Southern Seas

Southern Seas

by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán

The body of Stuart Pedrell, a powerful businessman, is found in a Barcelona suburb.

The trail for Pedrell?s killer unearths a world of disillusioned lefties, graphic sex and nouvelle cuisine - major ingredients of post-Franco Spain.

  • Series: Pepe Carvalho
  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.62
  • Pages: 224
  • Publish Date: June 15th 1999 by Serpent's Tail
  • Isbn10: 1852427000
  • Isbn13: 9781852427009

What People Think about "Southern Seas"

There begins his investigation throughout the city of Barcelona to try to trace the last year of the life of Stuart Pedrell.

This book was written by Manuel Varquez Montalban (1939-2003), a popular Spanish novelist, poet, gastronome among other things. 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. However, the problem is that after a year or so, Pedrell is seen dead in a tenement block in a rundown area in Barcelona. 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.

Achei a história chata, embora seja sobre um crime cometido e a sua investigação, e não gostei das personagens. Isto verificou-se nos diálogos, em que não conseguia perceber quem estava a falar, e também nas transições das várias partes da história (o livro na tem capítulos), nas quais nem sempre havia pontos de referência para me situar.

Los Mares del Sur - Manuel Vázquez Montalbán (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. Nothing wrong with the book...well, if I said there was nothing, I'd probably be lying. 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. To me, he just sounds like a guy that has no problems in using people to get what he needs. 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. This bloke is so into himself that I do wonder why he bothers fucking other people. The story itself is somewhat interesting, and would probably be more 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". Or maybe he's a fucking asshole. 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 não pode conservar o controlo da cama, começa adjectivá-la. Na rua concentrou-se no tema dos amores que acabam de nascer.

Pero el tiempo, ése que en ocasiones da una pátina de brillantez a aquello que no fue entendido en su momento, convierte en lectura anacrónica Los mares del sur. Los mares del sur es una novela muy temporal que hablaba directamente a los lectores de finales de la década de los años setenta en España y que permite retroceder en el tiempo a los lectores actuales.

Il quarto caso di Pepe Carvalho del grande Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, sto leggendo i libri in ordine cronologico e per adesso è 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.

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.