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The Terra-Cotta Dog (Inspector Montalbano Mystery) Paperback – May 31, 2005
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A deep evocation of the Sicilian temperament, with all its complex darkness and ambiguity, is embodied in Inspector Salvo Montalbano of the fictive town of Vigata, in Sicily. Camilleri writes in Sicilian dialect, and his translator has expertly captured the rhythms and nuances of that tongue in English. Good thing: the Mafia is indeed a presence here, and Montalbano unravels a very odd supermarket heist with the goods left abandoned in plain view, but that isn't the heart of the story. The groceries are only a front for guns, and in the ancient cave where they are discovered, the inspector finds the bodies of two very young lovers, dead since World War II, and carefully arranged with coins, a water jug, and the faithful dog of the title. Montalbano applies his considerable intellectual and literary gifts to this second mystery, mightily irritating his housekeeper, his girlfriend, and his colleagues while interviewing a cast of characters odd even by Sicilian standards. There are dreams and portents, semiotics and deceptions, and the violent ghosts of the war and the Mob, some not nearly dead yet. GraceAnne DeCandido
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''Montalbano's deadpan drollery and sharp observations refresh as much for their honesty as their wit. All he wants is a quiet corner and an uninterrupted afternoon.'' --Kirkus Reviews
''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 review)
''In Sicily, where people do things as they please, Inspector Montalbano is a bona fide folk hero.'' --New York Times Book Review
''Montalbano can discuss a pointy-headed book like Western Attitudes toward Death as unflinchingly as he can pour over crime-scene snuff photos. He throws together an extemporaneous lunch . . . as gracefully as he dodged advances from attractive women.'' --Los Angeles Times
''A deep evocation of the Sicilian temperament, with all its complex darkness and ambiguity, is embodied in Inspector Salvo Montalbano. Camilleri writes in Sicilian dialect, and his translator (Sartarelli) has expertly captured the rhythms and nuances of that tongue in English.'' --Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When you finish all the Camilleri novels, you owe it yourself to see the series of movies done for Italian television with Luca Zingaretti. They are all subtitled and the actors are pitch-perfect.
in it, you'll quickly see that you're in the hands of a gifted writer with both broad interests and a keen liking for minute detail, and that that marriage will produce hours of reading pleasure. montalbano knits what appears to be a run-of-the-mill supermarket heist (and its background of mafiosi activities), a buried cache of arms, and a pair of corpses 50 years in their grotto into a fabric, accompanied by camilleri's careful asides on history, philosophy, linguistics, and sicilian lore -- in disguise as a whodunit. the dog of the title, incidentally, holds the key.
I had never heard of this author nor had I read any novel set in Sicily. It was pure coincidence that we had an Italian dinner guest this week who helped me appreciate that Camilleri is famous, even beloved, at home, to the extent that he is parodied by a popular comedian. The Montalbano stories have been made into an Italian TV series that is headed for North America. I have since looked him up on Wikipedia, where his photo shows him wearing a plaid cap and pixieish smirk. I learned Camilleri is a multi-tasker. He directs productions for TV and theatre. He also has written other novels, but they have not been as popular as those featuring the clever and literate Investigator Montalbano.
I found the twists and turns of THE TERRA COTTA DOG something like a ride down one of Italy's narrow, winding mountain roads, bringing the odd characters and strands of the story to a satisfactory and finally obvious conclusion. I look forward to more, on my Kindle and on the screen.
To categorize this series of novels as "police procedurals" is to decry the brio and personality of all the characters. Mr. Camilleri has produced a lasting monument to the manners and attitude of the inhabitants of this sunny and extraordinary part of the world. The exposition of the behavior of this Police Detective, including his foibles and talents, is unmatched in most other crime stories. Get all these books and enjoy the read; check the "notes" annotated by page number at the back of the book to see what you didn't understand. Highly recommended for anyone that loves great writing with intricate and involving attributes to the stories.
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