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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but no masterpiece, 14 Oct. 2013
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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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Initial post: 18 Apr 2014 14:58:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Apr 2014 15:35:05 BDT
lucas says:
I just couldn't believe when I read your review. So you say that "no reason to bring a summary of novel here" but then you go and write that "the novel...has a happy end". How inconsiderate and irresponsible is your review!

You see, this is no Facebook, no twitter and you are not in the pub talking to your friends.

Amazon is a place for shopping and people come here looking for some information about the book, not how it ends... Please be more responsible and more considerate towards Amazon's customers and remove the plot spoilers from your review or, at least, add a warning about plot spoilers.
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