading (but only ...more
Graham
This is the second book in Izzo's trilogy about Marseilles, and it is better than the first one, Total Chaos. It is still a complicated plot, but the main character is more developed, the plot line is tauter, and Marseilles still figures as a dangerous but vibrant backdrop to the story. In particular there are more of the philosophical asides or reflections on the part of the main character, and towards the end Izzo builds up the tension particularly well, in a very cinematic car chase. With its ...more
Joe
The 2nd of the Marseilles trilogy, and suffers from being the second in a series, being the bridge.
But still is worth the time.
Heather
I love a good crime novel and Jean Izzo really hits the spot.
Claudia
L'indagine vera e propria si snoda con un ritmo adrenalinico e mozzafiato (letteralmente, fino all'ultima curva)! Montale si "concede" di pi�� nelle relazioni con gli altri e nel condividere impressioni sulle indagini. Le donne - queste sconosciute almeno per Montale - sono descritte meno come "depositarie" misteriose di profumi, di odori e pi�� raccontate a tutto tondo come madri, donne e amanti. Unica nota stonata: una strana "difesa" sulla pedofilia. Se fosse una provocazione o altro, io, com ...more
Maracujia
Noir di quelli con la N maiuscola.
Trama complessa ma facilmente seguibile nei vari sviluppi, affascinante e magnetico il personaggio Fabio Montale, poliziotto disilluso e malinconico dedito alla pesca.
La lettura è un vagabondaggio per le vie di Marsiglia, (che come tutte le città di mare, di porto, è un po' casa anche per chi è nato in altri porti) alla scoperta - riscoperta di profumi, colori, sapori e suggestioni tutte mediterranee, ammalianti e struggenti.
Un bellissimo romanzo che apre uffic
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Martha
If you like Michael Connelly you'll like Jean-Claude Izzo!
Richard Hannay
A very good "noir". Good plot, fast paced. Excellent supporting cast and a very good detectived, marred only by the political obsessions of Izzo that do not fit well the character of Montale. At one time he condones the pederasty of someone "whose life were kids" because for Montale good intentions always trump consequences and the only real sin would be that of racism. But apart from that this is an excellent read and Fabio Montale could very well be some distant relative of Rebus.
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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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