Where There's Love, There's Hate

Where There's Love, There's Hate

Book - 2013
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"In seaside Bosque de Mar, Argentina, guests at the Hotel Central are struck by double misfortun--the mysterious death of one of their party, and an investigation headed by the physician, writer and insufferable busybody, Dr. Humberto Huberman. When quiet, young translator Mary is found dead on the first night of Huberman's stay, he quickly appoints himself leader of an inquiry that will see blame apportioned in turn to each and every guest--including Mary's own sister--and culminating in a wild, wind-blown reconnaissance mission to the nearby shipwreck, the Joseph K"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Brooklyn : Melville House Publishing, [2013]
ISBN: 9781612191508
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY BIOYCASAR 2013
Characteristics: xiii, 128 pages ; 21 cm


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Feb 06, 2017

This tiny (128 pages) Argentinian murder mystery was originally published in 1946 and translated into English in 2013. A murder (or is it suicide?) takes place in a remote seaside hotel with only a few possible suspects. The main narrator is Doctor Humberto Huberman who, although a suspect himself, also plays the role of assistant investigator when the police finally show up.

Dr. Huberman reminded me of Agatha Christie's Poirot; he is a bit vain and also much attached to his meals. The writing was a bit difficult to follow at times, but otherwise fairly good. Here is an example of a "convoluted" paragraph:

History highlights personalities that have grown because of the defects of others. I had the sensation that all of Aubry's past deficiencies aggrandized Atwell. Can I say, as a symbol of my feelings, that I looked at the black face of my antimagnetic watch, and that I mentally imprinted the exact time the great detective entered upon the scene? I will only add that this reminds me of Parolles's assertion that merit is seldom attributed to whomever it corresponds. "Is it not monstrous?" as Hamlet wonders, in his monologue?

Apr 29, 2014

"Quirky" is the translator's description of this book. Bizarre, Indeed. Did Vladimir Nabokov read it? The narrator is Humberto Huberman." Inspiration for Humbert Humbert?


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