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Els mars del sud [Reading] ➷ Els mars del sud By Manuel Vázquez Montalbán – Thomashillier.co.uk Els Mars del Sud, ara per primera vegada en catal , s la novel la m s popular de tota la s rie Carvalho El detectiu investiga el cas Stuart Pedrell, un important home de negocis que apareix mort a gan Els mars del sud, ara per primera vegada en catal , s la Els mars ePUB ½ novel la m s popular de tota la s rie Carvalho El detectiu investiga el cas Stuart Pedrell, un important home de negocis que apareix mort a ganivetades en un barri suburbial barcelon quan tothom creia que feia un any que era de viatge a la Polin sia.


10 thoughts on “Els mars del sud

  1. K.D. Absolutely K.D. Absolutely says:

    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 busine 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


  2. Susan Merrell Susan Merrell says:

    Would give thisstars 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 th Would give thisstars 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


  3. Mafalda Mafalda says:

    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 o 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 behad 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


  4. Nikos Nikos says:

    My first Montalban book I am not sure I liked the story but I liked the book I was attracted to it by Barcelona I wanted to read something else about Barcelona apart from the books of Carlos Ruiz Zafon Zafon, although younger, describes an age of Barcelona before him and mostly before Montalban s.Montalban, a socialist and a gastronomer, as well as a scholar and poet, describes a Barcelona of bourgeois decay or so he thinks and his main character, detective Pepe Carvalho, seems to be i My first Montalban book I am not sure I liked the story but I liked the book I was attracted to it by Barcelona I wanted to read something else about Barcelona apart from the books of Carlos Ruiz Zafon Zafon, although younger, describes an age of Barcelona before him and mostly before Montalban s.Montalban, a socialist and a gastronomer, as well as a scholar and poet, describes a Barcelona of bourgeois decay or so he thinks and his main character, detective Pepe Carvalho, seems to be immersed in it although from a critical standpoint The southern seas is but an allegory to the unprivileged part of the city I find the way Montalban describes human characters really powerful And the continuous references to the Spanish cuisine, made me salivate all too often His prose isadvance and complex than the usual crime store prose But the story is linear and unfolds without too much excitement or suspense More with an intended disgust Like Zafon s cemetery of the forgotten books, Montalban has his own peculiar reference to books Carvalho, although too knowledgeable about them has developed a habit of burning books in his fireplace I understand the semiology here but I find the act unforgivable.They say that great art is not the one you love, but the one you cannot stop thinking about If this is applicable to literature too, then Carvalho has this sort effect Maybe till one gets enough of him I won t know before the next book


  5. Halley Sutton Halley Sutton says:

    Odd book At times, hilarious Couldn t entirely connect with it and was never super involved in the mystery Carvalho is sort of despicable but also great, in a terrible way.


  6. Mary Mary says:

    I enjoyed this book muchthan the previous Pepe Carvahlo novel This was back in Barcelona and it felt much better.Pepe is hired by a rich widow to find out how and why her husband was killed It s far from a simple plot with twists and turns aplenty Our main character is once again behaving in a manner that can hardly be hailed as gentlemanly His behaviour would have him sacked from any legitimate police force It s refreshing to have a detective breaking the usual molds.The characters a I enjoyed this book muchthan the previous Pepe Carvahlo novel This was back in Barcelona and it felt much better.Pepe is hired by a rich widow to find out how and why her husband was killed It s far from a simple plot with twists and turns aplenty Our main character is once again behaving in a manner that can hardly be hailed as gentlemanly His behaviour would have him sacked from any legitimate police force It s refreshing to have a detective breaking the usual molds.The characters are well written Montalban doesn t go too much into back story but writes them as they behave This keeps the book flowing and lets us know around the same as the investigator himself I was totally in the dark for most of this story It was enjoyable to pick up the pieces as they were dropped by the author.The setting is quite alien to me It is fascinating to read about Barcelona in the years immediately following Franco s death but it isn t an easy place for me to get a grasp on either The various political parties and viewpoints make for good reading and in this I feel we don t get too much of that as I felt we did in Murder in the Central Committee Though it seems from online bibliographies I have read these books the wrong way around Once again there are marvellous descriptions of food in the story Pepe has a great appreciation for food and wines Shame he isn t real, he would be a great guide to Barcelona and it s cuisine After this I m definitely looking forward to the next in the series, Offside Though that s a fair way down the tower yet


  7. Tina Tina says:

    Pepe Carvalho is a detective and star of the book, him having quite the appreciation for good food and wine He is fat, bald, drinks too much and with all these positive points, the ladies love him Huh.It starts off with a swearing dwarf who is intent on getting laid, him marching into a bar and hooking up with a lady and two friends They proceed to steal a car, drive wildly through the streets of Barcelona spilling drink everywhere and promptly have an accident There are sex scenes, there Pepe Carvalho is a detective and star of the book, him having quite the appreciation for good food and wine He is fat, bald, drinks too much and with all these positive points, the ladies love him Huh.It starts off with a swearing dwarf who is intent on getting laid, him marching into a bar and hooking up with a lady and two friends They proceed to steal a car, drive wildly through the streets of Barcelona spilling drink everywhere and promptly have an accident There are sex scenes, there is a great description of a hangover, lots of stream of consciousness and mentions of food But I didn t like it Ok, I didn t dislike it as much as Eat, Love, Pray but I didn t like it Not one character spoke to me, couldn t connect.FULL Review may be found here


  8. Charles Kerns Charles Kerns says:

    OK, first thing rip out the last two pages They contain gratuitous violence against the reader s sensibilities Now, let s talk about the rest Detective Carvalho solves crimes through dialog He talks his way through the plot Also, he eats and talks about eating, gourmet eating with cooking instructions With his Charo, Biscuter, and a walkoff young lady This is macho Spain All written over a brew of socialist democratic history just after Franco Montalban roasts the rich and but gives t OK, first thing rip out the last two pages They contain gratuitous violence against the reader s sensibilities Now, let s talk about the rest Detective Carvalho solves crimes through dialog He talks his way through the plot Also, he eats and talks about eating, gourmet eating with cooking instructions With his Charo, Biscuter, and a walkoff young lady This is macho Spain All written over a brew of socialist democratic history just after Franco Montalban roasts the rich and but gives the poor a hard time, too My kind of book


  9. Gentil Gentil says:

    Love this author and his detective stories


  10. Dvora Dvora says:

    I came to live in Catalonia fifteen years ago Even before I came, I started to learn the language, history, and culture And when I arrived I made it my business to watch the news, especially the stories at the end that told me about who the writers, actors, artists, singers, and other cultural figures were.Manuel Vasquez Montalban was a highly regarded and apparently much loved journalist and writer of noir detective novels And it wasn t just the Catalans who thought highly of him Andrea Cam I came to live in Catalonia fifteen years ago Even before I came, I started to learn the language, history, and culture And when I arrived I made it my business to watch the news, especially the stories at the end that told me about who the writers, actors, artists, singers, and other cultural figures were.Manuel Vasquez Montalban was a highly regarded and apparently much loved journalist and writer of noir detective novels 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, 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


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