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A Crime in Holland: Inspector Maigret #7 [Kindle Edition]

Georges Simenon , Sian Reynolds
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A new translation of Georges Simenon's novel set in a tranquil town on the dutch coast, book seven in the new Penguin Maigret series.

'Just take a look,' Duclos said in an undertone, pointing to the scene all round them, the picture-book town, with everything in its place, like ornaments on the mantlepiece of a careful housewife . . . 'Everyone here earns his living. Everyone's more or less content. And above all, everyone keeps his instincts under control, because that's the rule here, and a necessity if people want to live in society'

When a French professor visiting the quiet, Dutch coastal town of Delfzjil is accused of murder, Maigret is sent to investigate. The community seem happy to blame an unknown outsider, but there are people much closer to home who seem to know much more than they're letting on: Beetje, the dissatisfied daughter of a local farmer, Any van Elst, sister-in-law of the deceased and a notorious local crook.

Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations. This novel has been published in a previous translation as Maigret in Holland.

'Compelling, remorseless, brilliant' John Gray

'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

'A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness' Independent

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'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.' -- The Guardian 'I love reading Simenon. He makes me think of Chekhov.' -- William Faulkner 'The greatest of all, the most genuine novelist we have had in literature' -- Andre Gide 'A supreme writer...unforgettable vividness' -- The Independent 'Superb... The most addictive of writers... A unique teller of tales' -- The Observer 'Compelling, remorseless, brilliant.' -- John Gray 'A truly wonderful writer... marvellously readable - lucid, simple, absolutely in tune with the workd he creates' -- Muriel Spark 'A novelist who entered his fictional world as it he were a part of it' -- Peter Ackroyd 'Extraordinary masterpieces of the twentieth century' -- John Banville

About the Author

Georges Simenon was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1903. He is best know in Britain as the author of the Maigret novels and his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 606 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Georges Simenon is one of the most addictive and bestselling European authors of the 20th Century. His work consists of 391 titles, and he is best known as the creator of the fictional detective series consisting of 75 books featuring Inspector Maigret, translated into more than 50 languages and sold in more than 50 countries. There are over 800 million Simenon books sold worldwide and he is the most translated French speaking author of the 20th century and the second most translated author of all time in Italy after Shakespeare.

'A writer who, more than any other crime novelist, combined a high literary reputation with popular appeal' P.D. James

'My readings? I read Tout Simenon, and when I'm done, I start all over again' Claude Chabrol

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4.0 out of 5 stars Simenon experimenting and succeeding 20 Oct. 2014
By Tiger
I've been reading the Maigret books as Penguin has been publishing them and I found this to be the most satisfying so far. Not because of the plot - which is basic, or the mystery - the killer is fairly obvious from the early chapters. It's good because it is ambitious and experimental, going beyond simple mystery telling. Maigret is in a different country among characters with different cultural values, and he is exasperated and annoyed about being a fish out of water. Through the story Simenon softly touches on cultural relativism, and the meaning of justice and truth - it's a development of the detective's character I wasn't expecting. The other thing I liked about it is the way that the crime is physically reconstructed by Maigret with the cast of characters in the final chapters - it's an ambitious piece of technical, tense, dramatic writing and you can see Simenon experimenting - and succeeding in holding the reader's attention and adrenalin. Simenon is economical and evocative as ever. He had the skills and I'm really excited about reading the later stories, and hoping to see his whole vision come together.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poor Translation, Great Book 22 May 2014
Simenon's literary genius enthrals me. The simplicity in which the depth of mystery unfurls is very inherent to Simenon's writing that a book written by him turns out to be a captivating journey as what starts like a very mundane topic evolves into a poignant analysis of crime and society. The translation of this book, however, is one of the worst I have ever happened to read. The impotence of the translator left its corroding mark in every single page that the experience of reading this great piece of literature felt like reading a newspaper. The choice of words does not match the meaningful French original. The book deserves much better translation than this. Nowadays attempts to modernize the translations of some great classics achieve nothing but ransack their meaningful texture.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I prefer real bycicles 20 May 2014
By lucas
I've just started to read this last "Maigret" published by Penguin , "A crime in Holland", and decided to give up reading this Penguin series because it seems that most translations will be "new" and "new" translations are very often poor translations. Right in the beginning of "Crime in Holland", for example, someone refers to a French professor as "great lawyer" ( un grand avocat , in the French original) but the translation goes as "a top lawyer"...

What on Earth is wrong with "a great lawyer" as it says in the original text?

Never mind that I never read something like "John G., a bottom lawyer" or "Jane B. a bottom doctor". Reading this idiocy of "top lawyer" I felt as if I was reading the "Guardian" or any other of so many "top" newspapers who practice lazy journalism. But I was reading Simenon, I was reading a book written in France during the 1930s, more than 80 years ago.

One reason to read a book like a "Maigret" novel is to use your imagination to travel in time and space. I want to imagine France in the early 1930s, I don't want to feel as if I am in 2014 reading a newspaper at Starbucks. I was writing this comment when it occurred to me that these lazy, dumbed down translations which apply modern expressions or ideas to old books are like those stationary bicycles in gyms: You ride, ride but stay in the same place.

I would rather use a real bicycle and see different landscapes and people as I ride.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I once had a collection of 15 or so Penguins ... 10 July 2014
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I once had a collection of 15 or so Penguins, each containing 2 or 3 Maigret stories. It is a pleasure at my age to be able to read them again. I did not remember much about this one. It is odd that the new series begins with so many stories outside Paris.
It seems possible Simenon wrote a number of these early on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Penguin in republishing Maigret 9 July 2014
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i am thoroughly enjoying the new editions of the Maigret series. They present an entirely different world from that of today but the characters are alive and relevant. They rare short but compelling reads. Simenon gives us a lot in a few pages, more than some other writers I can think of give us in 600. The translation seems to me to be up to date and does not jar with me. I am looking forward to the rest of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia - it's wonderful 26 Sept. 2014
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Simeon's Maigret is a timeless classic, rather like the Father Brown books. I have read most Maigret but I think that this is a new translation. Maigret still conjours up the old France - train stations, eating croissants and drinking coffee and of course all the wonderful sites of Paris.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story 25 July 2014
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As always Maigret drives me made with his style of investigating, but that said its the great charm of all of these stories. Keeps you locked into the tale right to the end. Hope the translate all of the series soon! Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Crime in Holland 23 July 2014
By Golden
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This was excellent; clever, engaging, absorbing, intriguing, a 'can't put down' kind of read. Simenon and Maigret at their best.
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