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Andrea Camilleri
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Andrea Camilleri Published in October 15, 2018, 1:57 pm
 Rounding the Mark (The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries Book 7):Carsblog

Rounding the Mark (The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries Book 7):Carsblog

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Al
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Al Reply to on 25 February 2018
Another thoroughly enjoyable, light, easy read from the consummate storyteller, Andrea Camilleri, about his complex, conflicted, often petulant and ageing Sicilian Detective Inspector, Salvo Montalbano.
Again, as in “Excursion to Tindari”, Montalbano deals with a crime which is far bigger and nastier than any of his normal cases.
In the middle of things, disaster strikes - Calogero, the owner-cook-waiter of the Trattoria San Calogero, decides to retire and close the trattoria – Montalbano takes this as a completely unreasonable, personal affront; after all, Calogero is only 73 years old and has only had two bypasses.
We are still left with the big question of whether or not he will ever marry Livia.
Great stuff.
Officer Dibble
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Officer Dibble Reply to on 27 May 2017
One of the meatier stories in the series and much more overtly political. Montalbano voices his own politcal disenchantment and the author includes topical scenes of people-trafficking.

It felt like the character of Montalbano was given greater prominence as he reaches turning point in his career. Camilleri seems to enjoy this slightly different emphasis and consequently gives the book a very strong ending.
Roman Clodia
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Roman Clodia Reply to on 14 June 2014
In another strong episode in the ongoing story of Salvo Montalbano and friends, Camilleri demonstrates once again that no-one manages to combine outrageous farce, tragedy, cynical political commentary and angry swipes at social injustice like Camilleri. The scene where Montalbano appears unwillingly naked on TV had me laughing out loud but the tone shifts rapidly to encompass far deeper emotions.

The title is a good example of Camilleri’s trademark light touch but I’ll leave it to potential readers to explore for themselves. If you’ve read the other books in this series then don’t hesitate about this: if you haven’t, start at the beginning and enjoy this consistently wonderful series that is both sunny and very dark.
JeanH
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JeanH Reply to on 21 June 2012
The underlying themes of this book are dark - Montalbano's frustration at his aging, and also - but I won't spoil the story - the nature of the crime that he comes to realise that he is investigating. As one witness tells him, the world has become too evil. No wonder the man doesn't want to face up to what he saw. What could be unbearably grim, however, is leavened by the humour and by the interplay of character especially among the police. By the way, does anyone know Mimi actually does to justify his rank and his salary; he rarely seems to come into the office or have any crimes of his own to solve. Although Montalbano is, as always, the hero in terms of his thought processes, and through his attempt to emulate James Bond (or should that be the Man from the Milk Tray advert?) , for me the honours in this book go to Fazio, who displays far more than mere professional loyalty. It is interesting that on one occasion Montalbano refers to Fazio as being middle-aged; in the television series he is portrayed as a young man, and that strikes me as more appropriate to the character Camilleri has created and who is, for me, the most likable of all the regular cast. Surely it's about time he got promotion! It is also about time that Montalbano and Livia parted for their own sanity and that of the reader.
Argonaught
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Argonaught Reply to on 14 November 2011
Montalbano goes for a swim and bumps into a body which he tows back to shore. Later he witnesses the arrival of illegal immigrants. A small boy breaks away from his mother and Montalbano grabs his hand so his mother can retrieve him. Montalbano's unofficial investigation reveals the connection between the two incidents. But the plot is almost incidental. So what is it that makes this such an enjoyable read?

Firstly, it is the character of the eccentric Montalbano himself. The story is told entirely from his point of view. He is in every scene, yet he remains unpredictable; neither his thinking about the investigation nor his plans are revealed. We, like his men, are observers who can be surprised, perplexed and frustrated by what he does. We do, however, see more of his private thoughts, about his girlfriend, Livia, for example, or the glamorous and talented Ingrid who is called upon as a sort of assistant to his nefarious activities. His moods are revealed, too, partly through his thoughts and partly through the reactions of other people, particularly his men who find him bad-tempered and unpredictable. But, for all his weaknesses and irascibility he is respected and held in affection by those who know him, and by the reader, too. He is a gifted detective who follows his instincts rather than a logical analysis of clues. He has the sort of courage that means he puts himself in danger but overcomes his genuine fears. He has a strong moral code, which is unusual, possibly unique, in the highly corrupt society of Sicily - a corruption that is always near the surface and clearly articulated, though sometimes in a tongue-in-cheek style.

Secondly, it is the portrayal of the minor characters. Cataralla, for instance, lights up every scene with his blundering enthusiasm and comical mispronunciations. Or Montalbano's superior, Dr Lattes, who always asks about Montalbano's non-existent family, and Montalbano always replies as though he has one. There are many others, too.

Thirdly there is the style, described perfectly by The TLS as `cunning yet curiously gentle'. It is witty, economical and permeated with a sardonic view of life. If you haven't read the Montalbano stories, you must, and you would be better starting at the beginning of the series. But beware, once started you will be hooked, and there are plenty to go at. If you are already familiar with the detective, this novel will not disappoint.
Mrs Janet Pasons
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Mrs Janet Pasons Reply to on 2 May 2016
Complex plot line as usual, Montalbano carries out an action which he thinks will help a child but it turns out to be fatal. He embarks on an investigation which leads him into personal danger but which he is determined to see through to the end. The story is very reflective of today's immigration crisis in Europe and Italy, in particular, it turns out to be a very topical subject and is therefore very believable.
Bern
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Bern Reply to on 24 April 2018
As usual he has to use his ingenuity to get round the stifling Italian police bureaucracy. The only let down is at one point it gets a bit too athletic for Montalbano and authenticity suffers. But other than that, up to the usual standard.
Geordielass
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Geordielass Reply to on 11 June 2012
Rounding the Mark is another of the Camilleri gems.The cover is attractive and in the typical style of Montalbano books Those who enjoy a detective novel with an unusual plot and a setting in the interesting island of Sicily will be well pleased. Written in Camilleri's familliar style, showing our detective at his charming yet sometimes abrasive self, this novel will appeal to all Montalbano fans. Complicated enough to sustain concentration and anticipation of lively interaction between the detective team, the reader will find the plot simple enough to provide a good holiday read.
Rod
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Rod Reply to on 29 June 2014
My first read from this author, having watched all the recent TV broadcasts of Inspector Montalbano.
Brilliant characterisation and a beautiful location for the series. Unfortunately, I rememberd too much of the plot from the TV production hence there were no surprises left to discover.
An excellent read for those who haven't watched the television series or would like to revisit some of the stories.
Steve Blazerseams
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Steve Blazerseams Reply to on 20 June 2014
I read the first 3 Montalbano books ages ago after a recommendation ... then ...
the TV series took over. I even bought the DVD sets. I even watched all the Young Montalbano series.
But this recent cheap Kindle version rekindled (gettit?) my interest.
It is brilliant. It even has the edge over the TV versions as you understand more of his comical behaviour.
And I love Cat.
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