Pars vite et reviens tard

Pars vite et reviens tard❮PDF❯ ✍ Pars vite et reviens tard Author Fred Vargas – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Ce sont des signes tranges, trac s la peinture noire sur des portes d appartements, dans des immeubles situ s d un bout l autre de ParisUne sorte de grand invers , muni de deux barres sur la branche et reviens Kindle Ò Ce sont des signes tranges, trac s la peinture noire sur des portes d appartements, dans des immeubles situ s d un bout l autre de ParisUne sorte de grandinvers , muni de deux barres sur la branche basse En dessous, trois lettres CTL A premi re vue, on pourrait croire l uvre d un tagueur Le commissaire Adamsberg, lui, y d c le une menace sourde, un relent mal fique De son c t , Joss Le Pars vite eBook ´ Guern, le Crieur de la place Edgar Quinet, se demande qui glisse dans sa bo te messages d incompr hensibles annonces accompagn es d un paiement bien au dessus du tarifUn plaisantin ou un cingl Certains textes sont en latin, d autres semblent copi s dans des ouvrages vieux de plusieurs si cles Mais tous pr disent le retour d un fl au venu du fond des ges. With every volume that cycle grows on me And what sI just caught myself that I m reading it not as much for the plot and intrigue as for its protagonists But I hasten to assure you that the plot is very much okay too These mysteries can be easily read as standalones but knowing previous tomes you have the opportunity to get to know protagonists and their private affairs better Jean Baptiste Adamsberg as a head of a new murder squad moves with his co workers, who apart from Danglard and With every volume that cycle grows on me And what sI just caught myself that I m reading it not as much for the plot and intrigue as for its protagonists But I hasten to assure you that the plot is very much okay too These mysteries can be easily read as standalones but knowing previous tomes you have the opportunity to get to know protagonists and their private affairs better Jean Baptiste Adamsberg as a head of a new murder squad moves with his co workers, who apart from Danglard and Retancourt are rather blurred and completely unidentifiable to him, to new residence Readers of Vargas are perfectly aware that Adamsberg has rather unothodox methods, as usual is constantly distracted and to follow his train of thought just needs to walk leaving desk work to others Thus he spends a lot of time in the company of gulls on the embankment of the Seine To differentiate his subordinates he keeps written notes with somewhat enigmatic entries ears, toughguy means No l orhooter, brows, birds relates to Favre Sometimes it even helps In his private life he rather makes catastrophic mistake allowing, again, the love of his life Camille to slip away But let Danglard explicate that phenomenon You know, Camille, the day when God made Adamsberg, He d not slept at all well the night before Not only had He had a bad night, He d run out of stuff So like an idiot He popped down to ask the Other Guy if he could borrow some gear You mean the Guy down below Himself So the Other Guy seized a golden opportunity and lent Him loads of gear And what then What did God give Jean Baptiste He gave him intuition, gentleness, beauty and ease And what did the Devil give him Indifference, gentleness, beauty and ease In view of the author s interest and profession, Fred Vargas is a historian and archeologist, she deftly laces criminal plot with historic events In this case we got abbreviated history lesson on Black Death with many quotes from ancient sources, we were told about plague mongers on whom people could shift the resposibility for spreading the disease, we got to know the significance of the backward 4 that put on the door had to protect the inhabitants or that to ward off the danger one need to saycito, longe fugeas et tarde redeas view spoiler What translates as go away fast and for a long time, and come back slowly Note to myself check out if these words could apply in other situations too hide spoiler Also Vargas evokes almost forgotten nowadays profession of town crier in the person of an old sailman, Joss.Since even walking encyclopaedia Danglard doesn t know everything about the plague Adamsberg needs to make inquieries and that way on the stage appears medievalist Marc Vandoosler who lives with his uncle, a cop and old acquaintance of Jean Baptiste as it shows, and Mathias prehistory specialist and Lucien an expert in Great War history Their names bring to mind Evangelists and for I know Vargas wrote another cycle titled The Three Evangelists I can safely assume we just met them And I find it pretty nice device to link these stories and allow their protagonists to make short appearance.I found the story very well written, with quite a dash of specific humor and eccentric behaviours though some described events are pretty devastating I liked dynamic between Adamsberg and Danglard, the quirkiness of the first one and calm and reason of the second I found supporting characters finely drawn too and highly enjoyed time spent with old crier Needless to say I m already looking forward to next encounter with unconventional commissaire Also there are such days that I really need to try this method of Jean Baptiste to reach the level of animation of a sponge bobbing about on a stormy sea Fred Vargas is the nom de plume of French historian, archeologist and writer Fr d rique Audouin Rouzeau, author of my favorite policiers. Only four of her books have been translated into English so far it s nice to know I have something to live for.I have a passion for intricate, existentially eviscerated crime fiction especially of the Scandinavian variety , so it s with the fanaticism of the connoisseur that I acclaim Vargas as the best of the very best These books I ve starred all of them Fred Vargas is the nom de plume of French historian, archeologist and writer Fr d rique Audouin Rouzeau, author of my favorite policiers. Only four of her books have been translated into English so far it s nice to know I have something to live for.I have a passion for intricate, existentially eviscerated crime fiction especially of the Scandinavian variety , so it s with the fanaticism of the connoisseur that I acclaim Vargas as the best of the very best These books I ve starred all of them are brilliant, mixing a deep knowledge of the most improbable arcana into delicious plots of labyrinthine complexity Have Mercy on Us All by Fred Vargus, number three in the Chief Inspector Jean Baptiste Adamsberg mysteries, has Adamsberg newly promoted yet again because of his previous successes in solving murders This novel is another character study of quirky fictional characters living in Paris while the story entertains readers with a murder mystery This book is about revenge, wrongfully being convicted as guilty of crimes one did not commit, and the possible resurrection of the Black Death virus by Have Mercy on Us All by Fred Vargus, number three in the Chief Inspector Jean Baptiste Adamsberg mysteries, has Adamsberg newly promoted yet again because of his previous successes in solving murders This novel is another character study of quirky fictional characters living in Paris while the story entertains readers with a murder mystery This book is about revenge, wrongfully being convicted as guilty of crimes one did not commit, and the possible resurrection of the Black Death virus by a madman In each of the three books a peculiar murder is done by an offbeat psycho serial killer each one so far reminding me of The Abominable Dr Phibes, starring Vincent Price see YouTube trailer However, the killer is never in the center ring of the three ring circus Vargus creates The early chapters introduce readers to a center ring of quirky people who meet cute in some dark slightly messed up fashion After their back stories are told in selective tidbits, the spotlight moves to the smaller circus ring on the right where Adamsberg is beginning to puzzle over an odd article in the newspaper, or a strange story brought to his attention by a concerned but wacky citizen Everyone else in the police dismisses the citizen as a nutjob, but something resonates in the citizen s story attracting Adamsberg s attention Shortly after, a body which has been peculiarly murdered shows up Meanwhile, in the left circle, the spotlight highlights a mysterious person or persons, involved in crazy thoughts, planning out the murders.Unlike circus rings, though, these circles overlap slightly on top of each other, eventually joining and unraveling to become a spiral spinning downward exposinglayers of mystery and motive than had been supposed These novels are fun The murders from book to book are not connected, but Adamsberg has a continuing personal situation going on from book to book I recommend starting with The Chalk Circle Man, the first in the series, but it is not the best book Have Mercy on Us All is the best mystery of the series in my opinion, so far Except for the murders themselves at least sixes on a ten number ick scale , these books are cozies, if somewhat edgy What a great find Thanks to Hannah for first reviewing, then recommending this book I wouldn t have come across this in a month of Sundays, as Fred Vargas isn t as popular on this side of the pond as she seemingly is on t other side What a shame I loved it from beginning to end and just gobbled it up in the last 24 hours There is an archaic resonance to it which is particularly pleasing not necessarily in the plotline, but in the dialogue and the construction of it I can t quite put m What a great find Thanks to Hannah for first reviewing, then recommending this book I wouldn t have come across this in a month of Sundays, as Fred Vargas isn t as popular on this side of the pond as she seemingly is on t other side What a shame I loved it from beginning to end and just gobbled it up in the last 24 hours There is an archaic resonance to it which is particularly pleasing not necessarily in the plotline, but in the dialogue and the construction of it I can t quite put my finger on why I liked this certain awkwardness in the tale telling, but some things you just can t explain.It is not a complex novel, so there s nothing much to review just know that it s a great mystery that moves along at a good clip with nary a false step There is, in fact, a nice little jolt to the heart, which I won t reveal, and caught me completely off guard I was impressed My new find in favourite detectives Adamsberg and his trusty sidekick Danglard for where would a good detective story be without a good accomplice After a happy time doing January in Japan on bookstagram, I was pretty eager to continue with February in France Since I m pretty unfamiliar with the genre, I had a pretty fun time looking for books I ended up focusing on mysteries because that s a genre I love and it feltaccessible, eventually borrowing Have Mercy on Us All by Fred Vargas,Have Mercy on Us All is the fourth book in the Commissaire Adamsberg series and it deals with a serial killer using The Plague We start off with a to After a happy time doing January in Japan on bookstagram, I was pretty eager to continue with February in France Since I m pretty unfamiliar with the genre, I had a pretty fun time looking for books I ended up focusing on mysteries because that s a genre I love and it feltaccessible, eventually borrowing Have Mercy on Us All by Fred Vargas,Have Mercy on Us All is the fourth book in the Commissaire Adamsberg series and it deals with a serial killer using The Plague We start off with a town crier who s been receiving a series of bizarre messages They pay well, so the messages are cried out and a curious resident soon figure out that they portend a return of The Plague At the same time, Commissaire Principal Adamsberg has been receiving of strange backward 4 s been written on doors across Paris Soon, black bodies bitten by fleas are found Although I jumped into the series, I had a lot of fun with it once I started getting into the flow of things The bodies don t appear until everything has been set up, and that takes quite a while, which worked because it also took me two or three chapters to get into the narrative flow But once I got a grasp of the main characters and interested in the mystery of the announcements, the bodies started turning up and I was hooked on the story.As for characters, we have Joss, the town crier, Decambrais, someone who s interested in the messages, Adamsberg, and his right hand man Danglard Joss, Decambrais, and Danglard made sense, but Adamsberg was pretty unique Adamsberg has a rather abstract way of thinking that for some reason reminded me of Peter Whimsy I suspect that me jumping into book four didn t help matters, because the personal life of Adamsberg made no sense to me sure, he was described as someone who sintuitive than logical, but he seemed like many eccentric detectives who star in novels and his eccentric personal life didn t make as much sense to me Perhaps it will if I go back and read book one.Something I thought interesting was the setting I will admit that I wasn t sure that it was in Paris for a good part of the novel, and I suspect it s because I ve got some idealised version of the city in my head I ve never visited so all my notions of Paris comes from books, movies, and TV shows that show a fictionalised version of the place The Paris here is dark and rougher, and I appreciated the book for showing me another aspect of the city It can be dangerous to build up one idea of a city that you ve never visited in.Overall, I enjoyed this mystery It took some time for me to get used to the style of the book, but I enjoyed it immensely once I did I ll definitely be interested in readingof the Commissair Adamsberg series in the future.This review was first posted at Eustea Reads Overcomplex Mystery in a Magnificent TranslationFred Vargas is the pseudonym of the French historian, archaeologist and writer Fr d rique Audoin Rouzeau Think Umberto Eco, only younger, French, and female But definitely an academic with a fascination for language and the ways in which distant history can impinge upon present day events In this case, the historical legacy is the Plague, a.k.a the Black Death It appears that some madman is loose in Paris aiming to spread the disease by means o Overcomplex Mystery in a Magnificent TranslationFred Vargas is the pseudonym of the French historian, archaeologist and writer Fr d rique Audoin Rouzeau Think Umberto Eco, only younger, French, and female But definitely an academic with a fascination for language and the ways in which distant history can impinge upon present day events In this case, the historical legacy is the Plague, a.k.a the Black Death It appears that some madman is loose in Paris aiming to spread the disease by means of rat fleas, and Chief Inspector Jean Baptiste Adamsberg must catch him beforevictims die In this, he is aided by advice from a medieval historian living a quasi monastic life with two others, calling themselves The Three Evangelists Both the trio and the detective have their own series in Vargas considerable part time oeuvre.As a detective story, I would rate it only three stars It takes a very long time to get going, by means of a retired Breton trawler captain who has taken up the outmoded profession of town crier in the district around Gare Montparnasse in Paris Since he will eventually drop out of the story, the fifty or so pages devoted to him seem too many The middle section of the book, though, is quite good, with Adamsberg keeping a frustrating step or two behind the crimes, while trying and failing to keep a handle on his own private life But the end quite falls apart, I think, relying too much on over complex back stories that were not so much as hinted at before, and long confessions in lieu of patient detection.I was given this book originally to read in French, under the titlePars vite et reviens tardLeave quickly and take your time coming back It is some of the most difficult French I have ever read, given Vargas verbosity, unfamiliar vocabulary, and abundant patois and the fact that there is hardly a normal character in it for four of the first six chapters Then I checked part of this translation by David Bellos ins Look Inside feature, and immediately realized that this was something very special So I ordered it and waited to finish the book in English, with occasional checking of the French for comparison.Bellos is a distinguished English translator and head of the translation program at Princeton But he does not write like an academic at all, treating the text with remarkable freedom and much recourse to slang British slang, I should emphasize for instance the phrase bloody great howler for glaring error He goes further than I have ever seen a translator go in altering the structure, images, and even the literal meaning of its model Yet he comes up with a creative work in its own right, a living being of a different nationality, but with the spirit and bloodstream of the original flowing in its veins Here is a short example, in three versions the original French, my own literal translation, and finally David Bellos La moindre faute de manipulation, parce que offrant la chose une libert soudaine, si minime f t elle, amor ait une s rie de calamit s en cha ne, pouvant parcourir toute une gamme, du d sagr ment la trag die. Vargas The least error in handling, since it gives the thing an unexpected freedom, however small, sets off a chain of calamities that can run the gamut from annoyance to tragedyBrunyate The merest slip of the hand can give a supposedly inanimate object enough freedom of movement to set off a chain of catastrophes which may peak at any point on the Murphy Scale, from Damn Nuisance to Bloody TragedyBellos Now I can see that some authors or publishers might think this was going too far though Vargas has used Bellos twice But for me, it created a unique object a book I read virtually for the vigor of the translation alone And reveled in it from beginning to end Why the 18 percent Because that s how many anxious, gullible and superstitious people live among us The people who are afraid of an eclipse, who panic at the end of a millennium, who are scared by prophecies and believe that Doom is Nigh the killer will have the city to himselfMedievalist and author Fred Vargas sets the stage for an incomprehensible event the mass panic and uncontrolled chaos of a release of The Black Death, the Plague, in our era In the Paris of the new millenniWhy the 18 percent Because that s how many anxious, gullible and superstitious people live among us The people who are afraid of an eclipse, who panic at the end of a millennium, who are scared by prophecies and believe that Doom is Nigh the killer will have the city to himselfMedievalist and author Fred Vargas sets the stage for an incomprehensible event the mass panic and uncontrolled chaos of a release of The Black Death, the Plague, in our era In the Paris of the new millennium, seemingly so distant from such monsters of antiquity As a pretext for suspense and high wire jeopardy, as a backdrop for the adrenaline juiced counteraction of the metropolitan police, a wide open map of storyline and possible outcome She should Fred is a she be on home ground, as a scholar of the Middle Ages and literally a specialist on the bubonic plague this should be the police procedural written in a white hot onslaught of pace and drive But it is not For reasons unknown, the reader is given a long, leisurely lead in to the possibilities of a pandemic like this, and yes given lots of fascinating background, but is somehow never really lashed into the crash vehicle, or duly abandoned at the center of the storm.Vargas writes what might be called Alt Procedurals The reader should be confident that by the end of the maze here, there will be very adequate closure, that five or six bolts will be rammed home in a few pages, as with any satisfying mystery But Vargas is most dedicated to the Alt part of the equation, the bewilderingly illogical and iconoclast part of her policiers That anything should follow logically or sensibly is heresy to Vargas And that s the best part of her work.A normal police procedural has its maze of clues and actions set up like a pinball machine Certain unpredictable events trigger certain very predictable consequences, which themselves feed into known pathways of narrative resolution The fallen body and the crimetape lead inexorably to the confrontation and confession Vargas says no Vargas has a thinly disguised Gallic Shrug for the diehards of the procedural Again though, that s what is good about her novels Vargas sets up the story like a surrealist cabinet of wonders But It s important that the maze in a procedural have its integrity, at least in theory An assurance to the reader, perhaps, that things will go in the direction of a logical outcome If you ve read a few of Vargas books, you re not worried about that But here, her maze section diverts into what sailors would call the Doldrums when nothing makes too much sense or pings any real triggers for fifty or a hundred pages at a time, the pace suffers It s hard to keep hold of the bearings or a sense of timing if you ve been floating at the whim of the currents Still, a good early mystery from Vargas, and one that wraps up sharply in the final chapters Maybe a good starter Vargas, an intro to the alt procedural Big hmm. Have Mercy On Us All is book number three in the delightful series by Fred Vargas Although this one has an interesting although somewhat farfetched mystery at its core, it really stands out because of the crazy cast of eccentric characters that populate its pages One such character is Joss Le Guern, whose current vocation is town crier in the square at the intersection of Boulevard Edgar Quinet and Rue Delambre in Paris For a mere 5 francs, anyone can drop a message about anything they want Have Mercy On Us All is book number three in the delightful series by Fred Vargas Although this one has an interesting although somewhat farfetched mystery at its core, it really stands out because of the crazy cast of eccentric characters that populate its pages One such character is Joss Le Guern, whose current vocation is town crier in the square at the intersection of Boulevard Edgar Quinet and Rue Delambre in Paris For a mere 5 francs, anyone can drop a message about anything they want to say in his box and have it read that day When read, each message begins with a number, for example Five For sale, litter of white and ginger kittens, three male, two female Six Could the drum players making jungle noises all night long opposite number 36 please desist Some people have to get some sleep Seven All types of carpentry, especially furniture restoration, perfect finish, will collect and deliverBut lately, Joss has been reading out some rather odd messages, which another resident of the square named Herv Decambrais has been following with interest Decambrais realizes that all of these very odd messages have been copied from different texts dealing with the outbreak of the bubonic plague of the 17th century Concerned about what he views as the ominous tone of these messages, Decambrais and LeGuern contact the police and Adamsberg becomes involved in the case But at the same time, Adamsberg has been investigating the strange occurrence of a number of apartment doors throughout Paris being painted with an odd symbol, and the two lines of investigation converge when a corpse is discovered, looking like a victim of the plague Manycorpses soon follow and Adamsberg has to figure out what s happening before panic erupts in the streets of Paris.The mystery itself is intriguing and moves along at a good pace, but the plot is definitely secondary to the people in this novel Vargas fort definitely lies in the creation of her quirky characters, as well as her ability to give the reader a sensory experience of the city, especially at the Place Edgar Quinet where LeGuern broadcasts the news She s captured a slice of life in this square which sometimes the reader forgets exists in the 21st century it could have been with a few exceptions , a portrait of life in an earlier time And if you ve read her novel The Three Evangelists, you ll recognize some old friends that make an appearance in this novel the ongoing story of Adamsberg and the lovely Camille also continues I definitely recommend this novel and this series it s light and fun, and at the same time Vargas work as a medieval historian is most definitely transferred to these pages, adding another dimension to the overall reading experience While I suppose you could read this book as a standalone, it s better to start with her first work, The Chalk Circle Man and follow the novels in publication order How to can you not like a detective who supervises 26 other homicide flics and needs to use mnemonics such as acne, prognathous, solicitude, Marcelto associate names with faces, and who indulges in self examination along the lines of You think you re a million miles away from the likes of Favre, and when occasion arises, there you are puddling about in the same pigsty I won t provide any hints as to the nature of Favre because you should read the book It s that good.Chief Inspector Adamsbe How to can you not like a detective who supervises 26 other homicide flics and needs to use mnemonics such as acne, prognathous, solicitude, Marcelto associate names with faces, and who indulges in self examination along the lines of You think you re a million miles away from the likes of Favre, and when occasion arises, there you are puddling about in the same pigsty I won t provide any hints as to the nature of Favre because you should read the book It s that good.Chief Inspector Adamsberg and his assistant Danglard are a study in contrast Adamsberg uses intuition while Danglard never trusts it and relies on facts and evidence The two make a marvelous pair A modern town crier who collects little notes anonymously and then reads them from his soapbox in return for small change has been getting what appear to be nonsensical sentences A woman comes to the police station to complain that someone has painted black backwards 4 s with a fat foot and two little notches at the end 24 of the doors on her street These are the beginnings of a nightmare for the inspector as the possibility of someone deliberately sprwading the plague begins to haunt him.This is a very crafty police procedural that intertwines fear, revenge, tragedy, panic and faith in a complex story Fred Vargas, a woman, writes in French and their are moments when one wonders a little about the translation I have enormous respect for translators My French is so rusty I hesitate to quibble