If you’ve read Georges Simenon’s classic of existential noir Dirty Snow you will probably believe there was mutual influence between Simenon. Georges Simenon’s Dirty Snow, a noir chronicle of a mean, vicious soul, is anything but the feel-good read of the summer. But novelist Jim. Georges Simenon is reasonably well-known as the Belgian author of the Maigret detective stories, but deserves to be a good deal more famous.
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He threw himself into writing a novel, and then after a few weeks it was done. I have never any Simenon at all, this certainty sounds like a very dark story. I do not know whether he wrote them specifically for the occupying forces or if they had been written before.
However, on the recommendation of fellow reader, and reviewer, Nigeyb, I decided to give this a enow.
This would be, and certainly was, a perfect moment to cover up all sorts of crimes and slide into moral depravity. When he encounters affection, he sees it as weakness and will destroy anything that resembles it, as we see in the cold and callous murder that follows.
She clasped her hands and stammered in difty cracked voice, “But, my good sir, you know very well he’s been dead for a year. It does indeed sound distinctly durs…. Frank is a young man who is adrift. The watchmaker was such a coward that he would have given up his watches without a word. Frank wants to be a man.
Here the 2nd world war is very presen chilled me to the bone.
It’s true that he was living in Nazi occupied France during the war, but he was also later accused of having conspired with the Germans. When I simenoj to do my translation, I simenob and the people at Penguin agreed with me on translating the original Simwnon title literally. View all 7 comments. My ratings basically are indications of the experience I had reading a book, and what I thought I was able to take away from that snpw.
Mainly, they have ample coal to stay warm through a bitterly cold winter. James Hynes, author of the satirical novel Kings of Infinite Spacediscusses the hypnotic appeal of this saga of a very bad man living in very dark times. And she insisted on calling him “my little angel. But this book had one of the most repulsive and compelling characters I’ve ever come across in my reading life Frank is just asking for it, and even the protection of his mother, the local constable, and his connections in the underworld are not able to reign in his self-destructive compulsions.
Create a dorty website or blog at WordPress. Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. In one of Burnet’s novels, he has the story take place in a French-Swiss border town, so I wondered if simmenon French or so I thought Simenon also set his stories on the border.
You are commenting using your Facebook account. Beautiful NYRB edition though. Anyone interested in the human condition. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Certainly, this is a dark read and not an easy one, in which the author does not hesitate to tell the story of a cast of characters without any obvious redeeming features. To dislike a character and then to move to pity and sorrow—well, it does something to the reader. Learn how your snpw data is processed.
You are commenting using your Facebook account. Frank is a revolting individual whose descent into crime is horrible. But it deepened the reading experience for me.
Or more precisely, purposeless criminality. What a harsh, grim book, but quite stunning as well in ways. Sep 07, Tara rated it really liked it Recommends it for: March 29, at 7: He pushed his foot against the door as it opened, his pistol at his waist.
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Yes, he was blacklisted during the making of the film. For some people, the realisation of unattainability is unacceptable. I am a piece of shit. She trotted off down the hall, toward the kitchen, where Frank noticed a wicker armchair with an orange cat curled up in a ball on a red cushion. Written at a phenomenal pace, this is an exhilarating and terrifying book that will make you feel gloomy when you start reading it, leave you all torn up when it’s over, and then you start looking for something that will help you slow down your thoughts.
Anybody interested in sociopathy and existentialism.
Toward the end, Frank finally experiences pangs of humanity: The plot quickly thickens. All readers have them — and so do writers. He hadn’t had much to drink and yet things seemed to be happening as if he were drunk.