Finally I am getting around to reading “Il suggeritore” (translated in English as “the whisperer “) one of the books my friend brought back from Italy for me nearly a year ago. The pile of unread books by my bed is ridiculously high and there has been a lot of queue jumping in the meantime . This book should be labelled Rather too scary to read at bedtime – a team of police detectives is on the trail of a serial killer who has murdered 6 little girls and cut off their arms. Drafted in to help the team are the two main protagonists Dr Gavila , a criminologist with unusual methods, and Mila Vasquez, a specialist in the recovery of abducted children.
Progress has been slow even with the English translation alongside. When I say slow we are talking one sentence every 5 minutes whilst I stop to wonder about grammatical puzzles such as the following. Mila has just met 2 of the detectives from the team, one of whom is being distinctly unwelcoming to her. Mila tells her “sono una che apprende in fretta ” (I’m a fast learner).and I need a grammar book to figure out why it isn’t “CHI apprende in fretta” ??? More about this in a future post.
The other thing which has become apparent to me is a total void in my knowledge of adjectives. From only ONE page I learned two new words for “startled” – spiazzata and Stordita.
Also ammirato (impressed) and indurita (describing the unfriendly look that the lady detective gives mila). I might stand a chance of remembering this as it contains Duro in the middle, the word for ‘hard’…
on the subject of adjectives I looked up the word for Sharp as in the context of Sharp teeth, and came up with “affilato ” – but then whilst I was learning that I got 5 adjectives for the price of one.
a sharp pointy nose or muzzle could be ‘aguzzo’ or ‘appuntito’.
a sharp cutting remark to somebody would be ‘tagliente’.
a sharp pain is un dolore acuto.
A sharp bend ” una curva brusca”
and sharp teeth are ” denti affilati ” or a sharp knife “un coltello affilato “.
A sharp as a noun is un ago ( a needle) plural Gli aghi
meanwhile back to my book one sentence at a time, estimated finishing time Natale !!!