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The Patience of the Spider (Commissario Montalbano #8)

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The latest mystery in Andrea Camilleri's internationally bestselling Inspector Montalbano series
Winning fans in Europe and America for their dark sophistication and dry humor, Andrea Camilleri's crime novels are classics of the genre. Set once again in Sicily, "The Patience of the Spider" pits Inspector Montalbano against his greatest foe yet: the weight of his own years...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Il commissario Montalbano sono.

Demenza giovanile: far volare per aria il paperback, credendo fermamente che sia un gabbiano.
Eh beh, capitemi. I momenti di distrazione fra un "s'addrummolisce" e un "macari" ce volevano. Accussì pian piano sono arrivata alla fine, fra un gabbiano e l'altro. Mi parse impossibile all'inizio, ma nescì viva.
No, basta, pensavo che sarebbe stata una cosa carina fare la Camilleri anche io, ma sono talmente sazia di dialetto siciliano che 'un ce la faccio.
All'inizio er...more
Mary Helene
5 stars? Yes. It was funny, insightful, and surprising. What a great summer read. Among the details which I enjoy: the attention paid to details. I stopped today and watched a spider web carefully, inspired by the dear detective. He listens to his body, listens to his emotions and is self-reflective. My only regret is, as I've mentioned before in reviews of this series, that women are remarkable only for their cooking skills or their beauty. (I write that and immediately I know it's not true. In...more
#8 Inspector Montalbano mystery set in Vigata, Italy. Supposedly recuperating from the wound he sustained at the end of the last book, with the lovely (and yet curmudgeonly in her own way!) Livia visiting and tending to him, Montalbano is instead dragged into a kidnapping case, "just to consult" while another detective has the lead role.

Susanna Mistretta has disappeared, presumed kidnapped, although motive seems a bit unclear as her family has lost most of their money years previously. Several...more
A pretty young girl is kidnapped riding her scooter home after studying with a classmate. Inspector Montalbano is convelescing from his gunshot wounds, and is dragged in to assist in the case. Eventually, a large ransom is demanded from her family, which has been devastated by the financial trickery of her now-rich uncle. The uncle, who has political aspirations, is shamed into paying the ransom for the safe return of the girl. As always, Montalbano using his unorthodox policing style, figures o...more
Shonna Froebel
This continues the series featuring Inspector Montalbano in Sicily. Here, Montalbano is still recovering from his gunshot wound when the kidnapping of a young woman has him called back in to assist. He is not in charge of the case, and so can avoid some of the aspects he doesn't enjoy, like press conferences, but he has the run of things and takes a close look at the evidence, both physical and behavioural, that is exhibited here. His girlfriend Livia has taken a leave from her work to stay with...more
Montalbano is on leave, recuperating from a gunshot wound, and Livia is staying with him to take care of him. The operatic quarrels between them that often accompany prolonged visits are mostly absent. She limits her fussing at him and he his defiance of her. They are more expressive of positive feelings toward each other.

The main drawback to her presence is the lack of Adeli's cooking and Livia's insistence on bland fairly abstemious meals.

He is called back to work ahead of schedule due to the...more
Camilleri ha saputo scuotermi da un torpore letterario piuttosto grave che mi aveva presa sin dall'inizio dell'anno.
Questa storia è un po' diversa dalle precedenti, non ci sono omicidi, non c'è sangue, ma ci sono tristezza, odio, senso di solitudine e inquietudine per il tempo che vola via. Nonostante tutta l'amarezza che si percepisce tra le pagine di questo romanzo, mi è piaciuto ritrovare i luoghi e le persone a cui mi sono affezionata nei romanzi precedenti e che non rivedevo da molto tempo...more
Nancy Oakes
Following Rounding the Mark as the eighth novel in this series, Inspector Salvo Montalbano is on leave, recuperating from events at the end of the previous story. Livia is there with him at the house in Marinella, but sadly that means that Adelina is not there to cook for him. Instead, he's been put on a low-calorie diet, and his life right at the moment is like his food -- rather bland and circumscribed. But when a young girl, Susanna Mistretta, is kidnapped, Montalbano is temporarily recalled...more
One of the strangest things about reading THE PATIENCE OF THE SPIDER was the weird sort of feeling that I knew the story at the beginning. And your reviewer is nothing but sharp - about 20 pages in the penny dropped - one of the recently screened TV-Movies on our local SBS TV was based on the story behind this book. I plead that the story of Montalbano having been shot, and Livia's presence were pretty well (if not totally) non-existent in the TV Movie so I had a momentary feeling of considerabl...more
“The Patience of the Spider” is the eighth book in Andrea Camilleri’s crime/mystery series featuring Inspector Montalbano. I read this during the Christmas holidays...on the plane to SF and while in SF visiting family. Easy to pick up and get lost in this book while being distracted with family and holiday food. I continue to like this series...the writing is strong, the plots solid and believable...the characters well developed. I guessed early on in the book who was behind the kidnapping, but...more
THE PATIENCE OF THE SPIDER (Police Procedural-Insp. Montalbano-Sicily-Cont) – G
Camilleri, Andrea – 8th in series
Penguin, 2004, US Trade paper - ISBN: 9780143112037
First Sentence: He jolted awake, sweaty and short of breath.
*** Inspector Montalbano is brought back early from his recovery after being shot. A girl has been kidnapped and her family has no money to pay a ransom. Because the family’s financial situation is fairly common knowledge and the events following the kidnapping are more simila...more
Montalbano's patience equals that of the spider who weaves the web of this Sicilian "crime" which achieves revenge for an old wrong. This series has humor (Catarella's malapropisms in fractured eye-talian), romance (Salvo's passionate squabbles and couplings with his Genoese lover Livia), scrumptious descriptions of Sicilian food (coniglio al agrodolce - sweet and sour rabbit), but most of all Camilleri rehabilitates the role of intuition and imagination in crime-solving (along with precise obse...more
This is a very easy-to-read series. However, as I am now on book 8, I have to confess I find them sometimes a bit thin. Not as thin as the Robert B. Parkers, but thin nonetheless. Which is an accusation one cannot make about the Swedish detectives. Here there is no murder but a kidnapping. It's not so much about the plot but the characterisations, don't be surprised or disappointed if you figure it out before the end, because that's not the point, really.
Joyce Lagow
8th in the Inspector Montalbano series.[return][return]Montalbano is still recovering from the serious gunshot wound he received in the previous case, recounted in Rounding the Mark. The brush with death has thrown Montalbano into a period of reflection on his mortality that even Livia� s presence can� t alleviate. But all this ends when a report comes in of a missing young woman, presumably kidnapped. However, there are oddities about the situation that leave Montalbano not entirely convinced t...more
David Feela
A good character study of Montalbano, the detective, although a bit contrived as a plot/mystery. The abduction of a young girl for ransom leads to a strange web of deceit, and I use the word "web" very directly from the final chapters where Montalbano finally unravels what I'd have to say began to be apparent much earlier. I guess his recovery from wounds in the previous book turns his brain into some kind of pasta with octopus ink.
Derek (Guilty of thoughtcrime)
I'm not sure what I like most - Camilleri's stories, Stephen Sartarelli's translations, or Sicily, but it's always a joy to pick up a new Inspector Montalbano story. In fact, I know I'd hate to actually live in Sicily - it's far too hot for me - but Camilleri makes you want to be there anyway.

The Montalbano books always make me wish I could read Italian - not because I distrust the translation, but because I love it! When Montalbano's assistant, Catarelli, uses recognizable but mangled English i...more
Jane Wynne
Montalbano is such a complex character but so sincere he is totally captivating. Here he investigating the kidnapping of a young woman, but as usual, nothing is as it seems. Salvo always does as his conscious dictates, whic isn't always as the law dictates. Superb.
I love the Inspector Montalbano series, and this simply isn't as wonderful as the others. It is still a pleasure to read, but it felt as if the author wasn't really trying this time around. The subtle atmosphere that makes these novels so great is there, as is the perfect pacing, but the quality of the writing has to make up for the poorness of the plot, and characterization that I can only describe as lazy. Camilleri is so good that it almost does. Even though the portrayal of the main characte...more
Charles Kerns
Montalbano mellows.
He likes Cat. He berates his men only once a week or so. He metes out a better justice.
He almost is livable with Livia.

He has a gunshot wound. Maybe this is why he is human.

I like the nasty old SOB more to read. Not as any real human within striking distance, but as an invented character.

And he has his food. I agree with him on that.
And Sicily is always there.

The book is fun. And suspenseful with a twist. Unless you saw the movie first.

A warning: read the book before you se...more
I read this because I learned that the writer was Sicilian and very popular there. He writes mysteries and now I know why they're called that. A semi-retired detective investigates a supposed kidnapping. We get dozens and dozens of clues as we follow along with the detective as he tries to figure out what's happened. It was ok.

But what was fun about it was dialogue that reminded me of my father and his friends doing a particularly Sicilian thing called "breaking balls." Then I learned there was...more
Judging by my recent reading, you'd think the Italians have suddenly just gone to wrack and ruin. This excellent series is set in Sicily. Inspector Montalbano is quite the character (in both meanings of the word). One of the best aspects of this book is the relationship between him and his sweetie, who left home to care for him while he recuperates after being shot. They squabble unbelievably! He fears the squabbles, but can't seem to stop himself from doing what will lead to one. For her part,...more
I love this series. We rejoin Montalbano 2 weeks after the event of Rounding the Mark. On leave after being shot, Montalbano is dragged back to work after a young woman is kidnapped. Kidnapping in Sicily is a business, with its traditions and its rules.

Montalbano watches has time grows short and nothing is really what it seems. All the usual supporting characters are there, my favorite Catarella has a few good scenes, Livia is a big part of this novel. The romantic, domestic relationship betwee...more
Susan Melgren
One thing I like about Inspector Montalbano is that he always gets his man—but not always within the confines of the law. It's a realistic outlook at solving crimes: sometimes the detective knows who the perpetrator is, but they can't always nail them. "The Patience of the Spider" was one of those times. I don't usually put forth any effort to solve the case as I read mystery books—I like to watch the unfolding—but in this novel, I was able to figure out who the criminal was fairly early on, whi...more
Andrea's novel fills me with the air of Sicily, I love the shambolic Inspector Montalbano and picking my way through the false clues.
I am reading the Montalbano novels as the TV movies are broadcasted.
In most cases it's just a reread, but it seems that I missed a couple of books from the series.
"La pazienza del ragno" was another good novel from Camilleri, involving the kidnapping of a young woman from a pretty poor family. Montalbano is doubtful, as the economic conditions of the family are well-known all over Vigata. Could there be another reason for kidnapping the woman?

Maybe not as original as other novels by Camilleri (...more
Gabriel Valjan
Thoughts of his own mortality become reality for Salvo Montalbano: he has been shot, but he is recovering. Livia is there for him, his friends are there for him, but the Inspector is a real pain in a recovering patient. The best cure is for him to work a case and it starts with a missing girl and its Salvo back to healthy eating, voluble rants, and the usual food and cultural insights. Again, poet and translator Sartarelli is a godsend. After this novel I sat down and did a marathon of...more
David Smith
Patience of the Spider is the 8th book in Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series. If you haven't, start with the first and you will better understand Cat, Livia, Mimi and life in Vigata. These books are a wonderful commentary on southern Italy, Sicily in particular, with amazing excursions into the local cuisine, customs, and patois (and I think some of that is inevitably lost in the translation). Sometimes the mysteries are far fetched or transparent (such as this one), but I wouldn't let that...more
Okay - I did like this one but too much Livia - boy do I not like her with all the whining and fighting and selfishness. But enough of that - this story's a short, quick one and yes it was pretty easy to figure out from pretty much the get-go but Montalbano grows a bit in this and while it really doesn't focus on any of the other regulars (besides Livia *sigh*) there is a spot of Catarella whom I'm liking more and more...if you read the series don't skip this one but if you've not read any yet,...more
A weak entry...but I'll still be reading the next one!
Stuart Fifield
Camilleri continues his often witty characterization of the Inspector. His books are not just another detective story. They also investigate the often complex side of human psychology - not only that of the perpetrators, but also that of the main charactger himself. The reader is often left wondering for just how much longer Montalbano's long-suffering other half is going to put up with him, even if their relationship is often a long distance one.
As with the other stories in Camillieri's canon,...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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