Andrea Camilleri Stephen Sartarelli
- Title: The Dance of the Seagull
- Author: Andrea Camilleri Stephen Sartarelli
- ISBN: 9780143122616
- Page: 263
- Format: Paperback
As seen on TV now a major BBC4 television series Inspector Montalbano is awake at dawn, sitting on his porch, when his attention is caught by a seagull which falls from the sky, performing a strange dance, before lying down to die Montalbano is perplexed by what he has witnessed and the scene hangs over him like an omen About to depart for a holiday with his girlfriendAs seen on TV now a major BBC4 television series Inspector Montalbano is awake at dawn, sitting on his porch, when his attention is caught by a seagull which falls from the sky, performing a strange dance, before lying down to die Montalbano is perplexed by what he has witnessed and the scene hangs over him like an omen About to depart for a holiday with his girlfriend Livia, Montalbano makes a quick trip to the police station to tie up loose ends But when his dear colleague Fazio is discovered missing and it transpires that the policeman has been involved in his own secret investigations Montalbano instead launches a desperate search for his lost friend, as time begins to run out Navigating a shadowy maze of smuggling, blackmail and the darkest murder, and moving from the docks of Vigata to its deep, dry wells where the mafia hide their terrible crimes, Inspector Montalbano must have his wits about him to unravel this tangled mystery.
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Two rules:1. Mystery authors should take their own work seriously. I don't mean they should avoid humor, but they should not mock their own creation.2. If you're going to do the post-modernist self-referential thing, go all-in or forget about it.Sadly, nobody told Camilleri about these two rules, and nobody needed to until this book. He makes reference to the TV series about inspector Montalbano (an excellent series, by the way), making a joke about Montalbano not wanting to go to a certain town [...]
Checking out the excellent mystery website, Stop You're Killing Me!, always proves frustrating when it comes to Andrea Camilleri. There are always three, four, five novels featuring the Sicilian police chief inspector Salvo Montalbano that have not yet been translated into English! Despite that backlog, whenever you finish a Montalbano novel, you know you have a year to wait. Sigh!The latest eagerly awaited installment begins with Salvo preparing to set off on vacation with his long-suffering gi [...]
All the usual elements of the Montalbano books - Livia arrives for an arranged few days off with Salvo, and not only does it not happen but he completely forgets all about her. She removes herself from the scene - for once without too many harsh words. There is the food, the mystery, and the strange habit of lying to everyone including his own colleagues. There is also a strange post-modernist element - Camilleri has done this once before in a previous story in which Montalbano was reading a boo [...]
I have devoured every Montalbano book to date but this is definitely one of the weakest. Camilleri seemed to want to change a style which has already succeeded in taking us to the fifteenth instalment. I felt strangely cheated and confused at the mention of the Montalbano TV series at the beginning of the story and the suspension of disbelief was ruined again towards the end of the book when the writer mentions himself in a bizarre dialogue which seemed to suggest even he didn't know where the p [...]
For fans of the series like myself this is a top read. I felt this was one of the best in the series with the fug of politics swirling around an even more grouchy Montablano than usual, as he tries to solve the disapearance of one of his policeman, and several corpses. All the popular memes misanthrope of a coroner, the worlds worst assistant, the eternal disapointment of Livia are back like an old family wrapped in a funnier package then usual. A source of deep enjoyment that glitters with a mo [...]
Montalbano sta diventando vecchio, e come accade ai vecchi diventa impressionabile. Lo colpisce un gabbiano morente sulla spiaggia, così come lo riduce a uno straccio lo spettacolo crudelissimo di una morte per mafia. Nonostante ciò, non perdè nè il suo acume nè il suo understatement, e risolve elegantemente un'indagine che coinvolge i soliti intoccabili, rendendoli così toccabilissimi e mettendoli in berlina.
As usual, I enjoyed the book. Gave it the usual 5 stars, although I'm not sure I like the author referring to the TV series, with Montalbano actually saying that the actor Luca Zingaretti doesn't resemble him. For committed fans of the books and the TV series, they are one and the same person. Allow us to maintain the fantasy!
Good story with literary overtones and more serious characters than usual.
Overly complicated and confusing plot; but a fast read, and I do love all of the recurring characters. Salvo is 57 and worried about aging, Fazio disappears, Catarella continues to massacre names, Salvo tells Mimi he's become an honorary Catarellian, and once again Livia gets short shrift. Surely she could have her pick of attentive men in Genoa.
And we're back in Sicily again with The Dance of the Seagull, #15 in Andrea Camilleri's excellent series of novels featuring Inspector Salvo Montalbano. Unlike most crime fiction novels I read, in this series of books, plot has come to take a back seat to character, a big exception in my case. Now at age 57, Montalbano's self-doubt resurfaces, to be followed by a chaser of melancholy. Luckily, at least in the short run, it's nothing that can't be handled by a plate of Adelina's marvelous caponat [...]
I love these Inspector Montalbano mysteries and realized that this, his 15th in the series, was very familiar because it took four years from the copyright date for the book to be translated for the US and, meanwhile, the television program which ended in 2011 had this novel on its final DVD in Italian with subtitles. The television programs are so true to the novels that I presume that Camilleri wrote the scripts. Since the TV series has run its course, and since Camilleri is 89, I'm delighted [...]
Can't fault this book.As seen on TV this may be a familiar story but it reads so well it is far more rewarding to read Stephen Sartarelli's wonderful translation.Andrea Camilleri crafts a thrilling story about dodgy dealings in and around the docks of Vigata. The trouble for Montalbano is that one of his go to detectives, is caught up in the affair. Fazio is checking the docks out in his own time and when he goes missing, it is a race against time to find him. In the process Inspector Montalbano [...]
The Dance of the Seagull is the fifteenth book in the Montalbano series. Whilst Montalbano is a reasonably serious character, the books are light-hearted and witty, as much as about Sicilian life and culture, especially its food, as about solving the crime. The atmosphere and sense of place are nicely realised. The characterisation is well observed and some of the dialogue exchanges are wonderful. As were the internal dialogues between Montalbano 1 and 2, sitting on each of his shoulders. The pl [...]
Some review on complain that this book is not as good as earlier books in the series, that Camilleri is slowing down. Come on, folks! Camilleri is now in his upper 80s, and wrote this book in his 80s. How many successful mystery writers complete so many successful books boy 80 and keep going!Perhaps Montalbano is slowing down. By his own account, he was 57 - which. Is. Plenty old for any active law enforcement officer in the field.Again, the translator successfully captures the nuances between [...]
Nice to have had such a long holiday and been able to read many Montalbano books. As always, the author weaves in his criticism of Italian politics and the power given to the Mafia. But this book had a technique that is new to me: Camilleri, in two instances, referred to himself in the novel, at one point saying that Salvo could not tell him the end of this story. In another case, he has Salvo and Livia discuss the differences between the fictional Salvo and Luca Zingaretti who plays the inspect [...]
First of the Sicilian Inspector Montalbano novels I have read. I have seen all of the 22 TV movies several times. The book was enjoyable and recommend them but I prefer the films. The humor of the book translates well to the screen. Perhaps seeing, or should I say reading, the films colored my reading. I find the film character Catarella (Angelo Russo) much more enjoyable. Catarella's dialogue in the book was distracting and took away from his role as comic relief. Looking forward to watching th [...]
I am left wondering where this character is going. I didn't like the gratuitous nature of some of his encounters also, his recipes are becoming repetitive! Having said that, I do enjoy the escapism and occasional depth of the books, although as I said - not sure what comes next. Why hasn't Camilleri been more faithful to Livia's character? Is it just fizzling out? Maybe she has a secret child to Montalbano that we will discover in Montalbano 20? ;-)
A really enjoyable yarn with minimal thinking required. My first Inspector Montalbano read as apparently it is a popular TV series. The plot was quite clever and convincing and I found the foray into the main character's 'andropause' quite interesting and plausible considering his grappling with imminent retirement and an undefined personal relationship. Highly recommended for weekend reading.
I've seen the shows on PBS of Montalbano and "The Dance of the Seagull". However they never come up to the book. I guess my imagination plays a better show than TV. I do like the older Montalbano even if he has no hair. Camilleri does an excellent job creating his Montalbano 1 & 2. I like the way he fools everyone into doing his bidding.
As always, Montalbano is my favorite detective. Not as virtuous as Donna Leon's Brunetti, not as far gone as Ian Rankin's Rebus- he's a just right combination of failings and decency. And the Sicilian landscape! And the Sicilian food! And the crazy Sicilian people! I just love itways a first-class entertainment.
Before this book I only came across Montelbano in the Italian detective series which is excellent. Whilst this is not the greatest crime story the description of Italian and especially Italian culture and society and the Mafia is well done. Will definitely dip into this series from time to time.
Up to Camilleri standards. The wit is very Italian. Liked the references within the book to both the TV series (the "younger" TV Montelbano) and to Camilleri himself - how Montelbano could not write his endings for him.
μα να μην φάει ούτε ένα μπαρμπουνάκι;
Montalbano is deadly serious but great fun - ideal reading to unwind after a day's slog!
#15 of the wondrous series featuring Commissario Montalbano written by Andrea Camilleri. When I started this book I thought perhaps I'd already read it, but no, I had seen the Italian film based on the book. I'm afraid that might be a case of familiarity with many of the rest of the series since I've seen all the films that have been based on the books. Still, they are wonderful, especially to listen to. Got a lot done today while listening to this book. What a treat is each of these outings wit [...]
All of Camilleri's mysteries are well, and ingeniously, plotted, but this one is particularly involuted. One is anxious about the fate of Fazio. Livia is portrayed as loving and understanding (as well as understandably annoyed by Montalbano's forgetfulness). It occurs to me that to a certain extent the series has an affinity with the Don Camillo novels, which despite their comedy do deal with comedy in the Dantean sense and the seriousness of trying to live a good life despite the opposition of [...]
You know all those things your mother never told you? Well. Plot and character development aside, because, as usual, Camilleri knocks it out of the park, this novel describes what it feels like to be middle-aged. Don't bother to read this until you're 60 years old; then you will be grateful for the company.
Not bad, first book set in Sicily that I have read.
Always something new to learn in Camilleri's books. As, for example, Pilatus docet (as Pilate teaches) or it's always better not to dirty one's hands . . .
lo ammetto, ero un po' in ansia per Fazio. amo lui e la sua mania anagrafica
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