- Format: Kindle (Amazon) - read an extract at this site
- File Size: 537 KB
- Print Length: 176 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (November 7, 2013) - originally published in 1931
- translation into English by David Bellos.
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EZEC0TG
The recent decision by Penguin to republish fresh translations of all of Simenon's Maigret novels, in the original order of publication, provides a real opportunity for readers to catch up on titles that have been out of print for some time. Apparently the 75 novels will be published at the rate of one a month. There is even an accompanying 24 page brochure available giving biographical details about Simenon and the characters he created.
I've been a Simenon reader for decades and could not pass up the opportunity to read, on my Kindle, the very first of the Maigret titles.
Maigret comes over as a mountain of a man, with enormous energy, and the ability to push himself to the limits of human endurance.
Inevitably Maigret was a
hostile presence in the Majestic. He constituted a kind of foreign body
that the hotel's atmosphere could not assimilate.
Not that he looked like a cartoon policeman. He didn't have a moustache and he didn't wear heavy boots. His clothes were well cut and made of fairly light worsted. He shaved every day and looked after his hands.
But his frame was proletarian. He was a big, bony man. His firm muscles filled out his jacket and quickly pulled all his trousers out of shape.
He had a way of imposing himself just by standing there. His assertive presence had often irked many of his own colleagues.
In his exploration of international crime rings that manipulate world-wide economies Simenon shared similar concerns to his contemporary Agatha Christie who was also convinced of the control of world economies and politics by evil forces.
My rating: 4.3
Another review to check:
Mrs Peabody Investigates