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Interesting but no masterpiece
, 14 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Three Bedrooms in Manhattan (New York Review Books Classics) (Paperback)
More autobiographical than most of Simenons novels, as this is somehow the story of the writer's meeting with his second wife, Denise. No reason to bring a summary of novel here, as you can read it elsewhere. If you are interested in the person Simenon, this book is a must of course, but the novel didn't really turn me on. As the title tells, the book takes place in New York, and the writer's description of The Big Apple isn't bad at all, but nevertheless I miss the French atmosphere from other books. This is a minor complaint though. The main reason why I can't really recommend the novel is because it, surprisingly, has a happy end. The two main characters DO make it - but the reader don't really believe in it, and reality shows that the reader is right, as Simenon's and Denise's relationship was a disaster. Furthermore the reader finds it hard to find sympathy for the 2 persons. The male protagonist, a famous actor, is a self-obsessed chauvinist, and the sad truth is, that this is just what Simenon was. Nevertheless his books are full of compassion and understanding, but for the reader it's very hard to find the same compassion for the 2 protagonists in this novel.
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