- Taschenbuch: 208 Seiten
- Verlag: Abacus; Auflage: New Ed (5. Januar 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0349117233
- ISBN-13: 978-0349117232
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,4 x 1,4 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 57.260 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Oxford Murders (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 5. Januar 2006
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Unusual blend of murder most foul and mathematics most pure ... a playful intellectual exercise DAILY MAIL An intellectual thriller that can be much enjoyed even by those whose grasp of mathematics is limited THE TIMES If you like your detective stories gore-free, with a strong crossword-solving element, this is for you THE TIMES The plot rattles along ... pausing occasionally to fill the reader in with a bit of necessary theoretical background'. LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS 'Well crafted and deeply entertaining.'
On a balmy summer's day in Oxford an old lady who once helped decipher the Enigma Code is killed. After receiving a cryptic anonymous note containing only the address and the symbol of a circle, Arthur Seldom, a leading mathematician, arrives to find the body. Then follow more murders - an elderly man on a life-support machine is found dead with needle marks in this throat; the percussionist of an orchestra at a concert at Blenheim Palace dies before the audience's very eyes - seemingly unconnected except for notes appearing in the maths department, for the attention of Seldom. Why is he being targeted as the recipient of these coded messages? All he can conjecture is that it might relate to his latest book, an unexpected bestseller about serial killers and the parallels between investigations into their crimes and certain mathematical theorems. It is left to Seldom and a postgraduate mathematics student to work out the key to the series of symbols before the killer strikes again.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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I must admit: I never did figure out the meaning and/or next character in the code shown on the cover and mentioned in the book. Did anyone out there figure it out?
While the ending is somewhat of a let-down, the book itself is entertaining, with its gentle insertion of the philosophy inherent in mathematics. Martinez's characters are not as developed as they could be, thus making it difficult to care about what happens to them, but his flowing style keeps everything moving. Those familiar with Oxford will delight in the setting, which Martinez evokes with frequent visits to the Eagle and Child (a nod to famous Oxford literary figures and minds), the various colleges, the Sheldonian Theatre, and other landmarks.
The plot is a very simple one: one summer a young Argentinean man arrives at Oxford, where he's received a scholarship to study for a year. The young man's expectations, aside from work, is to enjoy all that Oxford and England can offer him. Certainly the last thing he expects is to become embroiled in the murder investigation of his aged landlady (whom he finds smothered to death one afternoon) along with the world renowned mathematician he has always admired, Arthur Seldon. When another murder is committed and the indications are that it is connected to that of the young man's landlady, and that a whole string of similarly connected murders could follow, the young man and Seldon find themselves assisting the police in this race against time to stop a determined murderer with a yen for mathematics...
This is wonderfully understated but brilliantly absorbing read. The chapters are short but chatty, as Seldon lectures on one mathematical/philosophical theory or the other, but I did found myself totally involved and interested in what Seldon/the author was trying to impart. Kudos to Sonia Soto (I read the English translation) for doing such an excellent job of making this book accessible and a joy to read. What I really liked about this book though, aside from it's wonderfully vivid descriptions of Oxford, was that the clues were really all there. Halfway through the book, I had a suspicion of how things would pan out; and while much of what I suspected came to pass, I felt a little let down, however, that one piece vital information was never fully explained, even at the end. All in all, though, "The Oxford Murders" was a treat of a read, and perfect for those long winter nights, curled up in your favourite chair with that glass of sherry.
Although the characters are rather poorly drawn, I felt that their motivations (and actions) were excellent. I often found that I knew what people would be capabile of doing, but remained puzzled about whether they actually had. Martinez is smart enough to allow some things to be as they seem, but others not to be so.
I also very much enjoyed the puzzle on page 28 (M heart eight), and got great satisfaction out of cracking it. Judging by my son as an audience, it also makes a splendid trick using a whiteboard.
Unlike some of the other reviewers, I found the resolution fully in line with the author's view of Wittgenstein's statements about rule following, and and pleasant and intelligent response to the more simplistic denouments of other, purportedly similar books I've read in the past couple of years.