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The Carter of 'La Providence': Inspector Maigret #4

The Carter of 'La Providence': Inspector Maigret #4 [Kindle Edition]

Georges Simenon
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The fourth book in the new Penguin Maigret series: Georges Simenon's tragic tale of lost identity, in a gripping new translation by David Coward.

What was the woman doing here? In a stable, wearing pearl earrings, her stylish bracelet and white buckskin shoes! She must have been alive when she got there because the crime had been committed after ten in the evening.

But how? And why? And no one had heard a thing! She had not screamed. The two carters had not woken up.

Inspector Maigret is standing in the pouring rain by a canal. A well-dressed woman, Mary Lampson, has been found strangled in a stable nearby. Why did her glamorous, hedonistic life come to such a brutal end here? Surely her taciturn husband Sir Walter knows - or maybe the answers lie with the crew of the barge La Providence.

Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new transaltions. The most recent publication of this book was in a previous translation, entitled Lock 14.

'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

Georges Simenon was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1903. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, 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.

David Coward is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Leeds, England and an award- winning translator of numerous works from French.

About the Author

Georges Simenon (1903-1989) was born in Liege, Belgium. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, his prolific output of more than four hundred novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. David Coward is a translator from French, whose translations include works by authors such as Alexandre Dumas, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, and the Marquis de Sade.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 406 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Also published as Lock 14 6 April 2014
Delighted to see all the maigret series being re-published but was annoyed to find I'd already read this one in a penguin imprint as 'Lock 14'. It wasn't one of my favourites then or now even with a name change.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars LOCK 14 2 May 2014
By lucas
This book has been previously published by Penguin, in the "Red Classics" collection, with the title "Lock 14". It is not exactly the same book as the translations are not the same. If you don't care much about translations, then this book is the best edition as it has a better design and the fonts are larger, making for more comfortable reading.

But if you care about translations then it is better to get the 1963 edition ( I have the 2006 reissue) because the translation is far better.

I don't know what crossed the mind of the translator of the new edition but he, besides the usual dumbing down of so many modern translations, adds words to the original text written by Simenon. Really...Go and write your own book, pal!

The title of the new edition is the correct one and it also uses the metric system, what is just about right as this is a French book.
Apart from that, the older translation by Robert Baldick is far better. It flows more and it respects the original text. The most important thing is that, by reading Robert Baldick's translation, you will have a stronger feeling of being in France in the 1930s.

A few examples of the difference between translations:
original title of chapter 3: Le collier de Mary
Baldick's translation Mary's necklace
This edition's translation Mary Lampson's necklace
The original text doesn't put the surname in the title

original text (without the French accents ) Maigret, qui fumait sa premiere pipe, alla ouvir la porte a la fille qui apportait du caf
Baldick's translation Maigret, who was smoking his first pipe of the day, went to open the door for the girl who had brought some coffee.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bolter's Lock 17 Jun 2014
Given the modern branding of this edition it's easy to overlook that Simenon wrote the novel in 1931, and that its narrative motor dates from before the first world war. Its setting near to the western front originally gave a sinister air to the wealthy, affectless Englishman who seems to bring havoc to a traditional part of rural France. Restoring the original title undermines the mystery but as an evocation of a lost place and time this short novel is deeply absorbing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Carter of La Providence 3 Jun 2014
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Again rich in dark and mainly gloomy atmosphere typical of my experience of Simenon's Maigret novels. Characters complex with dark pasts. Always enjoyable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A dark story 18 April 2014
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There are touches of melodrama but also real sadness and Simenon draws you into the lives of the characters so that you really care about the outcome. The canal setting is full of interest.
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