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La stagione della caccia

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  541 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
In un libretto su una strage di stato a ridosso della rivoluzione siciliana del 1848, pubblicato qualche anno fa (monografia storica, ma scritta con la grazia e l'umorismo del narratore), Camilleri ripeteva un'idea a lui evidentemente molto cara. Che i siciliani sono «tragediatori», sono paghi cioè soltanto quando possono finalmente fondere insieme la vita e la scena, ...more
Paperback, La memoria #304, 154 pages
Published 1994 by Sellerio (first published 1992)
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Simona Bartolotta
Jul 29, 2016 Simona Bartolotta rated it liked it
Shelves: crime

"Chi è il picciliddo?"
"Il figlio della mogliere di un mio campiere."
"D'accordo, ma tu che ci trasi?"
"Ci trasu, Scimè. Come ci trasì lo spirito santo."

(I'm sorry, but every attempt of mine would make a despicable case of lost in translation.)

*Scroll down to read the Italian review

This was my first Camilleri (I know: shame on me, shame on my cow) but I think that it will be kind of a standing appointment from now on.
The Hunting Season could well be one of the strangest books I have ever read
This is ok.
Two stars means "It's ok"
I'm not going to read this again, though.

Usually, when you get a bawdy tale like this, it's a facade for some biting social commentary and there's usually a zinger at the end, like all the jerks get their comeuppances or the women really rule the town or he would have gotten away with it, too, had it not been for you meddling brats or something similar.
This one...well, I think most readers know there's murder afoot and recognize the culprit (view spoiler)
Jim Lewis
Jul 07, 2014 Jim Lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"This novel is dedicated to Rosetta, my wife. I don't think she likes it so much; not because of the way it's written, but because of what it means."

Andrea Camilleri is undoubtedly correct in this dedication. (He might have written, "I don't think most women will like it much...") For this novel, a sort of prequel to the Inspector Matalbano series is bawdy and, on the surface at least, somewhat misogynistic. (Deceptively so, as it turns out, but I must not say more.)

Hunting Season was written be
Becky Hoffman
Let's just put it this way, I might like this book more if Wes Anderson decided to turn it into a movie. Anyone who has read this book and seen Wes Anderson's movies will understand what I mean. There is a lot of stories that all seem to revolve around one family, but how basically all of them die. Some of it is ridiculously humorous, others are bordering on tragic, but in each of their stories, there is this subtle dry humor (like the daughter painting her butt black, or the one son who is in ...more
Sep 07, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
what a little treasure this is, we should rejoice it has finally been translated into English.
Due to complexity of the Italian nobility and the period it is set in, the book takes abit of an effort to get into to be in the moment. That said those who take the trouble to immerse themselve into this pre 20th Sicilly novel will be rewarded with a wonderful story.
It is a true reflection of the creative and wicked mind of Camilleri as he decimates a noble family with bad luck and tragic accidents. I
Jun 01, 2014 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A strange, rambling,baudy, humorous story of revenge or love. You decide? A very different departure from the Montalbano novels as this is set in 19th Century Sicily and plays on the class distinctions of the peasants and the aristocracy. You think this book will be about the stranger returning to town but he's quickly usurped by the soap opera of a life that the local aristocrat or marchese lives. It sounds like a 19th Century reality show. It would have been nice to have a glossary of ...more
Sep 20, 2011 Mara rated it really liked it
Shelves: italiana, ebook
Camilleri e' una garanzia. Nella introduzione scrive di aver tratto l'ispirazione del romanzo da una battuta registrata nella Inchiesta sulle condizioni della Sicilia del 1876. All'interrogante, che chiedeva se si fossero verificati fatti di sangue in un paesino, veniva risposto: "No. Fatta eccezione del farmacista che per amore ha ammazzato sette persone".
E da ciò ne ha tratto un libro amabilissimo.
Dave Walls
Jun 01, 2014 Dave Walls rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and short book. I had trouble keeping the characters straight due to my difficulty with Italian names and titles. A good "mystery" but not a whodunit. It is instead a "why," and maybe a "which" were his victims. Certainly a good read for someone looking for something a little different.
Jan 16, 2015 Pamela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I understand that authors want to write about new characters, but I miss Montalbano! This murder story could have easily been set in Vigata with Inspector Salvo Montalbano and his detectives, to much better effect.
MB (What she read)
An odd read. Love the cover art.

(view spoiler)
Ken Fredette
Apr 07, 2014 Ken Fredette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know that Camillleri dedicated the book to his wife Rosetta. It was based off a murder of love that a pharmacist did in 1875-1876 to 7 people, It is a rather risqué novel that tends to grow on you.
Mar 15, 2015 Arwen56 rated it it was ok
Abbastanza spassoso, ma non tra i migliori di Camilleri.
Jan 16, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a murder story as opposed to a murder mystery. I missed Montalbano!
José Manuel
Nov 07, 2016 José Manuel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Divertida novela policíaca y costumbrista que transcurre en la Sicilia del siglo XIX, con un variopinto elenco de personajes y situaciones. Las fuerzas vivas se ven impotentes para resolver la cadena de asesinatos que afecta a una noble y conocida familia del lugar. Las relaciones amorosas de un hombre con una cabra contribuyen al misterio de los hechos.
Novela fuera de la serie del comisario Montalbano, y también novela fuera de serie.
Giuseppe Saracino
Nov 09, 2016 Giuseppe Saracino rated it liked it
Camilleri prendendo spunto da una frase letta su un libro "ove veniva chiesto se si fossero verificati fatti di sangue in un paesino, veniva risposto: "No. Fatta eccezione del farmacista che per amore ha ammazzato sette persone".
da quella frase parte il libro pieno di personaggi siciliani ben assortiti, ai quali dedica molto tempo senza renderlo noioso, e scoprendo solo nelle ultime pagine che questo è un giallo e non un romanzo ambientato nell'800 siciliano
Lynne Cosmano
this was a wild tale to finish up with in all of Camilleri's books!
Alison C
Hunting Season: A Novel is a short novel by Andrea Camilleri, written in about 1990, before he conceived of his beloved Salvo Montalbano. Set in the fictional Sicilian town of Vigata in 1880, the story concerns the return of the son of the town pharmacist and what his arrival means for, primarily, the nobility of the region. Various prominent members of one aristocratic family start to die, by suicide, accident or illness, with resultant grief piled upon grief for the remaining family members, a ...more
Cait Reynolds
Aug 31, 2015 Cait Reynolds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I happened across this book by accident. On the way back from North Carolina, the Hudson Books in Raleigh Airport was having a 2/$15 sale (No, you may not ask how many combinations of 2/$15 I bought). The cover of the one I have is bit more cartoonish and charming, and the summary seemed just as charming.

My word, I had no idea what I was getting into! Andrea Camilleri is a genius! It's a short book, but it doesn't have to be a single word longer than it is. Brilliant, funny, mordant, and del
Sep 11, 2016 Caroline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, crime
Not quite the biting humor of the Inspector Montalbano series, it did hold my attention and was a quick read.
Jul 31, 2015 Chelsea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I picked up this as an audiobook from the library knowing nothing about it or it's author. Reading the description on the back, and loving murder mystery novels, I was intrigued. But the story spelled out in the description is not what the majority of the book is about. Fofo is an interesting character and the book focuses on him at the beginning and the end, and in the middle he is forgotten. Instead we here all about a family and their tragic "accidents". Though not written poorly, I felt ...more
From Publisher's Weekly: First published in 1992, this bawdy little gem from the author of the Inspector Montalbano series (Treasure Hunt, etc.) shares a theme with the Alex Guinness movie classic Kind Hearts and Coronets and possesses a wit that Boccaccio would have appreciated. On January 1, 1880, Santo Alfonso de’ Liguori arrives by boat at the Sicilian port of Vigata, where he rents and renovates a house with a pharmacy below and living quarters above. De’ Liguori is actually Alfonso “Fofò” ...more
Jun 08, 2013 Xan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No puedo evitarlo. Con cada novela que cae en mis manos de Camilleri me pasa lo mismo, me parece estar tomando un vino con mis vecinos del pueblo en una tarde de verano, contándome todas esas historias que cuando tenía diez años nadie quería explicarme: los sobrinos de aquel cura, las aventuras de fulano con su criada, los celos entre aquellas otras dos familias desde los tiempos del bisabuelo...Sicilia no está tan lejos de Galicia, por lo que cuenta el autor.
Creo que leí las casi doscientas pá
Sep 01, 2015 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's 1880 in Vigàta and the card-playing habitués of the Nobles' Club, can't help but notice that the branches of a local nobleman's family are being systematically cut, through a combination of natural causes, sad accident and mass poisoning. There remains a beautiful heiress.

The plot is reminiscent of Kind Hearts and Coronets, although Camilleri says it's based on a real case that occurred in Sicily. The joy of this earthy black comedy, is the cast of characters, from the interfering priest, t
Glen U
May 11, 2016 Glen U rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Hunting Season" is Andrea Camilleri's first U. S. release of a non series book. Departing from his Salvo Montalbano character, he explores late 1800 Sicily in a bawdy, rollicking tale. Part fantasy, part murder mystery, part love story, Camilleri gives us a totally unique offering that continues to sate our curiosity of Sicilian life and brings forth a rustic atmosphere of rural life, we come to expect from his Montalbano novels. Stephen Sartarelli continues his excellent job of translating ...more
Apr 08, 2014 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, italy, sicily
This is an interesting change for fans of Camilleri's Montalbano series. The story is set in Vigata in the 1880s. A stranger comes to town and soon there is a strange sequence of deaths. We have no reason to think that the stranger is the cause of the deaths, and in fact it's not clear in some cases that the deaths were anything other than unfortunate occurences. But something odd is happening and it's your job to figure out what.

The translation by Stephen Satarelli is excellent, as usual. He do
Feb 05, 2016 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, italy
This short book was filled with eccentric characters that didn't seem to be developed enough for me to appreciate their actions and all of situations that they became caught up in. It was clear from the way the book started that Fofo the pharmacist would be/should be a central character but for much of the story he remained in the background and the reader had no insight at all into his true nature so that when the all was explained at the end I felt like a lot of the story was lost in ...more
This was a light, entertaining, humorous book that reminded me of a comic, farcical opera. A mysterious stranger, who unbeknownst to residents of the town of Vigata lived as a child in that town, arrives with intentions to open a pharmacy. Thus begins a series of deaths in the family of Vigata's nobility that eventually eliminates all but one surviving member, Ntonto, the grand-daughter. The far-fetched and hilarious events that lead to the family's demise is the theme of this novel. This was a ...more
It's sort of a 19th century version of Kind Hearts and Coronets, set in Vigata in 1880. It's pretty silly and fairly convoluted as the members of family of the local marchese die rather strangely one after the other.

The marchese is obsessed with siring an heir, his wife is sick of the whole thing, his father is demented. Into this scene walks a stranger, a pharmacist, who was a child in the village, moved away and has now returned. It's all pretty opera buffa - a slight but entertaining piece.
Sep 21, 2016 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you were expecting Inspector Montalbano - forget it! This is a historical novel set in the late 19th century. What this novel does share with the Montalbano series is Camilleri’s wicked sense of humour. I suppose if I was the publisher I would describe this novel as a "bawdy romp" in the tradition of Giovanni Boccaccio. Although in tone it is less like Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Decameron" and more like Robert Hamer’s "Kind Hearts and Coronets”. I found it hilarious - recommended to all lovers of ...more
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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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