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The Silence of the Wave [Kindle Edition]

Gianrico Carofiglio , Howard Curtis
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Roberto Marais is haunted by his past as an under-cover carabinieri. A time of cynicism and corruption, in the world he investigated, and in his own soul. A meeting with Emma—like Roberto ravaged by guilt—begins to revive him. When her teenage son asks Roberto to help him conquer his nightmares, Roberto at last achieves a true rebirth.

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"A novel distinguished by the natural gift of prose as smooth and silent as a perfect wave." - Corriere della Sera "A literary jigsaw full of plot twists." - La Repubblica.

About the Author

Carofiglio is one of Italy's best selling novelists. He is also a member of the Senate and was an anti-Mafia prosecutor in Bari. He is best known for the Guido Guerrieri crime series, his general literary fiction and more recently has authored a graphic novel illustrated by his brother.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0847841251
  • Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press (5 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CR6MRX8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The first thing to say is that this story is quite different to Carofiglio's Guido Guerrieri books - although, the more I reflect upon it, the more I see the seeds of "The Silence of the Wave" in the other stories. However, at first glance, this offering would seem to have more in common with something like Gabriel Byrne's "In Treatment" TV series than with standard crime drama novels. And I suppose the key question for the reader then becomes, "Is that the sort of book you want to read?"

The story is about Roberto, a forty-something Marshal in the carabinieri (the national military police in Italy) whose work has led to him having a breakdown. We join him attending therapy sessions with a local psychiatrist in Rome and, as well as reviewing and coming to terms with memories from his past as they surface in his conscious mind, Roberto also has to continue some kind of existence in the present. This is stimulated by meeting another patient of his doctor's, a former actress called Emma. She has a 12-year-old son called Giacomo who is also an important figure in the tale. As the therapy works and Roberto slowly recovers, the story gently develops before reaching what I considered a good and satisfying conclusion.

Personally, the experience of reading this book reminded me a little of reading the books of a bygone age - the build-up is very gradual and NOT the action-packed activity from start to finish that's more synonymous with much contemporary fiction. However, make no mistake, by the end of this short novel, I was turning the pages avidly to find out what was going to happen.

Carofiglio also has a depth to his writing - and, indeed, to his view of life - which, in my opinion, puts him in the exalted company of the Colin Dexters of this world.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly a psychological thriller. 21 Oct. 2013
By markb
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I ordered this book because I had enjoyed Carofiglio's previous books about Guido Guerrieri an advocate in Bari. This book is much more unconventional and takes you on a journey into the mind of Roberto a carabineri who is on sick leave for reasons that only become clear as the narrative unfolds. This was a very different kind of story to Carofiglio's previous work but proved to be a very rewarding and thought provoking read that raised intriguing questions about the relationship between someone's deepest personality and their professional identity. This was psychological thriller in the truest sense.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected disappointment. 5 Dec. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having read all of his previous books translated into English and greatly enjoyed them, I have just read The Silence of the Wave.

It was a case of ..."well I have started it so must finish it". It is not a thriller of any sort and to me, nothing like his previous books. So if you buy it, do not do so expecting another good Carofiglio read.

It tells the story of a Carabinieri Marshall who has worked under cover for too long and has finally had a breakdown. The world of vice and narcotics has destroyed him and he is regularly attending a psychiatrist. The book is lightened by his encounter with an attractive ex-actress, who is also having weekly sessions with the same psychiatrist. It is a thought provoking book but cannot be likened to previous Carofiglio books translated into English therefore buy it as a book to read if you have nothing better to do.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I wasn't able to engage as well with the central figure as I expected - but that could be me rather than the book/author. I am a fan of Carofiglio as a commentator on life, and some of his writing is excellent too - but there are flaws in the pace of things.
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