The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water❰PDF / Epub❯ ☃ The Shape of Water Author Andrea Camilleri – Heartforum.co.uk The Shape of Water is the first in Andrea Camilleri s wry, brilliantly compelling Sicilian crime series, featuring Inspector MontalbanoThe goats of Vig ta once grazed on the trash strewn site still kn The Shape of Water is the first in Andrea Camilleri s wry, brilliantly compelling Sicilian crime series, featuring Inspector MontalbanoThe goats of Vig ta 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 of the Splendour Refuse Collection Company discover the body of engineer Silvio Luparello, one of the local movers and shakers, apparently The Shape Epub / deceased in flagrante at the Pasture The coroner s verdict is death from natural causes refreshingly unusual for Sicily But Inspector Salvo Montalbano, as honest as he is streetwise and as scathing to fools and villains as he is compassionate to their victims, is not ready to close the case even though he s being pressured by Vig ta s police chief, judge, and bishop Picking his way through a labyrinth of high comedy corruption, delicious meals, vendetta firepower, and carefully planted false clues, Montalbano can be relied on, whatever the cost, to get to the heart of the matter The Shape of Water is followed by the second in this phenomenal series, The Terracotta Dog.

Andrea Camilleri born september , in Porto Empedocle was an Italian writer He is considered one of the greatest Italian writers of both th and st centuriesOriginally from Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Camilleri began studies at the Faculty of Literature in , without concluding them, meanwhile publishing poems and short stories Around this time he joined the Italian Communist PartyFrom to Camilleri studied stage and film direction at the Silvio D Amico Academy of Dramatic Arts, and began to The Shape Epub / take on work as a director and screenwriter, directing especially plays by Pirandello and Beckett As a matter of fact, his parents knew Pirandello and were even distant friends, as he tells in his essay on Pirandello Biography of the changed son His most famous works, the Montalbano series show many pirandellian elements for example, the wild olive tree that helps Montalbano think, is on stage in his late work The giants of the mountain With RAI, Camilleri worked on several TV productions, such as Inspector Maigret with Gino Cervi In he returned to the Academy of Dramatic Arts, holding the chair of Movie Direction, and occupying it for yearsIn Camilleri wrote his first novel Il Corso Delle Cose The Way Things Go This was followed by Un Filo di Fumo A Thread of Smoke in Neither of these works enjoyed any significant amount of popularityIn , after a long pause of years, Camilleri oncetook up novel writing A new book, La Stagione della Caccia The Hunting Season turned out to be a best sellerIn Camilleri published the first in a long series of novels La forma dell Acqua The Shape of Water featured the character of Inspector Montalbano, a fractious Sicilian detective in the police force of Vig ta, an imaginary Sicilian town The series is written in Italian but with a substantial sprinkling of Sicilian phrases and grammar The name Montalbano is an homage to the Spanish writer Manuel V zquez Montalb n the similarities between Montalban s Pepe Carvalho and Camilleri s fictional detective are remarkable Both writers make great play of their protagonists gastronomic preferencesThis feature provides an interesting quirk which has become something of a fad among his readership even in mainland Italy The TV adaptation of Montalbano s adventures, starring the perfectly cast Luca Zingaretti, further increased Camilleri s popularity to such a point that in Camilleri s home town, Porto Empedocle on which Vig ta is modelled took the extraordinary step of changing its official denomination to that of Porto Empedocle Vig ta, no doubt with an eye to capitalising on the tourism possibilities thrown up by the author s workIn Camilleri won the Nino Martoglio International Book AwardCamilleri lived in Rome where he worked as a TV and theatre director About million copies of his novels have been sold to date, and are becoming increasingly popular in the UK and North AmericaIn addition to the degree of popularity brought him by the novels, in recent months Andrea Camilleri has become evenof a media icon thanks to the parodies aired on an RAI radio show, where popular comedian, TV host and impression artist Fiorello presents him as a raspy voiced, caustic character, madly in love with cigarettes and smoking Camilleri is well known for his love of tobaccoHe received an honorary degree from University of Pisa in .

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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • The Shape of Water
  • Andrea Camilleri
  • English
  • 19 February 2019
  • 0142004715

10 thoughts on “The Shape of Water

  1. Matthew says:

    When a book is described as light, there s usually a negative connotation to this adjective by lightness what we mean is something along the lines of written without careful craft, or sometimes,simply, trivial 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 islike that of an Olympic skater executing a triple axel something When a book is described as light, there s usually a negative connotation to this adjective by lightness what we mean is something along the lines of written without careful craft, or sometimes,simply, trivial 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 islike that of an Olympic skater executing a triple axel something incredibly sophisticated and difficult, performed in such a way as to appear effortless This is writing that glides along without a hitch, an elegant lucidity that never calls attention to itself.In terms of plot, Camilleri s books are mysteries as far as their substance goes, they re equal parts whodunit, philosophic meditation, and love poem to the people and landscape in which they are all set, a sleepy village on the sun drenched coast of Sicily Butthan the twists and turns and there are plenty that the protagonist, Inspector Maltabano, navigates while uncovering the truth, what has stayed with me about these books is the sense of having sat, for the time I spent in their pages, on the patio of a trattoria overlooking the ocean, leisurely eating amazing food and watching the slow Italian light Highly recommended for anyone who needs a vacation, but is short on airfare

  2. Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk says:

    Well now 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 di Well now 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 distant, almost aloof in an intellectual sort of way His team are highly individualistic and almost inefficient yet seem to get things done in a casual sort of way Montalbano does the running, almost always on his own He knows who s in who s pocket and how to manipulate situations Camilleri s Montalbano is cool in a very different way.The landscape didn t come across for me, nor did the climate, yet there was something very relaxed about the whole thing, a hint of not rushing about in the heat even the drive by shootings and incidental murders have a very laid back feel to them.The story is a very interesting one though at times I had to ask myself who is this character what does he mean by that Camilleri seems to write in a casual manner with almost throwaway lines, conversations almost like you re sometimes catching bits of conversations at the bar or the cafe or in the street And Montalbano is a bit like that with his detective work He s piecing it all up in small bits and bats casually, smoothly.I think I m going to like these books

  3. Martin says:

    Sicily in the grip of corrupt politicians, multi service military police and the ever present mafia is home to Inspector Salvo Montalbano 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 an Sicily in the grip of corrupt politicians, multi service military police and the ever present mafia is home to Inspector Salvo Montalbano 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 anti kidnapping commissions, and others Garbage men wish they hadn t found a dead manPino, who had chosen to work the stretch of the Pasture nearest the beach, at one point spotted the nose of a car about twenty yards away, sticking out of some bushes a bit denser than the rest Unsure, he stopped it wasn t possible someone could still be around here at this hour, seven in the morning, screwing a whore He began to approach cautiously, one step at a time, almost bent over, and when he d reached the taillights he quickly stood straight up Nothing happened, nobody shouted to fuck off, the car seemed vacant Coming nearer, he finally made out the indistinct shape of a man, motionless, in the passenger seat, head thrown back He seemed to be in a deep sleep But by the look and the smell of it, Pino realized something was fishy He turned around and called to Saro, who came running, out of breath, eyes bulging What is it What the hell do you want Pino thought his friend s questions a bit aggressive but blamed it on the fact that he had run all that way Get a load of this, he said.Plucking up his courage, Pino went up to the driver s side and tried to open the door but couldn t it was locked With the help of Saro, who seemed to have calmed down, he tried to reach the other door, against which the man s body was partially leaning, but the car, a large green BMW, was too close to the shrub to allow anyone to approach from that side Leaning forward, however, and getting scratched by the brambles, they managed to get a better look at the man s face He was not sleeping his eyes were wide open and motionless The moment they realized that the man was dead, Pino and Saro froze in terror not at the sight of death but because they recognized him To whom should they report the death Pino got the number from the operator Though it was still only seven forty five, Rizzo answered after the first ring Mr Rizzo Yes Excuse me for bothering you at this hour, Mr Rizzo, butwe found Mr Luparello, you see, andwell, he looks dead There was a pause Then Rizzo spoke So why are you telling me this Pino was stunned He was ready for anything, except that bizarre response Butaren t you his best friend We thought it was only right I appreciate it But you must do your duty first Good day Saro had been listening to the conversation, his cheek pressed against Pino s They looked at each other, nonplussed Rizzo acted as if they d told him they d just found some nameless cadaver Shit He was his friend, wasn t he Saro burst out What do we know Maybe they had a fight, said Pino to reassure him So what do we do now We go and do our duty, like the lawyer said, concluded Pino.They headed toward town, to police headquarters The thought of going to the carabinieri didn t even cross their minds, since they were under the command of a Milanese lieutenant The Vig ta police inspector, on the other hand, was from Catania, a certain Salvo Montalbano, who, when he wanted to get to the bottom of something, he did Questioning the Coroner Can you tell me at what time he died You re going to drive me crazy with questions like that You must be watching too many American movies, you know, where as soon as the cop asks what time the crime took place, the coroner tells him the murderer finished his work at six thirty two p.m., give or take a few seconds, thirty six days ago An intricate puzzle of a murder Inspector Salvo Montalbano knows muchthan he tells his superiors False facts have nearly everyone looking in other directions, innocent people are framed and other deaths confuse the case But Salvo weaves his way through them all to reach a satisfying conclusion And all set on the crumbling, decadent island of Sicily.Enjoy

  4. Lynne King says:

    27 May 2020This will be a re read for me as it is the choice of the book club that I belong to I m intrigued to see if I still give the same high rating that I gave eight years ago 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 27 May 2020This will be a re read for me as it is the choice of the book club that I belong to I m intrigued to see if I still give the same high rating that I gave eight years ago 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, who s streetwise, loves his food, a man who appears to have met the woman of his life, Livia, but as she lives in Genoa, and sees her infrequently, he gets up to tricks from time to time He does this in such an engaging way, that he can, of course, be forgiven.It is when the body of engineer Silvio Luparello is found and the coroner s verdict is that he died from natural causes that Salvo immediately becomes suspicious After all, this is Sicily and murders are pretty common The upshot is that he will not close the case so that the victim can be buried and everyone around him is getting very rattled by this With skillful writing the plot gradually unravels and, well, it s just a great book I had a smile on my face when I reached the last sentence

  5. Marwan says:

    Well, comparing to the previous one I read the voice of the violin this one has less humor, but it still has the smooth writing, the twists and some thrill Inspector Montalbano is still an interesting character, and the plot was engaging till the end And as usual, the Italian food references make me drool.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 t Well, comparing to the previous one I read the voice of the violin this one has less humor, but it still has the smooth writing, the twists and some thrill Inspector Montalbano is still an interesting character, and the plot was engaging till the end And as usual, the Italian food references make me drool.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 the death was due to a heart attack So the Commissioner asks Inspector Montalbano to close the case since it s not unusual for a politician to be in such a place However, Montalbano senses that there sto this death than it meets to the eye and demands two days before closing the case Soon he realizes that his hunch wasn t wrong after all and everyone has something to hide

  6. Michael Finocchiaro says:

    I typically avoid crime novels but having spent several vacations during the last decade in south eastern Sicily and having seen Montalbano s name ubiquitously every where I went, I figured I needed to see whether the enthusiasm was merited Well, yes and then some Inspector Montalbano is a very complex personality with a brilliant intellect and a collection of friends and acquaintances that are all quite realistic And that is without the drool inducing descriptions of Sicilian cuisine, the go I typically avoid crime novels but having spent several vacations during the last decade in south eastern Sicily and having seen Montalbano s name ubiquitously every where I went, I figured I needed to see whether the enthusiasm was merited Well, yes and then some Inspector Montalbano is a very complex personality with a brilliant intellect and a collection of friends and acquaintances that are all quite realistic And that is without the drool inducing descriptions of Sicilian cuisine, the gorgeous descriptions of the Sicilian countryside realistic as I can now attest to without even going into the complexity and sometimes existential quality of the mysteries he solves After you have read four or five of the books, perhaps the stories start to be less engaging, but the TV series that was made in Italy based on the books is INCREDIBLE and is worth the 2h for each episode that is needed This first book is a must for those who want to be drawn into Montalbano s universe or just who wish to take a tour of Scicli Ragusa aka Vigata

  7. John Martin says:

    Well worth the rideThis 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.

  8. Elyse Walters says:

    What is the shape of water 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 d What is the shape of water 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 detective He has deep roots in Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island just off of Italy s boot Sicily has a rich and unique culture especially with regard to the arts, music, literature, and cuisine While getting a taste of the culture Montalbano an honest cop is surrounded by the corrupt and powerfulmaking finding the killer a challenge Inspectors Montalbano is plenty textured He is enough cynical He is enough aloof. enough arrogant enough compassionate He smokes, drinks, loves his food but baby octopus really..lol.his friends, women.and especially his girlfriend even with their problems Montalbano gracefully solves a crime scene while keeping tabs on what s really important. his relationships, his Island, his foods, his relationships, and his own moral standards Paul and I have watched the TV series The Glades , which takes place in South Florida The detective, actor played by Matt Pass, reminds me a little of Inspector Salvo Montalbano for anyone in the states who have seen that show Matt is always eating.loves his girlfriend too.solves cases with ease but he doesn t smoke cigarettes I haven t seen THIS TV series , but I can imagine the beauty of Sicily Great Italian mystery flavors

  9. Richard Derus says:

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  10. Alice Lippart says:

    Loved the setting, the characters and the way it s written Did figure out the mystery though, which I m usually not able to do, but overall, excellent cosy mystery Can t wait to read the next one.

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