This is one of the best crime fiction novels I have ever read. And extremely well translated as well. It is one of the World Noir series of books fromThis is one of the best crime fiction novels I have ever read. And extremely well translated as well. It is one of the World Noir series of books from Europa Editions, one of my favorite publishers. I have enjoyed pretty much all of their books that I have read, whether it be crime novels or literary fiction. I actually own over 80 Europa Press books.
The bastards of Pizzafalcone are a precinct of police, apparently in Naples, although in the book the location is only known as "that city". They are a misfit bunch of losers, all having been sent there because of some screw up at their previous posting. Some of them have colourful nicknames, the Chinaman and the Hulk for example.
Early on in the book, a ten year old child is kidnapped and an apartment is burgled. The rest of the book primarily deals with the cops trying to solve these two cases. You really get to know the characters so well, as details of their personal lives are revealed throughout the book. So by the end of the book, they are practically family. As the book is large on plot, I can't say much more without giving something away. Suffice it to say that if you enjoy crime fiction, or just a really good story, i am pretty sure that you would enjoy this book....more
This is an excellent novel by Olivia Manning, who is best known for The Balkan Trilogy and The Levant Trilogy. This book is a stand alone novel aboutThis is an excellent novel by Olivia Manning, who is best known for The Balkan Trilogy and The Levant Trilogy. This book is a stand alone novel about an English couple who move to an island in the tropics, where he has a temporary government job after accumulating a pile of debts in England, when his work as a script writer for films dried up.
There are a whole host of fascinating, eccentric characters and many events and mishaps befall them and the main characters as well. The dialogue is spot on and the descriptive writing is sublime, especially the portrayal of the rain forest at the end of the book.
I really like this kind of novel, dealing with expatriates living in foreign climes, and if you like htem as well, you would definitely enjoy this book....more
So, I read this book because my Goodreads friend Cody is always raving about what a great book this is. And, he is right, it's a masterpiece. Every seSo, I read this book because my Goodreads friend Cody is always raving about what a great book this is. And, he is right, it's a masterpiece. Every sentence is a thing of beauty, a work of art. And Suttree and Harrogate are two of the most memorable characters in fiction.
The only quibble I have is that McCarthy likes to show off his extensive vocabulary. I had a pretty good education and have read thousands of books, so I think my vocabulary is better than average, but there were still quite a few words that I had never seen before, never mind knew what they meant. For example, in the space of two sentences, he uses the following words: fustic, morling and gimpen. I could give more examples, but you get the idea. But this is a very minor quibble indeed, and it does not detract from the enjoyment of the novel at all. It's a truly great book, I was sorry when it ended. I don't really have much else to say, except that everyone who likes fine writing should read this book.
This is another typical Pat Barker book. By that I mean it's a really excellent read. Like The Regeneration trilogy, this book is set in the years durThis is another typical Pat Barker book. By that I mean it's a really excellent read. Like The Regeneration trilogy, this book is set in the years during and just after, the First World War, and the awful consequences thereof.
I have to say that the part of the book that is set in a military hospital dealing with soldiers with facial injuries was pretty hard to take. Some of the descriptions of these injuries were really horrific.
This is a book mainly about a brother and sister, with other memorable characters as well, of course. It is also a book about secrets, two really big ones in particular. One of these is revealed very early on in the book, while the other doesn't get revealed until the very end. So you have to wait for it, but let me tell you, it was a very pleasurable experience getting there.
Also, I only consider a book to be historical fiction if there are characters from real life in the book. There are at least two of those in this book, which is why it qualifies as far as I'm concerned. This is only my system of course....more
This is the second book I have read by Kate Morton. The first was The House at Riverton, with which I was not wholly impressed. it was all right, butThis is the second book I have read by Kate Morton. The first was The House at Riverton, with which I was not wholly impressed. it was all right, but nothing special, I gave it 3 stars. This book however, was a 5 star read all the way.
I have to say that I'm not usually a big fan of books that hop all over the place through time. Maybe it's my rapidly increasing age, but I sometimes find those hard to follow. This book, however, I found very easy to read even though it was set in many different years, although mainly in 1933 and 2003.
The book is mainly about a baby boy who goes missing at a party (this is not a spoiler, it tells you on the dust jacket) and Sadie, a wonderfully wrought female detective with some enforced free time, who tries to solve the 70 year old cold case.
By the way, don't let the length put you off. For one thing it is 492 pages not 593. And it is a real page turner. You'll be sorry when it's over, not hoping for it to hurry up and end.
The book is filled with many interesting characters,a lot (and I do mean a lot) of red herrings and a perfect surprise (at least to me) ending. All in all, a fabulous book which everybody should read....more
first of all I have to thank my good friend Karen, who got me an advance reader copy of this book and shipped it all the way to Canada for me. she's afirst of all I have to thank my good friend Karen, who got me an advance reader copy of this book and shipped it all the way to Canada for me. she's awesome!! anyway, that's why I was able to read this book months before it is going to be published.
there are so many fantastic book reviewers on goodreads, including many of my friends. unfortunately, I'm not one of them. I really suck at reviews. I obviously know whether or not I like a book, but trying to articulate in print the hows and whys of that is beyond me.
anyway, I felt I had to say something about this book. because it is one of the best books I have ever read. I stayed up until 3 am last night to finish it. I almost feel like I have been waiting all my life for a book this good. and don't let its length put you off. believe me, there isn't a single boring sentence. the man is a simply amazing writer. I heard he got paid $2 million dollars for this book. well, it was worth every penny. I hope you all read it and enjoy it as much as I did....more
this is yet another fabulous book that i found out about while browsing through goodreads. just based on the title alone i had to read it.as neither mthis is yet another fabulous book that i found out about while browsing through goodreads. just based on the title alone i had to read it.as neither my local library or my local bookstore had it (what a surprise), i immediately got in my car and drove to a library that is one hour away from where i live, specifically to get this book. while i was there i took out 15 other books, but that's another story.
this book is 312 pages long and i lay on my couch and read the whole thing in one sitting. i didn't get up to eat or drink and i don't think i even went to the bathroom. that's how great i think it is.
first off, it's one of the best titles i've ever seen for a book. if that doesn't grab your attention, i don't know what will.as for the novel itself, amazingly enough, it is actually about a minotaur.just called M throughout the book, he has the body of a man and the head of a bull, and he works as a line chef in grub's diner.nothing surprising about that is there? or , that in his spare time, he fixes cars?what about the fact that he's 5000 years old and immortal? after all, warren zevon saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at trader vic's,so none of the above should seem out of the ordinary, should they?
as well as his physical condition, he also can't talk very well, so these two attributes combined render him very shy and inarticulate. and his horns have a bad habit of sticking into things that they shouldn't. as a result, he is almost continually having to endure shit and abuse from the "normal" human population, just like anyone does who's different or shy in real life.i know this from personal experience.
this is quite simply a brilliant novel, exceptionally well written, especially for a debut novel.i'm not going to tell you anything more about the plot or how the book ends, you'll just have to read it for yourself. and i strongly recommend you do so.i hope the author writes many, many more books because i will read them all....more