Morris now lives in North London with his wife and two young children. Dentro da grande quantidade dos personagens há alguns caracteres bem realizados e as descrições duma São Petersburgo gélida são muito atmosféricas. The writing style and description is vastly different from the story it is continuing. Making his living as a freelance copywriter, he has continued to write, and occasionally publish, fiction. The Gentle Axe has potential for a follow up novel;let's just hope the Inspector's next mystery is less over-plotted and more humane. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this truly atmospheric mystery. The descriptions with which the author builds 'The Gentle Axe', similar enough to Dostoevsky's to retain continuity, are deliberately distinctive enough that imitation is clearly not what Morris had in mind.
Why do so many powerful interests seem intent on blocking his efforts? The prose is very ordinary. Persecuted but never eliminated, the Old Believers experienced a tremendous revival during the reign of the reactionary Tsar Nikolai Pavlovitch, which ended in 1855. It's not a timid author who dares to write a sequel to Dostoyevsky's immortal Crime and Punishment, featuring the same judicial investigating magistrate who prosecuted Raskolnikov;to Morris' credit, he does an adequate job of painting the bleak,existential,soul-stealing, impoverished,authoritarian world of 1860s Russia. He studies the background of the victims and uses his considerable understanding of the workings of the criminal mind to get to the bottom of this perplexing enigma. In the tradition of such first-rate historical novels such as The Alienist and The Dante Club, Fresh off the case of a deranged student who murdered his landlady, noted police investigator Porfiry Petrovich barely takes a breath before a bizarre and very grisly double murder lands him back on the streets of the tsarist St. What does he mean by this? Petersburg, complete with the horrific living conditions for the poor that made revolution seem so imperative. Ultimately, the plot threads draw together to a shocking climax.
In what ways does The Gentle Axe reflect the changes occurring in Russia during the latter half of the nineteenth century? Gentle Axe is not littered with red herrings and preemptive spoilers, instead it is based on a clever plot, written with artistic flair. After reading Crime and Punishment, don't at all expect the same dialect or language. Morris ably describes the social and economic conditions in St. I must confess or it wouldn't be a sequel to C and P that I did enjoy the eccentric characters and the philosophical musings, which I like to think even Fyodor D. Morris clearly spent time in St.
In conducting his cases Porfiry Petrovich has to negotiate the formal social structures and politics, as well as mix with the poor and needy. If I have not solved the case, you may suspend me, indefinitely--without pay. Making his living as a freelance copywriter, he has continued to write, and occasionally publish, fiction, including Taking Comfort 2006 written as Roger Morris. Petersburg during the late nineteenth century. The characterisation and the interactions between them is nicely observed. A burly peasant twirls in the wind, hanging from a bowed tree by a rope about his neck, a bloody axe tucked into his belt.
But most of all he needs to be capable of looking into his own heart. Morris imbues his strange and complex tale with a healthy dose of black humor, and he skillfully explores the hypocrisy of those who hide their malicious nature behind a veneer of respectability. I simply can't ask for more from an author. Perhaps unsurprisingly then the reader is left guessing as to who the murder is and their motives until the end. But by the end I wanted more and have pre-ordered Morris' next Inspector Porfiry Petrovich novel. A Gentle Axe Two frozen bodies are found in Petrovsky Park — a dwarf neatly packed in a suitcase, and a burly peasant hanging from a tree.
The author took a significant, yet calculated risk- borrowing the lead character, setting and back story from the famous work of a beloved writer, which could easily garner a host of negativity. I give it a B+ on my personal grading scale. As to who did it, Morris keeps the reader guessing until the last chapter. Petersburg he knows all too well. Porfiry Petrovich finally puts everything together and explains why the crimes were committed. A burly peasant twirls in the wind, hanging from a bowed tree by a rope about his neck, a bloody axe tucked into his belt.
His investigation takes him everywhere from the rooms of a young prostitute to publishing house specializing in philosophic translations. A laundry list of items were initially left at the scene, however, by the time investigator Petrovich is alerted, via an anonymous tip, anything of value is missing, thus complicating an already difficult case. This book is not a continuation of 'Crime and Punishment', but an individual attempt to branch away from Raskolnikov's life, remain in 1860s St Petersburg, and run with a new concept loosely linked to previous work. Meanwhile the old lady who found the bodies has spent much of her 6,000 roubles on the acquisition of hundreds of icons to adorn the room she shares with a tender-hearted prostitute no Dostoyevskian novel would be complete without one. Porfiri Petroviç asıl dedektifimiz, Pavel Paveloviç isimli bir karakter daha var o da aç öğrenci kitapta. I can't give it a glowing review.
As Porfiry Petrovich tries to navigate a compassionate yet moral path through the turmoil of 1866 Russia we are drawn with him into the poverty, corruption and decay at the heart of an empire. I'm not a fan of hard boiled or classic police procedurals, I like the ones with more of a psychological bent P. It was fun finding references throughout the book to Dostoevsky's novels, although I'm sure I missed most of them. The psychological and spiritual themes seem worthy of Dostoyevsky; there are traces of Gogol and Gorky, too. It's that and now I also want to re-read Crime and Punishment, where is my copy.