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There's more to Simenon than Maigret, 6 Sep 2012
Simenon is perhaps the most under-rated novelist of the 20th century. I love his Maigret books and can never understand why they always seem to be out of print - I have re-read my collection over and over again.
But there is a lot more to Simenon than Maigret. His writing is incredibly simple, misleadingly so. Beneath the simplicity a whole world of feeling and action seeths and boils. His characters are often unpleasant and vicious, as in the character of Frank in 'Dirty Snow'. There is just a hint of redemption for Frank, but not much. We follow him on his downward spiral - and he starts pretty low down as it is. Yet we are fascinated, drawn inward and onward, spellbound by Simenon's writing - based,as it would seem, on a remarkable knowledge of our darkest inner workings.
There's no fun here and little in the way of humour; instead one feels gripped by the throat until finally the last page releases us to emerge into the fresh air once again. A great book.