Through a glass, darkly

by Donna Leon | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9780099536536 Global Overview for this book
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAnneliswing from Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, April 17, 2010
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Do the following two things appeal to you? A holiday in Venice, away from the tourist traps, investigating the city's more unusual nooks and crannies? Or trying (by proxy) to solve a particularly mystifying crime case with a variety of intriguing suspects? Well, you don't need either the money the first would require or the police qualifications the latter might need, if you merely shell out the modest outlay for Donna Leon's Through a Glass Darkly, the latest in her always assured Commissario Brunetti novels.

Admirers of these books need no recommendation: they have been amazingly consistent in their development over the years, and have rarely slipped into the overfamiliar--there's no sense that Donna Leon is tired of either Brunetti or his battles with municipal and governmental corruption.

It's spring in Venice, and Commissario Brunetti and his associate Vianello undertake a task not officially sanctioned by the Questura--they will try to do what they can for Vianello’s friend Marco, an eco-activist who has been arrested after an environmental protest turns ugly. Soon after, Brunetti witnesses the almost psychotic enmity of Marco's father-in-law, who almost seems prepared to murder his relative (a fear that Marco's wife shares). The old man's glass factory on Murano, the source of the conflict between father and son-in-law, becomes the scene for a murder: in front of the furnaces which eternally burn at high temperatures, a body is found and Brunetti’s search for the killer is aided by clues found in a volume of Dante.

All of the customary Leon fingerprints are satisfyingly in place here: the sultry and immensely vivid evocation of Venice; the ever-present pall of evil and corruption that suffuses the beauty of the city, and (most pleasurably of all) the careful delineation of character in Brunetti and his associates. This is a series that has a long time to run yet.
--Barry Forshaw

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It is a luminous spring day in Venice, as Commissario Brunetti and Ispettore Vianello take a break from the Questura to come to the rescue of Vianello's friend Marco Ribetti, who has been arrested while protesting against chemical pollution of the Venetian lagoon. But it is not Marco who has uncovered the guilty secret of the polluting glass foundries of the island of Murano, nor he whose body is found dead in front of the furnaces which burn at 1,400 degrees, night and day. The victim has left clues in a copy of Dante, and Brunetti must descend into an inferno to discover who is fouling the waters of the lagoon.

340 pages

Journal Entry 2 by wingAnneliswing at Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, February 28, 2013
I love this series of books. It is so nice to read about places you have visited. This time Brunetti is interested things in Murano. I went there once to see how a maestro made a wonderfull glasshorse and other things.
The German tv-series is coming out just now. Maybe it was the number 8 yesterday. The series is rather good, but of course I would like it to be Italian. Only it is impossible because Donna Leon won't let her books to be translated into Italian.

Appelsiinin 52 viikkoa haasteen teemani viikolle 9: Donna Leon. Luin tällä viikolla 2 Donna Leonin kirjaa ja katselin tv:stä yhden elokuvan. Tämän kirjan lähetin toivelista-räbäkkinä Espanjaan toisen Donna Leon räbäkin kera.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAnneliswing at Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, February 28, 2013

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Wishlist-RABCK to Gyd in Barcelona, the wonderful city I visited in 2007. The postman will take care of the book for a while.
Happy reading!

Journal Entry 4 by Gyd at Barcelona, Barcelona Spain on Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Kiitos Annelis! The book's safe and sound at the top of my TBR pile now.

Thanks a lot for your double RABCK! :)

Journal Entry 5 by Gyd at Barcelona, Barcelona Spain on Wednesday, March 6, 2013
... and thanks for the postcards and your handwritten note! :)

Journal Entry 6 by Gyd at Punt verd Horta-Carmel in Barcelona, Barcelona Spain on Friday, January 4, 2019

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