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The Murdered House Paperback – 7 Oct 1999

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Harvill Press (7 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860466508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860466502
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,545,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One dark night in the winter of 1896, in remote upper Provence, a family is brutally massacred. Only a three-week-old baby miraculously survives. In 1920, the orphan, Seraphin Monge, finally returns home from the war to pursue the truth. Haunted by the image of his mother's dying moments, he turns on the house that has seen such misery, destroying it stone by stone. As the walls crumble, the killers' identities are laid bare and his anger turns to vengeance. But for every murder Seraphin plots, another hand silently executes it in his place. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Lesa Smith on 1 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
This is an extremely well written thriller that has you trying to solve the mystery right up the last pages, and even then it leaves you wondering. I found it a very good read, at times a little too descriptive but I think it needed to be because of all the clues in the narrative. I'm still unsure of the ending of the book. The characters givve it a very authentic Gallic feel and lend to the mysterious atmosphere that is created. It would make a great film, which is actually being made right now so read the book first. Highly recommended
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sally Spedding on 5 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
Anyone serious about writing crime, should read this masterpiece.
It is a haunting account of Seraphin Monge's attempt to find his family's killer/s. Amazing descriptions of weather and lanscape which dominate the characters' lives. Why don't we hear more of these great Europeans? We are so provincial. The translation too, is excellent. A hard act to follow, but am enjoying Beyond The Grave so far.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov. 2000
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Who slaughtered the peasant family and why? That's what the one survivor, overlooked in his cot, tries to find out after returning from the orphanage and surviving the First World War. When he finds out, vengeance takes its course in a sometimes gruesome manner. The book is literary and very effective at transporting the reader to this rural French idyll where the weather is as fearsome as the characters. Highly recommended.
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The story of The Murdered House by Pierre Magnan takes place, for the biggest part of the novel just after the 1914 – 1918 war and it’s setting is Provence. The main character is Séraphin who, on his return from the war discovers the truth about his family.

Translated from the French by Patricia Clancy (an award winning translator), the wonderfully descriptive prose is truly beautiful to read, the characters are well defined, the pace of the novel moves along without being rushed and the setting and the plot seem just perfect.

The Murdered house has nineteen chapters and although not a long novel and yet it feels bigger than the 256 pages we are told it is.

I have not yet found other English translations of Pierre Magnan in Kindle Books although they are available in print, so for now I will have to make do with The Murdered House – the large font available on the Kindle enables me to read without a magnifying glass.

Pierre Magnan is an author who I would definitely want to read again as I haven’t enjoyed a novel as much as this for many months.
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