Author Topic: R.I.P. Andrea Camilieri (Montalbano's daddy)  (Read 227 times)

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R.I.P. Andrea Camilieri (Montalbano's daddy)
« on: July 18, 2019, 01:32:52 pm »
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Re: R.I.P. Andrea Camilieri (Montalbano's daddy)
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2019, 05:42:19 pm »
Interesting life story, well, published late in life and then quite prolific writer at eight books a year.

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Re: R.I.P. Andrea Camilieri (Montalbano's daddy)
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2019, 08:44:03 pm »
I might even be able to catch up with him now :'(
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Re: R.I.P. Andrea Camilieri (Montalbano's daddy)
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2019, 08:51:05 am »
Interesting life story, well, published late in life and then quite prolific writer at eight books a year.

Somewhat droll that he worked on producing a Maigret series on TV.

The latest Montalbano series is less convincing, more like parody of the earlier ones. Trouble is that Montalbano should be Questore by now, Fazio should be running the shop and Mimi should be nursing an unmentionable disease in a retirement home and letching at the nurses.
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Re: R.I.P. Andrea Camilieri (Montalbano's daddy)
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2019, 09:09:28 am »
Meh, they've always been somewhat farcical, in the tradition of Commedia dell Arte.  Generally enjoyable, but best taken with a large pinch of salt. We watch because we like Sicily, and they certainly have a sense of place. The books, however, are so verbose - in the Italian style - as to be almost unreadable.

OT - it's such a shame that the BBC TV adaptation of Michael Dibdin's Aurelio Zen novels was so atrocious that only one series was made. And a shame Dibdin died so young too.
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Re: R.I.P. Andrea Camilieri (Montalbano's daddy)
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2019, 02:33:21 pm »
Meh, they've always been somewhat farcical, in the tradition of Commedia dell Arte.  Generally enjoyable, but best taken with a large pinch of salt. We watch because we like Sicily, and they certainly have a sense of place. The books, however, are so verbose - in the Italian style - as to be almost unreadable.

OT - it's such a shame that the BBC TV adaptation of Michael Dibdin's Aurelio Zen novels was so atrocious that only one series was made. And a shame Dibdin died so young too.

The books are very forumulaic certain number of pages per book, certain number of pages per chapter, certain number of chapters.  The language is both Italian and Sicilian.  Which some other Italians can't understand.

Not heard of the Aurelio Zen ones, any highlights?