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Hoţul de merinde (Commissario Montalbano #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  4,768 Ratings  ·  326 Reviews
Andrea Camilleri este autorul italian al momentului. Seria ce il are ca protagonist pe Salvo Montalbano – un amestec unic de umor, cinism, compasiune si dragoste pentru mancaruri rafinate – a devenit un adevarat fenomen international. Cel mai iubit detectiv italian traieste in Sicilia zilelor noastre, unde aventurile tipice unui roman politist se impletesc cu traditiile lo ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published 2009 by Nemira (first published 1996)
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Andrei Bădică
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"- N-am vrut să intrăm în gura lumii, asta-i, admise doamna Piccirillo, cu un aer resemnat. În clipa următoare însă, avu o descărcare bruscă de energie și strigă pe un ton isteric: Suntem persoane serioase, noi!"
" Și continuară să vorbească: comisarul în siciliană, Francois în arabă. Se înțeleseră de minune. Îi mărturisi lucruri pe care nu le spusese nimănui niciodată. Nici măcar Liviei. Plânsul deznădăjduit, noaptea, sub pernă ca să nu-l audă taică-său; pustiul din suflet de dimineața, când ști
Nancy Oakes
As I work my way through this series, Andrea Camilleri is quickly becoming one of my favorite crime fiction authors, and Salvo Montalbano one of my favorite characters. How can you not like him? He's grumpy, cantankerous, and crabby and yet he has a compassionate side. He lives for the best, most delectable food, and although flawed in many ways, he has an incredible handle on human nature. The Snack Thief is number three in this series, and I wasted absolutely no time after Terra-Cotta Dog to s ...more
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This takes the prize. My all-time favorite Montalbano...and as usual, when I really like something, it's harder to write about it. D'habitude, I retreat into quotations. So here goes...

Clementina Vasile Cozzo makes her first appearance - a minor character but both admirable and spicy. "For decades the respectable people here did nothing but repeat that the Mafia was no concern of theirs but only involved the people involved in it. But I used to teach my pupils that the 'see-nothing, know-nothing
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tercero que leo del inspector Montalbano y, de momento, el mejor. El que más me ha gustado, quiero decir.

Como en anteriores se mezclan dos investigaciones que tiene poco que ver … o no. Y tenemos a Montalbano en estado de gracia : disfrutando con las comidas, manipulando las pesquisas y a sus superiores, peleando con sus compañeros de oficina (impagable Catarella) y “peleando” su relación con Livia. Y entre unas cosas y otras va descubriendo detalles que le llevan a resolver la trama pero de esa
Richard Derus
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4* of five

Ambiguity is a highly valued and well-tolerated state in Italy. (Likewise Japan.) It makes so much of the insane, illogical world the Italians have created and laughingly called a "government" and a "social fabric" function, this ability to be more than one thing at one time.

Immigrants, seldom from high ambiguity-tolerant climes, screw things up mightily. Karima certainly does, that Tunisian house cleaner-cum-sex worker. She thinks she's moved to a place away from the stark com
Roberta C.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Camilleri? Una garanzia!
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful series, growing in skill with each volume, but volume three marks the point of oversentimentality and plotiness when Camilleri realized he was not LaCarre! As the absurdity and freedom of style grow, Camilleri reaches his full abilities.
Jemima Pett
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
The Snack Thief is the third in Andrea Camilleri's wonderful series starring the Sicilian detective Salvu Montalbano. Here is a heady combination of crime, intrigue, sun, seafood dishes, pasta and a tangled love life. Salvu is a bit snitty round his staff sometimes, but he's also great fun. My brother, who's read them all in the original Italian/Sicilian (!), says Signor Camilleri is somewhat formulaic, but I haven't yet found that. What I have found is pacy writing, formed largely from dialogue ...more
Gabriel Valjan
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Snack Thief is probably my favorite Camilleri novel for one simple reason: you see Salvo coming to terms with fatherhood or rather that he isn’t a father. It is a bittersweet epiphany that is captured in a sincere way. He comes to know a young boy who is on the run from killers. Read the picnic scene and the interaction between François and Salvo and it’ll bring a tear to your eye. Camilleri also shows Salvo’s girlfriend Livia’s struggling with motherhood. Emotions run deep in the Montalbano ...more
3.5 stars. The plot is extremely relevant given the current global debates around immigration. The descriptions of the food prepared at the trattoria in Mazara made me salivate. I'd love to be able to try the authentic dishes described.

The book also develops the relationship between Livia and Montalbano with an interesting addition to the family.

I really enjoy the series for the authenticity of the setting and characters.
David Highton
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third in the Montalbano series and our Sicilian detective uses insight, compassion, intelligence and subterfuge to solve a murder of a businessman. And spends considerable time eating beautifully described meals.
Sep 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Camilleri, Andrea. THE SNACK THIEF. (2003). ****. I got about fifty pages into this book when I realized I had read it before. I hate when this happens, but I had to finish it because I couldn’t remember how it ended. It is another in the excellent series by this author featuring Inspector Montalbano of the Sicilian police force. Things go differently in Sicily than they do in the rest of the world, and nobody knows this as well as the Inspector. He has to think like the criminal element, and th ...more
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in Andrea Camilleri’s crime/mystery series featuring Inspector Montalbano. I love how cynical Montalbano can be, how he thinks things through in his own times appearing to be heartless and mean without reason. But there is always a reason! Also love all the “food” talk. Find myself wanting to cook the Italian foods that are mentioned often throughout each of Camilleri’s books.

Jacket notes: “When an elderly man is stabbed to death in an elevator and a crewman on an
Apr 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Montalbano book I've read after the series was recommended to me by a friend. I love Sicily, and am a great fan of Donna Leon's detective stories which are set in Venice so I was pretty sure I'd like this - and I did. The hero, Montalbano, is a real character, a man with an appetite for good food, wine, his work and life. But he is also a maverick, whose back is constantly being covered by long-suffering colleagues. He also does not appreciate his poor girlfriend and has terrib ...more
Jul 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Camilleri sets a series of mysteries in Sicily, with Inspector Montalbano as the sleuth. The books are written in colloquial Italian/Sicilian and translated; the writer or the translator is getting better. This, the third of the series, is decidedly easier to read and more entertaining than the earlier works. Local color makes the books interesting. The local political scene, set in the present day, is reminiscent of the common view of a Sicily in which corruption is commonplace. Perhaps the aut ...more
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in the Montelbano series - I just love this series. It is not as dark and troubled as the Zen series character which I also enjoyed. Montelbano is confused, chaotic, multi faceted, in fact very Italian with a central theme of the food. Oh, the food - I am recreating the dishes described in the book as far as I can. And, the humour - there are laugh out loud moments and moments of genius insight. I enjoyed the first few TV progs and now am downloading Series 3 from itunes. Highl ...more
I enjoy Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano stories. Just good entertainment, a bit of spice and nice mysteries with interesting twists. Good reads for holidays or trips
Άραγε πώς βρίσκει αυτό το βιβλίο ένας μέσος Σκανδιναβός;
Του αρέσει ο επιθεωρητής Μονταλμπάνο όσο και σε μας τους μεσογειακούς ή τον βρίσκει σαχλό και ανώριμο;
Μα και τι μας νοιάζει αλήθεια;
Σημασία έχει ότι εμείς τον αγαπάμε.
Για να μην το γενικεύσω αδίκως και μιλώντας για μένα, στον τύπο αυτό αναγνωρίζω ένα μέρος του εαυτού μου. Εξαίρεση αποτελεί μόνο η άπληστη και ατελείωτη αγάπη του για τα μαγειρεμένα (με άπειρους τρόπους) ψάρια και θαλασσινά.
Κρύβοντας ένα παιδί μέσα του, εφαρμόζοντας σκανταλι
Il terzo libro del commissario Montalbano mi è piaciuto molto perché vi ho trovato tutta l'umanità del commissario uscire fuori. Si parla addirittura di matrimonio con Livia (poi vedremo che ne passeranno ancora di anni prima che i due dicano Sì!), la morte del padre, i due omicidi che sembrano distinti ma sono collegati. Un Camilleri in grandissimo stato di grazia, al meglio della sua verve creativa e in cui traspare la passione ma soprattutto il divertimento con cui ha scritto quest'opera. Tan ...more
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il mio primo Montalbano

Mi sono avvicinata tardi a Montalbano, le prime puntate tv le ho viste forse un annetto fa nonostante il successo (sarà che io le cose tanto strombazzate e acclamate le guardo sempre con un certo sospetto) ma Montalbano (e ovviamente Camilleri) è una garanzia. Grazie a Dio che ci ha dato Camilleri, che rende alla Sicilia un'immagine non più legata soltanto a mafiosi, padri-padroni e ommini gelosi. E' una Sicilia che io credo autentica quella che ne esce dai suoi libri, il
Richard Brand
Montalbano has been revealed in this book to be a much larger "ass" as he has been called by most of the people who work for him and his girl friend. He is ruder, mean, nastier than he was in the first two novels, in my opinion. The story itself is a interesting convoluted mystery on two planes: a personal murder and international complications. The story does end with Montalbano trying to make nice to his girl friend by talking about changing the nature of their relationship. I am not sure I wi ...more
K.B. Hallman
Jun 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-italy
This is the first book I've read in this series. And I will certainly be reading the rest of the series. Montalbano shares some character traits with Reginald Hill's Fat Andy Dalziel. Montalbano is unconventional, has his own sense of justice, and is fearless about seeing that his justice is served. But I have to hope that not every book in this series ends with a case summary--I definitely didn't like that aspect.
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very good book in the Inspector Montalbano series. This all stems from a mysterious death in an elevator and someone being killed on a boat. Quite a bit of intrigue and plotting in this book. Also some interesting development between Montalbano and Livia. If you haven't given this series a try, I would most definitely recommend it. I look forward to reading further books in this series.
Uno dei primi Montalbano. Personaggio in divenire, macchiette e caratterizzazioni assenti. Commissario intelligente e schietto, ma non eroico, anzi alquanto umano con le sue rosicatine e gelosie immotivate.Si legge d'un fiato, gustandosi quel lessico a metà fra il siciliano e il camillerese cui s'affianca il gergo italiano per una fruibilità che vuol essere non "terrona" ma nazionale.
Hazel Edwards
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of the three Inspector Montalbano books, I've now read, I prefer this one as the writing is tighter. The author tends to waft off into atmospheric writing inbetween the story. But this mystery has more characterisation of the policeman. And more compassion. Plus plot twists.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πιο ξεκούραστο κι από μεσημέρι ξάπλα κάτω από το πεύκο δίπλα στη θάλασσα
Giulia Sportelli
Come tutti i libri di Camilleri fino ad ora per niente deludente. scorrevole, divertente, avventuroso. raccomandato al 100%
M.J. Johnson
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining. I adore the character of Montalbano and Camilleri's witty writing. The only problem I have with these books are the plots - they stretch my credibility at times. Definitely worth reading however for the humour.
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
3rd in the Inspector Montalbano series.[return][return]Montalbano is faced with something of a dilemma. A fishing boat has been fired on in what the captain claims was international waters by a Tunisian patrol boat; one of the crew was killed. Although the boat is from a different port, it docks, with the body, in Vig
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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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“Montalbano felt moved. This was real friendship, Sicilian friendship, the kind based on intuition, on what was left unsaid. With a true friend, one never needs to ask, because the other understands on his own accordingly.” 16 likes
“Montalbano and Valente seemed not to have heard him, looking as if their minds were elsewhere. But in fact they were paying very close attention, like cats that, keeping their eyes closed as if asleep, are actually counting the stars. ” 6 likes
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