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The Late Monsieur Gallet: Inspector Maigret #2 Kindle Edition

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'I love reading Simenon. He makes me think of Chekhov.' William Faulkner"

About the Author

Georges Simenon was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1903. Best know 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.

Anthea Bell is the award-winning translator of numerous French and German works: from the Asterix comics to W. G. Sebald's literary masterpiece Austerlitz.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GCVSOLS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,274 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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By R de Bulat TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Jan. 2014
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An early story, this is a poignant and gloomy tale of an unhappy and unlucky life that ends tragically; one pieced together, painstakingly, by Maigret serving only to make the detective more world-weary and insular. The character of Maigret has not yet been finalised, but dogged determination, scepticism in the sense of not necessarily believing what he is seeing, until such time as the truth emerges. This story involves the stultifying atmosphere of M Gallet's bourgeois marriage, duplicity and money, or lack of it, where no-one is completely as they seem. Maigret picks his way through the sensibilities, greed, secrets and lies of the characters involved to find something more shocking than mere murder. Not yet classic Maigret, but a good read, nonetheless.
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Well constructed and inventive. Easy read. However it is very dated and set in the 30's writing style. Recommended though for aficionados of this style.
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I have been reading Maigret stories since I was at school and there are plenty of them to read. I was delighted to see that Penguin had decided to republish the books last year. I bought this one as a Christmas gift to me and read it quickly between turkey dinners during Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Monsieur Gallet is a travelling salesman for a company which sells second rate silver plated items for the house. He is married to a proud, bourgeois wife, who seems to have married below her station. He is father to a surly son who, it seems, despises his father and left the family home in Saint-Fargeau as soon as he could. He shares his father's physical characteristics including the liver ailment which is driving his father to an early grave. Maigret forms a view of the deceased and of his family and he likes none of them.

Maigret is summoned to the Hotel de la Loire in the small town of Sancerre where the body of Emile Gallet is lying on his bedroom floor. He has been shot in the head and stabbed in the heart. A sad death of a sad unimportant little man from a sad family. The people are so well described you will come to the same conclusion yourself. Only at the end of the novel does he challenge his own early opinion when he measures Emile Gallet up against some of the other characters he encounters when seeking out Gallet's killer.

This is a quick read, only 155 pages, and it is written in a style absent from most modern detective novels. The victim is just as dead and in just as horrible a manner as in modern detective stories but the unraveling of who did what and how and why is very different.
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There are never any bad Maigret stories and this entertains with Simenon's simple, evocative style. A joy to read this new range
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This rating was chosen as it caught my imagination from the beginning. Have not as yet finished reading .I would recommend it to anyone who likes Maigret.
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This is the second "Maigret" novel published by Simenon and the first one published in book form, according to Penguin.

The books of this collection are, physically, excellent. They are bigger than previous editions published by Penguin such as "Red Classics", what allows larger fonts that are much more comfortable to read. The pages are of a nice creamy off white , not the blinding and shinny white of so many books. The covers have a nice texture to it and nice designs.

Apparently, a British company bought most of Simenon' s state and is planning to create a new television series, besides having made a deal with Penguin to publish all 75 "Maigret" novels. I bought and read the first three books of this new and complete "Maigret" collection and it is my opinion that the "The Late Monsieur Gallet" is not really worth ordering unless you have the time and disposition to read all the 75 novels.

I would suggest to order the first one and the third one of this new collection but skip "Monsieur Gallet".

I have two reasons for that:
1. The story is not very good. Not really. I could elaborate but then I would need to reveal essential parts of the plot, what would be a very inconsiderate thing to do.
2. The second and main reason is the dumbed down translation of this edition. Not that other books of the collection have necessarily a good translation. It is just that this one is the worse I've seen.

To read a book is, amongst other things, to travel in time and space or, as P.D James wrote about Simenon's books, "marvellously evokes the sounds, the smells, the colour and the raucous life of European bars, ports and cities".
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Enjoyable read, Maigret at solemn best, End questionable fuss about nothing
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The story did not turn out as I had expected. All the better for it!
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