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El vuit (1988)

de Katherine Neville

Altres autors: T. S. Eliot (Col·laborador)

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Sèrie: Montglane Service (1), Le Jeu de Montglane (tome 1)

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Computer expert Cat Velis is hired to recover the chess pieces of the Montglane Chess Service of 1790, they have the ability to endow anyone playing with them unlimited power.
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    L'historiador de Elizabeth Kostova (norabelle414)
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    El Códice Secreto de Lev Grossman (conceptDawg)
    conceptDawg: The “mystery/intrigue that is tied to an historical relic” genre
  3. 20
    Black Market Truth de Sharon Kaye (cat505)
  4. 20
    Zugzwang de Ronan Bennett (rarelibri)
    rarelibri: A murder mystery within the backdrop of chess tourney. The name of the book itself is taken from a chess position where: A player whose turn it is to move who has no move that does not worsen their position is said to be in zugzwang (Soltis 2003:78). Thus every move would make their position worse, and they would be better off if they could pass and not move. A great book and for fans of Neville. rarelibri… (més)
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    El Foc de Katherine Neville (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: The two books are connected by the Montglane Service and The Game
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    Gospel de Wilton Barnhardt (kullfarr)
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    La tabla esmeralda de Carla Montero (Usuari anònim)
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    L'últim Cató de Matilde Asensi (JAPerlmutter)
    JAPerlmutter: This books by Spanish author Asensi preceded Katherine Neville's The Eight and, in many ways, is more fascinating since it deals with the vagaries of Catholicism and the schisms, myths and spiritual journeys peculiar to the Church's dogma. Strong female protagonist and an ending just as satisfying as Neville's.… (més)
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    Sandstorm de James Rollins (majkia)
    majkia: similar race to uncover mysteries.
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    El nom de la rosa de Umberto Eco (SharronA)
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    The Flanders Panel de Arturo Pérez-Reverte (isabelx)
    isabelx: Historical mysteries involving chess.
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    The Geographer's Library de Jon Fasman (cransell)
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    El codi Da Vinci de Dan Brown (cransell, kawika)
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****
Pawns and Kings.

I love reading and reviewing books. Yet if you read a lot of my reviews, (and I hope, Dear Reader, that you do), you will notice how frequently I write about the difficulty I find in reviewing certain books. More often than not I then precede to rave about that book. It’s because as a reviewer I feel that I am beheld to an oath similar to the Hippocratic one taken by doctors; first, do no harm.

Good books deserve to be experienced by their readers with as little interference as possible, so I try to give you a feel for the book without dropping spoilers and ruining the reader’s chance to revel in an exceptional work. All of which brings me to The Eight by Katherine Neville. It’s a novel that is tailor-made to fit my little manifesto. It’s very good, very original, and it deserves to be appreciated first-hand. Both the story and the plot are intricate, bordering on the Byzantine, but to break it down, it is about The Montglane Service, an antique Chess set, made in India, and gifted to Charlemagne, which holds mystical and mythic powers, and must be protected by the innocent from falling into the hands of the evil.

There are two main story-lines, one featuring Cat Velis, a computer expert and accountant, who works for Con Ed, in the 1970’s. After refusing to do something illegal for her boss she is sent from New York to a dead-end assignment to Algeria, to work with a then-unknown organization called OPEC. Before she leaves a fortune-teller at a party tells her that her life is in danger, and quick as a wink two people are dead and Cat is afraid that she might be next. The other story is about two young nuns, Valentine and Mirielle, and is set in France during the Revolution. These two are sent to Paris with a mission that involves the mythical Service. Before long everyone is either trying to hide or find this powerful artifact.

If that was all there was to the story, I would be done with my review. The Eight, however, is over 500 pages long, and Ms. Neville has plenty of stories up her sleeve. Historical figures, from the Freemasons to Catherine the Great, from Muammar Gaddafi to Cardinal Richelieu and Charles Maurice de Talleyrand all play significant roles, and Ms. Neville spins plenty of myths and history into her tale as well. Both backgrounds are solid and believable without being burdened by too much minutiae. The prose is solid, and all of the main characters ring true. What makes The Eight really special is the way that Ms. Neville makes the two storylines twist and turn, each enforcing and informing the other until they are, in the end, one. It’s something that is rarely accomplished, and deserves a tip of the cap.

The mythology of Chess also plays an integral part in this novel, and as a lifelong fan of Nabokov, I can say that she does the old master proud, both in her knowledge, and in her execution. Also worth noting is that the complexity of both the story and the plot are closely tied into the underlying motif of the game of Chess. In case you might find this intimidating, let me tell you that I am terrible at Chess, and my knowledge of it’s history is weak, and it never interfered my my enjoyment of this novel. What makes this book so good, in the end, is that all of this is subsumed by the narrative flow. You can read this big, smart novel as a thriller, and enjoy all of the tangents as just gravy. Smart, intricate and sophisticated gravy. Now how is that for an ending sentence?

Review by: Mark Palm
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Katherine Nevilleautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Constante, SusanaTraductorautor principalalgunes edicionsconfirmat
Eliot, T. S.Col·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Ohl, ManfredTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Sartorius, HansTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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