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Il testamento Westing (1978)

di Ellen Raskin

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The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
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Would like to give it a 2.5, but I guess I'll round up instead. The mystery wasn't very mysterious, and the word play wasn't very clever (which is what I was really looking forward to). The characters were ok... some of their fates were very odd though. Wouldn't recommend it to a friend unless they were looking for something very specific that this book could provide. ( )
  MrsHammyMax | Apr 11, 2022 |
This was fun and clever, but I struggled to properly engage with it. ( )
  whatmeworry | Apr 9, 2022 |
I cried at the end. ( )
  jonahdog | Apr 2, 2022 |
A motley assortment of tenants is lured into inhabiting an apartment complex known as Sunset Towers. They then find that they are all named as heirs to the estate of Samuel Westing, an eccentric millionaire whose mansion is situated right next door to Sunset Towers. Samuel Westing’s will claims that his life was taken from him. The heirs are sorted into unlikely pairs and set out to solve a series of clues laid out by Samuel Westing; the ones who manage to solve the mystery & identify the right person will inherit Sam Westing’s fortune. Who will figure out the solution & manage to win the Westing Game?

The overall premise of the book is right on target, and—at times—it is an engaging read. However, it does suffer from a number of glaring flaws that prevent it from being great.

Most of the characters are just flat-out despicable. From narcissistic social climber Grace to sullen, shin-kicking Turtle, from brash, bombastic simpleton Otis to wife-imprisoning, son-harassing inventor Shin Hoo…they’re all just so damaged and dysfunctional, it is difficult to care about what happens to them; at times, it even becomes difficult to stomach them at all.

There are also a lot of elements in the book that just make no logical sense and that seriously detract from the overall entertainment value of the story. For example, it’s just not realistic to have a character who lives a double life disguised as a servile imbecile for years on end; that’s just utterly unbelievable, even in a work of fiction.

And Denton Deere’s sudden, inexplicable change in personality and motivation was just sloppy. He spends the entire game resenting his handicapped partner, focusing on when Chris is going to sign their check so he can get his money; then, out of the blue, he’s bending over backwards to get Chris specialized medical treatment with no thought of finances. Why? There is no reason or explanation given for this overnight transformation of Denton Deere’s entire character.

Even the motives for the actual Westing Game itself are shrouded in confusion. Supposedly, Sam Westing creates this elaborate inheritance game as a scheme to embarrass and punish his ex-wife; but, her character is so dazed, indifferent and mired in self-recrimination anyway, the entire basis for that scheme is pointless. Did he just assemble these people so he could make amends for past wrongs? Well, that explanation is entirely out of keeping with Sam Westing’s character, and doesn’t really jell with the nature of the game either. So, why did Samuel Westing devise such an elaborate ploy? What was the point of the Westing Game? The kind of half-baked motivations hinted at by the author never provide a rational excuse and the reader never does get a reasonable answer to that crucial question.

Unpleasant characters often acting radically out of character, as well as the absence of explanations for many of the things going on in the plot, are the major, irritating flaws in The Westing Game.

This is one of those incredibly rare instances in which I actually enjoy the movie version more than the book. The 1997 film based on The Westing Game succeeds in getting rid of extraneous characters, streamlining the plot so the story becomes more coherent, creating more realistic motivations for the characters’ actions, and—most importantly—making the characters a lot more sympathetic and likeable. Although the book isn’t completely awful and I would more than likely be willing to read it again in the distant future, the movie gets the popular vote in my house and is often the go-to choice for family movie nights. ( )
  missterrienation | Mar 10, 2022 |
When the new tenants of the Sunset Towers apartment building notice smoke coming from the long abandoned Westing mansion, they all know something strange is happening, but none of them could guess how strange things are going to get. Samuel Westing hasn't been seen in years and was presumed to have died in some far-away place, so it's not only a surprise when his newly deceased corpse is found in the mansion, but also to discover that he had written a will that invited every tenant in the apartment building to play a game, with the winner taking the Westing fortune.
This was the 1979 Newberry Medal winner, and it's a complex story featuring sharp-witted characters, including thirteen year-old Turtle. ( )
  mstrust | Mar 1, 2022 |
The book seems to suggest that the real American inheritance is transformation, and that American transformation is a mercurial thing.
aggiunto da g33kgrrl | modificaThe New Yorker, Jia Tolentino (Jun 13, 2019)
 
 
Ultimately, although the story is an exciting who-done-it, the emphasis on the ‘who’ is what keeps readers coming back. The characters make the story interesting, and they make the reader think, and that is exactly what a powerful book should do.
 
If Raskin's crazy ingenuity has threatened to run away with her on previous occasions, here the complicated game is always perfectly meshed with character and story. Confoundingly clever, and very funny.
 

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Ellen Raskinautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Durell, AnnIntroduzioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Summerer, Eric MichaelNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Woodman, JeffNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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for Jenny who asked for a puzzle-mystery and Susan K.
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The sun sets in the west (just about everyone knows that), but Sunset Towers faced east. Strange!
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Clues, they had to work on those clues. Behind closed doors. Whisper, someone may be listening.
Remember: It is not what you have, it's what you don't have that counts.
A dressmaker, a secretary, an inventor, a doctor, a judge. And, oh yes, one was a bookie, one was a burglar, one was a bomber, and one was a mistake.
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“Take stock in America, my heirs, and sing in praise of this generous land. You, too, may strike it rich who dares to play the Westing game.”
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