Total Chaos

Jean-Claude Izzo Howard Curtis

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Total Chaos Book One in the Marseilles TrilogyUgo Manu and Fabio grew up together on the mean streets of Marseilles where friendship means everything They promised to stay true to one another and swore that no

  • Title: Total Chaos
  • Author: Jean-Claude Izzo Howard Curtis
  • ISBN: 9781933372044
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
  • Book One in the Marseilles TrilogyUgo, Manu, and Fabio grew up together on the mean streets of Marseilles, where friendship means everything They promised to stay true to one another and swore that nothing would break their bond But people and circumstances change Ugo and Manu have been drawn into the criminal underworld of Europe s toughest, most violent and vibrant ciBook One in the Marseilles TrilogyUgo, Manu, and Fabio grew up together on the mean streets of Marseilles, where friendship means everything They promised to stay true to one another and swore that nothing would break their bond But people and circumstances change Ugo and Manu have been drawn into the criminal underworld of Europe s toughest, most violent and vibrant city When Manu is murdered and Ugo returns from abroad to avenge his friend s death, only to be killed himself, it is left to the third in this trio, Detective Fabio Montale, to ensure justice is done Despite warnings from both his colleagues in law enforcement and his acquaintances in the underworld, Montale cannot forget the promise he once made Manu and Ugo He s going to find their killer even if it means going too far.In Izzo s novels, Marseilles is explosive, tragic, breathtakingly beautiful and deadly Asked to explain the astounding success of his now legendary Marseilles triology, Izzo credits his beloved native city Essentially, I think I have been rewarded for having depicted the real beauty of Marseilles, its gusto, its passion for life, and the ability of its inhabitants to drink life down to the last drop Fabio Montale is the perfect protagonist in this city of melancholy beauty A disenchanted cop with an inimitable talent for living who turns his back on a police force marred by corruption and racism and, in the name of friendship, takes the fight against the mafia into his own hands.

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    1. Jeffrey Keeten on said:

      “I felt suffocated. And alone. More alone than ever. Every year, I ostentatiously crossed out of my address book any friend who'd made a racist remark, neglected those whose only ambition was a new car and a Club Med vacation, and forgot all those who played the Lottery. I loved fishing and silence. Walking the hills. Drinking cold Cassis, Lagavulin, or Oban late into the night. I didn't talk much. Had opinions about everything. Life and death. Good and evil. I was a film buff. Loved music. I' [...]

    2. AC on said:

      Izzo was a Marsailles poet and writer, who died at the age of 51 of lung cancer, and who is best known for this trilogy. There is a lot to like in this book. Some of the writing really works; but some of it is ham-fisted and clichéd. The plot gets intenseo intense and doesn't really work as a result. The characters are sometimes flatd there is too much action, the hero gets laid too much and too easily, and so forth. But still, it sometimes starts to cruise"super froid". This was Izzo's first n [...]

    3. Antonis on said:

      Χτες βράδυ τελείωσα το πρώτο βιβλίο της νουάρ τριλογίας του Ζαν-Κλωντ Ιζζό για τη Μασσαλία, «Το μαύρο τραγούδι της Μασσαλίας», σε μετάφραση Ριχάρδου Σωμερίτη (εκδόσεις Πόλις, 1999). Στο τέλος του βιβλίου υπάρχει ένα επίμετρο του μεταφραστή που κλείνει με τα εξής εντυπωσιακά π [...]

    4. Steve on said:

      It's chaos allright. So much so, that I had some trouble following what was going on in the last half of the book. But with noir, I often look for atmosphere and attitude rather than clear plots (see Chandler on this), and Izzo delivers both of those in spades. He's also very good when it comes to music and food. (Actually, he may overdo it with the food, since there are several times when he's on the case, and some mouth watering French dish gets in the way.) But for all the back stabbing and k [...]

    5. Manny on said:

      Everyone has now heard the story of the Chevy Nova and its inexplicably poor sales record in Spanish speaking countries. Today, walking past General Dufour's statue on my way home, I saw the French version: a truck with the name "KHEOPS CONSTRUCTION" on the side. I've just looked them on the web. They're apparently a successful company that's been doing business here in Geneva for a while.Well, perhaps the slang in Izzo's book is very specific to Marseille - I'm sure I don't know. But in that pa [...]

    6. Dolceluna on said:

      Ho le idee piuttosto chiare su questo mio primo libro di Izzo.Bellissime le atmosfere di Marsiglia, una città solare ma fosca, vivace ma degradata, divisa tra lo splendore del suo paesaggio e la violenza dei suoi bassifondi.Bellissimo lo stile fluido con toni poetici e nostalgici, che aiuta ad assaporare la lettura provando, di volta in volta, emozioni forte indipendentemente dalla trama.Bocciata invece la storia, un minestrone confuso di malavitosi, retate, sparatori e affini, priva di alcun f [...]

    7. piperitapitta on said:

      Perdersi a Marsiglia.Adesso che sono arrivata quasi alla fine di Chourmo, il secondo capitolo della Trilogia, ho capito.Ho capito che forse l'intenzione di Izzo era proprio questa, che durante la lettura di questo primo capitolo il lettore si perdesse.Si perdesse per Marsiglia, in un dedalo di vicoli e stradine, restasse stordito da questa Babele multietnica di razze e incarnati di tutte le sfumature di colore possibili, si lasciasse rapire da questa città in cui popoli, religioni e abitudini s [...]

    8. Tony on said:

      TOTAL CHAOS. (1995). Jean-Claude Izzo. ****. This was the first novel in Izzo’s ‘Marseilles Trilogy,’ and was an immediate best seller in Europe. Unfortunately, I previously read the second part of the trilogy out of order, but it didn’t matter a lot. I do have the third novel and plan to read it next. My hope is that all three can be read as stand-alone books, though some of the characters may carry through. In this novel, we meet Fabio Montale, a cop in Marseilles. We also learn about [...]

    9. Katheryn Thompson on said:

      Fabio is walking through the streets of Marseilles with his cousin when two fourteen year-old lads pick a fight with him. They are pulled apart by a stranger. Fabio starts a new school in September, and on the first day the same two lads, Ugo and Manu, walk up to him and shake his hand. They become inseperable, until one day Fabio has a change of heart and leaves a life of crime behind to become a cop. Years later he finds himself standing over the body of Ugo, shot dead by police after gunning [...]

    10. Kit Fox on said:

      French crime fiction that's as hardboiled as hardboiled gets. Tough guys, tasty meals, crimes of passiongn me up three times. I also really like crime stories where race issues aren't swept under the rug, and being that Marseilles is one of those melting pots teeming with a populace that’s French, Italian, Turkish, Arabic, Chinese etc characters from a wide variety of backgrounds abound. Izzo really adds a whole lot of authenticity to his books and confronts big city issues of institutionalize [...]

    11. Margaret on said:

      A dark, complex noir/detective novel, Total Chaos is as good as everyone says. Jean-Claude Izzo gets credit for the development of Mediterranean noir, and it is well deserved. The guilty, complex, unlucky in love detective has been transformed into Fabio Montale, an officer working in a poor neighborhood of Marseilles after he opened his mouth about some of the police excessive-force issues facing the city. Montale's Marseilles is part of the troubled France that produces children of immigrants [...]

    12. S©aP on said:

      Ho impiegato tre quarti del romanzo a capire cosa realmente mi affascinasse, nella scrittura di Izzo. Una frase, solo apparentemente banale, me lo ha rivelato, verso la fine. "Serge aveva la fede. Un ottimismo bestiale. Un ottimismo urbano, diceva". Questi pochi tratti sono gli unici cui affidarsi per capire il carattere, il modo di essere, ma anche quello di parlare, di uno dei tanti personaggi marginali di questo efficacissimo "noir" francese. Lo stile di Izzo è rapidissimo e icastico. Appare [...]

    13. Tuck on said:

      izzo comes with reputation, and its well earned in these 3 great southern france noirs. Manny wondered if the englsih translations were any good. apparently they are not. how DOES one translate colloquialisms well? especially if the translator doesn't really know how to "tallk like an okie" or what have you?1713956 Manny said to you:Well thank you again!How is the Izzo in translation? The French is extraordinarily colloquial he's one of those people who write as they speak, and I wondered how t [...]

    14. Paula on said:

      I really liked this novel, although at times, I found the obligatory narrative devices of crime fiction a bit tedious: for example, at the end of each chapter, there's always a hook, not so much to push the plot along, but to prolong it. What interested me most were the twists and turns of Fabio Montale’s mind, his musings on music, literature, socio-politics and above all, the city of Marseilles. My memories of that city in the late sixties and seventies drew me to the book in the first place [...]

    15. J. on said:

      Very well reviewed, lots of 'indescribable' 'nouveau-detective' ! buzz, but fails to support the hype. Two major things going on here, and both subject to all of the issues that threaten any translated fiction. First is that the cast of characters here is pretty large and largely ill-defined. You've got the moody, iconoclast investigator, his diverse stable of foxy femmes, and the good & bad guys in the a) police force and b) mob. Business as usual there. But the large array of loosely-conne [...]

    16. Dvora on said:

      I prefer detective to thriller, but hey, this was written by a native and is set in Marseille! It turned out OK but not great. Fact is, I DO prefer detective to thriller. I found there to be too much violence, too many people killed, and too many excuses given for people from the projects becoming criminals. I've been to Marseille so it was fun trying to remember what some of those places where the story happens looked like. But whoa! If it's that dangerous, maybe I shouldn't plan another visit [...]

    17. Lucy Ponton on said:

      Just awful! Read 100 pages and just couldn't get into it, the extremely short sentences didn't help either! The characters did not grab me and I decided that I didn't want to waste any more time on it!

    18. Ste Pic on said:

      Tanto casino per nulla Ho letto questo Izzo, primo romanzo di un’apprezzata trilogia noir, dopo breve vacanza a Marsiglia. Certo la Marsiglia che narra il protagonista, Fabio Montale, un poliziotto figlio di immigrati italiani, non esiste più, non in quegli stessi luoghi per lo meno. Io soggiornavo al Panier che da “città vecchia” malfamata si è trasformato in luogo oltremodo radical chic, con i vicoli affollati di negozietti sfiziosi e localini trendy. Però se anche la città è davve [...]

    19. RubyTombstone [With A Vengeance] on said:

      Okay, I can see why people get into this sort of thing now. It's a bit. testicular, but I do understand the appeal. There's a timeless quality to this book too, so even though it was written in 1995, there's not a mobile phone in sight, and you could easily be reading a book from the 1960s.Set in Marseilles, the book touches on complex interracial forces which have been part of the social fabric here for many generations. It even touches on how young Muslims in the area become radicalised, and t [...]

    20. Procyon Lotor on said:

      Dieci anni fa cercavo qualcosa artabellando pile di libri, scaffali, picchi di bestseller e angoli dimenticati, trovo il libello, edizione povera in cartoncino coi bordi pelosetti, nome italo francese, marsiglia, noir eccetera. Un coacervo di stereotipi, bastandomi qualcosa per arrivare a sera lo presi e lo pagai. Inizio a leggere e odd�o, l'amico marocco, la sofferenza del passato, la nostalgia, ero solo e solo con lui per cui la sua storia anche se aggredito dal terzomondismo, dovevo starla [...]

    21. Vanessa Wu on said:

      Some books shouldn't be rushed. Although Total Chaos is a slim book, written in short, punchy sentences, it is like a rich ragout, brimming with flavours, pungent, concentrated, sensual and intense. It should be savoured slowly. There is a lifetime of experience distilled into it.At first I struggled. The names of people and places were strange to me. I was reading the English translation but it was an English I couldn't understand. I had no idea who the characters were or what kind of lives the [...]

    22. Fred on said:

      Jean-Claude Izzo's Spartan writing hits the perfect pitch in this classic hardboiled detective story. The first volume of the Marseilles Trilogy, "Total Chaos" introduces Fabio Montale, a disillusioned cop attempting to resolve the murders of his boyhood chums, Ugo and Manu. By a quirk of fate Fabio became a cop while his pals followed a path of crime that led to their deaths.Along the way the reader gets an account of these sons of Italian immigrants growing up on the hard streets of Marseilles [...]

    23. Radiantflux on said:

      69th and last book for 2017.Izzo worked as a journalist, and it's his journalistic knowledge of Marseilles that really shines here. He knows the city, the people, the corruption, the far right and the poor immigrants, the food, the light. He clearly loves the city for all it's flaws, which shows in every page of his writing. This Krimi is a love letter to his home. But, but But, the plot is just too exaggerated and moves through too many coincidences. While it turns out the murders of his childh [...]

    24. Charles Baudelaire on said:

      Like Chandler in my French ears. i love itMarseille gangsterse there any French movies made of this guys writing?

    25. Jane on said:

      This book was really awful. I did finish it, but despised every minute of reading it. I would give it less than one star if I could. Disliked the characters of which there were too many. Thought it badly written or badly translated and the short sharp sentences to make it fast-paced. I'm certainly not going to read any the rest of the trilogy!!

    26. Rick Skwiot on said:

      Jean-Claude Izzo's France, in his acclaimed Marseilles Trilogy, lies so far off the tourist track you might think you're in the Bronx or Detroit. Here, in these noir mysteries, you'll not visit noted museums or bucolic vineyards, but high-rise public housing in North Marseilles riddled by gang violence, drugs, and alienation, with a rap music soundtrack and corrupt, racist cops.North African and Arab émigrés reside there now, replacing the previous generation of Italians. Like the family of Fa [...]

    27. Kirsty Darbyshire on said:

      I'm rating this as five stars more because I'm really impressed with myself for getting through a whole proper book in French than for any other reason. Not that it's a bad book, but I really don't know what rating I would have given it had I have read the English translation. I didn't really mean to read a whole book in French; and I didn't really mean to stop reading just about everything else for two months whilst I ploughed through it. It started out, when I came back from my holidays in Fra [...]

    28. Rosenkavalier on said:

      Uno sbirro con troppi aggettivi Fabio Montale non è il Continental Op. Non è nemmeno Marlowe.E' un poliziotto di quartiere a Marsiglia, origini modeste, presente complesso, futuro incerto.Ha avuto una gioventù turbolenta (a dir poco), condivisa con due amici e una ragazza. Chi più chi meno sono finiti tutti male (è un noir, del resto).Una morte violenta, la ricerca della giustizia per mestiere e della vendetta per dovere (verso se stesso, verso gli amici di un tempo, ancor più verso il se [...]

    29. David Stringer on said:

      Jean-Claude Izzo is a completely new writer to me, one I've not heard of or come across before (almost feel embarrassed by that) and one I feel like I should of. This is the first of three famous Marseilles trilogy books, I understand, which I am now on the look out to continue reading. It conveys the atmosphere of the Marseilles area amazingly, I imagine, along with all the political and social unrest, its mix of immigrants, criminals, economic problems, racial tensions, corruption, and its sig [...]

    30. Rob Kitchin on said:

      Total Chaos is the instalment in Izzo’s Marseilles Trilogy featuring Fabio Montale. First published in 1995 it is said to be the originator of ‘Mediterranean noir.’ The strength of the story is its very strong sense of place and time, with Izzo placing the reader in the complex social geography of the Marseilles and its mix of immigrants, stalling economy, racial and class tension, corruption, and its sights, sounds, smells and taste (especially food); it's a city he clearly loves despite [...]

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