The Brewer of Preston

The Brewer of Preston

A Novel

Book - 2014
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The New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Montalbano series brings us back to Vigàta in the nineteenth century for a rip-roaring comic novel.

1870s Sicily. Much to the displeasure of Vigàta's stubborn populace, the town has just been unified under the Kingdom of Italy. They're now in the hands of a new government they don't understand, and they definitely don't like. Eugenio Bortuzzi has been named Prefect for Vigàta, a regional representative from the Italian government to oversee the town. But the rowdy and unruly Sicilians don't care much for this rather pompous mainlander nor the mediocre opera he's hell-bent on producing in their new municipal theater. The Brewer of Preston , it's called, and the Vigàtese are revving up to wreak havoc on the performance's opening night.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9780143121497
Characteristics: 245 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Sartarelli, Stephen 1954-- Translator


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Jul 13, 2016

Had a lot of good laughs with this book, and they're only funnier when I look out at the world and see that the exact same type of scat it makes fun of, although polished, is plastered everywhere.

DevilStateDan Sep 19, 2015

Not my usual choice of reads but such is the beauty of my #2015ReadingChallenge & here is my #FunnyBook choice
It's the story of a small town in 19th century Sicily & the tension between an independent township & the Italian 'outsider' ruling class who have decided to open the new theatre with an opera much loathed by the townsfolk who each of them rebel in their own ways
The narrative jumps around a timeline of about a week leading up to the performance & is enriched with humourous perspectives & encounters & culminates in a series of criminal acts…
Thoroughly enjoyable & I'll be reading more of his (Andrea Camilleri's) work in future many of which are set in the same town.


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Jul 11, 2016

So how were people supposed to laugh at a mistake more phony than real mistakes when they lived in a world of daily mistakes?

Jul 11, 2016

Because if justice does itself an injustice, it cannot turn around and screw itself by doing justice.

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