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A Sportful Malice [PDF / EPUB] A Sportful Malice Award winning novelist Michiel Heyns is back with a darkly comic taleWhen a young South African literary scholar Michael Marcussi is offered via a Facebook contact a house in the Tuscan village of Gia Award winning novelist Michiel Heyns is back with a darkly comic taleWhen a young South African literary scholar Michael Marcussi is offered via a Facebook contact a house in the Tuscan village of Gianocini he accepts with alacrity this is just the space and uiet he needs to complete his study of Literary Representations of Tuscany But even before he has boarded his plane at Stansted Airport things start vexing him an obnoxious old man jumps the boarding A Sportful Kindle - ueue and Michael is given the evil eye by a belligerent bovver boy covered in tattoos Nor is this to be his last meeting with these objectionable characters they turn up in unexpected places first in Florence and then in Gianocini itself with a freuency that cannot be purely coincidental In the meantime Michael is pursuing his own extracurricular agenda through the streets of Florence and the passages of the Uffizi then through the medieval alleys of Gianocini only to find himself the object of mysterious designs and the subject of some very disturbing paintings Add to this the innocent but curious Wouter the startlingly rude upper class harridan Sophronia the beautiful but supercilious Paolo and a dog called Thanatos the Tuscan sun never shone on a bizarre mix After the sophisticated comedy of The Typewriter’s Tale and Invisible Furies and the poignant ironies of Lost Ground Michiel Heyns here returns to the broader comedy of The Reluctant Passenger in a scintillating tale of love revenge and trippa.

4 thoughts on “A Sportful Malice

  1. says:

    I have received a complimentary copy of this book through Goodreads courtesy of Jonathan Ball Publishers as a new release Conseuently I am pleased to share my review of “A Sportful Malice” by author Michiel HeynsA young South African is on his way to Tuscany from London to work on his academic writings He leaves behind a lover with whom he shares his doings on a daily basis which provides the “epistolary” structure of the book As it turns out there is no short supply of incidents to write about as Michael Marcucci seems destined to run into peculiar characters and curious coincidences In the fictional little village of Gianocini he hopes to find the ideal setting in which to continue his work on “Tuscan appropriations” However apart from numerous distractions and hostile locals Michael finds that he is in for much appropriations than he could have imaginedThe reader is slowly introduced to the main character through biographical snippets portraying his traits and uirks Simultaneously the story line becomes tangible in an eually sluggish manner This unhurried pace continues for than half of the books but turns out to be uite fitting in a way As Michael says himself “Well I was going to say to cut a long story short but why? Let the long story be as long as it has to be” Besides this compulsive need for comprehensive narratives and sharing information than necessary seems to be the inspiration for this particular story Which brings us to the whole phenomena of Facebook and virtual socializing where Heyns’ philosophy surrounding the matter is exposingly accurate and amusingly spot onAlthough there is an apt kind of mystery surrounding the main character the other characters are described in delightful and lifelike detail from Cedric’s odd tattoos to Paolo’s sublime belly button An aspect of this tale that was unusual but oddly pleasing is that it does not feel like I was manipulated or led to “like” the protagonist I found it uite a refreshing approach not needing to root for the “good guy” The extensive vocabulary is at times simply beguiling and at times a bit overbearing which I thought was not entirely appropriate for a letter type novel Nevertheless it gave me great satisfaction to read a novel that provides a rewarding challenge to one’s word range As a South African myself I found this book to provide an appealing blend of local and foreign as well as naiveté and wisdom humour and horror and the modern and the old The unfurling of the plot provided me with just enough information to lead me to wild speculation throughout but did not become predictable or boring I stayed absorbed in the tale until the very end It’s hard to put my finger on it but there is something about the writing style that feels typically South African albeit a bit older generation Perhaps it is the dry cynicism or the meticulousness in narration but some of the dialogue feels like it is straight out of my own dad’s mouthDespite being a slow story this one made me laugh out loud several times provided an intriguing setting plenty of mystery and even a serving of food for thought

  2. says:

    Just a uick niggle I HATE rating books It's silly It's giving somebody marks for creative endeavour which I find is simply a matter of the subjective taste of the moment But I haven't found a way to write a review without rating the book first AnywayWhat a splendid book I love bits of sentences that read like this they're a little like chiaroscuro paintings of youths with tattoos and face furniture 'I reckon he was a right real cunt' he commented with his customary penchant for the mot juste The story is written in epistolary form albeit email One can't help feeling that the recipient is kind of ungrateful I would have been SO content with someone so cogently communicative Of course the protagonist gets payback in a satisfying and not too dreadful way keeping the book comical rather than black even though the laissez faire attitude of the conspirators is a bit hard to swallow The story is set in a village in Italy and gets on at a cracking pace told in beautiful and amusing language Buy it it's great fun

  3. says:

    I won this book as a Goodreads First reads giveawayI must say I was very intrigued by the back of the book and was looking forward to reading it I can also admit that the I read the I was brought into the story and felt the compelling need to read it; especially in the last two chapters as it seemsAlthough I tend to dislike first person narratives andor letter formed novels this book is fantastically written in that it isn't boring long and winded or filled with too much personal reflection On the contrary I found the main character a great story teller the stories themselves compelling with many moments where I was either cringing smiling having a short laugh and even bursts of shock The images were very clear to my mind and I had no difficulty whatsoever following the plot although I must admit a lot of the English by the character Cedric wasn't always as easy to figure outAll in all it is a book that certainly deserves a read A worthwhile pleasant surprise with twists through and through ending in a humourous unfortunate affair

  4. says:

    And Heyn's does it again Sad to report I have now read ALL of his books Thoroughly enjoyed this one again had a little twist in the tale which one wasn't expecting Really enjoy his writing style

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