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Gado y fructífero exilio en Nueva York durante los años del fascismo italiano Regresa para recuperar su vida anterior incluida la esposa ue desde hace mucho lo da por muerto Junto a algunos amigos liberados de prisión y con la ayuda inconsciente de los aliados trabaja por el restablecimiento del control de la mafia en Sicilia Escrita en capítulos cortos de una intensidad lírica extraordinar. Don t waste your time It started out promising but petered out as if the author couldn t figure out how to end it Depressing and pointless other than the description of the way in which the American military unfortunately collaborated with the Sicilian criminal element in America to scrub Sicily of the Fascist element which resulted in strengthening the Mafia stranglehold and giving them a cover to settle old scores

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En la boca del lobo es una novela sobre la guerra y la mafia la inocencia y la corrupción y la historia como acumulación de lo irremediable Ambientada principalmente en Sicilia durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial relata el intento de reconstrucción de un país después de una violenta contienda a través de la mirada de varios personajes Will Walker oficial inglés de Seguridad sobre el Terreno. You could say no one is boring if you truly get to know them But what happens if an author doesn t really get to know his characters This novel taught me just how dependent a novel is on its characters It doesn t matter how well you can write or even how potentially compelling your story is if your characters are pasteboard creations without an imaginatively powered inner life they simply won t animate any circumstance they are led into Early on I thought this was going to be a great read It begins with a Mafioso setpiece a Sicilian shepherd is told some of his landlord s sheep will be stolen that night at the behest of his landlord The writing is gorgeous Foulds is brilliant at sentence writing Misgivings began when the second and especially the third characters were introduced Will is an English soldier a stickler for propriety the kind of man who gets incensed if people don t form an orderly ueue Ray is an even nondescript American infantryman Soon you begin to suspect Foulds himself wasn t very inspired by this pair and even the prose began to lose its heightened poetical ualities Especially dull was the American Ray I never believed he was American he was like Mr Nobody from Nowhere He has no background no pulse no inner demons or angels by which to recognise him He wants to make films but rather in the way children would like to fly When he s stationed in Africa I didn t believe he was in Africa nor did I understand why the novel was in Africa You have to create a self in order to show it being punctured by the horrors of the war and I m afraid Ray never had a self for me When we return to Italy the mafia in the form of a character called Albanese hijacks the novel Ray meets a movie princess but of course doesn t get her Will is now a Field Security Officer but will be helpless to hold back the tide of corruption of the old order Foulds suggests the mafia is deeply rooted and enduring in Sicily than any political system And that s about it Shame because Foulds has the sensibility of a poet and at his best writes thrilling searing sentences I think maybe he chose the wrong material here

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Lleva a cabo una tentativa de dominio del gran juego de la inteligencia y la intervención militares Ray Marfione soldado de infantería italoamericano experimenta el devastador trauma psicológico de la batalla hasta ue poco a poco desde su escondite y con la ayuda de una princesa siciliana emprende el largo camino de retorno a la vida Cirò Albanese es un mafioso ue ha disfrutado de un prolon. There is much to love about this book Foulds narrative is rich with detail The imagery projected from the characters and their actions is vivid and compelling And I can t help but notice that Foulds work does an excellent job of capturing the extremes of war sensitivity toward the horrors of war and the individual suffering of those victimized by it The two central characters Ray and Will work well enough on their own And although I felt a little upset the neither characters crossed paths I enjoyed seeing the evolution of these characters unfold throughout the narrative Ray s naivet and unpreparedness for battle has it implications You no longer see a Ray that fantasizes about his love for film and his cinematic heroes but someone who goes headstrong into war only to come out of it broken and lost I was a little worried that Ray would end up a caricature of the American solider a one dimensional stereotype searching for conflict out of some jingoistic nostalgia used as a justification for his role in the allies occupation of Sicily Instead we were given a character that is deeply flawed sensitive yet driven by his love for cinema The poetic nature of Foulds prose can be found among even the darkest most chaotic moments of the book I can t help but think back on the battle scene that leaves Ray separated from some of his companions including George The character s reactions to battle scenes seem to reflect the chaotic jumbled structure of Foulds depictions This was the worst ever It couldn t get worse than this The noise emplaced guns planes ripping over guns single shots bursts everything From different heights The ground surging up ahead Ray s point of view is disorienting pulling the reader into the experience With so much going on from explosions to screaming to gunfire it feels difficult to keep track of everything yet I can t help but feel that this was intentional I would imagine that being in a situation such as this one would feel lost and helpless with the only course of action being to runThe fragility of life is beautifully represented during the German s artillery attack As established earlier Foulds has a way with words From Ray s point of view Foulds depiction of destruction feels personal and skin deep He d thought homes were as solidly consistent as prisms definite places full of families family odours meals and arguments and objects But they weren t Foulds piggybacks off of Ray s experience by closing the passage with metaphor that pulls the experience together in neat yet haunting package Life was a skin it could be peeled away like strips of wallpaper with its coherent pattern On the other side of the allied forces Foulds introduces us to Will who seeks glory and honor in war but is forced into a diplomatic position There is an interesting dynamic between Will and his father that is explored early on His father a WWI war hero leaves Will with some innate desire to live up to the family name Will comes off as selfish compared to Ray But he is not a man without honor and tradition hence his initial refusal to lose his virginity to a prostitute Will goes through his own personal transformation and begins to take his political role seriously His association and sympathy toward local revolutionaries shows him in a seriously light leading to his meeting with the Bey of the country Unfortunately Ray s position in the war isn t uite as comforting Through Ray are shown psychological implications tied to war and conflict He comes close to crossing paths with Will after being sheltered in secret by the Bey s daughter but nothing comes of it Mafioso Ciro Albanese is recruited by the American military and brought to the states to provide Intel that will help them defeat the Germans and the Italian fascists that have taken over Sicily Through Ciro we find ourselves with the villain of the narrative to some extent Although I find the central characters to be there own worst enemy with the war being the ultimate catalyst Ciro s position as a Mafioso in America turned soldier carries a lot of weight not only for the narrative but the allies position in the conflict In a sense I see the allies compliance with organized crime families a representation of the often thrown around clich The enemy of my enemy is my friend I know it s clich but it certainly applies here Ciro and Angilou who has essentially risen to power within the crime syndicate are central to this relationship and it s position in the war That being said it s Ciro s methods that highlight him as the penultimate villain Ciro returns to Sicily determined to take back what he had lost his family leading to one of the most evil acts I have ever witnessed on paperThe ending is rather dark and abrupt but manages to close each characters arch rather well No one is truly left with a happy ending Ray does manage to gain back his insanity but after all that he had been through I can t help but wonder if he feels like he has lost his sense of purpose Will never gets the satisfaction of bringing in Ciro Angilou only to be killed by Ciro s son shoots Ciro beforehand It s a series of misfortune selfish agendas deceit that unfolds amid war and conflict that I find impactful if not for the idea that war is capable of corrupting those with good intentions and empowering those with bad It s a strong character study where the results feel justified in the end based on the actions of these characters One last note I can t help but wonder if Ray and Will were essentially placed in opposite roles Ray was unprepared for war yet carried himself into it due to his naivety He may have been better suited for the officer role whereas Will wanted the satisfaction of being a war hero He wanted action as opposed to being stuck with what he initially deemed as a police role


10 thoughts on “In the Wolf's Mouth

  1. says:

    You could say no one is boring if you truly get to know them But what happens if an author doesn’t really get to know his characters? This novel taught me just how dependent a novel is on its characters It doesn’t matter how well you can write or even how potentially compelling your story is – if your characters are pasteboar

  2. says:

    I had expected to see a lot of fiction about the First World War in 2014 but it seems like every other new novel I pick up is set in or around the Second World War There's nothing wrong with that and I've read enough WW2 fiction to know there are as many stories as there were participants but still a novel needs to brin

  3. says:

    Reading Adam Foulds’s new novel In the Wolf’s Mouth I was reminded of literary movements like Oulipo which explored the concept of ‘potential literature’Don’t get me wrong it’s not that the novel is particularly experim

  4. says:

    This is an intriguing and complex story set in North Africa and Sicily during the Second World War A fractured and in places visceral narrative

  5. says:

    There is much to love about this book Foulds’ narrative is rich with detail The imagery projected from the characters and their actions is vivid and compelling And I can’t help but notice that Foulds’ work does an excellent job of capturing the extremes of war sensitivity toward the horrors of war and the individual suffering of those victimized by it The two central characters Ray and Will work well enough on th

  6. says:

    Focuses on two very different soldiers Ray an innocent Italian American infantryman and the very different Will an ambitious officer speaks Arabic and overestimates his importance in war North Africa 1942Heavy battle scenes especially where Ray involved I found them repetitive and little boring but that may be that I’ve read too many Powerful sense of futility of war and blunders costing too many lives Some very sens

  7. says:

    I loved this Set mostly in Sicily in World War II it follows the lives of several characters including a Sicilian shepherd an Englis

  8. says:

    Don't waste your time It started out promising but petered out as if the author couldn't figure out how to end it Depressing and pointless; other than the description of the way in which the American military unfortunately collaborated with the Sicilian criminal element in America to scrub Sicily of the Fascist element; which resulted in strengthening the Mafia stranglehold and giving them a cover to settle old scores

  9. says:

    Reading books off our voluminous shelves rather from library I picked this book up because it takes place during WW II a subject of interest to me Four men are followed one British soldier one American Italian soldier a Sicilian shepard and a Sicilian Mafia guy who has been in US but returns to Italy at the end of the War Interesting and well written account of the trauma of fighting and the difficulties of su

  10. says:

    It was what it was Like a sketch for a big blockbustery kind of thing which ran out of steam before it got started Like a pilot for the tv series that won't happen Foulds can write in a no nonsense kind of way but this assemblage never moves than the laptop keys

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