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Southern Seas (A Pepe Carvalho Mystery) by Manuel Vazquez Montalban (2012-05-15)

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  • By DvoraT on March 23, 2018

    Manuel Vasquez Montalban was a highly regarded and apparently much loved journalist and writer of noir detective novels who lived and wrote in Barcelona. And it wasn't just the Catalans who thought highly of him. Andrea Camilleri thought so highly of Vasquez Montalban that he named his detective after him.Why this is, I don't know. When I first came here to live in Barcelona, I read one of his books. At the time I was a member of an online bookgroup and one of the phrases thrown around there when talking about a book one didn't like was to throw it against the wall. I went one step further. The Montalban I was reading annoyed me so much that I threw it out the window.This one was no better. I read it all the way through because I hoped to find the good that everyone else saw. But I didn't find it. I found a lot of vulgarity, coarse language, half baked social theory, half baked philosophy (instead of plot or character development) and cardboard characters. Evidently the plot never did grab me, nor did the people. I didn't even enjoy being taken around Barcelona, a city I love. Either he made up place names or those names went out when the Catalan language came back in, but there were few places I could identify. But the topping on the cake was the gratuitous and disgusting piece of violence at the very end. I almost threw up. One of the idiot themes throughout the book was Carvalho (our hero) burning his books, one by one, to light his fire. I don't burn books -- not even books this bad. But I don't keep or recommend them either.

  • By Joy on December 17, 2015

    I had to buy this to read for a class on the history of the detective novel. It was very difficult to finish. I would never read it for pleasure.

  • By Desert Denizen on June 18, 2014

    This may be the worst detective story I have ever read. I understand that Manuel Montalban is a very important, respected, and popular writer in Spain, but this translation is soporific. I fell asleep every two pages. Very, very poor translation.

  • By Guilherme Ribeiro on August 8, 2014

    Great style. I read "El Balneario" but this one is a lot better.I would prefer to read it in Spanish though. It's a shame Amazon doesn't have it in the original language.

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