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The Age of Doubt (Commissario Montalbano #14)

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Potter's Field,winner of the Crime Writers' Association's International Dagger Award and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize

With their dark sophistication and dry humor, Andrea Camilleri's hugely popular Sicilian crime novels continue to win more and more fans in America. The day after a storm, Inspector Montalb
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Penguin Books (first published 2008)
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Nancy Oakes
Absolutely loved it; but then again, I'm a HUGE fan of the series.

As with many of the recent books in the series, Age of Doubt begins with a dream -- in this one, Montalbano walks into the station to let Catarella know he'll be away on a surprise trip to visit Livia in Bocadesse. Catarella responds that Salvo can't go to Bocadesse because he died the day before. He's also told he can't investigate the case because "he's too personally involved." Even worse, Livia's not sure she can make it to t
“The Age of Doubt,” which is #14 in the Inspector Montalbano series, is one of the best. Andrea Camilleri does a masterful job employing his characteristic story-telling techniques.

The just-released translation by Stephen Santarelli inspired Tom Nolan to publish a wonderful review of the Montalbano series in the Wall Street Journal: “Sicily’s Most Exquisitely Tormented Detective,” June 15, 2012, Nolan highlights one particular literary technique that cr
Ann Sloan
Inspector Salvo Montalbano loves food, particularly pasta and seafood, and living in Sicily, he doesn’t have to go far to find it. Plus, his housekeeper Adelina is an excellent cook. I always feel like I have gained ten pounds when I read one of the books in this series. I was lucky enough to have visited Florence and Siena and loved the pizza and gelato, but now I want to visit Sicily and eat mussels, sole, shrimp, sea urchins, clams, calamari, olives, anchovies, cheeses, and breads, the pastas ...more
Sebbene sia un’estimatrice di Camilleri (e non solo del Camilleri di “Montalbano”), questo romanzo mi ha lasciata un po’ perplessa e, sinceramente, non lo trovo molto riuscito. Condivido molte delle critiche che gli sono state mosse da altri utenti di aNobii.

Ad esempio, concordo con Jestercap sul fatto che l’uso del dialetto siciliano sia decisamente aumentato e che questo non giochi a favore delle fluidità espressiva. Se, all’inizio, il mix tra italiano e siciliano era ben calibrato, ora lo sbi
I found Andrea Camilleri's latest installment in the Inspector Montalbano series Camilleri's most disappointing. The unconsumated affair with Laura (and its tragic ending) was never quite convincing; the love affair between the two characters seemed the raison d'etre of the novel rather than the mystery surrounding blood diamonds that lurked in the background; blood diamonds as a plot device are kind of passe (surely?); and even the descriptions of Montalbano's usual repasts did little to lighte ...more
Ubik 2.0
Noi assidui lettori di Camilleri/Montalbano siamo ben consapevoli che in ogni suo romanzo la vicenda poliziesca non riveste importanza maggiore rispetto al minuzioso quadro d'ambiente che si dipana intorno agli avvenimenti: da una parte i nuovi caratteri e le nuove location che caratterizzano ogni episodio, dall'altra l'evolversi (o il confermarsi) dei personaggi che abitano stabilmente queste storie, primo fra tutti ovviamente Salvo Montalbano, i componenti del commissariato di Vigata e poi tut ...more
I am currently on the waiting list for 13 books at my local library but with "nothing to read" I found myself browsing the "new" section looking for a mystery to tide me over. This one appeared promising. A police procedural with Italian cops sounded both familiar and different. I gave it a go.

As it turned out the main focus of the narrative was the ongoing personal conflicts and temptations of the detective. As the 14th book in a series, someone who follows Inspector Montalbano might really enj
Published this year, the newest Inspector Montalbano series starts his rescue of a young woman, whose car is perched over a washed out road and her story of meeting a fancy yacht belonging to her aunt. When the yacht finally arrives, it has brought a dead body with a destroyed face killed by poison. Montalbano then has his usual feelings about a younger woman, a lieutenant from the port police. With the assistance of his nemesis pathologist, he figures out that the victim is someone else and unr ...more
Kevin Lanahan
I like these books. As a middle-aged man, I understand what Montalbano is going through as he sees himself getting older, possibly less desirable to women, and still putting up with a bureaucracy that gets in the way more than anything else.

The criminal aspect of this book is weak, and the story has more to do with Montalbano's attraction to a young harbor official. As I read it, my attention strayed from the the whodunit aspect to the rhythm of the language and the musings of an aging worker.
Soy un fan de Camilleri y no solo de la saga de Montalbano. Para mi desgracia este libro lo vi como capítulo de la serie de televisión y me ha costado seguir sabiendo cómo tenía que acabar. La novela en si está bien, tiene sus momentos brillantes e hilarantes pero le faltan los retratos de los personajes propios de Vigáta que son los que aportan la originalidad de la serie.
Tengo la impresión de que se acerca algún cambio en la relación de Livia y Montalvano, porque es una relación que ya no apo
Procyon Lotor
Ossi (n�vuri) di siccia Dev'esserci una specie di principio dei vasi comunicanti anche nelle lettere; Camilleri sta travasando il mitologico, l'incerto, i colori pastello, il favolistico nei suoi romanzi "laterali" e conseguentemente il prosciugato Montalbano diviene pi� deciso e pratico. Al Salvo corrente non siamo abituati, tanto per dirne una non litiga con Livia, tenuta a distanza telefonica e scarsit� di collegamenti, non litiga con Mim� Augello, che anzi pare gradire molto l'approccio fatt ...more
Niki Costantini
Mi è capitato di leggere, in questi ultimi tempi e in più di una occasione, che nelle sue ultime avventure Montalbano avrebbe perso molto del suo smalto.
Per me è tutt'altro che così e quest'ultimo ne è un'ulteriore conferma.
Un giallo brillante e di prim'ordine con tanto di intrigo internazionale, Camilleri si è superato di nuovo.
Anche per quanto riguarda il lato umano di Salvo, mi trovo ogni volta sempre più affezionata a questo nuovo Montalbano, meno perfetto, meno saldo nelle sue convinzioni,
A particularly pleasurable addtion to the series. The crime to be solved is as ever an excuse to talk about food, hear some good jokes, be exposed to a nice bit of cynicism and get an update on all the flawed characters.
Sicilian Inspector Montalbano encounters a woman whose car is about to fall into a washout in the road created by a storm the previous night. She claims to be the niece of the owner of a luxury yacht scheduled to dock that afternoon in Vigàta. Not long after, the yacht does dock carrying the corpse of a man the crew found floating in a small boat. In the course of the investigation he encounters Laura, a lieutenant in the harbor office, who tests his loyalty to Livia, his long-time and long-dist ...more
This is the first I've read of the series and am now interested to read more. A very fast-paced novel which makes for a quick read.
Jan 02, 2012 Kat rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jimmakos
Το απόλαυσα για την "κλασσική" γραφή του Καμιλέρι, δεν είχε όμως τόσο μυστήριο, η ιστορία, όσο ήθελα...
More of Montalbano. His eccentric behaviour seems to get more and more odd (telling enormous lies in order to get out of doing things only leads to bigger problems later, but he never seems to learn). I worry about all the wonderful meals prepared for him which he doesn't seem to get round to eating due to amorous complications and other interruptions! The curious episode in which he gets caught up here, complete with falling for another young woman, is a bit difficult to follow in places, and a ...more
Montalbano si trova a nuotare in acque perigliose assai. Innamoramento e amore. Ma che fare quando lui ha 58 anni e lei é una picciotta bellissima?
E Montalbano non sa che fare.
Sono intense le riflessioni in merito al lasciarsi andare a questo sentimento, anzi passione.
Siam sicuri che sia amore? e non un patetico tentativo di riacchiappare gli ultimi scampoli di gioventù, di voler provare quell'intensità dell'essere e del vivere che pareva oramai lasciata alle spalle per un'esistenza fatta di ce
An Inspector Montalbano Mystery; now the 14th in this excellent series.
The usual fare here, it is a real pleasure to share in this fictitious world created by Andrea Camilleri, the Sicilian police world of Vigata.
To me they are friends and I enjoy reading about their latest exploits which revolve around crimes and the solving of those mysteries.
I never tire reading about these characters and the simple Sicilian food Montalbano seeks out and enjoys.
Nothing is rushed; information is gathered and l
Inspector Montalbano is caught in a traffic jam as he leaves for work. The road has been washed out and he rescues a young woman who's car is in peril. He takes her back to his home, a short walk away, and discovers her name is Vanna Digiulio, and that she is awaiting the arrival of her aunt's yacht which bears her name, Vanna. He lets her wait in the police station and offers her a novel in order to pass the time. A short time later, Montalbano is called to the harbour where a body has been rec ...more
Not my favorite Montalbano, 3.5 stars really, it's just uneven. The plot is not quite as dense as in some of the early books, and the subordinate characters not quite as colorful. Or maybe they're getting predictable? Some parts are quite good however!
Anyhow, a new love affair for Salvú and I will not tell you how it turns out...
Some have remarked on Salvú's profanity, occasional meanness, duplicity in fleeing the bureaucracy and the woman who tries to own him...all character flaws which he woul
Gloria Feit
The books in the Inspector Montalbano series usually are lighthearted stories about the Sicilian detective combined with a mystery for him to solve. However, while in this novel he does have a mystery to solve, this entry reflects more of his introspection. The contrasts are intriguing, to say the least. It begins when the Inspector rescues a bespectacled, rather mousy woman whose car is about to be swallowed into a chasm, or sinkhole, created in a collapsed road. She tells him she’s the niece o ...more
Joyce Lagow
When Commisario Salvo Montalbano first arrived on the scene, he was a 48 year old volatile Chief Inspector stationed in Vigata, Sicily. His relationship with Livia, who lived in Genoa, had been going on for some years. Montalbano himself was a vigorous, self-confident man at the peak of his powers--and something of a gourmand.

In this latest book, 10 years later Montalbano is approaching 60. He's still in Vigata, he's still a gourmand, eating at Da Enzo's, he’s still involved with Livia. But. The
Kristine Brancolini
I'm mourning the end of summer, so I decided to read a trio of mysteries set in Sicily by Andrea Camilleri. I think it's always summer in Sicily. I've read many of his earlier books -- this one is #14 in the Salvo Montalbano series - and The Age of Doubt is one of the best. I love the writing; it's kind of casual and witty, all narrated in the first-person by Montalbano himself. In this book he's 58 and feeling the effects of age, plus other characters seem compelled to remind Montalbano that he ...more
Pete Wung
This episode of the Inspector Montalbano series takes up where The Potters Field left off. The inspector is feeling older than his age and as with most men at this age, is beginning to feel like he has lost control of his life, his destiny and his career. The investigation into a mysterious woman who disappears from the scene as quickly as she had appeared turns into an investigation of two dodgy boats, both having appeared in the port of Vigata much too simultaneously for a coincidence.

The ens
Montalbano is still moving through the five stages of grief over his advancing years (now well into his 50s) - arriving somewhere between bargaining and depression. He is a much more subdued character than previously, not as irascible and demanding, nor as unpredictable. He still harbors the hope that he can be his younger self, but his doubts interfere.

In this installment he investigates the murder of a victim who had been mutilated after death to disguise his identity and left to drift at sea.
We find Montalbano picking up a damsel in distress along the highway on her way to meet a yacht in the harbor. Later the yacht picks up a body in a skiff. Montalbano soon finds the damsel in distress was telling him a false story. She disappears. What's the connection between her and the murder victim whose face is disfigured. Then there's another murder of a member of the crew. At the same time it looks like Montalbano is falling in love with a beautiful Coast Guard officer as a result of this ...more
Saji Connor
"L'età del dubbio" è il quattordicesimo romanzo che vede come protagonista il commissario Salvo Montalbano con le indagini che questa volta lo portano nel mare della sua Sicilia.
Infatti nel porto di Vigata è ora attraccato un lussuoso yacht, il "Vanna" che ha ritrovato in mare un canotto sul quale c'era il cadavere di un uomo, morto per avvelenamento diranno poi le analisi.
In queste indagini sarà affiancato dalla bella e giovane Laura, ufficiale della capitaneria di porto che però avrà la capaci
The Montalbano mysteries are funny and dark and full of food. Montalbano himself can be a jerk, but he's amusing, intelligent but crass. The mystery here, who was the corpse and who killed him, was well-done, enough twists to keep me interested and a timely theme. The recurring secondary characters are a little cardboardish, but still likeable. Based on those things, I would rate this closer to a 4, probably.

The problem, and the reason this book had me complaining out loud - Laura. She works for
THE AGE OF DOUBT. (2012). Andrea Camilleri. ****.
Inspector Montalbano is stuck in his car behind a long line of other cars – not moving. When he gets out to see what is happening, he finds that the lead car is hanging over a chasm that had formed when the road washed away. He finds that there is a young woman in the car. He gets her to get out because of the danger and has her sit in his car until help comes. He learns that her name is Vanna, and that she is in town to meet a yacht that her cou
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Andrea Camilleri (born september 6, 1925 in Porto Empedocle) is an Italian writer. He is considered one of the greatest Italian writers of both 20th and 21st centuries.

Originally from Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Camilleri began studies at the Faculty of Literature in 1944, without concluding them, meanwhile publishing poems and short stories. Around this time he joined the Italian Communist Party.

More about Andrea Camilleri...
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