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William ha poco più di vent'anni e le frustrazioni di tanti giovani: odia il suo lavoro (commesso in un negozio di dischi), la città in cui vive (Londra), e la ragazza con cui sta è molto restia a concedersi. Candido e complicato come il giovane Holden, gran tiratardi nel capire le cose del mondo, ha solo un paio di amici e divide la casa con una tipa che non incontra mai ...more
Paperback, Universale economica, 206 pages
Published January 2010 by Feltrinelli (first published 1990)
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Maria João Fernandes
William vive num bairro social londrino, tem uma namorada há seis meses que não vai para a cama com ele, trabalha numa loja de discos deprimente e é teclista de uma banda que nem concertos ao vivo consegue arranjar.

Jonathan Coe escreve um drama de um jovem adulto insatisfeito, cujas acções do dia-a-dia são seguidas de perto e, cuidadosamente, analisadas. Os detalhes da sua vida são expostos como se fossem provas de um crime que nos conduzem às inevitáveis consequências das suas acções. William é
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Sophie Bane
Nov 04, 2012 Sophie Bane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I start with this review, I should declare an interest. I love Jonathan Coe. Not in any kind of personal way, I’ve never met the man, but I love his work. To an obsessive level. I’m fairly sure my writing tutor got sick of reading ‘Why I Write’ style essays when I name him as an influence (which is cheeky in itself, I really shouldn’t have the nerve to mention him in the same sentence as my writing).

Anyway, all of that makes it somewhat surprising that I’ve never read this book before. It
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T4ncr3d1
Adorabilissimo.
La tentazione, di fronte a romanzetti striminziti, è sempre quella di abbassare il voto di un punto, come a voler manifestare lo scontento per una pretesa di sostanza da quel che rimane un raccontino, sì, ma non per questo meno godibile.
E' esattamente il caso di questo romanzo di Coe, il terzo nella sua produzione letteraria, che si presenta come un assaggio di quel che sono stati i suoi romanzi successivi, il trittico sugli anni Settanta, Ottanta e Novanta e il celebre La casa de
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Cristina
Nov 15, 2010 Cristina rated it it was ok
Per fortuna ho iniziato a leggere Coe senza seguire l'ordine cronologico delle sue opere, altrimenti tra Questa notte mi ha aperto gli occhi e Donna per caso mi sarei rifiutata di leggere altro. Faccio fatica a pensare che sia lo stesso autore della Banda dei brocchi o La famiglia Winshaw. Un libro senza senso, con continui (e inutili) riferimenti musicali, con un finale pessimo.
Roberta
Mar 12, 2014 Roberta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tutto-coe
Britons love music. William is a pretty decent keyboard player, stuck with a debatable band. He met Madelaine while playing solo and fell in love with her, but her appreciation for Andrew Lloyd Webber is the starting point for their breakup.
I didn't like Madelaine, I didn't understand her. She seems spoiled somehow (the rich kid for a Pulp song who want to experiment with common people) and she doesn't love him at all. He, on the other hand, is not better. A little too lost in his own world, mad
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Mary  Goodnight
Jul 28, 2011 Mary Goodnight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le meilleur des premiers Coe. Si la femme de hasard et Une touche d'amour se faisaient un peu trop écho, ce troisième roman de l'auteur britannique jette les bases de ce qui fait le charme de ses opus suivants : des personnages a priori normaux vaincus par le hasard, spectateurs de leur chute et que leurs décisions - toujours mauvaises - finissent par achever. Les nains du titre ne sont qu'un prétexte pour raconter les échecs d'un jeune musicien intelligent, talentueux, mais entouré de loosers q ...more
Giovanni Faga
Jun 24, 2011 Giovanni Faga rated it liked it
Un libro piccolo, anche dal punto di vista narrativo. Dovrebbe essere il terzo romanzo di Coe, pubblicato nel 1990. Siamo lontani da "La casa del sonno", sia per ambizione che per stile. Il protagonista, William, e' un giovane musicista alle prese con un percorso di formazione personale, e Coe usa un omicidio come pretesto per raccontarci l'inadeguatezza e la difficolta' di trovare una strada post-adolescenziale.
Ho trovato l'epilogo poco avvincente, e le "coincidenze" sono troppe e a mio avviso
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Christine Goudroupi
Σύγγνωμη Τζόναθαν αλλά έχω διαβάσει τη Λέσχη των Τιποτένιων και το Σπίτι του Ύπνου και τώρα αυτό ας πούμε μου φάνηκε μέτριο. 2.5 αστεράκια, και το μισό υπέρ του Coe.
PollyDirtyWings
Avrebbe potuto essere meglio. Un libro che tenta di arrivare da qualche parte ma si perde per strada. Qualcosa di incompiuto.
Maria Thomarey
Οχι πως το αξίζει
Christina Sevastou
Τι σημαινει να εισαι νεος, φτωχος, αθεραπευτα ερωτευεμενος ,στο μιζερο λονδινο, με μικρες δοσεις νουαρ
Suni
Dec 28, 2014 Suni rated it liked it
Shelves: uk, 1990s, ed-feltrinelli
Terzo romanzo di Coe (del '90, uscito quindi a un solo anno di distanza dal precedente "L'amore non guasta") e terzo romanzo di Coe che leggo.
Ebbene, stavolta non sono soddisfatta.
Per carità, non mi ha fatto schifo, anzi: a tratti è spassosissimo e l'autore ha un modo di scrivere e di descrivere pensieri e sensazioni che mi lascia sempre piacevolmente stupefatta.
Però alcune cose stonano e sono stonature pesanti.
Uso un termine legato alla musica non a caso, infatti in questo libro la musica è u
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Anna
Jul 28, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το βιβλίο αυτό το πήρα από τη δανειστική βιβλιοθήκη για τους εξής λόγους:
- Πολλοί από εσάς είχατε ενθουσιαστεί με το καινούριο βιβλίο του Κόου, οπότε ήθελα κι εγώ να δω τι το ιδιαίτερο έχει αυτός ο Κόου που τόσο αγαπάτε
- Επειδή το μπάτζετ είναι μειωμένο, θα διάβαζα ένα παλιότερο βιβλίο του Κόου (δεν αγοράζω εξάλλου αν δεν είμαι σίγουρη για το βιβλίο)
- Επειδή πήγα απροετοίμαστη για Κόου δεν ήξερα ποια βιβλία θεωρούνται τα καλύτερά του
- Επειδή έχω μαζέψει πολλά βιβλία για διάβασμα, διάλεξα το μικρ
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Nereia
Aug 06, 2012 Nereia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un solo rumore forte rende il silenzio che ci circonda ancora più assoluto.

Questo romanzo rappresenta un piccolo gioiellino della giovinezza di Coe, è infatti il terzo della sua lunga carriera di scrittore, pubblicato in Inghilterra nel 1990 con il titolo "The Dwarves of Death", decisamente più azzeccato del titolo scelto dalla traduzione italiana.
E' la storia di un normalissimo maschio beta, un ragazzo di ventitrè anni che non ha nulla in comune con il classico eroe del romanzo contemporaneo: n
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Kairi
Aug 29, 2014 Kairi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coup-de-coeur, music
If reading feels like travelling, reading Jonathan Coe feels like coming back home. Warm, comforting and reassuring in a way or another, and that’s what I felt once again all throughout the book. It’s a love story (but not quite), a thriller (but not only) and a mystery (in more than one way) where - as always when it comes down to Jonathan Coe - every character feels like a living person that you expect walking right in front of you any minute, and even the one character that’s supposed to be f ...more
Lorenzo Berardi
When Jonathan Coe was a young novelist still undecided between biographies and novels he has written this strange book.

At that time Coe was clearly fascinated by The Smiths records, in fact all the chapters of The Dwarves of Death take their name from a Morrissey & co. song. Not to mention the italian translation of this book "Questa notte mi ha aperto gli occhi" which means "This night has opened my eyes"...

Uhmmmm.
What about the novel? It speaks about copycat killings in London. It shows a
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La Stamberga dei Lettori
Aug 11, 2013 La Stamberga dei Lettori rated it really liked it
Adorabilissimo.
La tentazione, di fronte a romanzetti striminziti, è sempre quella di abbassare il voto di un punto, come a voler manifestare lo scontento per una pretesa di sostanza da quel che rimane un raccontino, sì, ma non per questo meno godibile.
E' esattamente il caso di questo romanzo di Coe, il terzo nella sua produzione letteraria, che si presenta come un assaggio di quel che sono stati i suoi romanzi successivi, il trittico sugli anni Settanta, Ottanta e Novanta e il celebre La casa de
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Lucy
Jul 10, 2016 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
AS my first encounter with Jonathan Coe, I expected something more from this book. I can't put my finger on exactly what it was that I was expecting, or what it was that I found lacking, but there definitely was something.
William is (let's face it) a loser, who is far too into music and his band (was his obsession mean to be pretentious and ridiculous? I could never quite tell). He's in a dead end relationship and has some pretty shitty friends. And that's sort of the book. I mean, yeah - he wit
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Ivy Pavlova
this tale of hopeless love and a hopeless band is admittedly slight but recognisably coe.

i found william’s dogged devotion to the beautiful but detached madeline a bit tiresome, but it does contribute to a picture of a man generally at a loss. it’s easier to feel his frustration as a talented musician in a dodgy band, and coe’s evident passion for music is entertainingly foregrounded here.

the murder mystery is intriguing and exciting, while a disturbing subplot highlights the alienation of wil
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Georgiana 1792
Jan 28, 2012 Georgiana 1792 rated it liked it
Tre stelle solo perché è Coe...

Non sono stata proprio delusa, perché sapevo che è uno dei primi romanzi, ma ho trovato il personaggio di William un po' stupido e vuoto: un ingenuotto (non certo quello che io credo dovrebbe essere un musicista ventitreenne)...
Bella la struttura del libro (è Coe) suddiviso in capitoli come un brano musicale e bellissima l'introduzione di Coe del 2008 (il romanzo è del 1990) Music and me:


Per me la musica sarà sempre la porta che conduce a mondi immaginati e sopratt
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Kim
Sep 13, 2016 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character in this book is William, keyboard player in a below-average London band but hoping to make a success of his musical career. Unfortunately, although he has been told he is talented, he doesn't have much drive or ambition; indeed, I found him to be quite an annoying character overall. William also talks a lot about musical notation and the different keys he plays pieces of music in, even down to pieces of music written into the story: ideal if you are able to read and understand ...more
comablack
Sep 03, 2016 comablack rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook
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Joshua
Mar 01, 2014 Joshua rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Early work by Coe that is pretty disappointing as it feels like an early book all too often as Coe delivers an uneven tale about a unknown musician in the late 1980s in London who gets entangled in a murder by a pair of dwarves beat a guy to death. Considering that is at the very start of the book and then we wind our way to how that night came about, there is very little tension in THE DWARVES OF DEATH. Also, Coe introduces topics or ideas and then goes nowhere with them, unsure if that it is s ...more
Natalia Pì
i'm afraid this book was no more than ok. it's quick to read, so i don't think it's a waste of time, but he's done muuuuch better than this. i could have done with a lot less detail about composing - music always plays a big part in his novels, but usually in a less "specialised" way. i guess it also has to do with the main character being a musician, but still, i found those parts boring!
the story itself is OK, although it's not as good as The House of Sleep or The Rotters' Club in recreating
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Tancredi Vergani
Feb 17, 2016 Tancredi Vergani rated it really liked it
Shelves: english
Potenzialmente un grandissimo libro, se non fosse per il finale che non ha affatto concluso il libro e se anche si può dire che ci abbia provato, l'ha fatto in maniera terribile e completamente inaspettata (in senso negativo, si capisce). Tuttavia, a me è piaciuto molto come si è svolto il tutto ed è proprio per questo che il finale mi ha così deluso. Inoltre, l'atmosfera generale così dannatamente inglese che si respirava durante il corso del libro mi è sembrata davvero magica, così come i rife ...more
Alex Stan
Oct 14, 2012 Alex Stan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We can look at The Dwarves of death from two perspectives.
First there's the murder story. Coe is quite a master of coincidences, twisted plots and little mysteries ,that he manages to put together in the end, just like in a jigsaw puzzle.
And then there's the magic. William, with his failures and broken dreams, the musical references and Coe's sensitive approach to those of us for whom fulfillment is a near miss. From this perspective The Dwarves of Death seems to be written with blurry letters
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Martina
Aug 06, 2016 Martina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
This book started off a bit slow for me: after the first chapter, where we have the main character involved in a murder, the plot stops and a long flashback starts, telling us about the narrator's love story with a girl named Madeline. It then takes too long to get the story moving again. Most of the book is the main character talking about music, playing music with his band and musing about how much he would love to play in a real band.
It seemed to me that at a certain point the book somehow lo
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Michael Martin
Nov 19, 2014 Michael Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Early effort by Jonathan Coe, and while not as memorable or funny as "What A Carve Up!", it still is a wonderful book. The characters are fresh, authentic, and engaging, and the inside look at a musician's life struggling between two bands (the Alaska Factory and the Unfortunates). I particularly loved the skewering of Andrew Lloyd Weber musicals, in an unforgettable scene where William, the lead character, takes his date to a Weber musical and is horrified to find that she liked it. The writing ...more
Emiliano
Un libro carino, niente più.
Una specie di versione malriuscita di "Alta fedeltà" di Hornby.
Catastrofica la traduzione del titolo: non solo non ha niente a che vedere con l'originale ("The Dwarves of Death") ma è la traduzione di un titolo di una canzone degli Smiths ("This night has opened my eyes") che non è minimamente citata nel libro.
Non solo: a parte le citazioni dei testi all'inizio dei capitoli, nemmeno gli Smiths stessi sono citati se non una volta nell'introduzione.
Complimenti ai tradut
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Boyd
Jul 18, 2010 Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Coe's earlier books, and the one I like best of the four or five I've read. Extremely witty and less larded with sentimentality and coincidences than subsequent works, *The Dwarves of Death* reminds me a bit of *High Fidelity* and a bit of *The Commitments*, though quite a lot darker, of course, than either. The hero's diverting musical tribulations will be only too familiar to anyone who's ever played in a band, and the lugubrious Morrissey epigraphs are perfect. The murder itself is rea ...more
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Jonathan Coe, born 19 August 1961 in Birmingham, is a British novelist and writer. His work usually has an underlying preoccupation with political issues, although this serious engagement is often expressed comically in the form of satire. For example, What a Carve Up! rew
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