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I thought there was just an amazing sense of place in this one. I've never been to The Netherlands but I felt like I'd been to that village when I'd finished the book. Glad you're enjoying it.


I love the term "gulpable"--I totally know what that means. I've never read a Maigret, though I did catch a couple of episodes of the BBC series. I liked that and thought at the time I should look for some of the novels. I'm amazed by Simenon's output. I'm an extremely slow writer, and often feel blocked--I can't imagine having that much output. That would be wonderful.


M.Maigret sounds like my sort of writer - I am decidedly over the sort who feels they have to throw in unusual words which don't really add anything to the story or plot! It's not big and it's not clever - just pretentious!
Can't believe I have never actually read anything by him - I just have a very vague memory of a BBC adaptation way back in the mists of time (late 60's or early 70's I think) which I didn't really watch anyway!


Yes, it is very descriptive, which I love and am getting quite a sense of place and character (character of the people who live there as much as each personality). I think you recommended this one to me, so thanks very much! I have wanted to read more of his work and he was so prolific that it is hard knowing where to even start. Sorry about the continual spam folder issues and thanks for the heads up--I will make sure I always retrieve you from the folder--when you email me I always can do it sooner than later! :)


Sometimes that is how I feel like I am reading--just in one big gulp. He really cranked, didn't he? I have read a little bit about him and he was such an interesting person--I can't imagine how he wrote so quickly (I struggle with even a short blog post!). I think he was a drinker, too, --not that that had anything to do with his writing! I do like his books, though, and his writing style. I especially like his noir (non-Maigret) novels, some of which are set here in the US.


I think you would like him. His books go down very easily if you know what I mean, but that doesn't mean they are slight in any way. I have never seen any of the adaptations and wonder what the Maigret actor looked like--always interesting to see what filmmakers choose when it comes to the visuals. His novels are always very atmospheric and you can't beat the Parisian setting (though many are set in other places, too). You'll have to give him a go--the books are generally very short and you really can read them in just a sitting or two.


I have to confess that I have never read Maigret - just haven't got around to him somehow. As ever, you manage to talk about books so appeallingly, I feel I really must try and pick him up soon!


I'm afraid I never really visited Delfzijl, although I did a couple of times pass through it's railway station on the way to a spa town not far from Delfzijl. But the ships and crane bit will definitely be true as it is a sea harbour.


I think you will like him when i get to him. You might like his romans durs (I think that is how they are referred to)--the more noir books. They are easy reading if you need a little palette cleanser, if you know what I mean! :)


So many places to see--I have seen so few in my own state! Like you there have been many places I have been to, but only in the airport on my way somewhere else. I did look the city up on the wikipedia and took a look at Google images, too. I like getting a peek at some of these places I am reading about. Is fishing a big industry in The Netherlands--with so much coastline and lots of ports for ships. It sounds very much like a fishing village of sorts. It's an interesting place to set a murder mystery--you'd have thought he might have opted for Amsterdam.


Yes, it was me. I know, it's quite hard with Maigret knowing where to start. I just took what my library had and found that they all stand alone so there was no problem about not starting at the beginning. I thought The Yellow Dog was very good (nice sense of Brittany in the 1920s) and Lock 14 (nice sense of French canal life). Plan to read more soon.

No worries about the spam issue. :-)

vicki (skiourophile / bibliolathas)

That is some fan base indeed! - what a thoughtful article: that bit about "no authorial presence, no authorial judgement, and no obvious moral signposts. Which helps make Simenon’s fiction remarkably like life" is such an interesting way of looking at it. I think I've only read one Maigret (cannot remember the name, of course), and really I should give him another go.


It sounds like a quaint little town that would be lovely to visit. I didn't see any red tiled streets in Google images though. Maybe that belongs to only one small part of the town? No matter, I am glad you are enjoying the book!


I have a small collection of Maigret novels that I have mostly picked up used or at library sales. I have Lock 14--and have picked it up on a number of occasions. I will look for The Yellow Dog--that sounds good, too. The atmosphere in the stories is really wonderful. I want to read more of them as well. Have you read any of the more noir stories--I have read one or two and they are really good as well! Glad that the spam issue has not put you off commenting! I always enjoy chatting and getting your comments--and I check the spam folder every night when I log into my account!


It is very impressive! I guess it is okay to like mysteries when it comes to genre fiction--one of those guilty pleasures that it is okay to have (as opposed to romance say). I am trying to pay closer attention to my reading in light of that article. It is interesting since crime novels are often such perfect places to make all sorts of moral judgements. You should try some of his more psychological novels if Maigret doesn't quite appeal. I've read a couple and think they are really very good.


It does sound picture perfect and I still get that feeling as the story goes on. The Google images I saw seemed to be mostly of the harbor and coast. I am trying too, to picture all those lovely canals--I think I would love that--so much water around!

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