Book Review: The Bishop’s Bedroom

By Jodi Truglio — April 07, 2020

 

The Bishop’s Bedroom

By Piero Chiara: Translated By Jill Foulston

The story begins during the summer of 1947, World War II has just ended and a man in his thirties, a war refugee from Switzerland, he is now free and unattached. As a result he finds himself putting off work and sailing on Lake Maggiore in northern Italy where grand houses stand.

Lured by its intrigue he soon drops anchor in the small fashionable port of Oggebbio, it is there he meets the owner of a villa who invites him into his home for dinner and introduces him to his wife and widowed sister-in-law. 

He soon learns the man who invites him to stay for dinners name is Mario Orimbelli, who recently returned to Italy following his time in the army in Africa. After enjoying a good meal and a pleasant conversation Orimbelli invites the man to stay in what was once the bishops bedroom.

Always I bit suspicious of his host, the two men embark on a carefree  journey of sailing along Lake Maggiore, but little does the man know his journey will end in tragedy, by revealing long lost secrets, murder and suicide. 

Although, I found myself struggling to connect with these characters more specifically the narrator of the story, since little to no information is every revealed about him not even a name. The story is a well written psychological thriller, that is impossible to put down until it’s grand finale. 

 

Courtesy Image: New Vessel Press

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