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The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (edição: 2015)

de Louise Penny (Autor)

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At first enjoying a peaceful retirement, former Quebec homicide detective Armand Gamache reluctantly agrees to help a neighbor search for her missing estranged husband and teams up with two former colleagues on a search that reveals the workings of a psychologically damaged mind.
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Título:The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Autores:Louise Penny (Autor)
Informação:Minotaur Books (2015), Edition: Reprint, 400 pages
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I so wanted to love this book! All these books in reading this series, I do know how great and lyrical a writer Louise Penny is. This book reinforced this, but I found myself looking and looking for the bones behind the meat of the beautiful language. This is a different book from the rest in the series. It's a much more "in Gamache's head" kind of book, and that is normally not a bad place to be, but in this case, I just thought it went on for too long. The pace of the book definitely took a backseat to the endless discussions about art and painting, and also to the scenic descriptions. Gamache and Beauvoir, along with two Three Pines familiars - Clara and Myrna, take a long trek up and down the St. Lawrence River trying to find a lost Peter Morrow. It's late summer in Quebec when this story occurs, and the weather is hot and sweltering. Gamache has recently retired from the Surete when Clara Morrow asks him to help her find her absent husband. Gamache has a feeling from the get-go that this whole escapade will probably not end well, but he cannot say no to a friend in need. So off the four go on a long and winding road trip, plane ride and boat ride to the end of the St. Lawrence River. I don't know about anyone else that has read this book, but I found that I was pretty tired of Clara by about halfway through, and done with her by the end. I'm not sure whether or not I will continue this series. I keep hoping for more by the end of each book, and find that I'm always disappointed at the end. Mystery stories need some impetus and a rollicking plot to keep you wanting to read. I don't find that in these books. What i have found, every time, is a knock-your-socks off, out-of-the-box ending that seems to come out of nowhere and that has no discernible beginning throughout the book. I have given the book three stars because this book, like all the others, is a literary gem. I think now I have to go read an adventure book or a slam-bang thriller to wake up my somnolent senses. ( )
  Romonko | Oct 28, 2021 |
Congratulations, Louise Penny; you made me cry. I hope you're pleased with yourself.

I'm not totally clear on the definition of a "cozy," but this one seems to fit that definition best of the books in this series so far. It's primarily about relationships and Gamache finding his place in Three Pines. Murder is secondary, almost unnecessary in this installment of the series. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Oct 9, 2021 |
Summary: Gamache’s peaceful retirement is interrupted when Peter Morrow fails to return as agreed a year after his separation from Clara and they embark on a search taking them to a desolate corner of Quebec.

Armand and Reine Marie have settled into what is hoped to be a peaceful and joyous retirement in Three Pines. Each morning, Gamache goes, sits on a bench above the village, pulls out a slim book, reads only as far as a bookmark, and gazes on the village. Clara Morrow has begun joining him and it is clear there is something on her mind. Finally she asks, and she dares to break into his peace, telling him that Peter had not come home. A year before, when it was clear he was deeply jealous of Clara’s growing success that was eclipsing his, she asked him to leave. For a year. When he returned, they would decide where the marriage went. On the day he was supposed to return, he did not come. No letter or contact. Days turned into weeks. No Peter and no word. Not like Peter.

Armand agrees to help, joined by his son-in-law, Jean Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna, the bookstore owner who has become his counselor. Slowly a picture emerges, in fact, a number, sent to Bean, who we met in an earlier novel. They are a veritable “dog’s mess,” painted by Peter, but unlike anything he’s ever painted. They reflect a long journey through Europe to a strange garden in Dumfries, Scotland, and a remote location outside of Baie St Paul in the Charlevoix region. Between those two locations, he had visited charming old professor Massey in Toronto, withdrew money from his bank in Montreal and disappeared.

How to understand the paintings and to make sense of Peter’s journey occupies much of the book. It seems that a controversial professor recruited and later dismissed by Massey, Norman or “No Man,” had created an artist commune or cult in Baie St. Paul some years back around the idea of the “tenth muse,” which was believed to be the muse of artists. Was Peter, whose career was eclipsed seeking the muse in some kind of crazed effort to regain eminence over Clara.

The foursome embark on a journey, led by Clara, not Gamache, at her insistence. They do not find Peter, or No Man, but find clues that take them to Tabaquen, a remote and desolate village along the St. Lawrence in the far eastern reaches of Quebec . The question is what will they find when they get there?

Throughout the book two themes recur: the balm of Gilead that heals the sin-sick soul and the idea of “a brave man in a brave country.” Will they find a sin-sick soul, corrupted by jealousy? Will they find one who has found balm, and become a brave man in a brave country? Will Peter find that what he has sought to the ends of Canada was something that was already his in the love and creativity of Clara? Or will he be a different man, maddened with jealousy, driven by a quest for a mythical muse to bring a fresh spark of creativity to his art?

The story turns on jealousy, the mystery of artistic creativity, and perspective, centered around both a painting that reveals different things depending on how it is turned and the identity of a mad figure in a yearbook drawing from the art school. Perspective will also figure in the emerging picture of what they will find in Tabaquen.

Unlike other books thus far, this has no side plots. From a peaceful beginning, it develops methodically, but not without its humorous moments, to an edge-of-the-seat ending. Savor every moment. They all matter. ( )
  BobonBooks | Sep 5, 2021 |
This book was a bit of a slog in the beginning. I was getting weary of the philosophizing ad nauseum. I turn to mysteries for story and characters. I appreciate Louise Penny's interweaving philosophy of life through poetry and art, but for me this one was going too far without a forward motion in the storyline. With advice from other series readers, I persevered. As predicted, the book offered insight into the known characters, adding depth to my understanding. The last 20% of the book was back to a typical storyline from Penny. Her writing is relaxing as she describes the environs so beautifully. It seems that every series tv or book has to get to the psychoanalyzing at some point. It doesn’t grab me but it does enrich the other stories. I am hoping the next installment has more action again. ( )
  beebeereads | Sep 1, 2021 |
It starts with a lump in the throat. Or in this case, it ends with a lump in the throat and many, many tears. Penny is a breathtaking writer of such beauty, the human condition and of the soul. An extraordinary talent. ( )
  Stephen.Lawton | Aug 7, 2021 |
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