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In het Siciliaanse stadje Vigàta moet de nieuwe schouwburg worden ingehuldigd. Tegen alle protesten in is de keuze van de prefect gevallen op een afschuwelijke slechte opera van een derderangs componist: Il birraio di Preston. De Vigatezers nemen wraak en zetten daarbij hun grote gevoel voor humor in.
Hardcover, 284 pages
Published July 18th 2002 by De Geus (first published 1995)
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Joyce Lagow
Feb 07, 2015 Joyce Lagow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Camilleri is best known for his Commisario Montalbano series, but relatively recently, inspired, he says, by the publication of the Report on the Social and Economic Conditions of Sicily (1875-1876), he has written two novels, Hunting Season and The Brewer of Preston, both set in this time period. In addition, The Brewer of Preston is based on a real incident that took place around this time in Caltanissetta, a town not far away from Agrigento and Porto d'Empedocle, the sites of Camilleri's fict ...more
Tyler Jones
Oh dear, what have I done?

One of the responsibilities in my job at the library is to help out the book club that meets once a month. They gave me a list of books they would like to discuss, and I round up copies for them. Sounds easy, but sometimes it's hard finding enough copies available. Such was the case this month, so I found myself going off the list. I choose this comic mystery looking book by the popular Italian author Andrea Camilleri. I looked at a bunch of goodreads reviews, and it lo
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Rhonda Gilmour
This book is delightful! At first, I had difficulty keep track of the plethora of character names and nicknames, but I quickly found out that only a few key names were crucial to understanding and enjoying this fast-moving farce. Set in 1870s Sicily, the outsider governor is determined to inaugurate Vigata's new opera house with a bad opera, and the locals are just as determined to disrupt the performance, if not prevent it entirely. Camilleri jumps about in time, something that often drives me ...more
Dale
Feb 16, 2015 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, italy
This is one of the funniest books I've read in a while, with several laugh out loud scenes, and plenty of social and political satire. The chapters are arranged haphazardly, and Camilleri helpfully suggests in the final chapter ("Chapter I") that the reader should feel free to rearrange them according to taste. I expect this was a very hard book to translate owing to Camilleri's apparently liberal use of dialect and puns, but Satarelli does his usual excellent job.

The novel is set in Vigàta shor
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KayKay
Apr 27, 2015 KayKay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the book in some ways:

1- Ingenious! There are different "chapters" so to speak but these chapters do not need to go by sequence as suggested by the author. Readers could jump around however way they like. I went by the orders as suggested. The fun part about these chapters is that nothing is told in chronological orders anyway. Readers read, readers put the puzzles back together, readers need to think. This is fun. To me, plots that move back and forth do not bother me. Some people, thoug
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Alison C
Jan 28, 2016 Alison C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Brewer of Preston" is a one-off historical novel by Andrea Camilleri, best known for his Montalbano series. In 19th Century Vigata, Sicily, the new Prefect (or governor) of the region is determined to inaugurate a new opera house with a production of “The Brewer of Preston,” an opera he had seen previously and that just happens to be managed by one of his relatives. The town of Vigata, however, is having none of it, and arson, mayhem and murder soon ensue…. This is a very funny, very bawdy, ...more
Gláucia Renata

O autor cria seu romance baseado num acontecimento real: o prefeito de uma pequena cidade no sul da Itália, Vigatta, impõe a encenação de uma ópera lírica a fim de inaugurar o teatro da cidade. Porém, a população é contra e cria-se um clima de revolução que vai desencadear uma tragédia.
O problema do livro é ele não ter um personagem central e isso me impediu de ter uma referência numa história vista sob pontos de vistas diferentes por personagens que não sabemos bem quem são. Faltou profundidad
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Spiros
Jun 29, 2015 Spiros rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of misrule
Shelves: italy, new
Set a century before Commissario Montalbano graces its fictitious streets, this tale of civic uprising in Vigata is a very cleverly constructed farce of misrule, set off against the debut of Vigata's new operahouse. The Prefect of Montelusa, the foppish Florentine Eugenio Bortuzzi, wants the debut to be a performance of the apparently mediocre opera "the Brewer of Preston", operating on the misapprehension that he first laid eyes on his wife at a performance of said opera many years before. This ...more
Rick
Sep 23, 2015 Rick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vigàta is adjusting to Unification - a process that has not been greeted with universal acclaim. The ancien régime has its collective nose out of joint, as it contends, not only with the new ruling class, but a ruling class with northern accents. There is also dissent within the ranks of the new rulers, as republicans and royalists plot against each other. It is a time ripe for mischief.

Into an already incendiary atmosphere, the new governor (from Florence) insists that an opera of his choice -
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Auntie Pam
Oct 31, 2014 Auntie Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scaffale, 2014
Questo libro è ancora meglio di quanto mi ricordassi. Come di tutti i libri che mi sono stati imposti di leggere a scuola e all'università, anche di questo ricordavo che era un bel romanzo ma non ricordavo neppure il perchè. Sinceramente un Camilleri senza Montalbano è un po' come i maccheroni senza il cacio, sembra che qualcosa perda il sapore, e invece no, pure i maccheroni sono buoni se il sugo è fatto bene! A parte le battutte gastronomiche, ho adorato questo libro sempre ambientato a Vigata ...more
Rebecca Mulligan
Jan 11, 2015 Rebecca Mulligan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An opera for the ages?

Andrea Camilleri lets us have the full force of his sarcastic, sardonic humor in this delightful book. I had never read one of his novels other than the Inspector Montalban mysteries and this novel was a delightful surprise. It is apparently based on events which actually occurred in Sicily in the 1850s. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys satirical humor. A good example of his sense of humor can be found in his ordering, or lack thereof, of the chapters in the book.
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Victor
I am so glad that this and other works by Andrea Camilleri have been translated into English. His writing, his characters, his storyline are so entertaining that to not to be able to read them would be a serious loss. So many thanks to Stephen Sartarelli for his work in translating Camilleri's work. This particular book entertained me not only while I was reading, but after. I did catch the lines at the beginning of one chapter that clued me in to Camilleri's pattern. Students of literature more ...more
Giuseppe Saracino
I libri di Camilleri senza Montalbano non mi entusiasmano, preferisco salvo, ma devo dire la verità questo mi ha colpito particolarmente, prende spunto da una vicenda reale l'inaugurazione del teatro dove verrà rappresentato il birraio di preston.
Da questo Camilleri farcisce la vicenda con personaggi di ogni sorta e di diversa provenienza, mescolando saggiamente i vari dialetti, i pregi e i difetti.
Il risultato è il racconto di una sicilia non ancora "italiana" piena di personaggi umili, di figu
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Red
Mar 29, 2013 Red rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italo
Just love this book. Warm, funny and intelligent.
Antonella Sacco
Sep 07, 2014 Antonella Sacco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
mi ha fatto fare grandi risate
Susan
It's 1874 and the little Sicilian city of Vigata has a new theater. Unfortunately, the unpopular prefect insists that the opening production be the opera that shares its name with the book. Even if it were a popular opera, the many factions opposed to the prefect and his Mafioso chum would object. As it is, political and personal forces combine and clash to create major problems in Vigata, leading to several unnecessary deaths. Camilleri is in antic mood in this historical novel, which ends with ...more
Pao
Dec 06, 2015 Pao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: who loves Camilleri, Sicily, detective story
Letto perché Camilleri che omaggia Snoopy sembrava una ragione sufficiente.
Le prime cose da mettete in chiaro a proposito del libro sono che è ambientato a Vigata ma non si tratta di un'avventura del commissario Montalbano e non è scritto in italiano.
Tuttavia ci sono un'indagine (come mai è andato a fuoco il teatro di Vigata proprio la notte della riapertura celebrata con la rappresentazione del Birraio di Preston?) e una macedonia di dialetti in cui domina il siciliano ma non mancano assaggi di
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Ardesia
Mar 11, 2011 Ardesia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, xxxbc
C’è talmente tanto genio racchiuso in queste pagine che non è facile coglierlo tutto in una volta sola. E’ una di quelle storie che per essere apprezzata a fondo va letta più volte. E’ un puzzle composto da pezzi che combaciano perfettamente, ma che sono al contempo intercambiabili. L’ordine dei capitoli che, a detta dell’autore stesso, può essere modificato a piacere senza andare ad alterare la comprensione e il senso della vicenda è un tocco da maestro. E poi, tra i numerevoli aspetti da segna ...more
arcobaleno
PRIMA LETTURA (27 agosto 2007):
Mi è piaciuta l'ironia sottile, ma non è stata sufficiente per godere appieno la storia.
Troppo attenta alla "traduzione" dei tanti vocaboli siciliani, perdevo di vista il filo del racconto, per di più illogicamente ingarbugliato. Avrei forse dovuto capire anche l'ironia finale dell'indice, con nota dell'autore, ma mi sono sentita solo presa in giro...
Peccato, dopo "Cento giorni con Montalbano" credevo di essermi riconciliata con Camilleri. Forse sono stata solo sf
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Kevin Lanahan
This is a tale of a new opera house in Vigata and the disaster of the opening performance, and the mayhem that followed.

The story is non-linear, with chapters jumping around from before the opera, during the opera and after the opera. It has the same odd syntax that the Montalbano stories have, which I find conducive to getting into the sense of a foreign story. You know you aren't reading an English or American story; they don't write that way anymore.
Martina
A 1995 novel by Andrea Camilleri, published the year after the first book in the Montelbano series. Very funny, almost silly, but filled with inside jokes, allusions to other literary works, plays on words and clearly from the same brain that produces the wonderfully funny Montelbano series. It may be shelved with his other mysteries in the store, but it something else. A wonderfully entertaining read regardless.
Caity
Jan 18, 2015 Caity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free from Goodreads first reads program.

This book thoroughly confused me at first as the chapters are not in chronological order and skip around between characters as well so I had a hard time establishing the timeline of the story and keeping the characters strait at first. When I was finally able to piece together what was happening I enjoyed the book and humor in the story. The very last chapter is actually the first chronologically and when combined with the authors
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Dave Walls
Jan 25, 2015 Dave Walls rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another of Camilleri's non-Montalbano books. This one is about what happens in a small Sicilian town when a government official forces an opera performance on the town's people. At times wonderful, and at times average, it is overall a good book and an interesting read. Camilleri tells the story non-chronologically, and the author's note is that the order is just a suggestion. While it made the book interesting to learn events out of order, it was not so interesting that I would read it again in ...more
Catherine
Feb 07, 2015 Catherine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.
The Brewer of Preston by Andrea Camilleri is the first book by this author that I have read. I had a difficult time reading this book for 3 reasons: 1) even though there is no notation on the book that I received that it was an uncorrected proof, it contained a very large amount of misspellings. Very distracting. 2) there are a lot of characters, and it was hard to keep many of them straight 3) the story is not told chronologically, but
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Guillermo
Mar 05, 2015 Guillermo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Camilleri se ubica unos cientos de años atrás pero en esencia nada ha cambiado en Vigata. Corrupción, mafia, pasión, celos, infidelidades.
La novela está presentado en capítulos desordenados, incluyendo testimonios de algún protagonista o correspondencia que hay que saber leer entre líneas.
Es bastante pasional y dramática; y también hay un policía astuto.
Alexis Castro
Sep 04, 2015 Alexis Castro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una vez mas Camilleri logra demostrar que no se necesitan demasiadas paginas para contar de manera convincente una historia. Llena de humor, tragedia y sátira nos mantiene entretenidos hasta el final. Muy recomendable.
incipit mania
Feb 05, 2015 incipit mania marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: camilleri
Incipit

Era una notte che faceva spavento, veramente scatusa.....
Il birraio di Preston incipitmania.com
Tim Hurrell
This is my first non-Montalbano Camilleri read and it didn't disappoint. Set in his fictional Vigata, this is a dark farce on authority versus independence with a dash of opera.
John Morris
Sorry to give two star to a Camilleri when I give the Montalbano books 4's and 5's but I was confused with so many characters and that events happened in a non chronological order. ,maybe just me .......
Tony
Jan 25, 2015 Tony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Was expecting more based on fact author is New York Times best seller. Typographical errors were distracting and did not see humor in many areas author found necessary for story.
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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.

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“A scangio. Se la storia era come persino quella cretina di so moglieri Angelica pensava, un’opera simile non avrebbe potuto avere nessuna scascione di successo. Qual era, in Sicilia, la proporzione delle cose che succedevano per scangio rispetto a quelle che invece accadevano senza scambio di persone o cose? Per restare a Vigàta, e limitatamente agli ultimi tre mesi, Artemìdoro Lisca era stato ammazzato per scangio al posto di Nirino Contrera una notte che non c’era luna; Turiddruzzu Morello s’era maritato a scangio con Filippa Mancuso che aveva sberginato nottetempo senza addunàrisi che non si trattava di so soro Lucia che invece era la predestinata; Pino Sciacchitano c’era morto perché so moglieri aveva scangiato il veleno per i sorci con il ricostituente che so marito pigliava dopo ogni mangiata. E nasceva magari il dubbio che tutto quello scangia scangia fosse un finto scangia scangia, che non c’era stato nessun errore, che lo scangiamento era stato solamente un alibi, addirittura un vezzo. E allora di che cosa poteva ridere per uno scangio più finto di quelli finti, gente che al contrario nello scangio quotidiano viveva?” 0 likes
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