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To Each His Own

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This letter is your death sentence. To avenge what you have done you will die. But what has Manno the pharmacist done? Nothing that he can think of. The next day he and his hunting companion are both dead.The police investigation is inconclusive. However, a modest high school teacher with a literary bent has noticed a clue that, he believes, will allow him to trace the kil ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 31st 2000 by NYRB Classics (first published 1966)
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s.penkevich
Jun 18, 2015 s.penkevich rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery, awesome
Italy is a country so blessed that for every weed they destroy, two spring up in its place.

Two men are gunned down while on a hunting trip and only an awkward high school English teacher is able to see the clues hiding right in front of the police's noses. While this may sound awfully contrived and laughable, Leonard Sciascia truly makes it sing in his outstanding To Each His Own. This is a mystery as engaging as the best of them, yet uses the plotline as a stage for an elaborate social critique
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Cody
Jun 01, 2016 Cody rated it really liked it
Shelves: nyrb
A cultural and political critique imbedded in a murder mystery. Sciasca focuses on abuse of power, particularly regarding high ranking political and legal officials. I wish my 20th century Sicilian history was a little stronger, but apparently Sciasca was very involved in the politics of his day. Of course the mafia is involved here as well, as those organizations played a large role in Sicilian politics (and probably still do, for all I know).

There’s also a bit of curiosity killed the cat in t
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David
Sep 04, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: nyrb
A social critique masquerading as a nuts-and-bolts murder mystery, To Each His Own casts mama's boy Sicilian professor Laurana as the Signora Angela Lansbury in this breezy episode of Double Homicide, He Wrote. Lacking any sleuthing credentials except curiosity and naivité, Laurana starts sniffing around town after two acquaintances are murdered on a hunting expedition. Even worse news: a dog also dies, but this hierarchy reflects my own sympathies and not Leonardo Sciascia's. Rather, he's inter ...more
Sandra
Oct 25, 2015 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italia
Un giallo che non è un giallo, ma è meglio di un giallo, è una lezione sulla forza del male. Il silenzio, l’omertà, il malaffare, il crimine, la mafia, il Male sono come una ragnatela che con fili resistenti avvolgono quanto accade nella terra sicula (e non solo) impedendone la penetrazione a chiunque sia un “cretino”, un illuso quale l’ingenuo professor Laurana, che si improvvisa detective con un entusiasmo donchisciottesco del duplice delitto del farmacista Manno e del dottor Roscio, preceduto ...more
Lynne King
Mar 12, 2013 Lynne King rated it really liked it
Shelves: sicily-lit
I keep on coming across books on Goodreads that I already own and it is like being on a "magical mystery tour".

I read this book when I had a great love for anything Sicilian (I still do in fact), be it books on cookery, travel, biographies, history, the mafia, bandits, etc. The list is just endless. And then to go to Sicily and just breathe in the atmosphere and culture is just mind-blowing - well to me anyway.

So when I rediscovered "To Each His Own" by this incredible Sicilian author this morni
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Guido
Aug 07, 2014 Guido rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italia, mediterraneo
Sciascia non può resistere alla tentazione di guarnire i suoi scritti con nomi importanti e significativi: Voltaire, Quasimodo, Camus; ma sa menzionarli con garbo e passione, senza alcuna arroganza. Con uno spirito quasi settecentesco trascura o limita l'azione per amore della conversazione, delle brevissime digressioni dedicate alla politica, all'attualità sociale o alla critica letteraria, abilmente inserite nei dialoghi, mai pedanti. Perciò A ciascuno il suo è come un giallo, ma non lo è del ...more
arcobaleno
Unicuique (suum)
Un indizio, forse tre, per un delitto, o forse tre.
Un giallo che non è giallo; o è più di un giallo. Perché, come sempre, Sciascia si snoda con spontaneità tra immagini di luoghi e ritratti di persone: caricature siciliane, e italiane, di ieri (1965), e di oggi; tra vezzi e (mal)costumi di paese, (mal)abitudini sociali e (mal)affari di politica e di chiesa. Ma, in quel mondo, tutti ci stavano bene davvero, ciascuno a modo suo. O forse [...] tutti allo stesso modo e diverse era
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Arwen56
Molto bello questo pseudo giallo di Leonardo Sciascia. Lo chiamo “pseudo” sia perché, in realtà la cosiddetta ricerca del colpevole si risolve in un nulla di fatto, nel senso che diviene poco a poco chiaro anche al lettore chi esso sia, ma, come succede anche ne La promessa di Friedrich Dürrenmatt, la mosca/assassino non cadrà nella tela che gli tende il ragno/investigatore, bensì sarà quest’ultimo a perdere la partita; sia perché la struttura “gialla” è solo un pretesto per narrare d’altro. In ...more
Stefania T.
Aug 02, 2015 Stefania T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Spegni l'abat-jour. Indolentemente ti sfili dal guscio caldo del piumone, come un acrobata stiracchiandoti per arrivare alla scrivania senza abbandonare il (e senza cadere dal) letto e posarvi libro occhiali matita fazzoletti mezzo pacco accartocciato di biscotti orecchini (è perché non ho il comodino). A manovra compiuta, torni indietro - rewind - ritorni dall'allungamento felino allo stato di lumaca impaurita che languida si rintana nella sua casetta, strattoni il piumone fin sopra il naso, sp
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Nancy Oakes
To Each His Own is only one of the author's long list of novels translated into English; it is a literary, intelligent and yet unconventional novel of Italian crime fiction. And it's superb.

The story begins when the local pharmacist, Manno, receives a death threat in the mail:

"This letter is your death sentence. To avenge what you have done, you will die."

He waves it off guardedly as a joke, because he can't think of anything he's done to merit this kind of warning, but when he and his friend
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Fil
May 11, 2016 Fil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fil by: 1001-challenge
Voto 8,5 (su 10). Consigliato!!!

Libro ironico e profondo. Simile a La concessione del telefono con tre differenze.

+ Camilleri usa molto dialetto: chiunque può leggere Sciascia senza problemi.
- La concessione del telefono fa ridere maggiormente.
- Camilleri ha usato una struttura molto innovativa.

Questo "finto" giallo e' soprattutto una denuncia della societa'. Ho apprezzato molto lo stile: scorrevole, elegante ed ironico. Forse la fine mi è sembrata un troppo veloce: mi stava piacendo molto ed
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AC
Apr 30, 2011 AC rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-mystery
Great book! Loved this one - a short, existential murder mystery... Italians, fascists, women with curves, wit, some memorable character sketches and.... (view spoiler)
Tony
Aug 10, 2010 Tony rated it it was amazing
Sciascia, Leonardo. TO EACH HIS OWN. (1968; this ed. 2000). *****. This is the first novel I have read by this author, and I am impressed enough to track down more of his books. Sciascia (1921-1989) was born in Racalmuto, Sicily. He published several novels and collections of short stories starting in the 1950s, most of them quasi-detective novels in which the main character was not a detective, but an ordinary citized of one kind or another. In this novel, a pharmacist from a small town in Sici ...more
Maria Beltrami
Una lettera anonima, due morti ammazzati dei quali uno è il vero obiettivo e l'altro un effetto collaterale, un delitto che si vuole passionale. Tutto chiaro, o no?
Non so dire se è Sciascia incredibilmente moderno, oppure è la realtà italiana che non è cambiata di una virgola in tutti questi anni.
Sicuramente la chiesa, la politica, la piccineria della gente, gli intrallazzi, l'omertà e la mafia non sono diversi, ora come allora.
In più, il libro è scritto benissimo.
Stand By Me
"A ciascuno il suo" è un romanzo del 1966 scritto dal giornalista e scrittore siciliano Leonardo Sciascia.
Il romanzo è ambientato nel 1964 in un piccolo paese siciliano di 7500 abitanti. La monotonia degli abitanti viene spezzata quando il farmacista Manno e l'oculista Roscio vengono uccisi durante una battuta di caccia.
Il commissario del paese crede che l'omicidio sia dovuto a una presunta frequentazione del farmacista con una acquirente della farmacia. La pista del commissario è completamente
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Susann
Apr 26, 2016 Susann rated it did not like it
Shelves: idlewild
The best part about the book was learning that the author's last name is pronounced Sha-Sha. That and the last line. The last line was really good. Otherwise, I get that this is a social commentary. But that doesn't mean it has to be so dull. This was already novella-ish, but I think it would have been stronger as a short story. Plus, the translation was a little clunky.

No one in my group liked it, and we have varying tastes. The person who suggested it says that this is the first Sciascia that
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Donato
May 10, 2011 Donato rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[3.5 stars]
I bought this because 1) I've wanted to get around to Sciascia, 2) it was on sale, and 3) it caught my eye because of what Calvino supposedly wrote to Sciascia re: this book -- that it was a detective novel that wasn't a detective novel, where the mystery is dismantled before your eyes.

So we have a double murder, and a small-town professor who through some kind of boredom and vanity tries to solve the case by himself. A small-town professor who's single and lives with his mother in th
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Tom Tabasco
Jul 19, 2013 Tom Tabasco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gran bel libro! Ho già letto un bel po' di ottimi commenti positivi qui sotto, perciò mi asterrò dal ripetere gli stessi concetti, con cui sono d'accordo. L'unica nota che non ho visto in altre recensioni è questa: l'amore di Sciascia per i libri e la letteratura è onnipresente in questo romanzo. Grazie al fatto che il protagonista è professore di lettere, i libri fanno quasi da sfondo a molti dialoghi, e la letteratura, soprattutto quella italiana, costituisce un colore di base non meno forte d ...more
Nick
Jul 28, 2009 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: italy, mystery
This is a great mystery. With an obvious nod to L'Etranger by Albert Camus, Sciascia further shows how the contemporary Italian detective fiction writer understands the existential detective. This is more than just film noir caricatures. It is short, taut and to the point. This means it is not the encyclopedic mystery of the equally great Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose. But it's another wonderful example of the thinking detective with a no-nonsense attitude.
Radwa
Jan 27, 2013 Radwa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
من أكتر الروايات البوليسية اللي قراتها تشويقا و تعقيداً وربط للأحداث
والمميز فيها أكتر ربطها بسياسة إيطاليا بأكملها بجريمة قتل بطريقة مبهرة!

تبدأ الأحداث عندما يتلقي صيدلي في مدينة صغيرة بإيطاليا رسالة تهديد تقوده لحتفه هو و دكتور في المدينة، و يبدأ الأستاذ لاورانا تتبع الجريمة بعد فشل الشرطة في الوصول إلى القاتل

المميز في تتبع خط سير وكشف لاورانا للحقائق، أنه لا يفعلها بدافع حبه للحق أو رغبته في تقديم المجرمين للعدالة (يصل به الأمر في النهاية أنه يبدأ بالتعاطف مع المجرمين بعد تعرفه عليهم) ولكنه يف
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Mike
May 12, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of The Wire
Man living in a brutal, corrupt, and cynical society shows just enough talent to puzzle things out, but fails when it comes to negotiating with the monsters he has found. Imagine the movie They Live but instead of a macho, heroic everyman putting on the sunglasses some poor middle-class sap wore them instead. Sadly, the events outlined in this book are closer to the everyday than Carpenter's classic.

Someday I'd like to fly into Palermo, and touch ground via the Aeroporto Falcone e Borsellino. I'
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Marco Croella
Nov 07, 2015 Marco Croella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un giallo elegantissimo, piacevole da reggere, con un'ironia tra il tagliente e il bonario che percorre tutta la storia e tutti i personaggi. Davvero molto bello.
Elizabeth
Feb 28, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another classic (English title: To Each His Own). Sicilian author Leonardo Sciascia depicts the role of corruption and violence in small-town Sicily in the guise of a murder mystery. When two local men are shot while out on a hunting trip, everyone in town speculates about the murderer and his motives, and the book follows the discoveries and deductions made about the killings by a school teacher named Laurana. In the end, the identity of the murderer is less important than the insight the book ...more
Renato Mite
Un mistero e un delitto si dipanano attraverso le vicende di una piccola città, dove tutti si conoscono e le chiacchiere girano. Per alcuni il mistero è risolto, altri sanno qual è la vera storia e se ne tengono lontani, e c'è chi vuole risolvere il mistero per pura curiosità e scoprirà la verità a caro prezzo. Una storia con un ritmo lento e inesorabile in cui semplicità e complessità si intrecciano, il lettore saprà infine la verità ma rimarrà comunque con in bocca l'amaro della realtà in cui ...more
Lukasz Pruski
May 09, 2015 Lukasz Pruski rated it really liked it
A faint shadow of suspicion is cast upon a young woman's honor; maybe, just maybe, she talked to a married man too many times. Eventually, the suspicion proves to be unfounded and the woman is clearly not guilty of anything. Yet the family name was - however fleetingly and mistakenly - connected to possible wrongdoing, so the family has no other choice but to punish the woman, and she is "silently, steadily, diligently" beaten by her relatives. This is the world of Leonardo Sciascia's "To Each H ...more
Pascale
Apr 30, 2015 Pascale rated it really liked it
This is an exemplary book because the information about the fairly standard murder plot (a husband is dispatched by his wife's lover) is presented in such as way as to maximize suspense while explaining very effectively why justice is so rarely served in Sicily. The bare bones of the story are this: 2 friends, a pharmacist and a doctor, are killed while hunting. Since the pharmacist had just received death threats, everybody assumes that he was the target, and his friend collateral damage. Howev ...more
Molly
Oct 22, 2014 Molly rated it really liked it
A detective story cast in the detective-by-happenstance mold, this Sicilian crime novel follows Professor Laurana as he pieces together the various scraps of evidence that attest to the murder (and murderer) of his almost friend.

Methodical but almost disinterested, Laurana is a somewhat reluctant sleuth whose life orbits in a tight circle around his mother and his job teaching high school boys. He's interested in solving the murder mystery not for his friend but for the sake of a solution, and
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John
Sep 17, 2014 John rated it really liked it
The pharmacist in a small Sicilian town receives an anonymous death threat in the mail. He assumes it's a joke because he hasn't done anything that could possibly have antagonized anyone. Yet, a few days later, while out shooting on the first day of the hunting season with his friend, the local doctor, he's gunned down -- as is the doctor. It's said around the town that the pharmacist must have been having affairs and been murdered by an enraged husband or father, the doctor's death being merely ...more
Silvia Zappalorti
Dec 30, 2015 Silvia Zappalorti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfetto. L'insieme delle caratteristiche compone una scrittura giallistica circolare: personaggi, trama, riflessioni sulla terra in cui è ambientata e vita, il tutto supportato da una prosa elegante e cristallina.
Andy
Feb 14, 2012 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
È Uno Di Quei Libri Che Non Puoi Smettere Di Leggere Una Volta Che Hai Iniziato .. Interessante, Parodico, Con Un Umorismo Sottile Ma Trasparente .. Il Finale Poi È Completamente Inaspettato .. I Personaggi, Specialmente Il Prof. Laurana È Patetico, Superficiale, Ma Ugualmente Catturante .. Insomma, Un Giallo Breve Ma Eccellente!
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Leonardo Sciascia wrote of his unique Sicilian experience, linking families with political parties, the treachery of alliances and allegiances and the calling of favours that resort in outcomes that are not for the benefit of society, but of those individuals who are in favour.
Sciascia perhaps, in the end, wanted to prove that the corruption that was and is endemic in Italian society helps only t
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“There's a proverb, a maxim, that runs, 'The dead man is dead; let's give a hand to the living.' Now, you say that to a man from the North, and he visualizes the scene of an accident with one dead and one injured man; it's reasonable to let the dead man be and to set about saving the injured man. But a Sicilian visualizes a murdered man and his murderer, and the living man who's to be helped is the murderer.” 0 likes
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