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E' un freddo pomeriggio invernale: un vecchio, seduto in una stanza che si affaccia sul mare, guarda il sole che tramonta dietro le onde. Sono passate ventiquattr'ore da quando sua moglie è morta a Seton Castle, la casa che hanno condiviso per più di quarant'anni. Mentre scende la notte, l'uomo cerca di capire il senso della propria vita e di spiegarsi come un uomo pacificE' un freddo pomeriggio invernale: un vecchio, seduto in una stanza che si affaccia sul mare, guarda il sole che tramonta dietro le onde. Sono passate ventiquattr'ore da quando sua moglie è morta a Seton Castle, la casa che hanno condiviso per più di quarant'anni. Mentre scende la notte, l'uomo cerca di capire il senso della propria vita e di spiegarsi come un uomo pacifico, quale lui è sempre stato, abbia potuto uccidere a sangue freddo, dopo mezzo secolo di felice convivenza, la sua compagna. Ma le risposte non si trovano facilmente. Ogni tentativo di spiegazione implica la rievocazione di eventi vecchi di cinquant'anni, risalendo all'epoca in cui un giovane virtuoso del violino s'innamorò, ricambiato, di Ella, la cugina di sua moglie....

Title : Anime alla deriva
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ISBN : 9788806151768
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Number of Pages : 332 Pages
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Anime alla deriva Reviews

  • A.M.
    2019-03-27 23:00

    Told from the point of view of the 70-year-old James Farrell, who has just recently murdered his wife, "Drowning People" tells the tragic, desperate tale of the chain of events which ultimately led him to murder.In the style of Fyodor Dostoevsky's "A Gentle Creature", the story begins shortly after the wife's death, with James deciding to make sense of the situation by reviewing their history together.But the comparison ends there, for where "A Gentle Creature" is short and punchy, "Drowning People" is a rambling, desperate and at times nostalgic memoir of James' forgotten youth, mainly focusing on his tragic romance with his wife's cousin.At its core, this book is an excellent soap opera -- melodramatic, with the ego of young love, impetuous mistakes and missed opportunities -- there is certainly something gripping about James' misadventures, however predictable the events. However, the flow of the story was broken several times by the 70-year-old version of James, reminding himself to hurry up and finishing organising his thoughts -- a frustrating interruption.Furthermore, the writing suffers from the self-consciousness of a young author (being at times overwritten and heavy-handed in terms of foreshadowing), and the plot is fairly rambling, with no clear direction.But perhaps the most disappointing element of this book is its setting, which does little to complement the plot. The story is set in 1994, when James was in his 20s, but the gothic overtones, use of handwritten letters, and other archaisms lend themselves better to an older time period -- meaning that the occasional appearance of technology such as mobile phones and computers was distracting.That isn't to say I didn't enjoy the story, but for what is ultimately a popcorn read this book is far too long. I'd recommend this to the more patient reader who enjoys memoir-style fiction with a healthy dose of melodramatic love.

  • Bandit
    2019-03-31 23:48

    Yes, everyone said it and I agree, the opening sentences are riveting. Sadly, the novel doesn't live up to their promise. I knew how young the author was before I started the book and from that perspective I'm very impressed with his work, however I found the book to be too predictable and much too long for a predictable novel for my taste. I also felt that the Gothic feel of the book would have benefited from being set in a more appropriate decade, it's a bit distracting to be occasionally reminded of it being set in the 90s when cell phones and computers were easily available, yet the characters rely solely on handwritten letters among other archaisms. On the positive note, the characters were very well drawn out for having been written by someone as young and some of the writing was quite remarkable. This would make a nice BBC film adaptation.

  • Karen
    2019-04-05 05:03

    I enjoyed this book very much. Richard Mason's first novel was quite impressive. I was hooked from the first page. His characters jumped off the page, they seem so real to me. I also read The History of a Pleasure Seeker, which I also loved. I had the honor of meeting Richard Mason in April at Booktopia 2012 Vermont. I look forward to reading other novels by Mr. Mason.

  • Tittirossa
    2019-03-31 05:48

    Se avete avuto la sfortuna di leggere la Solitudine dei numeri primi, potete risparmiarvi questoSua moglie è una stronza e lui l'ha sparata, e questo non è uno spoiler visto che lo dice lui subito all'inizio. Alla ricerca di un romanzo gradevole e non troppo impegnativo, fuorviata da benigne recensioni anobiane, mi sono imbattuta in questo libercolo che si è rivelato alla fine un mattonazzo post-vittoriano con rigurgiti Harmonyci. Un po' come frullare Wharton, Forster e James in chiave romance. Libro strano, ma strano forte. E' ambientato negli anni '90 del 1900 ma i comportamenti e i patemi d'animo e le distinzioni sociali sembrano di più appartenere agli anni '20.Sembra scritto da un 60enne ma in realtà è stato scritto da un 20enne che con questo si è guadagnato il titolo di "rivelazione" dell'anno. La storia raggiunge vertici di assurdità parossistica (spoilero?, si, spoilero da qui in poi) con episodi di altissima improbabilità* (l'eredità a Praga?). SPOILER La storia: James, che ha 70 anni –siamo nel 2050 circa - e ha appena ucciso la moglie Sarah con una fucilata, racconta quel che accadde nel 1990. Dunque, James – nobile ma povero – studente violinista, conosce Ella bella e nobile ma ricca e fuori di balcone. Si amano ma lei è fidanzata con Charles che ha rubato alla cugina Sarah per farle un dispetto, dispetto che la cugina stronza – somigliante come una gemella – non le perdonerà visto che già la odia per svariati motivi, tra cui il fatto che Ella erediterà un titolo e una tenuta di cui non le frega niente, mentre lei, Sarah, sarebbe più adatta (e qui si capisce che se i francesi nel 1789 avessero attraversato la Manica con un po' di accette forse gli si sarebbe fatto un favore, agli inglesi). La nonna di Ella si è suicidata (era americana, si sa che sono strani), la zia si è suicidata (non mi ricordo perché), la mamma è morta in un incidente e tutti temono che Ella possa avere pensieri mortiferi. Per inciso, nonna e zia sono in comune con Sarah, che per di più ha perso entrambi i genitori nello stesso incidente, ma nessuno si preoccupa per lei (eccerto, sarà stata stronza anche da piccola). Sorvoliamo su una serie di accadimenti inutili troppo complicati da spiegare, per arrivare al viaggio di James con Eric (pianista) a Praga per vendere un'eredità. Poi vanno nel Sud della Francia dove l'Amore sembra finalmente vincere, ma il destino cinico e baro è dietro l'angolo. Ella chiede a James come pegno d'amore di baciare Eric, James lo fa, Eric muore (c'è un limite anche allo spoiler). James ed Ella si separano. Ella sbarella. Poi tornano insieme, ma Sarah in agguato prepara la sua vendetta. Da qui in poi ho saltato un bel po' di pagine quindi si arriva al finale, ma io ero mortalmente annoiata e non ho più voglia di riassumere. Mason confonde la personalità del protagonista, che scrive in prima persona con un tono talmente lamentoso da preferire le unghie sulla lavagna, con lo stile del romanzo. AVVERTENZA: se avete letto "LA SOLITUDINE DEI NUMERI PRIMI" potete far finta di aver letto anche questo. Uguale uguale, la storia, lo stile (cioè l'assenza di entrambi). Elementi di altissima improbabilità 1) James si accorge che Eric è per le unioni civili a 2/3 della storia (il lettore attento l'ha nasato due righe dopo averlo presentato) 2) l'ambaradan che la futura moglie stronza mette in piedi per uccidere il conte e far ricadere la colpa sulla cugina, pur se elaborato da una mente psicopatica, può funzionare solo in una puntata di CSI 3) Ella va in galera e a nessuno, neanche a James viene in mente di chiederle quale è la sua versione dei fatti.

  • Kevin Ansbro
    2019-04-09 22:51

    Very well written, but this introspective, intriguing story often wanders off-piste and thereby loses its flow.

  • Gelisvb
    2019-04-10 06:13

    I've read this book years ago and I remember loving it. I've read in itt in Italian and the Einaudi's transaltion was beautiful. I don't agree with the critic, this book was well written and well structured. Recommended for those who loved "The secret history"

  • Michela
    2019-04-02 05:52

    "Anime alla Deriva" - Richard Mason(1999)James Farrell, anziano violinista ormai in pensione uccide sua moglie, e non ne è pentito, perchè? Il perchè ce lo racconta nelle 350 pagine che ripercorrono tutta la sua vita, gli avvenimenti tragici e assurdi, le tristi coincidenze che hanno fatto di una vita innocente, un inganno perpetuo. Un amore difficile per Ella, ricca rampolla londinese, egoista e insicura che richiederà a James una prova d'amore, e lui ignora nella sua inesperienza di ventenne,che la prova è per lei soltanto la richiesta di dimostrazione della sua assoluta devozione a lei; ma lui prende questa prova come un esame di coraggio, e la accetta, dando la spinta alla prima tessera del domino che farà poi crollare tutte le altre.L'assoluzione può avvenire soltanto dopo la confessione, e nessuno, dei personaggi che inconteremo avrà mai il coraggio di affrontare le proprie bugie, costruiranno vite di carta, che crolleranno non appena i fili intrecciati sotto si stringeranno troppo perchè "le bugie sono le sbarre di una prigione; che col tempo si solidificano; che una volta che le hai costruite e te ne sei circondato, tutto è perduto" (Pg 188).Un libro corposo, a tratti faticoso a causa dello stile di scrittura saporito e consistente e del profondo scavo psicologico a cui sono sottoposti tutti i personaggi.Un libro che ho apprezzato, che è riuscito a incuriosirmi e a farmi passare sopra allo stile eccessivamente zelante e puntiglioso che rendevano la lettura pesante e noiosa a tratti; ma se teniamo di conto che Richard Mason ha scritto questo libro a 18 anni come sua prima opera, possiamo perdonarlo."Ho fatto ai ricordi quello che gli altri fanno alle fotografie: li ho censurati; ma non è possibile distruggerli come si distruggono le fotografie, li possiamo soltanto seppellire sotto la polvere delle banalità di una vita intera"

  • Iren Mav
    2019-04-02 07:05

    This was not bad, it was pleasant even, however not the gripping thriller I took it for.In short, the plot itself was interesting enough, albeit not surprising. The "twists" [all both of them I think] were rather predictale the mintute you read the ground laying of them. Yet it was interesting to go on. My issue were some chapters that were too long and too descriptive, with their biggest sin being their placement.Just as you reached a very interesting part you got a quite boring chapter.The prose in itself was alright, nothing phenomenal but nothing disappointing either. A bit contrived though, giving the feeling that this was a first novel by a writer who wanted to write "literature".The characters were a bit indifferent, you couldn't really care about any of them and the most interesting one, had little presence yet great impact. In all this is a fine read which reminded me a bit of Barnes [Sense of an Ending] but not nearly as well crafted and delivered. Recommened not as a mystery or a "Rebeca"-esque read but as a nice story of love and regret.

  • Mindy Conde
    2019-04-08 06:44

    This book had me from the very first page. The narrator is James Farrell, who when we begin the book, has just admitted to shooting his wife of over forty years in the head. He doesn't feel a stitch of remorse over it, in fact, he feels as though he has served a just punishment. Wow, ok. Way to draw a reader in. The rest of the novel is his retelling of his life and that of his true love, Ella, his dear friend, Eric, and the intertwining of all their lives with his now deceased wife, Sarah. James reflects back to when he first met Ella as a young man in his early twenties. He was an aspiring violinist just out of Oxford but still very naive in the ways of the world. He is from a family of some stature - enough to be connected to the more well-to-do, though not yet a part of them. He is young and itching for adventure, thinking that his life is too boxed in and predictable yet unable to really break free from the mold when he meets a kindred spirit in Ella. Through chance circumstances and mutual friends, they continue to bump into one another and infatuation grows into what can only be, as a young man who hasn't felt such passion before, true and abiding love. It is the progression of their story that leads James to leave his innocence behind and make choices that force him out of naive childhood and into adulthood, and that will, after fifty years, still haunt him.I really enjoyed this novel, the pacing of it was great and it had such an air of suspense that really kept me interested. The writing was good and the characters both likable and flawed. Plus, it was set in such great areas: London, Prague, France, Seton Castle. Such wonderfully romantic settings for the unveiling of some rather dark secrets. It felt rather Victorian, in a good way. I would certainly recommend it even on writing alone, because Mason spins such a good story and keeps you guessing even after he's told you the ending. You grow your assumptions as the pieces come together, but you keep reading because you're so invested. It is very well done. I am going to give away some spoiler here very soon, so if you'd like to read the book, and I definitely recommend that you do, DO NOT continue reading!While there are many relationships in this novel, the most complex, and my favorite, is the one between James and his friend, Eric. Now, James tells you early on that Eric is dead, but as much as I knew it was coming, I was still heartbroken when it happened. Eric and James meet when they play a concert together, Eric as James' accompaniment on the piano. They grow to be fast friends and James goes along with Eric to Prague to help close out his deceased aunt's apartment. While they spend three months together in Prague, James is waiting for Ella to end things in London with her fiancé (quick version here: she is marrying out of familial obligation and her intense and secret courtship with James has led her to want to break things off with the fiancé and be with James instead). James and Eric are carefree and fun in Prague and before long you realize that there is more between them that James is letting on. At least there is for Eric, but James doesn't see it. However, when Ella joins them, she sees it. The problem is that Ella, due to secrets of her own that you will discover, is distrusting and wants James to prove that he doesn't feel anything for Eric in return. Her request for proof though turns out to be something that is rather cruel to Eric, and is something that James cannot come back from. It leads them all down a dark path that ends with Eric killing himself and James feeling so guilty and heartbroken for his part in his friend's suicide, that he cuts himself off from Ella as a source of punishment. The scenes with Eric and James are so poignant and painful that it was at times difficult to read since I could kind of guess what was coming even though I was dreading it at the same time. After Eric's death, unfortunately, I felt like the book fell into a bit of a lull. James spiraled deeper and deeper into his cocoon of guilt and self-inflicted punishment and the older James reflects much on his pain during this time. It seemed to lack the urgency and momentum that the first half of the book had. Even when we get to the events that lead to James eventually discovering his wife's secret and killing her, I wasn't as invested as I was with Eric's story. It was still interesting, and still somewhat suspenseful, but not nearly as much as in the beginning of the novel. It was almost as though I had expended so much emotion on Eric's death that I didn't have as much left for Ella's downfall. It was a satisfying end seeing James finally come to an understanding of his mistakes, but I think that in the end he is still acting like the coward. He has punished Sarah for her sins regarding Ella, but has done nothing about his part in Eric's death, or his denial of Ella when Sarah framed her. Although he has finally admitted to the reader what he had done, he hasn't really taken accountability. It was an interesting statement to end on and definitely resonated with me for a bit. It was a bittersweet ending I think. Satisfying in that I finally knew the secrets that were laying hidden for so long, but sad because Eric still doesn't have justice or truth given to his story.

  • Julia
    2019-04-09 03:59

    Everyone alive today will or has already felt the haunt of growing old. We’ll all tremble at the thought of regrets and maybe even fear the sweeping hand of death. When we approach the end we will all look back on our lives, pose ‘what if’s to ourselves and wonder what would, should, could have been. The aging James Farrell is no different from us. He knows his time is coming; His judgement day is dawning. He also knows that what has happened has happened and no amount of urging will make his younger self choose a different path when entering the crossroads of life.When James was twenty-one years old he was just breaking into life. He was embarking on an existence separate from the one he had shared with his parents for so long and he was finally becoming the man he had been waiting to turn into. There was no way he could have seen how life changing his meeting Ella in the park could be for him. Maybe if he had seen the devastating outcome he wouldn’t have sat down on the bench with her and maybe he wouldn’t have let himself be pulled into her tornado of family politics and hatred spanning generations. Unfortunately, all James saw was a gorgeous woman alone and seemingly distressed and, being the young man that he was, he couldn’t just pass up this opportunity. So began the downward spiral of young James’s life. But how was he to know?The Drowning People is told from elderly James’s memories of all the events that led to his eventual and fatal punishment of his wife, Sarah. Due to the strange inner workings of the human mind, some of James’s memories are blurry and undefined while others that seem far less important are bizarrely sharp and distinct but what stands above all else is the truth and his firm belief that we will all be punished in the end.Richard Mason constructs an extraordinary story with resounding themes of family, trust, hatred, justice and the overwhelming influence of love. The characters’ lives intertwine flawlessly and yet their very connections seem to be the cause of their eventual downfalls. At some times told in a voice dripping with regret and others times with a superiority that one could only feel when they’ve reached the end, The Drowning People exhibits Robert Mason’s expertise in the fields of human regret and that urge to reach back in time to just explain to your younger self all the things they should have known before they had to make the decisions of their lives. It’s spectacular writing with a haunting underlying reality.

  • Ubik 2.0
    2019-04-09 06:01

    La trama di "Anime alla deriva" può apparire più o meno interessante rispetto ad altri melodrammi simili, ma non è questo il suo punto di debolezza. Il problema è invece che, per motivi anche imperscrutabili, il romanzo non riesce minimamente ad avvincere il lettore e questo per un melodramma è un guaio serio! I monologhi, i tormenti e le crisi interiori dei personaggi sembrano scritti da una mano furba ma sempre poco ispirata o poco partecipe, con fastidiose ripetizioni e colpi di scena prevedibili e previsti, con uno stile che suona spesso falso e personaggi troppo inattendibili, a tratti tirato via, a tratti fin troppo introspettivo; sembra insomma il romanzo di un dilettante ed è incomprensibile il successo (a dire il vero, solo di pubblico, perchè la critica l'ha abbastanza ignorato...) che ha ottenuto.In conclusione riesce abbastanza difficile immedesimarsi nel protagonista e questo distacco che prende il lettore pregiudica quello che si può ritenere un tasto fondamentale per trarre piacere dalla lettura di un melodramma: se non c'è coinvolgimento le vicende emotive divengono stucchevoli, le passioni risibili, gli struggimenti del cuore noiosi a meno che lo scrittore sia un asso in grado di coinvolgerti con la sola capacità di scrivere ma questo non è proprio il caso di questo furbo ragazzotto mezzo sudafricano mezzo inglese...Breve appunto personale: ho riflettuto ma non sono riuscito a mettere a fuoco con sicurezza le motivazioni per cui "A Voce Alta", un altro melodramma che si dipana nell'arco di decenni, scritto anch'esso in prima persona, imbevuto di passione e morte, (peraltro da uno scrittore che non ha certo lo stile di Proust...) sappia profondamente colpire e generare commozione, e questo lasci indifferente e alla fine infastidito. Ecco, "commozione" è forse la parola chiave: Anime alla Deriva è un libro che forse vorrebbe, ma non riesce per nulla a commuovere.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-14 04:49

    Wow! I really loved this book, the writing was so "smart". The imagery the author created through detailed descriptions of feelings and thought allowed me to feel almost as a voyeur inside the mind of James Farrell. This story begins in the latter years of one man's life, immediately after killing his wife. This is not a spoiler to the story as it is on the book jacket and basically is the opening line of the whole journey. What the author (Richard Mason) then does is goes back to when James was just a young man and allows us to follow the intimate progression of how James came to the point of murdering his wife. This is a tale that is really relatable in the respect that for every action we take there is a reaction or consequence. In the heat of the moment, we, like James, may think that we are doing the right thing or perhaps the only possible option just to find out years, months, weeks or in some cases only minutes later that we've made a grave error that will be with us forever. This is that kind of story. I will say that while reading page 295 (and I did make a mental note) that I pretty much knew exactly how the final 50 pages would go. Even with that being said, I was not disappointed in the storytelling or the manner in which it was relayed. Richard Mason is a talented writer, I definitely would recommend this to others.

  • Theresa
    2019-04-19 02:58

    True rating would be 2.5 stars if possible.Well, I didn't hate it! Therefore it gets 2.5 stars begrudgingly. I guess that's not a glowing review is it? Actually the author really is vey talented and has obvious good story-telling abilities. However, and this seems to get me all the time, I really disliked the characters. In this case, there were no redeeming supporting characters so I had to slog through pages of pages of these shallow dimwits without reprieve. I'm not sure I'd try reading another book by this author. I suppose it will depend on Goodreads ratings and weather the synopsis pulls me in. I can also hope as the author matured and his writing did too. I hope he doesn't feel the need to use so many long rarely used words. It got to be annoying to have to read around them in just about every sentence. My thesaurus got a work out in the first part of the book. The second part it didn't because I just did not care any more.

  • Kat
    2019-04-04 01:10

    Ok, I thought I was on a roll, two 5 star books in a row. But this one doesn't quite merit 5 stars. Which is not to say that it isn't a rollicking good yarn, filled to bursting with melodrama, intrigue, young love, madness, egotism, etc. It has a fabulous opening line, where the author confesses to murdering his wife, and the following pages do not dissapoint much. I guess when we take into account that the author was 20 when the book was published, we can forgive him the overblown tone and the redundant parts. I liked his Natural Elements a lot and the two books share much that I like: an old mystery which has a bearing on the present and which gets solved neatly. I am a bit confused on the time frame. In places it sound like the book is set in the future (50 years since 1994), but how could people have such 1950s ideas about homosexuality? Am baffled on that point.

  • Lazarus P Badpenny Esq
    2019-04-24 02:02

    Overhyped overheated overwrought eyewash.

  • Julia Samkova
    2019-04-13 06:59

    Хороший сюжет для экранизации, просто прекрасный. Но сама книга могла бы быть"сделана" и получше, потому что слишком много растеканий мыслью по древу: когда герой возвращается к событиям прошлого, он так долго добирается до сути, что уже всем давно понятно, что там произошло, хотя он этого все еще не рассказал. Это как барахтаться в чьем-то омуте памяти. При этом повествование очень монологично, слишком. Хотя кто-то называет это невероятно тонким психологизмом и бла-бла-бла, но по факту получается болото.Короче, сюжет неплохой, декорации, в котором он разворачивается - тоже, а вот форма повествования - не слишком удачная.

  • Morgan
    2019-04-15 05:46

    Title: The Drowning People:A fatal web these people weave.The Setup (Overview):James Farrell sits in the house that he shared with his wife for the last forty years. In the next room his wife lies dead, the gun she put to her head still in her hand. To anyone walking in it looks like a obvious case of suicide. In the coming days there will be questions of why. James will play the grieving husband tell the police and his family that he has no idea why his loving wife would take her life and that everything seemed fine. No one will doubt him. No one will ever think that a murder took place. The real story though is much more complicated. The events that created this night started nearly 50 years earlier. In James's own words he tells his story of young love, jealously, betrayal and tragedy. The Story(Some Story Details):The story starts in London during the late 1980's early 1990's. James Farrel is ready to begin his life. He's just graduated from college and is looking forward to pursuing his passion for classical music. Of course his parents have a different idea and think that this is a waste of time and that he will never be anything in life with this choice. After one of the regular arguments with his parents James goes on what has become his usual cool off routine, a long walk in the park. On this particular night though James notices a woman sitting on a bench wearing a black party dress, smoking a cigarette and staring off into to nothing. Eventually the woman notices him, he jogged by ten or so times, and starts up a conversation. The woman's name is Ella Harcourt. They talk for a little while longer and soon the woman walks off into the night.James can't get her out of his mind though. When he thinks all hope is lost and he will never see Ella again he is invited to a party where he glimpses her again. The two soon sneak away to have another conversation. It turns out that Ella is engaged to be married but is unhappy with her life and feels that she is bound by traditions to behave in a certain way. James urges her to reconsider and reveals that he has feelings for her. Ella refuses to listen and storms away, telling James to forget her and move on. Yet he doesn't. Soon events start to fall into place and it seems that the two may be able to have the happy future that James foresees. He doesn't know though that he has entered into a web of jealously, secrets and lies. He doesn't know that one small choice will alter his life forever and cause a tragedy that he spends fifty years trying to forget. He doesn't know that he is merely a pawn in his wife's long and deadly game. Conclusion(My Overall Opinion on the Story): The Drowning People was one of those books that I picked up on a whim. It's not the usual type of book I read but I figured I would give it a try as the description sounded interesting. I'm glad I did as I was surprised by how the story presents it's main twist as the opportunity for another character to carry out their plan, which results in another story twist, even though that one is kinda of predictable. The book is kind of slow until all the characters are presented and the stage is set, a little less than halfway through the book, but after that point the story picks up speed and you can feel the characters are getting caught up in events that they are quickly losing control over. In any case the ending is definitely worth getting too.All in all I recommend this to anyone who likes murder mysteries that are complicated or those that like murder / romance mysteries. m.a.c

  • Liz
    2019-04-12 01:46

    I picked this book up at the $0.25 library sale. I had to read a bit of the cover just to know if it was a romance (which I avoid at all costs) novel, and this is what I read, 'My wife of 40 years shot herself yesterday afternoon, at last that is what the police assume.' Good enough for me!I'm going to preface this little critique by stating that I have never written a book, nor do I believe myself to be successfully capable of doing so… however… within two pages, I realized two thing; it was written by a young person and he made fantastic use of a thesaurus. It is a book of choices and consequence. The overly used thesaurus was fairly annoying, and the continual youthful expression that 'no one understands me, I am so utterly unique and misunderstood' got old pretty quick. The book is written from the perspective of an elderly man reflecting on his life and I found that style original, and well, easy to do.The book was 'okay'. It was slightly pretentious, the characters were naive, and I'm going to assume that the author knew the readers would understand what actually 'occurred' during the book's climax, and were just reading to find out the 'why'… which wasn't that deep either…

  • Nicole
    2019-04-07 07:09

    "Meine Frau, mit der ich über fünfundvierzig Jahre verheiratet war, hat sich gestern Nachmittag erschossen. Das glaubt zumindest die Polizei, und ich spiele mit Begeisterung und mit Erfolg die Rolle des trauernden Witwers... Ich war es, der sie getötet hat."Das sind die ersten Sätze dieses Buches. Ab dem nächsten Kapitel werden in Rückblenden, die vor etwa 50 Jahren beginnen, die Ereignisse geschildert, die zu dieser Tat führen. Die Familien- und Liebesgeschichte ist zwar dramatisch, spannend und interessant, allerdings fragt man sich auch nach über 350 Seiten noch, wie es überhaupt zu dieser Ehe und infolgedessen zu dieser Tat kommen konnte. Der Spannungsbogen ist also SEHR weitläufig.Der Sprachstil hat mir sehr gut gefallen, die Sätze lassen sich flüssig lesen. Es erstaunt, dass der Autor bei der Veröffentlichung noch so jung war (21). Den fast siebzigjährigen Ich-Erzähler nimmt man ihm ohne weiteres ab.Eine nette Geschichte die stark beginnt und in der Mitte ihre Längen hat.

  • Giuseppe D
    2019-04-01 04:47

    It might have been seriously better if it hadn't been so very predictable. The author keeps repeating the same things about how remembering gets him digressing on things that are not really important( could have said it just once, twice tops). The storyline is quite good and ghostly enough for it to be a "bad romance". The feelings of the characters are well depicted and I really liked that. In the end though I was waiting for some unexpected twist in the plot that never came. Too bad!Se non fosse stato cos�� prevedibile, sarebbe stato molto ma molto meglio! L'autore non fa che ripetere le stesse cose sul fatto che ricordare lo porta a digressioni inutili( avrebbe potuto dirlo una volta, massimo due). La storia �� bella e abbastanza spettrale da poter essere un "bad romance". I sentimenti e le sensazioni dei personaggi sono ben delineati, cosa che ho molto apprezzato. D'altra parte alla fine stavo aspettando un qualche sconvolgimento inaspettato nella trama che non �� arrivato. Peccato!

  • Christine Seifert
    2019-04-21 06:02

    I bought this book after hearing the author interviewed by Nancy Pearl, my authority on all things book. I liked the plot and the setting, but the narrator's obsessive ruminations became tiresome. I'm sure that was the point. I felt like I was drowning in his endless thoughts, which, of course, is exactly how he felt. Ultimately, I'm glad I stuck with it, even though I wanted the narrator to periodically say, "Let me just give you the short version." That probably speaks more to my damaged attention span than to the book.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-06 23:50

    Another example of a fine book which would have been so much better with fewer pages. Mason has a tendency to want to hold your hand and explain everything to the reader. I'm not spoiling anything my saying that the narrator has killed his wife so the entire book is spent explaining what led up to that event. However there is a big twist near the end that I did not see coming at all and I did enjoy the story.

  • Kay
    2019-04-20 04:57

    Why would a man kill his wife after 45 years of happy marriage. Sarah had a secret which he unexpectedly discovered, but what she had done all of those years ago had changed his life forever. This is a book about love, family secrets, revenge, betrayal, and identity. Ultimately a sad story for all of the characters involved.

  • Elalma
    2019-04-09 05:05

    La storia � bella, anche se il finale � prevedibile. E' un noir gotico che ricorda un po' i libri di McGraw. Ma poi secondo me si perde in elucubrazioni, e diventa un po' pesante, ossessivo; a tratti sa di feuilletton decadente. Ma quello che non gli perdono � il filo di tutto il libro: che la natura umana ha bisogno di punizione per espiare le malefatte. Per� l'ho letto in fretta e volentieri.

  • Suketus
    2019-04-01 04:04

    Reilun kolmensadan sivun mittaansa pidemmän tuntuinen romaani. Alkaa ja jatkuu melko pitkään varsin vakuuttavana salaisuuksia sisältävänä tarinana, mutta muuttuu jossain vaiheessa melkoisen dramaattiseksi soossiksi, joka alkaa lähinnä ärsyttää ja laahata. Plussaa annan asetelmasta ja henkilöistä, jotka ovat niin kaukana ankeasta reaalimaailmasta, että ovat jo viihdyttäviä.

  • Victoria
    2019-04-26 06:45

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The characters were solidly drawn and the plot was quite interesting, if not altogether unpredictable. The structure of the novel was interesting, but left some loose ends since the audience of the narrator was never revealed. Still, it was entertaining and all the more impressive considering the youth of the author.

  • Nikki Golden
    2019-04-18 01:57

    I started reading this book, only to discover I had already read it. It was just as bad the second time around. The plot is intriguing, but the writing is so over the top melodramatic, and the two main characters are so droll that you don't care about them very much.

  • Sandra
    2019-03-30 05:09

    Muito descritivo, poucos diálogos mas uma história e uns personagens excelentemente bem construídos.

  • Emanuela
    2019-04-06 05:50

    Per me leggere questo libro è stato decisamente un'esperienza devastante! È un libro molto bello e pieno di spunti interessanti di riflessione, stimoli validi, scritto molto molto bene, fluido e scorrevole, con un ritmo perfetto di pause e avvenimenti, personaggi carichi di sfaccettature e di caratteristiche diverse ma sfumate e mai nette, quindi molto vicine a persone reali, ricco di colpi di scena, e che pur non essendo tecnicamente un giallo, e svolgendosi in realtà tutto in uno stesso tempo e nel chiuso di una camera da dove la voce narrante rivela le sue memorie, è ricco di colpi di scena continui rivelandosi poi per alcuni tratti anche un po' thriller con suicidi, omicidi e complotti da svelare...insomma perfetto!Dove sta il problema? Che è un libro estremamente e immensamente tragico!Racconta emozioni molto molto negative con alcuni protagonisti privi totalmente di scrupoli, con altri ingenui al punto da lasciarsi in dei casi manovrare come gli pare, e in altri casi travolgere dagli eventi e dalle debolezze e l'impetuosità dei sentimenti e delle paure...E ci sono le leggende che perseguitano; ci sono le sofferenze tormentate degli amori non corrisposti e dell'invidia; ci sono i sensi di colpa che rubano la felicità; ci sono le persone prive di scrupoli che si vendicano delle loro sfortune sui più deboli distruggendo le loro esistenze; i carnefici che si trasformano in vittime; e c'è il fallimento della giustizia che si lascia guidare da ciò che appare senza indagare a fondo...insomma tutto un susseguirsi di episodi neri fino a un tragico epilogo che, oltre a sconvolgere provocando in me lacrime e un turbinio di ansia e reazioni molto forti, lascia il sapore dell'amaro in bocca nel chiedersi: chi è davvero nel giusto? Perché chi deve pagare non paga come dovrebbe? E soprattutto: è stata fatta davvero giustizia?

  • Kylie
    2019-03-31 02:06

    This is a reworking of the original novel, that I picked up back in 1999, and I was curious about the new introduction and how the setting was moved to a different time period (the original was set around the early 90s; now reworked to the 1930s). It's slightly briefer, the story is therefore a little pacier but the comparisons to The Secret History (also a hit at the time) remain upon revisiting. A slow burn psychological thriller.