The Death of Achilles

The Death of Achilles In after six years of foreign travel and adventure renowned diplomat and detective Erast Fandorin returns to Moscow in the heart of Mother Russia His Moscow homecoming is anything but peaceful

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  • Title: The Death of Achilles
  • Author: Boris Akunin Boris Akunin Andrew Bromfield
  • ISBN: 9780812968804
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1882, after six years of foreign travel and adventure, renowned diplomat and detective Erast Fandorin returns to Moscow in the heart of Mother Russia His Moscow homecoming is anything but peaceful In the hotel where he and his loyal if impertinent manservant Masa are staying, Fandorin s old war hero friend General Michel Sobolev Achilles to the crowd has been founIn 1882, after six years of foreign travel and adventure, renowned diplomat and detective Erast Fandorin returns to Moscow in the heart of Mother Russia His Moscow homecoming is anything but peaceful In the hotel where he and his loyal if impertinent manservant Masa are staying, Fandorin s old war hero friend General Michel Sobolev Achilles to the crowd has been found dead, felled in his armchair by an apparent heart attack But Fandorin suspects an unnatural cause His suspicions lead him to the boudoir of the beautiful singer not exactly a courtesan known as Wanda Apparently, in Wanda s bed, the general secretly breathed his last

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    1. I'm reading these all again as I have been told by my clever Russian professor that despite the books being set in 1880, they are actually about modern Russia and not only is it fun attempting to work out which characters could possibly be today in modern Russia it gives the whole story an entirely different feel.

    2. Back in Russia after his trip to Japan (about which details are frustratingly scant), Fandorin helps the police track down a hired assassin. He is accompanied by his Japanese manservant Masa, and displays some highly unusual, newly acquired skills. Action, drama, and nick-of-time chases keep readers turning pages.What to ExpectEach novel is written as a different type of mystery. Akunin set out to rectify the low-brow reputation of the mystery genre in post-USSR Russia by writing worthy litera [...]

    3. I will note that while you could feasibly read this as a stand alone, you really want to go back and read the entire series in this order (not necessarily in the published order): the Winter Queen The Turkish Gambit Murder on the Leviathan If you haven't met Erast Fandorin, then you definitely need to go back to the Winter Queen where he gets his start. This book: Our young hero has literally just returned to Russia from Japan after his duties there are completed. He comes to Moscow, where he is [...]

    4. I love Boris Akunin's books, but I think this one is my least favorite of the Fandorin series (which still ranks it fairly high). Fandorin returns from many years in Japan to find himself out of favor and out of touch, "exiled" to Moscow and away from the political excitement of the capital. He's the first one to realize that the death of an old friend and military hero is actually a murder, and the only one to pursue that trail. The bodies keep piling up and the evidence of a conspiracy mounts, [...]

    5. A nice thing about series mysteries is the continuity of characters among the volumes. One grows accustomed to their faces and one expects they'll be back, if not the next time you read one of the series, then soon enough.Bah! Humbug! sayeth Boris, happily killing off and abandoning people through the multi-year festival that is this entertaining and readable series. (Andrew Bromfield, the translator, deserves many kudos for producing such readable and thoroughly enjoyable translations.) This bo [...]

    6. It is the year 1882, and Erast Petrovich Fandorin, detective and diplomat in Tsarist Russia, has returned to Moscow after six years of foreign adventures, ready to commence a new role assigned to the Governor General of Moscow. Hardly has he settled into his new environment that the news spreads that his former mentor and friend General Michel Sobolev, known as "Achilles" by the adoring Muscovites, has been found dead. Fandorin, however, is suspicious of the circumstances of the death: the thirt [...]

    7. It's the second book in the series I've read and I have to say that I enjoy them a lot, more for the atmosphere than for the mystery, however. They have this vivid, funny, sparkling sense of humor which is a trademark of the better Russian literature (Gogol, Chekhov and the like). The main character is nice enough (nice, for lack of a better word), strong, honest and invincible and all that - I don't care for him that much, but he's all right. The ladies, I noticed, are always the same, passiona [...]

    8. As someone raised on Agatha Christie, I say unabashedly that good mysteries are a delight to read. The problem is that there are too few good mysteries. Too many of them read like the book equivalent of Law & Order, where exposition substitutes as dialogue, plot points as action, and character familiarity for true character development. God Bless You, Mr. Akunin.Akunin manages to weave an intricate tale that skillfully draws us into 19C Moscow and its intrigues while reflecting on larger iss [...]

    9. I really liked this one when I read it years ago. Upon rereading, I found it a slog, until about 1/3 to 1/2 through, when it did pick up and become exciting. This is the fourth of the Erast Fandorin mysteries, which are set in 19th century Russia. Erast is a government official detailed to 'special assignnments'. I was disappointed this time around, but people's taste change, and also I was in a 'Russian' phase those many years ago. I think the setting was what attracted me.Erast is tasked to so [...]

    10. Nadal stylowo i urzekająco, acz nieco mniej interesująco pod względem fabularnym, jak i stopnia komplikacji intrygi. Fandorin, powraca niejako w swej "pierwotnej" postaci brylującego towarzysko everymana, tym razem wzbogaconego o doświadczenia wyniesione z swych wojaży po Japonii. Pewne elementy owych nowych "doświadczeń" wypadają tu nadzwyczaj kuriozalnie, i pomimo mojego "patrzenia przez palce" na swoistą "pocztówkową" umowność w zakresie sposobu prowadzenia narracji, ciężko mi [...]

    11. An excellent addition to the Fandorin series – I loved the way that Akunin used a parallel narrator to Fandorin (and one who was, in many respects, very similar to Fandorin) and how the paths of these two individuals eventually collided. (There’s a bit of “Rashomon” homage here too, with the other narrator remembering the events we’ve already seen through Fandorin’s eyes, as well as what I can only see as a tribute to the Pink Panther with Fandorin’s Japanese valet, Masa.) In addit [...]

    12. I'm sure I'm quite late jumping on the Boris Akunin bandwagon, but if you're not familiar with him, I say, run, don't walk, to this series of mysteries featuring the Holmesian, James Bondish Russian detective of the late 1800s, Erast Fandorin.Like Henning Mankell's recent The Man From Beijing, this novel also contains two novels in one. After letting Fandorin plow through a confusing tangle of clues surrounding the sudden death of a famous Russian general, the book pauses to give you the backsto [...]

    13. I enjoyed this book very much and it is a big improvement on "Murder on the Leviathan," which I found rather formulaic. This book was almost as good as "Turkish Gambit" with the characters much more fully fleshed out than in "Murder." I do have a weakness for good characterisation and will forgive an author for poor plotting if his/her characters are good. The structure of this story works very well and I liked the final section where the story is turned around to be viewed through the eyes of A [...]

    14. More intricately plotted with better villains and some fantastic scenes. On the other hand, it lacks the annoying yet haunting obstinate languor of the earlier three novels. A bit less post-modern. But still a fantastic tale. Would make an excellent movie and in this case I don't mean that as an insult.

    15. I really enjoyed this tale - Akunin is a comtemporary Russian author who has a good following in Europe. His character Fandorin is something of a Russian, 19th Century James Bond - a master of disguise that gets involved in all kinds of interesting adventures with a scruffy cast of characters that remind you of Dickens

    16. Eh. As the Russians would say "tak sebe.: This opinion may change as I keep reading, but enough of descriptive jabber already! Get on with the story of murder of a Russian general and the wily doings of the ever-so-smart detective Erast Fandorin Keep checking this review page

    17. Когда я впервые читал этот цикл, то на этой книге немного обалдел. Как же так, ведь я оставил героя на огромном океанском корабле. Он собирался провести какое-то время в Японии, чтобы отойти от всех своих переживаний. Найти гармонию, осознать себя и все такое прочее. А теперь [...]

    18. Ho già avuto modo di dirlo in altri commenti lasciati qua e là a letture e riletture di Akunin, ma mi ripeto volentieri: La morte di Achille è, per me, uno dei migliori romanzi della serie e questa rilettura non mi ha dato altro che conferme. In queste pagine Akunin fa un lavoro straordinario sia a livello di intreccio che di riferimenti letterari più o meno sottili, in questo caso al mito di Achille, come il titolo del romanzo fa facilmente intuire. Non segno la recensione come spoiler, ma [...]

    19. быстренько напишу, чтобы кейн не ругалась , что я не учусь ло л книга шла на твёрдые четыре звезды!! (минус одна, потому что блин не могу я за такие мизогинные описания женщин давать все звёзды (и да, я понимаю, это 19 век бла бла, но вовсе необязательно использовать такой язык) - [...]

    20. Tek što se jutarnji peterbuški voz, ne stigavši još čestito da izroni iz oblaka dima od lokomotive, zaustavi na peronu Nikolajevske želzničke sanice, tek što kondukteri spustiše papučice i isprsiše se da salutiraju, iz vagona prvog razreda na platformu iskoči mlad čovek veoma upadljive spoljašnosti.Roman započinje povratkom Fandorina u Rusiju, i njegovim uplitanjem u istragu smrti ruskog "Ahileja". Radnja je kompleksna, smicalicama nikada kraja, i na svakom uglu vreba zavera (doma [...]

    21. Book 4 is back in Moscow, with Fandorin's time in Japan passed over other than the acquisition of some new fighting techniques and "not now Kato" style training with Masa. Working as a pair affords some helpful angles for the plot both comic and tragic as the hunt for the killer intensifies. The crime is relatively simple, but the trail is twisty and the villain's means of avoiding capture cunning and ruthless. Layers of political intrigue and the now seemingly essential betrayal are less import [...]

    22. The beginning style felt a little pretentious, or perhaps the cover-notes mentioning great literary figures unsettled me. But once the writing settled down into the heavy work of creating atmosphere and shifting shadows of, through and around the various characters, I thoroughly enjoyed references which broke away from clichés. The midpoint of the story shifts direction 180 degrees giving the viewpoint and backstory of another character completely from the seemingly know-it-all detective. It is [...]

    23. I enjoyed the Victorian style writing. It reminded me of the Bram Stoker narrative. Darker Asiatic themes were present with murder, intrigue, and allusion to sexuality with no actual visuals, as one might expect in more modern writers. The Holmes model shows up with his side kick, deductions, and martial arts, and the Moriarty rival. One review talked about Ian Fleming. Definitely not as violent and sexual, but in the Victorian vein for sure. The dicta or reasoning commentary/discussions on life [...]

    24. A very entertaining detective story set in 1880's Russia. Interesting plot, faithful feeling details, and small winks of humor. Like all the great Russian stories, sometimes hard to keep the various Russian names/characters separate, but I got there. The hero has been in several other stories, and I look forward to reading more of them. I thought the way the protagonist was introduced two thirds in felt a bit choppy, but it all tied up in the end. I don't read Russian, but I thought the translat [...]

    25. Another absolute quality Erast Petrovich Fandorin mystery, in which our hero returns to Russia after several years in Japan, as a result he as now added Martial Arts skills to his already extraordinary talents, and gained a Japanese manservant.No sooner does he start at his new post than he is investigating the death of a Russian hero, all the usual Boris Akunin traits are on show, well written with a great feeling of time and place, excellent characters, surprise, mystery and humour.Recommended [...]

    26. Great story but missing some of the philosophy and history that made the earlier books interesting. Fandorin basically becomes a ninja detective. Nts: halfway through the book changes perspective from fandorin to the perpetrator. Read in another review that the book is an allegory for modern Russia, but I don’t know enough about current events to make any connections. Certainly there are conspiracies upon conspiracies.

    27. Oh my God, fans of this series will love this book! If there were 6 stars, 7!!! I love this so much, I want to buy the rest back from the used book dealer to whom I just donated them. LOL, the best! Really!

    28. Admittedly, I have not been reading the Erast Fandorin series in order, having only read Murder on the Leviathan before. This was slow going. The confusing murder is told from two major viewpoints and the plot is confusing. Although this is supposed to be a spoof, Fandorin can be a bit too silly,

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