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Hunting Season: A Novel [Format Kindle]

Andrea Camilleri , Stephen Sartarelli

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Praise for Hunting Season:

“Entertaining and every so often moving....The comedy is broader, bawdier and darker in Hunting Season.”—The Wall Street Journal.
“[A] darkly comic Italian revenge noir...the fiendishly clever plot builds with a cool undercurrent of suspense....A deftly lean, addictive mystery.”—Shelf Awareness

“[A] bawdy little gem from the author of the Inspector Montalbano series.”—Publishers Weekly

“[Camilleri] turns his hand to historical fiction: the result is another success....It would take a saint not to crack a smile at the antics that take place in these pages.”—Library Journal

Praise for Andrea Camilleri and the Montalbano Series:

 “Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano mysteries might sell like hotcakes in Europe, but these world-weary crime stories were unknown here until the oversight was corrected (in Stephen Sartarelli’s salty translation) by the welcome publication of The Shape of Water…This savagely funny police procedural…prove[s] that sardonic laughter is a sound that translates ever so smoothly into English.”—The New York Times Book Review
 “Hailing from the land of Umberto Eco and La Cosa Nostra, Montalbano can discuss a pointy-headed book like Western Attitudes Toward Death as unflinchingly as he can pore over crime-scene snuff photos. He throws together an extemporaneous lunch of shrimp with lemon and oil as gracefully as he dodges advances from attractive women.”—Los Angeles Times
“[Camilleri’s mysteries] offer quirky characters, crisp dialogue, bright storytelling—and Salvo Montalbano, one of the most engaging protagonists in detective fiction…Montalbano is a delightful creation, an honest man on Siciliy’s mean streets.”—USA Today
“Camilleri is as crafty and charming a writer as his protagonist is an investigator.”—The Washington Post Book World 
“Like Mike Hammer or Sam Spade, Montalbano is the kind of guy who can’t stay out of trouble…Still, deftly and lovingly translated by Stephen Sartarelli, Camilleri makes it abundantly clear that under the gruff, sardonic exterior our inspector has a heart of gold, and that any outburst, fumbles, or threats are made only in the name of pursuing truth.”—The Nation
“Camilleri can do a character’s whole backstory in half a paragraph.”—The New Yorker 
 “Subtle, sardonic, and molto simpatico: Montalbano is the Latin re-creation of Philip Marlowe, working in a place that manages to be both more and less civilized than Chandler’s Los Angeles.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“Wit and delicacy and the fast-cut timing of farce play across the surface…but what keeps it from frothing into mere intellectual charm is the persistent, often sexually bemused Montalbano, moving with ease along zigzags created for him, teasing out threads of discrepancy that unravel the whole.”—Houston Chronicle
“Sublime and darkly humorous…Camilleri balances his hero’s personal and professional challenges perfectly and leaves the reader eager for more.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The Montalbano mysteries offer cose dolci to the world-lit lover hankering for a whodunit.”—The Village Voice 
“In Sicily, where people do things as they please, Inspector Salvo Montalbano is a bona fide folk hero.”—The New York Times Book Review 
“The books are full of sharp, precise characterizations and with subplots that make Montalbano endearingly human…Like the antipasti that Montalbano contentedly consumes, the stories are light and easily consumed, leaving one eager for the next course.”—New York Journal of Books 
“The reading of these little gems is fast and fun every step of the way.”—The New York Sun 
“This series is distinguished by Camilleri’s remarkable feel for tragicomedy, expertly mixing light and dark in the course of producing novels that are both comforting and disturbing.”—Booklist 

Présentation de l'éditeur

From internationally bestselling author Andrea Camilleri, a brilliant, bawdy comedy that will surprise even the most die-hard Montalbano fans

In 1880s Vigàta, a stranger comes to town to open a pharmacy. Fofò turns out to be the son of a man legendary for having a magic garden stocked with plants, fruits, and vegetables that could cure any ailment—a man who was found murdered years ago. Fofò escaped, but now has reappeared looking to make his fortune and soon finds himself mixed up in the dealings of a philandering local marchese set on producing an heir.

An absurd, quirky murder mystery that recalls the most hilarious and farcical scenes of Shakespeare and The Canterbury Tales, Hunting Season will introduce American readers to a refreshing new aspect of one of our best-loved writers.

Détails sur le produit

  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2468 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 161 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin Books (25 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°349.026 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

En savoir plus sur l'auteur

À 85 ans, cet ami de Leonardo Sciascia a derrière lui une longue carrière à succès de metteur en scène pour le théâtre, la radio et la télévision où il a adapté Maigret de Simenon. Auteur de poèmes et de nouvelles, Camilleri s'est mis sur le tard à écrire dans la langue de cette Sicile qu'il a quittée très tôt pour y revenir sans cesse. Camilleri est devenu un vrai « phénomène » : plus qu'un auteur, il est considéré comme un trésor national et ses livres connaissent un énorme succès.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Magic realism in old Sicily... 26 mars 2014
Par Jill Meyer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
"Hunting Season" is a small book by Italian author Andrea Camilleri, who is well-known for his Inspector Montalbano crime series set in current-day Sicily. "Hunting" seems to be a story that he wanted to write that is not part of the series. It's set in Sicily, but the Sicily of 1880. It is part mystery and part magical-realism. If you don't like magical-realism, don't pick up this book.

The mystery in this book are the continuing deaths of members of the landed Peluso family. Grandfather, grandson, wife, husband, etc. are dying some-what suspicious deaths in the village of Vigata. But are the deaths murders? And if so, who's the murderer? A "stranger" has come to town and has opened up a pharmacy. But who is he and what is his previous connection with the town and the townspeople? Camilleri serves up the townsfolk as both illiterate and canny and those who can read and write have some advantages over those who can't. But everyone in the village is caught up with who is who and what have some people gained in material wealth over others.

"Magic-realism" is a writing style which often helps an author explain things in a plot that are otherwise unexplainable to the reader. It's not my favorite style, but Andrea Camilleri - who explains in the afterword why he wrote the book - makes good sport of his plot and characters. It's a brief book but fun reading.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 confusion reigns 6 avril 2014
Par Joel Pesapane - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Not the most coherent story line. Well written but sequentially the story is confused. More of an exercise in honor of a past experience ( you need to read the postscript to find out what that is although film buffs will immediately recognize it), then a story. Contrived and irrational but there are snatches of Camilleri's wicked sense of ironic humor about the human condition and specifically the Sicilian senses of the ridiculousness of life within Italy.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting alternative to Montalbano series 19 avril 2014
Par Patrick C. Mowery - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
As a fan of Camilleri's series of crime novels starring detective Montalbano, I was intrigued when an earlier novel was published. Hunting Season is staged in 19th century Vigata, Sicily, the fictitious locale for his more famous series, and actually is a murder mystery involving the town's nobility. Much of it is quite funny, but the humor often is rather bawdy, so you are warned. The translator, Stephen Sartorelli, provides the same stellar imparting of the mood the character piece that he does for the Montalbano series. It is an entertaining bagatelle for Camilleri fans.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Strange happenings & mysterious deaths 27 mars 2014
Par Patto - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Orininally published in l992, before the Montalbano novels appeared, The Hunting Season is an incredibly imaginative little novel with a wacky bent that prefigures the wackiness of Camilleri’s detective series.

The setting is nineteenth-century Vigàta, an imaginary town in Sicily. The plot is peopled with nobles, peasants, priests, lascivious women, virtuous women, a doctor, a pharmacist, and police Inspector Portera.

The Inspector doesn't play much of a role, except to grow mildly suspicious when anyone dies under peculiar circumstances. And people do die oddly, quite regularly. The heroine moves through the dressed in black.

There's lots of licentious behavior to titillate and amuse the reader.

I didn't realize how much I liked the story until the end, when I saw that I'd been treated to a bizarre love story and a wildly clever plot.

The Hunting Season should be of great interest to Camilleri fans.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Travel to Sicily- Sense of humor required 16 janvier 2015
Par J. Beatta - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Hunting Season is a stand-alone set in the 1800s in the fictional Sicilian port town of Vigàta. The novel begins with the arrival of Alfonso "Fofò" La Matina, who travels under an assumed name, but soon sets up shop as a pharmacist and admits to being Fofò, the son of the murdered Santo La Matina, a man who had a secret garden full of plants that could cure any ill.
Unusual deaths start happening frequently, all in relation to the family of Marchese Don Filippo, beginning with that of his father and soon followed by that of his son. Don Filippo wants to sire another son, but his wife has gone insane from losing their first son, so he cooks up an outrageous plan to sire another one and make it legitimate. The fun of this book is the imagination of the Italian writer. The writing definitely has a different flavor than that of an American author. The book is fanciful, bawdy, and somewhat of a fairytale, despite the mystery. You'll need a good imagination and a sense of humor to enjoy this book. I loved it, it felt like a mini-vacation from the usual.
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