Maigret's Childhood Friend: Inspector Maigret #69



Maigret's Childhood Friend: Inspector Maigret #69When A Long Lost Friend Pays A Visit To Maigret S Office, He Is Shocked To Learn That The Man S Roommate Has Been Murdered With The Help Of His Old Friend, Maigret Delves Into The Life Of The Victim And Finds A Complex Web Of Relationships That Leads Him To The CulpritPenguin Is Publishing The Entire Series Of Maigret Novels In New Translations This Novel Has Been Published In A Previous Translation As Maigret S Boyhood Friend His Artistry Is Supreme John Banville One Of The Greatest Writers Of The Twentieth Century Simenon Was Unequalled At Making Us Look Inside, Though The Ability Was Masked By His Brilliance At Absorbing Us Obsessively In His Stories Guardian

Simenon was one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century, capable of writing 60 to 80 pages per day His oeuvre includes nearly 200 novels, over 150 novellas, several autobiographical works, numerous articles, and scores of pulp novels written underthan two dozen pseudonyms Altogether, about 550 million copies of his works have been printed.He is best known, however, for his 75 novels and 28 short stories featuring Commissaire Maigret The first novel in the series, Pietr le Letton, appeared in 1931 the last one, Maigret et M Charles, was published in 1972 The Maigret novels were translated into all major languages and several of them were turned into films and radio plays Two television series 1960 63 and 1992 93 have been made in Great Britain.During his American period, Simenon reached the height of his creative powers, and several novels of those years were inspired by the context in which they were written Trois chambres Manhattan 1946 , Maigret New York 1947 , Maigret se f che 1947.Simenon also wrote a large number of psychological novels , such as La neige tait sale 1948 or Le fils 1957 , as well as several autobiographical works, in particular Je me souviens 1945 , Pedigree 1948 , M moires intimes 1981.In 1966, Simenon was given the MWA s highest honor, the Grand Master Award.In 2005 he was nominated for the title of De Grootste Belg The Greatest Belgian In the Flemish version he ended 77th place In the Walloon version he ended 10th place.

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  • 192 pages
  • Maigret's Childhood Friend: Inspector Maigret #69
  • Georges Simenon
  • 07 May 2019
  • 0241304237

10 thoughts on “Maigret's Childhood Friend: Inspector Maigret #69

  1. Whispering Stories says:

    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.comGeorges Simenon was a prolific writer with hundreds of published works comprising novels, short stories, articles and a great deal of pulp fiction, much of which was published in low priced magazines It is said that he regularly produced 60 80 pages per day Maigret was his most successful character with 75 novels and 28 short stories published between 1930 and 1972.Maigret s Childhood Friend was published in 1968 by which time Simenon was well settle Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.comGeorges Simenon was a prolific writer with hundreds of published works comprising novels, short stories, articles and a great deal of pulp fiction, much of which was published in low priced magazines It is said that he regularly produced 60 80 pages per day Maigret was his most successful character with 75 novels and 28 short stories published between 1930 and 1972.Maigret s Childhood Friend was published in 1968 by which time Simenon was well settled into the character so there is no surprise that the book is easy to read Indeed, it is short enough and compelling enough to read in a single day.An earlier translation of this book was published as Maigret s Boyhood Friend but my O level French suggests that the new English title isaccurate My paperback copy bears an image of Maigret viewed through a caf window, clearly contemplating a problem.Although I cannot comment on the technicality of the translation of the book, Shaun Whiteside has perfectly captured the well known images of Maigret and the atmosphere of mid century Paris is so strong that I swear I could smell stale smoke from Disc Bleu or Gitanes on every page Incidentally, Simenon was not raised in Paris and was not even born in France but his training as a Parisian newspaper reporter taught him the activity of every backstreet of that city.As one would expect the story revolves around a mysterious murder and a selection of colourful suspects During his investigation Maigret gets to visit a variety of businesses, bars and bistros, generally in the seedier parts of Paris The investigation stalls somewhat until a flash of inspiration enables him to solve the case.Although the case was intriguing the denouement left me a little flat I had not been able to solve it myself but when Maigret revealed the truth I was not blown away.But why should a couple of dull pages spoil the great fun that I gained from the preceding 174 I found the whole package all so entertaining and all so comforting that I have to award it four stars

  2. Richard says:

    My monthly fix of Maigret.Similar to a recent case this time Maigret delays arresting his Childhood Friend, Florentin because although the circumstances point to his guilt there is no telling evidence.The seasoned policeman is also struggling because of his loose connection with the suspect and that he is a pathological liar A school boy clown, weak, never able to make a success of his life he has become something of a pathetic character.He was the live in lover of the murdered victim He wa My monthly fix of Maigret.Similar to a recent case this time Maigret delays arresting his Childhood Friend, Florentin because although the circumstances point to his guilt there is no telling evidence.The seasoned policeman is also struggling because of his loose connection with the suspect and that he is a pathological liar A school boy clown, weak, never able to make a success of his life he has become something of a pathetic character.He was the live in lover of the murdered victim He was a kept man, but she wasof a character and had a series of lovers who gave her money for a relationship and sexual favours.He claims a man called on Jos e he hid in the wardrobe and heard a gun shot When he ventured out he found her dead He panicked, interfered with the crime scene and when coming to his senses sought out his childhood friend and through himself on Maigret s mercy Looking at the case after the fact presented with lies, half truths and deliberate silence Maigret has to interview all the dead woman s lovers for one of them must have killed her.Great story as Maigret is conflicted by his association with the prime suspect who he knows is being less than truthful Yet in his heart he knows he did not kill her He may be guilty of many things but he doubts he is a killer The case gets under his skin and much of the deduction goes round in his head with the probably truth always seemingly out of reach.Instructive and wonderful insights into the relationship he has with his wife Not without humour.I loved one Sunday escape into the country which did little to clarify his thinking The Maigret series the benchmark for police procedurals and that ace detective So much pleasure reading each and everyone, like time spent with family and friends

  3. Thomas Strömquist says:

    A schoolmate of Maigret s re enters his life some 40 years since the last time they met, presenting him with a strange murder case andthan a dilemma Not only is the murder of a young woman a mystery at the same time Maigret has no reason to trust his childhood friend and his story is not believable, but which are the true parts and what can be dismissed

  4. Rhys says:

    The 50th Maigret novel I have read and it has taken just over four years to do so, which means I am averaging one a month This feels like a minor achievement to me There are 75 novels in total in the series, so I am two thirds of the way through I can project that it will take me another two years to finish the series, which will mean that I will have done all of Maigret in six years.I have started other book sequences before and often not finished them I gave up on the Oz novels of Fran The 50th Maigret novel I have read and it has taken just over four years to do so, which means I am averaging one a month This feels like a minor achievement to me There are 75 novels in total in the series, so I am two thirds of the way through I can project that it will take me another two years to finish the series, which will mean that I will have done all of Maigret in six years.I have started other book sequences before and often not finished them I gave up on the Oz novels of Frank L Baum after six books because they were getting worse, not better I gave up on the Tarzan books of Edgar Rice Burroughs after the first two I gave up on Captain Alatriste after five books though I might return and read the others one day But with the Maigret series I have absolutely no desire to quit On the contrary I am finding the novels addictive This one is another good example of what I have come to expect from Simenon s Maigret novels It s not among the handful of real gems that I have read so far, but it s certainly not one of the few clunkers Simenon is extremely reliable

  5. Reid says:

    Very enjoyable, lit.light in crime fiction, read like a Columbo episode, will definitely read another Maigret novel

  6. Graham says:

    Not read any Simenon before so this was a bit of a treat Book is part of an omnibus, the fifth, and there are twoto go on this volume Maigret is a personable detective, who eats melons, watches TV and goes out for a drive with his wife she drives to think and puzzles things out The plot pootles along and two crimes are solved one of passion, one of blackmail.

  7. Jonah says:

    All the Penguin Maigrets are enjoyable but this particular translation was so specifically British that I, as an American reader, came close to disliking it If you aren t committed to reading all of these and you re from the US, this is one to skip.

  8. Laurence Giliotti says:

    A later Maigret Simenon provides a great dealof Maigret s inner thoughts than were shared in the earlier novels Not always necessary, but works well enough considering the circumstances in which the chief inspector has been placed.

  9. Bob says:

    A pretty good one, where maigret lets the past get In the way As with most of Simenons work, it s the little things that get me, like the recurring shame around his attraction to the primary suspects sister Just these little bombs delicately planted here and there.

  10. Gary says:

    Having read only a good portion of Simenon s Maigret series only once, now, I make no firm judgments except that this novel is a novel, an absorbing psychological study of several people.

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