Los Mares del Sur Manuel V zquez Montalb n available at your local library It s always harder for me when I don t know the author, and even harder when, after reading the book, I am puzzled as to whether I liked it or not Mares do Sul is a perfect example of that Nothing wrong with the bookwell, if I said there was nothing, I d probably be lying This is one of those which I can t say I disliked, but I do have a lot of issues with it.Mares do Sul is according to the man s Wikipedia one of the first books in the Pepe Carvalho saga, if you can call it that Most of Montalban s work was devoted to exploring the stories and work, obviously of this 50 year old guy Now, he s not just any dude, he s probably the first protagonist of a crime novel that fails completely at gathering my sympathy.He s sold to us as very charming, with his vast culture, love of fine cuisine and blunt manner of speaking In my mind, however, he s simply grumpy, obsessed with everyone s political standing and devoid of any kind of moral He treats the women he meets like utter shite He supposedly has one girlfriend, but he does not hesitate to fuck the teenage daughter of one of his most important clients, regardless of her many issues She s a heavy user of all kinds of drugs and due to the death of her father which Pepe is investigating , starts showing her real insecurities and becomes enthralled with this old man who never lets his guard down.He fucks her, makes fun of her cocaine use when she waits at his house for him, she prepares dinnerthe first words he says are something similar to nice meal, but where s the coke Perhaps this is supposed to be funny To me, he just sounds like a guy that has no problems in using people to get what he needs Be that money, food since his helper always cooks for him or a quick lay.Still on women he thinks he s such a fucking irresistible piece of ass, even when he s being shut down in a grand manner see the excerpt for a clear illustration of this or even when he s losing his erection Don t believe me Carvalho saltou da cama, procurou na mesita de cabeceira a caixa de Condal n mero 6, acendeu o charuto, sentou se na beira da cama e contemplou como de uma varanda o espect culo do seu p nis em retirada lenta He stood in awe of his flaccid penis He lit a cigar to celebrate the fantastic awesomeness of his limp dick This bloke is so into himself that I do wonder why he bothers fucking other people Perhaps he needs someone to hold the mirror Or camera Or to sell tickets to his flappy show.Another cool thing he does He burns books instead of wood in his fireplace Now that s just stupid I have no words to describe how pathetic an attempt at being suave or something that is Plus, in most scenes, instead of dialogue or ANY action whatsoever, we re treated to endless streams of his memories which are never relevant to the story They are the kind of thing that you hear from people when they have no other arguments the in my time, things went smoothly line of thought For him, and his immaculate past, all other human beings are wrong, silly and have no real purpose in life He doesn t trust anyone, and yet people keep falling at his feet, presumably because they see him as enlightening.Even when the story finally ends, we see a powerful, rich woman be insulted by himand then, because he s CHARMING OR SOME SHIT she decides to ask him to come and be his boy toy Despite the fact that he s probably older And, according the descriptions, not very attractive.The story itself is somewhat interesting, and would probably be had the author not focused so much on the inner dwellings of Pepe Caravalho and actually tried to build other charaters that didn t worship him instantly Plus, he did have a clever way of presenting the story to us, and it didn t seem like the clues fell on Pepe s feet The pacing could have been much better if so much of the book wasn t 70% oh, woe is me, I m so awesome and everyone else is stupid and ugly Seriously, do we need a monologue in the middle of each scene I think not.I guess this is a decent read, but the main guy is such an asshole, I d have problems recommending this to anyone else Maybe it s just me, being a girl, with my girly feelings Or maybe he s a fucking asshole Yeah, probably that.Excerpt Carvalho tinha vontade de lhe dizer tinha o poncho, meu amor, e vamos para uma cama negra, branca, redonda, quadrada, tanto faz, porque quando a burguesia n o pode conservar o controlo da cama, come a adjectiv la Vais continuar aqui, ou vens beber seis garrafas de vinho branco absolutamente sensacional s r pido, forasteiro Que insinuas Que vamos para a cama N o h d vida Conheces Juanito Mars a sua t cnica Diz que lhe deram muitas bofetadas, mas que tamb m teve muita sorte E eu A bofetada N o Mas tamb m n o a sorte Estou espera da minha mi da Tenho a aparcada l dentro O nosso um amor imposs vel Tinha acabado de nascer S o os melhores.Carvalho despediu se com uma pequena v nia Na rua concentrou se no tema dos as que acabam de nascer. Los mares del Sur acabado e eu a perguntar me o que levou a minha m e a comprar este livro Pior ainda, tenho de me perguntar por alma de quem que fui ler este livro.Pois, n o gostei Nunca tinha lido nada do se or V zquez Montalb n e n o fiquei com vontade de repetir.Achei a hist ria chata, embora seja sobre um crime cometido e a sua investiga o, e n o gostei das personagens O detective Pepe Carvalho l se como em portugu s n o me fascinou, mesmo sendo um amante de literatura e de c es Ali s, nenhuma personagem conseguiu cativar me o suficiente.Embora a hist ria tenha alguns momentos engra ados, tamb m teve partes em que me senti completamente perdida Isto verificou se nos di logos, em que n o conseguia perceber quem estava a falar, e tamb m nas transi es das v rias partes da hist ria o livro na tem cap tulos , nas quais nem sempre havia pontos de refer ncia para me situar.Talvez seja um bom livro na medida em que retrata a Barcelona dos finais dos anos setenta e as diferen as sociais Mas achei a hist ria t o atabalhoada que nem isso me fez sentir qualquer interesse pelo que estava a ler.Da as duas estrelas. Barcelona, Nas V Speras Das Elei Es Aut Rquicas, O Detective Privado Pepe Carvalho Tem De Investigar As Causas De Um Misterioso CrimeStuart Pedrell, Um Empres Rio De Renome, Encontrado Morto Num Bairro Da Periferia Da Cidade Trag Dia Particularmente Inexplic Vel Pois H J Um Ano Que Todos O Julgavam Na Polin Sia Carvalho Investiga Ent O O Que Ele Fez Durante Esse Ano E Come A A Conhecer A Personalidade Peculiar Da V Tima As Suas Prefer Ncias Intelectuais E A Sua Obsess O Em Seguir Os Passos De Gauguin E Ir Para Os Mares Do Sul, Uma Demanda Que Um S Mbolo Constante Da Plenitude Sonhada E Irrealiz Vel E Vai Montando Um Complicado Puzzle Que Tem Como Pano De Fundo Um Sentimento Geral De Frustra ODa Alta Sociedade Ao Submundo Dos Sub Rbios, Os Mares Do Sul Tra A Um Poderoso Retrato De Personagens E Ambientes Que Reflecte Os Conflitos Pessoais E Colectivos Da Espanha Do Per Odo De Transi O Do Franquismo Para A Democracia Barcelona after the death of Francisco Franco in 1975 This book was written by Manuel Varquez Montalban 1939 2003 , a popular Spanish novelist, poet, gastronome among other things If Agatha Christie had her Hercule Poirot or Miss Jane Marple, Montalban had his Pepe Carvalho I would not have bought this book if this was not included in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.The story revolves around the mystery of the death of a 50 year old man, Stuart Pedrell He is a filthy rich businessman who hits midlife crisis and so he decides to go to Polynesia or what they call here as Southern Seas. There is no mention of why in the book but it seems that aging men in Spain in the 70 s have the option to go, without leaving a trace, somewhere and start their lives anew However, the problem is that after a year or so, Pedrell is seen dead in a tenement block in a rundown area in Barcelona So, the wealthy widow of Pedrell hires Carvalho to find out what happened.Then the rest of the book is about Carvalho meeting so many people that are supposed to shed light on the mystery of Pedrell s death Being a poet, Montalban used nice prose and his storytelling was direct and taut Being a gastronome, there are detailed recipes in the story and Carvalho seems to delight himself with the sumptuous food that he eats So, there is nothing really wrong with the book or the story It is a typical detective, whodunnit or police investigation type of novel Then the Barcelona in the 70 s milieu is okay considering that there are many similarities between Manila and Barcelona especially during the 70 s when Manila was still a busiest bustling metropolis in Asia Also in the political side, they had Franco and we had Marcos so I was able to relate to the milieu.My main problem with this book is the way Montalban treated his female characters Carvalho, approaching 60 s, has an erotic relationship with Pedrell s adolescent daughter while he is keeping a prostitute on the side It is not love like Humbert and Dolly being seen as Annabelle but an old man taking advantage of a teenager s vulnerability while having a prostitute as a longtime playmate That sucked for me because Montalban did not justify this in the story.But if you ignore this point, the book is still okay Nicely written interesting plot. ,. Il quarto caso di Pepe Carvalho del grande Manuel V zquez Montalb n, sto leggendo i libri in ordine cronologico e per adesso il migliore di tutti, al solo pensiero di sapere che mi mancano ancora 22 romanzi da leggere, godo del piacere e non vedo l ora di immettermi nel prossimo caso.In questa storia lo assumono per indagare l ultimo anno della vita di un investitore molto ricco, che era sparito con il racconto di andare ai mari del sud la Polinesia di Gauguin , e poi il suo corpo stato trovato accoltellato in un appezzamento di terreno fuori Barcellona.Si potrebbe considerare anche un romanzo storico, stato scritto e ambientato nel 1979, durante gli anni della transizione spagnola dal Franchismo alla democrazia con le sue prime elezione.I personaggi sono gi parte del mio immaginario letterario, dal eccentrico Pepe Carvalho, irruente gourmet e amante delle donne e del sesso, i suoi casi si sviluppano come storie secondarie alle sue scopate e le sue abbuffate di buon cibo e buon vino La prostituta Charo, suo partner sentimentale Biscuter, pi che un impiegato, il suo complice in cucina Il lustrascarpe Bromuro, il suo informatore e spia con il quale ha apparenti discorsi prosaici Il suo vicino Fuster, solitario e goloso come lui Spero di trovarli tutti nel prossimo libro. Would give this stars than I normally would a mystery The author is literate, draws character with great deftness, and is entertaining as can be He deserves kudos for this description of a victim who once wanted to be a writer He used to say that he was too much of a perfectionist But I think it was because he couldn t find a style That happens to a lot of people They have everything that they think they need in order to create, and then they find that they haven t got a style So they bring literature into their lives, or painting into their wardrobes. ,. Carlos Stuart Pedrell, a wealthy industrialist, is stabbed in a wasteland in Barcelona Disappeared a year ago, his family and friends had not heard from him since The victim had said that he wanted to leave for a long trip in the South Seas The widow Stuart Pedrell therefore hires Pepe Carvalho to discover the murderer of her husband There begins his investigation throughout the city of Barcelona to try to trace the last year of the life of Stuart Pedrell. B.R.A.CE 2017200 ,.
Manuel V zquez Montalb n was a prolific Spanish writer journalist, novelist, poet, essayist, anthologue, prologist, humourist, critic, as well as a gastronome and a FC Barcelona supporter He studied Philosophy at Universidad Aut noma de Barcelona and was also a member of the Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia For many years, he contributed columns and articles to the Madrid based daily newspa
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