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Maigret and Monsieur Charles by Georges Simenon, Ros Schwartz

Maigret and Monsieur Charles

Inspector Maigret #75

Georges Simenon, Ros Schwartz

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Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 9 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9780241304419
4 stars out of 5
Boyd Tonkin
1 Jan 2020

"Together the Maigrets add up to a huge, utterly coherent inventory of lust, fear, greed, ambition, jealousy and long-hidden pain"

Together the Maigrets add up to a huge, utterly coherent inventory of lust, fear, greed, ambition, jealousy and long-hidden pain, brought to light by an implacably curious mind. Simenon’s slimmed-down vocabulary (2,000 words or so) adds to their taut intensity. He called them “semi-literary” works and wished to be judged for his darkly brilliant romans durs (“tough novels”). Yet André Gide — one of Simenon’s countless literary devotees — meant Maigret too when he lauded the Belgian as “the greatest of all, the most genuine novelist we have had”. Penguin’s complete shelf of gem-hard soul-probes should allow a new generation to understand why.

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