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Mari is a writer and Jonna is And at the same time, this highly autobiographical novel provides plenty of insight into this most obsessive of writers. The novel begins the day before the primary character, Roger Mamelin, is born, and it ends when he is 15 and World War I has just come to an end.
Roger is born just after midnight, on Friday, January 13, which his parents agree to lie about, and instead claim that he was born 11 minutes earlier, thus his birth certificate has his date of birth as January In an interesting parallel, the narrator of The Man with the Little Dog also worked as an assistant in a bookshop with a not very benevolent owner. Oct 04, Kim rated it it was amazing Shelves: coming-of-age. This book has no real plot and has one key story line that starts, meanders for a while and then abruptly stops.
But I loved it. My edition has a forward that describes it as a "clockwork miniature" of a town in Belgium, Lieges, and that's exactly what it is. A European city seen through the eyes of a young boy growing up. Food, streets, smells, the search for a place in the fabric of society. Did I say already that I loved it? Una famiglia come tante, vista da lontano; una famiglia singolare vista con la lente di ingrandimento che Georges Simenon usa sempre quando scrive.
Oct 06, David rated it liked it Shelves: big-white-square. She had never dared to occupy the whole of a chair.
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I loved her. The poor thing lives in absolute fear of everything for pages.
Other elements weren't quite as brilliant. The terrorist, and then Leopold, ran out of steam and disappeared, and I wondered if the whole thing wouldn't have been better without them. And there was a dead brother in real life! Omitting your dead brother from your family hist "Elise had a congenital fear of causing people trouble. Omitting your dead brother from your family history seems remarkably unkind. A largely autobiographical novel peering through the difficulties of life in Liege at the beginning of the last century by charting the story of a family, with all the unpalatable resentments, jealousies, pettiness, sour disappointment with a life that is not taking the right turns that can go on underneath the surface.
The misery of human nature laid bare in a powerful book. Oct 12, Tuck rated it really liked it Shelves: europa , pre-wwi , western-rural-with-tractors-horse.
Feb 27, Ian rated it really liked it. Another NYRB classic.
Pedigree (Simenon novel)
Pre-WW1 Liege in Belgium is vividly brought to life through the eyes of a young boy semi auto-biographical. Excellent read. Georges Simenon. Tres libros atravesados por la muerte, tres libros muy diferentes. O la duda. Como hijo, como padre.
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Y las mujeres. No es algo para sentirse especialmente orgulloso y no se siente. No lo es porque la obra de Simenon no son solo las novelas de Maigret o algunas otras policiacas, sino que su obra es de una complejidad y diversidad inmensas.
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Por utilizar una palabra de Georges Perec, lo infraordinario. May 09, Damien Travel rated it it was amazing. According to literary history, he wrote it after a cardiac alert. Did he want to write down his childhood and adolescence memories before it would be too late?
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It comes when the Germans invade. She takes in lodgers without asking.
Again no protest. She is truly astonishing in her capacity for fear and tyranny. But Elise is not the only source of motion. There are the coals falling in the stove, the tram giving off sparks as it passes, gas jets being lit in a classroom. There is that tactile life so particular to Simenon, the constant prickling to the sensate world.
A tram. Roger, when he was drunk with sunshine like this, could, if he wished, hear the fly as clearly as the tram. This is what makes Simenon such an extraordinary novelist: the way he can mix everything together; the way he collects sounds, smells and sights and inflects them with menace, arousal, comfort or some other abstract quality that becomes concrete on the page and blooms into a story.
Simenon dropped out of school, took odd jobs, worked as reporter and left Belgium for Paris after his father died in He started writing under a pseudonym.