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The Mahé Circle (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 5 Jun 2014

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141394161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141394169
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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'One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century...Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.' -- The Guardian
'I love reading Simenon. He makes me think of Chekhov.' -- William Faulkner
'The greatest of all, the most genuine novelist we have had in literature' -- Andre Gide
'A supreme writer...unforgettable vividness' -- The Independent
'Superb... The most addictive of writers... A unique teller of tales' -- The Observer
'Compelling, remorseless, brilliant.' -- John Gray
'A truly wonderful writer... marvellously readable - lucid, simple, absolutely in tune with the workd he creates' -- Muriel Spark
'A novelist who entered his fictional world as it he were a part of it' -- Peter Ackroyd
'Extraordinary masterpieces of the twentieth century' -- John Banville
A dark, deep journey into the human soul. It convinces all the way." -- Malcolm Forbes

One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories. The Guardian
'I love reading Simenon. He makes me think of Chekhov.' William Faulkner
'The greatest of all, the most genuine novelist we have had in literature' Andre Gide
A supreme writer unforgettable vividness The Independent
'Superb... The most addictive of writers... A unique teller of tales' The Observer
Compelling, remorseless, brilliant. John Gray
'A truly wonderful writer... marvellously readable - lucid, simple, absolutely in tune with the workd he creates' Muriel Spark
'A novelist who entered his fictional world as it he were a part of it' Peter Ackroyd
'Extraordinary masterpieces of the twentieth century' John Banville
A dark, deep journey into the human soul. It convinces all the way." Malcolm Forbes"

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'One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century ... Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.' (The Guardian)

'A supreme writer ... unforgettable vividness.' (The Independent)

'Superb ... The most addictive of writers ... A unique teller of tales.' (Aaron Beck, Psychiatrist) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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A LESSER KNOWN UNFORGETTABLE MASTERPIECE

It is incredible that this book, part of the superlative romans durs series, was not translated in english earlier. Published in 1946, it is one of the most mature earlier Simenon books, with all the ingredients of his best books that were to follow. .
There are two protagonists in the storiline; The tormented hero, and a medirerranean island, which, in conjunction,bring the crisis to a head. And what a crisis builds up eventually! The pressure is unrelenting.And the bitter sweet ending is, as usual with the best of these novels, inevitable A gem of a book. Even more so because the Simenon style is so spare, with no words wasted, thus maximazing the novels impact . Unforgettable..
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Published for the first time in an English translation, this 1944 non-Maigret title from Simenon is one the very best I've read. As usual, Simenon explores themes of alienation, obsession, disappointment and personal disaster, setting the novel on an island which is as much a part of the story as the characters themselves.

What sets this particular story apart from others in similar vein from Simenon is the taut, tense atmosphere that he seems to generate and maintain right the way through the book. The themes he explores are disquieting, almost queasy, yet the tone of the narrative is objective, dispassionate and almost matter of fact. The book builds to a dramatic and quite unexpected finale, and it's all done in under 160 pages. The translation of the Mahe Circle is particularly well done, adding considerably to the reading pleasure as the translator has actually bothered to get into the mood and atmosphere of the story - a skill that is missing from some of the current Maigret translations when compared with older versions.

The Mahe Circle confirms Simenon's reputation as a master of the understated novel of hidden passions, desires and dark thoughts. A brilliant little book. If only more modern writers were taking a leaf out of Simenon's approach - that less can be so much more when it comes to compelling and thought-provoking storytelling.
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very pleased
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Brilliant as always.
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A wonderful tale of raw honesty.
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