The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water is the first in Andrea Camilleri's wry, brilliantly compelling Sicilian crime series, featuring Inspector Montalbano.
The goats of Vigàta once grazed on the trash-strewn site still known as the Pasture. Now local enterprise of a different sort flourishes: drug dealers and prostitutes of every flavour. But their discreet trade is upset when two employees...more
It's difficult to describe The Shape of Water (or really, any of Camilleri's novels) without invoking this word, but in a sense far different from its usual usage. The 'lightness' that pervades his books is more like that of an Olympic skater executing a triple axel: something ...more
I decided to try Camilleri because I'd watched one of the Montalbano series on TV. You know how it is, you find the characters and scenery interesting, the story lines are good... you're just hooked and want to try the "real" thing just to see how it matches up.
The first thing I'm going to say is that they don't feel the same. The TV detective is super-cool in that dark Italian way, his team are efficient and work well together. Camilleri's Montalbano... well he's somehow slightly ...more
Who is in charge here?
Two politicians had decided to send a number of detachments to Sicily for the purpose of controlling the territory, to lighten the load of the carabinieri, local police, intelligence services, special operations teams, coastguard, the highway police, railway police and port police, the anti-Mafia, anti-terrorism, anti-drug, anti-theft and ...more
The story revolves about the Politician Silvio Luparello who's found dead at a trash site filled with drug dealers and prostitutes. The post-mortem reveals that there was no foul play and ...more
This novel ticks all the boxes for me in this genre.
It's a fairly complex story, not made easier with the array of Italian character names.
But if you enjoy unravelling mysteries, it is well worth the journey.
It's also a book with a measure of humour, quirkiness and nice human touches.
It's set against a backdrop of corruption and sleaze though, so beware if you are easily offended.
"Water doesn't have any shape! I said laughing. It takes the shape you give it."
This is my first Andrea Camilleri novel .....and the first in a series. The mystery itself had me curious before I even started reading: "Silvio Lupanello, a big-shot in Vigata,
is found dead in his car with his pants around his knees".
The car happens to be parked in the front of town do you spend any prostitutes and drug dealers.
Inspector Salvo Montalbano, is Vigata's most respected ...more
I watch Inspector Montalbano on the BBC which I thoroughly enjoy and so decided that I had to purchase the first book in the series.
Sicily to me is a magical island (forget about the Mafia for a moment) and the book definitely set the scene for the television series. However, it was the quality of the literature that sustained my interest.
All the ingredients are here for an excellent book. Inspector Salvo Montalbano, whos streetwise, loves his food, a man who appears to have met the woman of ...more
The discovery of a high-ranking ...more
Two cleaners who pick up garbage in the Pasture discover a car with a dead male body. He looks like he died a natural death while having sex. To complicate the matter, he is well known in the political field in the area. Inspector Montalbano does not want to close the case so ...more
First off - this is a Mediterranean crime novel. It's not an American type of crime novel, where serial killers are lurking on parking lots, or a Scandinavian novel with dreary landscapes, thick plots and social commentary. It's ...more
Intelligent humor. Maybe a bit smart for me. When the narrator or characters describe someone or something as being like a painting by an painter that I have never heard of, or reference plays by authors unknown to me, I start to wonder if there was a pre-requisite to this class and I missed it.
Definitely not of the English or American detective school and refreshing because ...more
After reading some gloomy Swedish policiers, I decided to head for a warmer climate and check out what the buzz is about this late blooming (he wrote his first succesful novels in his late sixties) Italian, or should I say Sicilian, writer. Local colour is the first bait that he sets in my path, drawing me like a patient fisherman into his net. Vigata is a small city by the sea, in the Montelusa jurisdiction - both imaginary localities, but sufficiently authentic for the inhabitants of ...more
4* The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano, #1)
4* The Terra-Cotta Dog (Inspector Montalbano, #2)
3* Excursion to Tindari (Inspector Montalbano, #5)
3* Rounding the Mark (Inspector Montalbano, #7)
4* The Patience of the Spider (Inspector Montalbano, #8)
3* Acqua in bocca (Inspector Montalbano, #16.5)
4* Treasure Hunt (Inspector Montalbano, #16)
TR The Snack Thief (Inspector ...more
I enjoyed reading The Shape of Water with all its colourful descriptions of life in Sicily. I have never been to Italy and found this mystery accessible for British readers as the local cultures were gently ...more
It is an interesting and engaging but not a gripping mystery.
The pages and the events keep you hooked. But it does not grip you.
It is an entertainer for sure. A perfect read at the beach or in the travel.
Besides, one gets to know of the inner politics of the Sicilian state of the Italy. The attitudes of the Sicilians towards the rest of Italy, especially about North Italy and the way Sicilians see themselves in their context, the inner workings of the Sicilian society ...more
The story itself was bizarre but interesting, with many humorous asides.
A very quick read. Light entertainment. A cross between Colombo and The Sopranos. I suspect I would enjoy the televised version, as this just screams out, the small silver screen. Good dialogue, fast paced. My main quibble with this one is the translation. My cultural antennae pick up a certain dissonance that trips up the pace at times. ...more
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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.
Other books in the series
Montalbano, never very studious, had been a mischievous pupil, always sitting in the last row.
“So that must mean that if everyone in the family tells the truth, they save on the electric bill.”