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A Sweet Scent of Death

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From the award-winning, internationally acclaimed screenwriter of Amores perros, 21 Grams, and Babel, A Sweet Scent of Death is Guillermo Arriaga's tale of deception, passion, and violence fused together by the tragic killing of a young girl in a small Mexican village.

Early one morning in a deserted field, Ramón Castaños is confronted with the dead body of Adela, a lovel
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Washington Square Press (first published 1994)
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Christopher Spalding
Reading this was almost like reading a screenplay in terms of being able to so easily visualise every scene. That's not to say, however, the writing was short on prose, or dialogue heavy; Arriaga makes good use of every last word (I initially felt a little short-changed when I saw it was only one hundred and sixty pages long).

As a fan of his work in cinema, there was an added bonus of seeing the name of a character who becomes the subject of an entire movie, two or three years after the publicat
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Anoosha
Apr 28, 2017 Anoosha rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
آرياگا، داستان نويس و فيلمنامه نويس مكزيكي، بيشتر براي فيلمنامه هايش از جمله ٢١ گرم و عشق سگي معروف است. رمان بوي خوش عشق روايت جذاب و پركششي است كه با ته مايه اي از طنز پيش مي رود. يكي از جدابيت ها اين اثر شكل گيري تمام وقايع بر مبناي تصادف است نه علت و معلولي و اين شكل متفاوتي به رمان مي دهد.
Emily
"Τι σόι αστυνομικό είναι αυτό, που είναι δεν είναι 150 σελίδες;" σκέφτηκα.
Πολύ σύντομα, από τις λίγες πρώτες σελίδες, ο αναγνώστης μπορεί να καταλάβει ότι δεν είναι μια συνηθισμένη αστυνομική πλοκή ούτε μια συνηθισμένη γραφή.
Η μεγαλύτερη αρετή του βιβλίου είναι ο τρόπος του Αριάγα να γράφει.
Ο θάνατος της Αδέλα κινητοποιεί μια αλυσσιδωτή αντίδραση που αφορά σχεδόν όλο το μικρό μεξικάνικο μισοξεχασμένο χωριό στη μέση του πουθενά.
Από το τίποτα, από μια περιρρέουσα φημολογία που γιγαντώνεται και
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Tassos Bog
Τα τρία αστέρια τα βάζω μόνο για την γραφή που ήταν αρκετά καλή, με ζωντανές περιγραφές. Τα πολλά ονόματα κουράζουν και το τέλος απότομο και ξαφνικό. Ακόμα δεν κατάλαβα τον δολοφόνο....
Donna Lister
Mar 12, 2017 Donna Lister rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
sparse writing and landscape. very evocative
Jason
Fast, scenic, and cinematic. Arriaga creates an amazing setting in the mexican countryside and its peculiarities (that may be found in many other countries). The discovery of a dead girl sparkles a series of events in a mexican village that get entangled with other secrets and passions of the villagers. An amazing plot that is based on the dynamics of constrained, small societies with old-school principles based on short-sided honour. Arriaga captures, in a perfect way, how petty thoughts and fr ...more
Bookaholic
Trebuie să menționez că, dintre cele trei cărți traduse în limba română, Un dulce miros de moarte este, clar, favorita mea.

Se schimbă, desigur, registrul și contextul. Nu ne mai aflăm la începutul secolului XX, ci, cel mai probabil, cândva în zilele noastre – nu este precizată perioada însă, fiind un roman scris în anii ’90, mă aștept să aducă la suprafață o felie din realitatea mexicană a satelor din acea vreme.

Într-un sat numit Loma Grande, într-o dimineață oarecare, câțiva băieți găsesc, la m
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Lukáš Palán
Mar 06, 2015 Lukáš Palán rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-2015, mexican
Sice nevím, proč jsem to po Marquézovi udělal, ale zase jsem šáhl po španělácký knížce, tentokrát tedy z Mexika, což je vlastně taky Španělácko, akorát tam hrajou fotbal s hlavama vod kuřat. Celkově teď mám takový španělácký období, nedávno jsem viděl Real Madrid v televizi a mezi nohama sem se neholil už tak dlouho, že to tam vypadá jak v narvaným autobuse z Tijuany. Guillermo Arriaga napsal 21 gramů a Amores Perros, což sou filmy, který jsem měl poctivě rád, dokud Bay nenatočil Transformers. V ...more
Sally Whitehead
Easily devoured in a few sittings, this is everything a decent novella should be really. Arriaga manages to condense a tightly structured plot with believable three dimensional characters into 150 pages. The pulsating pace builds tension nicely as we freewheel into the inevitable denouement; the slight ambiguity of the final closing lines adding just enough intrigue to help avoid predictability.

Arriaga's writing is almost cinematic (perhaps unsurprising given his background) and I mean this in a
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pa'tí m
Apr 24, 2008 pa'tí m rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sfpl-book-group
the ending...what a rip-off! for the last few pages i sat on the Cal west-gate entrance grassy knoll and when i read the last paragraph i couldn't believe it, "tu crees!?!" i yelled at the clouds. so i guess Arriaga's best works are those in which he intertwines through tragic incidents the lives of multiple characters and gives them more depth--such as Amores Perros and 21 Grams. i REALLY wanted to read more about Adela and Ramon, their encounters and especially the scene when Ramon finds her d ...more
Irina Baciu
Feb 03, 2016 Irina Baciu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia interesante sobre la vida de los campesinos mexicanos.Muy interesante el fragmento con la diferencia entre la mujer-cuerpo, a la que solo quieres disfrutar una sola vez, y la mujer-persona, a la que quieres amar por toda la vida y no te cansas de hacerlo. Una historia que relata el proceso de la justicia por tus propios medios, hacer justicia tu solo, la vida y la importancia de la gente en medio de un pueblo en el cual la comunidad establece el contexto y el desarollo de los event ...more
Riet
Oct 09, 2011 Riet rated it really liked it
Goed geschreven, kan zo verfilmd worden. De auteur heeft dan ook vnl.filmscripts op zijn naam staan.
Er wordt een jonge vrouw vermoord in een klein dorp in Mexico. Haar vriend wordt geacht wraak te nemen op de moordenaar. Die wordt aangewezen dooe iemand, die deze man wel kwijt wil. Degene, die beter weet, laat het gewoon gebeuren.Het beokheeft veel weg van "Kroniek van een aaangekondigde dood" van Garcia Marquez. Wie de moord nu wel gepleegd heeft wordt niet duidelijk.
Chani
Apr 09, 2009 Chani rated it really liked it
I'm still wondering if this book should be called a crime novel. The humour noir is spot on, it's funny, macabre but there's also some poetry and something truly irresistibe in that rather short story of an unsolved murder in some random Mexican village. Or how one may ends up being trapped by gossip, misunderstanding, secrets, mistakes, fantasies and general weaknesses. The biggest tragedies can be caused by such small things.
Plamena Jekova
Nov 23, 2016 Plamena Jekova rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
L'écriture est mauvaise. Je dois m'arrêter là, si j'en dis plus, ce sera une perte de temps. Cependant je voudrais pointer la seule idée (même si elle est avortée) qui m'a paru originale. Découvrir que quelqu'un t'aime est une responsabilité. Mais découvrir que quelqu'un t'a aimé et qu'il n'est plus de ce monde... Est-ce une responsabilité? Envers qui? Cela me paraît un terrain peu exploité, une forêt vierge. Hélas! L'écriture est mauvaise.
William
Feb 22, 2009 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mientras que leí este cuento por Guillermo Arriaga hace unos años, siento una compulsión de una vez que es parte homenage, parte sentimental y parte narcisista por lo haber leído Arriaga en español, de añadir su libro a mi lista.

Yo me pregunto que haría yo si hubiera encontrado un cadaver de una persona media conocida. No sé si tengo la tendencia de justicia y venganza en mis venas tal como tenía Ramon hacia el asesinato de Adela.
Orvokki
Jun 17, 2014 Orvokki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-best-of
Keď žijete v kraji ako Loma Grande a zavraždia vám dievča, existuje iba jediná možnosť. Pomsta. Keď žijete v kraji ako Loma Grande, vôbec nezáleží na tom, že to vlastne ani vaše dievča nebolo.

Skvelá kniha od scenáristu filmov Amores perros, 21 gramov, The Hire: Powder Keg a Babel.

Viac na mojom blogu.
Cheryl
Jul 28, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-lit, fiction
The author is Mexican and this was translated. A tight chilling little novel of murder, and timeless lawlessness in a little Mexican village. It could have been set in the 1800s, except its era betrayed by info such as the selling and smuggling of tape recorders.
Polished it off this afternoon in about 2-3 hours.
Simona
Jun 02, 2011 Simona rated it it was ok
Shelves: awful
At first I liked this book considering I usually do not read crime/ policier novels. In the middle I realized how it will end but I kinda hoped that the events will take another turn. I guess it was in vain cause the ending left me with a bitter taste like the plot was left hanging... I don't recommend it.
Sorcered
Aug 14, 2016 Sorcered rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intr-un sat prapadit din Mexic, o adolescenta e ucisa cu o lovitura de cutit in spate. Nu conteaza cine e vinovatul, conteaza doar ce spune gura lumii...
Un roman rau, cinic si poetic despre rautatea din oricine si despre destinul care atarna ca o piatra de moara. Altfel spus, o telenovela nemiloasa.
Michael
Aug 16, 2013 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Carla Vee
Mar 17, 2013 Carla Vee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
magical realism at its best, a labyrinth of curiosity
Guy
Aug 09, 2015 Guy rated it liked it
***1/2
Daniela Arias
Jan 19, 2017 Daniela Arias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
leído Mayo 2012
Amy
Jan 30, 2016 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Destino
Tania Tripp
Dec 29, 2012 Tania Tripp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buen libro, entretenido, con reflejos de una realidad cotidiana. Personajes interesantes y con mucho carácter. ¡Muy recomendable!
Edma Rita
Pensò che i veri uomini non vengono mai abbandonati da una donna e che gli "addolorati" erano una manica di coglioni incapaci di decifrare i desideri femminili.
Eduardo Perez
May 11, 2014 Eduardo Perez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una narrativa sobre como los demás pueden influir en nuestras decisiones.
Ryan
Mar 19, 2011 Ryan rated it really liked it
"...a satisfactory hint of the unreality of reality, a promise that the rock of the world was founded securely on a fairy’s wing."
Ireth
Mar 05, 2014 Ireth rated it really liked it
El final me enfadó muchísimo D:
Claudia Bercaru
Sep 22, 2016 Claudia Bercaru marked it as to-read
I don't want this particular one to read but rather I'm searching for Babel, as I saw the movie some time ago. It's not listed on Goodreads, unfortunately. :/
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Guillermo Arriaga Jordán is a Mexican author, screenwriter, director and producer. He received the 2005 Cannes Film Festival Best Screenplay Award for The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.
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