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Maigret Afraid (Maigret #42)

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«L’atmosfera della città restava inquietante. La gente sbrigava le faccende di sempre, ma nello sguardo dei passanti si coglieva una certa angoscia: sembrava che camminassero più in fretta, come per paura di veder spuntare di colpo l’assassino. Maigret avrebbe giurato che di solito le casalinghe non stavano in gruppo sulle porte, come facevano adesso, a parlare sottovoce t ...more
Paperback, 182 pages
Published January 8th 1996 by Mariner Books (first published 1953)
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Nikos Tsentemeidis
Επιστολή του Andre Gide (1938):
"Γράφοντας, υπακούετε σ' ένα ένστικτο από τα πιο ασφαλή και τα καλύτερα σπουδαγμένα, ακρίβεια των περιγραφών, του τόνου των διαλόγων, των παραμικρότερων λεπτομερειών και ποτέ περιττή επιμονή σε κάτι - το παραλείπετε: τόσο χειρότερο για τους αναγνώστες σας αν δεν έχουν καταλάβει".

Το γεγονός ότι η σειρά με τον επιθεωρητή Μαιγκρέ αποτελείται από τουλάχιστον 70 βιβλία, είναι από μόνο του εντυπωσιακό. Δεν είμαι λάτρης των αστυνομικών, με τον Μαιγκρέ πέρασε όμως πολύ ευχ
Vassiliki Dass
Mar 07, 2016 Vassiliki Dass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Εμένα ο Σιμενόν μου αρέσει πάντα, ίσως επειδή στα βιβλία του αναγνωρίζω μια ατμφόσφαιρα που έχω ζήσει και μέρη που μου είναι πολύ γνωστά, συνήθειες ενός λαού, τύπους ανθρώπων κλπ. Αυτή η ατμόσφαιρα της γαλλικής επαρχίας όπου όλοι γνωρίζουν όλους και όπου οι προύχοντες διαφέρουν από τον απλό λαό, αυτή η πλήξη μέσα στην εξοχή, αυτό το τίποτα που οδηγεί στο έγκλημα.
Nigel Bird
Sep 10, 2015 Nigel Bird rated it really liked it
Maigret Afraid is an interesting work for fans of the series.

The plot itself is fairly standard. He rolls into town, there have been murders and there are more to come. Maigret takes a back seat and watches everything, from the process of the law to the main suspects and eventually does put all the pieces together in the way we have come to expect.

Included is a fairly heavy dose of class analysis and our detective provides an excellent filter through which to see the world as is always the case.
Bill Lawrence
Dec 23, 2012 Bill Lawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Classic Maigret and enjoyable read. Simenon writes effortlessly readable crime noels that have the pleasures of being well and economically written - 192 pages, none of the the bloated over-writing of some contemporary writes - and insights into French society, admittedly, in this case of the 1950s. It evokes the pleasures of French cinema of the period.
بهمن بهمن
Dec 29, 2014 بهمن بهمن rated it it was ok
مگره برای دیدن یکی از دوستانش به شهر کوچکی رفته که این مسافرت هم زمان با معمای پیچیده ای در آن شهر است . سه قتل به صورت یکسان اولی مردی وابسته به خانواده ای ثروت مند و دو مورد دیگر افراد فقیر و سطحی هستند . افکار عمومی بر ضد خانواده اشرافی شهر در حقیقت پدر و پسر دکترش می باشد
Nora Littell
Feb 09, 2015 Nora Littell rated it liked it
I read this in French as a way to become more familiar with the language as it is actually used. As such, it wasn't a super easy read, and even without the language barrier I'm not sure how riveting it would have been, but it was decently interesting. No genuinely surprising plot twists. Not sure how much I like Maigret himself--a bit too serious he seems, not entirely sympathetic...Also I don't get why Maigret should be particularly afraid in this case--I suppose the danger is in the crowd, rat ...more
Dec 13, 2012 Barbara78e rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Devo dire che stavolta Maigret mi ha un po' delusa. In questo caso, dove si hanno tre omicidi apparentemente opera di un folle, Maigret rimane ai margini dell'inchiesta, per non far torto al suo amico Chabot. E questo proprio non mi è piaciuto: sembra quasi che il silenzio del nostro ispettore serva ad accentuare l'incapacità della polizia di un paesotto di provincia, sottolineandola addirittura con i suoi pochi interventi. Devo ammettere però che l'atmosfera che sa creare Simenon è impareggiabi ...more
Sep 29, 2014 Jlnpeacock rated it really liked it
Maigret stories are among my favorites. Maigret has a wonderful capacity to analyze the people he is dealing with in each walk of life. It is fascinating to read about the differences in the French legal system and the American. It is highly interesting to read about Paris of 1950 which allows a first hand view of the France following World War II.
May 24, 2014 Mikee rated it liked it
Shelves: maigret, simenon
Just another engaging Maigret story. The master attends a boring conference in Bordeaux, then stops in a little town (Fontenay-le-Comte) to visit an old college friend. While there, he lends a hand in the solution of three murders.
Apr 19, 2015 Priyanka rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit, kindle
Terrific. If you're going to take Maigret outside Paris, you better make the place and people worth his time and that's exactly what Simenon does here.
Apr 18, 2016 John rated it really liked it
A strange story in that Maigret is more of a spectator than investigator. The plot is well reviewed here by others. I never fail to wonder at Simenon's knowledge of human nature and his ability to write about it in such depth and with such economy.

Feb 28, 2013 Raul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maigret maneja un caso muy extraño en un pueblito francés donde han ocurrido unos crímenes atribuidos a un loco. Un caso de novela negra clásico, muy bueno, con Maigret maduro, muy astuto.
Dec 19, 2007 Mahdi.dehnavi rated it liked it
بسیار عالی
مخصوصا فصل چهارم و فصل هشتم
به همه توصیه می کنم که لااقل یک کتاب از جرج سیمنون بخونید.
Liz Gallagher
Mar 28, 2013 Liz Gallagher rated it liked it
Swiftly moving Maigret murder mystery in a small French town....enjoyable
Jul 18, 2011 Lesley rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
excellant book.
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Simenon was one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century, capable of writing 60 to 80 pages per day. His oeuvre includes nearly 200 novels, over 150 novellas, several autobiographical works, numerous articles, and scores of pulp novels written under more than two dozen pseudonyms. Altogether, about 550 million copies of his works have been printed.

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