Tuesday, January 02, 2007

BELLEZA


I just love those little moments of sheer reading pleasure that define for me Italian crime writing.
This example from my reading list last year..........
Carlo Lucarelli's detective Grazia Nero has just discovered that the man holding her captive has killed 59 people, but......

"He watched as she leaned forward on her hands and knees to get another sandwich from the bag. Chicken and rocket, no. Hardboiled egg and tuna, no. Peppers and prosciutto, yes."


And another from Andrea Camilleri's Montalbano in my current read Excursion to Tindari.....

He opened the fridge and let out a whinny of sheer delight.

As a well known gourmet and greedy guts I can appreciate their emotions.

7 Comments:

Blogger Peter said...

Interesting you should choose the Piazza Venezia to illustrate a post concerned with food. That monument has been compared to a wedding cake.
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1:45 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

I was hungry when I took that photo after a long hot walk to the Colosseum and Forum.
When I posted this I was going to title it Viva Verdi and could not remember the reason. But I think the statue is Vittorio Emanuele II, and the crowds shouting Viva Verdi also meant Vittorio Emanuele Re D'Italia.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Yes, it's the Vittorio Emmanuelle monument put up by, um, Mussolini. Wow, and thanks for that VERDI tidbit. 2007 is shaping up as a vintage year for new acronyms.
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Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
http://detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/

5:45 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I love the Montalbano books, and you're so right about quotes like this. Actually I have a quote (from The Snack Thief) in a recent post, myself. Another food blogger and I are doing an event called "Novel Food," and we're both making dishes from the Camilleri books. Here's a link to the info, in case you might be interested. (I found your blog while I was searching for info on pasta 'ncasciata.)

12:17 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Lisa,thanks for your comment and your link.
Your culinary homage to Camilleri is a fantastic idea. I must confess that when I looked at the photographs on your blog I too let out a whinny of sheer delight!

1:57 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

That's very kind of you to say; thanks.

I love all of these posts about the Montalbano novels but I have to be careful not to read all, since I'm only up to (and have just started) Excursion to Tindari.

I feel like going slowly so as to not run out of books before another one is translated!

3:20 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Luckily you have three more after Excursion to last you until March 2008 when The Paper Moon comes out. The really good news is that there are FOUR more to be translated. Have you read Gianrico Carofiglio I think you would enjoy those as well.

12:57 AM  

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