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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a happy ending, 14 April 2013
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This review is from: The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By (Pocket Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
A book by Simenon but not a Maigret tale. Instead the compelling story of a middle class Dutch businessman for whom a chance meeting with his employer is a life-changing incident. That meeting has devastating consequences for Kees Popinga's wife and young children and thereafter his life bears no resemblance to its former self. A life of predictable, comfortable, and uneventful respectability is overturned in that instant. He seeks out the other side of life but not just as a voyeur and as a result he has to leave Holland. He goes to Paris and in the space of a couple of weeks all the certainties of the past are unravelled.

I really felt for this man as he wandered around the streets of Paris, still wearing his made to measure suit. His notoriety hits the front pages of the newspapers and as he reads about himself it enflames his righteous anger, inspiring his moral indignation to defend the rectitude of his behaviour. There is no happy ending.
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