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Monsieur Monde Vanishes by Georges Simenon

Monsieur Monde Vanishes

by Georges Simenon

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I am beginning to see why Anita Brookner and so many others--the introduction here is by Larry McMurtry--love Georges Simenon so much. He is an exemplar of the spare style. This comes across quite well in translation since much of what he writes about is concrete: acts and things, showing versus telling. Though Simenon does have his philosophical flights, they are usually brief. Sartre he isn't, thank goodness. The storyline is simple: a Parisian businessman, fed up with life, drops out of sight, vanishes. The adventure he then has marks him in a way not entirely expected. The following is a cliché said about certain writers but here it is also true. One feels that Simenon does not waste a single word. Everything works harmoniously. He upends expectations, surprises and excites. He entertains. Apparently, he would write about six or seven such books per year. In a bad year only two or three. ; ) ( )
1 vote William345 | Jun 11, 2014 |
Said by John Gray to be one of Simenon's most powerfuk ( )
  William.Kirkland | Oct 31, 2012 |
A minor effort by Simenon. Not nearly as engaging as other novels of his that I have read. ( )
  MacsTomes | Apr 14, 2007 |
character driven, good read. interesting introduction to this edition by Larry McMurtry. ( )
  TomChicago | Jul 9, 2006 |
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Georges Simenonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Di Lella, FedericaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Wealthy, respectable and apparently content, Monsieur Monde is a pillar of the Parisian bourgeoisie. One day he simply vanishes, leaving his spoilt children and cold wife for Marseilles. In an underworld of drug-takers and dance hostesses, Monde finally realizes his lifelong ambition - to be unrespectable and anonymous.… (more)

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