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Southern Seas (Pepe Carvalho #4)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  523 ratings  ·  31 reviews
"Montalban writes with authority and compassion - a Le Carré-like sorrow." --Publishers Weekly
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Serpent's Tail (first published November 1979)
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K.D. Absolutely
Feb 17, 2014 K.D. Absolutely rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2012)
Barcelona after the death of Francisco Franco in 1975. This book was written by Manuel Varquez Montalban (1939-2003), a popular Spanish novelist, poet, gastronome among other things. If Agatha Christie had her Hercule Poirot or Miss Jane Marple, Montalban had his Pepe Carvalho. I would not have bought this book if this was not included in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.

The story revolves around the mystery of the death of a 50-year old man, Stuart Pedrell. He is a filthy rich busine
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Cat
Los mares del Sur acabado e eu a perguntar-me o que levou a minha mãe a comprar este livro. Pior ainda, tenho de me perguntar por alma de quem é que fui ler este livro.

Pois, não gostei. Nunca tinha lido nada do señor Vázquez Montalbán e não fiquei com vontade de repetir.

Achei a história chata, embora seja sobre um crime cometido e a sua investigação, e não gostei das personagens. O detective Pepe Carvalho (lê-se como em português?) não me fascinou, mesmo sendo um amante de literatura e de cães.
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Susan Merrell
Would give this more stars than I normally would a mystery. The author is literate, draws character with great deftness, and is entertaining as can be. He deserves kudos for this description of a victim who once wanted to be a writer: "He used to say that he was too much of a perfectionist. But I think it was because he couldn't find a style. That happens to a lot of people. They have everything that they think they need in order to create, and then they find that they haven't got a style. So th ...more
Mafalda
Los Mares del Sur - Manuel Vázquez Montalbán (available at your local library)

It's always harder for me when I don't know the author, and even harder when, after reading the book, I am puzzled as to whether I liked it or not. Mares do Sul is a perfect example of that. Nothing wrong with the book...well, if I said there was nothing, I'd probably be lying. This is one of those which I can't say I disliked, but I do have a lot of issues with it.

Mares do Sul is - according to the man's Wikipedia - o
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Nikos
Aug 06, 2013 Nikos rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: crime
My first Montalban book.

I am not sure I liked the story but I liked the book.

I was attracted to it by ... Barcelona. I wanted to read something else about Barcelona apart from the books of Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Zafon, although younger, describes an age of Barcelona before him and mostly before Montalban's.
Montalban, a socialist and a gastronomer, as well as a scholar and poet, describes a Barcelona of bourgeois decay (or so he thinks) and his main character, detective Pepe Carvalho, seems to be i
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Mary
I enjoyed this book much more than the previous Pepe Carvahlo novel. This was back in Barcelona and it felt much better.

Pepe is hired by a rich widow to find out how and why her husband was killed. It's far from a simple plot with twists and turns aplenty. Our main character is once again behaving in a manner that can hardly be hailed as gentlemanly. His behaviour would have him sacked from any legitimate police force. It's refreshing to have a detective breaking the usual molds.

The characters a
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Tina
Pepe Carvalho is a detective and star of the book, him having quite the appreciation for good food and wine. He is fat, bald, drinks too much and with all these positive points, the ladies love him. Huh.

It starts off with a swearing dwarf who is intent on getting laid, him marching into a bar and hooking up with a “lady” and two friends. They proceed to steal a car, drive wildly through the streets of Barcelona spilling drink everywhere and promptly have an accident.

There are sex scenes, there
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Jorge León
Pepe Carvalho y sus amigos configuran un arquetipo de la novela negra.Una historia interesante , sin duda, pero como en todo gran libro tan sólo un espléndido pretexto para explorar el ritmo y la armonia del lenguaje atado a la ingrata tarea de explicarnos un poco más la vida. Gourmet, quemalibros, asentado en su madurez y con amistades de 5 estrellas, Pepe Carvalho es simplemente imprescindible.
Isabel Maia
Stuart Pedrell é um excêntrico empresário barcelonês que, depois de um ano desaparecido, é encontrado num descampado da cidade segurando uma folha de papel onde se lia "più nessuno mi porterà nel sud" (já ninguém me levará ao Sul). No sentido de apurar por onde andou Pedrell nesse ano de ausência, a família do empresário contrata Pepe Carvalho, um detective privado conhecido pelo seu gosto refinado no que toca a comida e a vinhos. Cabe a este detective saber se a vítima concretizou o seu eterno ...more
Elina
It was cool to read this after just having come back from Barcelona and I found it interesting. Not sure if this was due to translation or because I don't know the culture well enough but there were some aspects of the story that went over my head. Especially the politics side of it.
Naoise
Está ambientado en la Barcelona de la transición y Montalbán tiene una forma de escribir y describir muy desenfadada, que lo hace una lectura interesante. Pero la historia tiene poco más que descripción de sitios y personajes, mucho diálogo pero poca "chicha" como novela negra.
Bob
I love the way some Spanish authors weave food and its preparation and enjoyment - and wine - into murder mysteries. Nice pairing.
Emperador Spock
-Suerte en tu lucha por un mundo sin centrales nucleares.
-De suerte nada. Vamos a tener nucleares hasta los supositorios. Nos van a meter todos los supositorios nucleares por el culo.


Es el primer libro de la serie Carvalho que he leído: no decepciona.

Aunque el argumento de la novela es bastante lento y no demasiado captivador (a veces parece como si hacer la novela aburrida hubiese sido la intensión del autor), y aunque el desenlace es algo anticlimático, "Los mares del sur" ofrece un mundo oscu
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Julianne
The mystery genre isn't really my cup of tea but since it was for one of my book clubs, I tried it out. I have to say, I had to muscle through 80% of the book and even thought about giving up on it a few times. The only satisfactory part of the book was towards the last 20 pages or so when the mystery began to unravel. Pepe Carvalho is definitely a memorable character with a great taste for food and wine, which I did appreciate but I really doubt I'll pick up another one his series again.
John
Pepe Carvalho is an original character in a genre that can be a bit worn around the edges. A gourmand, ladies man, and "soft-boiled" detective, he investigates in this story a man who, having disappeared for over the year, supposedly to the Southern Seas, turns up dead closer to home, at a Barcelona building site. The book is filled with interesting characters and the plot and writing keeps the reader interested.
Carmen Daza Márquez
Uno de los mejores de la serie Carvalho. Si no le pongo cinco estrellas es porque la figura del protagonista queda demasiado desdibujada y sirve solo como excusa para citar poesía y describir comilonas y ambientes barriobajeeos de la Barcelona preolímpica. Pero estas descripciones son simplemente magistrales.
Katie
Nov 30, 2009 Katie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: spain
8. Geography Lessons - Read Two Books That Take Place Countries That Correspond To Your Initials. If Your First Or Last Initial Is A Letter That Has No Country (I Think This Would Be Only X Or W) Then You Could Substitute Your Middle Initial. (one of two for 15 - Spain)
Jose
Corrupción, especulación inmobilaria, bandas callejeras, redención, el lado oscuro de la luna. El Sur también existe.
Viajes: Sant Magí
Libros quemados: 'Maurice' de Forster; 'La filosofía y su sombra' de Eugenio Trías; 'La balada del café triste' de Carson McCullers.
Adela63
Como Chandler pero con sexo. Nada del otro mundo, excepto que los personajes 'pobres' son un poco más creíbles que los ricos. Y no hacía falta matar al perro: si el sentimiento final era desagradable, con lo del perro lo mata. No más Carvalho para mí, gracias.
Lisa
I'm so glad to have discovered this author, and even more glad that there he has written a number of additional books (also published by Melville House). The detective was a real treat, and the plot was intelligent and well designed.
Tânia Tanocas
Tenho pena, mas sinceramente, não gostei da forma que o escritor escreve... O que valeu, mesmo assim foi a história em si e o fato de o livro ser pequeno, senão acho que desistia...
Dante
I have not read many books that left a metaphorical bad taste in my mouth, this is one of them. However, this is not due to its quality. The book is a slow burn and it is a good read.
Michelle
A murder mystery in Barcelona with wonderful gastronomic detail, but a bit "talky" I found myself skimming over dialogue to get on with the storyline.
Dave Johnson
Fascinating insight into immediately post-Franco Barcelona and the difficulties of "regime change" overlaying a good plot and a quirky private eye...
Peggy
Although this book is not scary at all , but I began to have nightmares ,maybe i should call it weird dreams , when i started to read it.
Vasilis Kalandaridis
Υπέροχο κι ας με σόκαρε στην τελευταία σελίδα.Ο Peppe Carvalho είναι ένας ήρωας που αξίζει τον κόπο να τον ακούσεις,να τον καταλάβεις..
Brent
May 13, 2008 Brent rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hard-boiled detective fiction types
Shelves: while_in_spain
Very similar to Rubem Fonseca and his detective Mandrake. Takes about 30 or 40 pages to get into it, but then you're hooked.
Riccardo Paterni
Always entertaining, involving and sharp el inspector Carvallo by an ever green Montalban...
Naki
Another Pepe. They are all great
Pam
Dec 04, 2007 Pam marked it as to-read
Shelves: mystery, spain
12/03 purchase from serpent's tail
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