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The Madman of Bergerac: Inspector Maigret #16 (Maigret #16)

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A new translation of Simenon's tense novel, book fifteen in the new Penguin Maigret series.

He recalled his travelling companion's agitated sleep - was it really sleep? - his sighs, and his sobbing. Then the two dangling legs, the patent-leather shoes and hand-knitted socks . . . An insipid face. Glazed eyes. And Maigret was not surprised to see a grey beard eating into his
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 1st 2015 by Penguin Classics (first published 1932)
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Ivonne Rovira
Jan 16, 2016 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It would be too easy to reveal too much about The Madman of Bergerac, No. 16 in Georges Simenon’s series featuring the mercurial French Chief Inspector Maigret. Let’s just say that, at one point, poor Maigret is literally taken for a madman.

But Maigret, of course, is crazy like a fox, and, while he’s so injured that he’s confined to his bed, he arranges with his wife and a friend to do the leg work for him. I loved this novel for the chance to get to know the practical, long-suffering if bourge
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Solistas
Δεν έχω διαβάσει πάλι Simenon,ίσως γιατι στο παρελθόν δεν διάβαζα κ πολλά αστυνομικά (αντίθετα απτην noir λογοτεχνία που απολαμβάνω περιστασιακά), αλλα φέτος εχω αποφασίσει να διαβάσω περισσότερα, κυρίως τις περιόδους που δεν εχω πολύ χρόνο.

Ο περιβόητος επιθεωρητής Μαιγκρε αποφασίζει να φύγει για διακοπές. Κατα τη διάρκεια της διαδρομής με το τρένο θα βρεθεί αιμόφυρτος σε ενα δάσος κοντά στο Μπερζεράκ κι απο εκεί στο νοσοκομείο όπου τον επισκέπτεται ο εισαγγελέας αφού τον θεωρούν υπεύθυνο για δυ
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arcobaleno
Da qualche mese il libro era sul tavolo: un ricordo che avevo conservato smobilitando una piccola libreria di famiglia. Come altri, aspettava il mio momento giusto, lanciando deboli richiami a un mio interesse piuttosto svogliato al genere di scrittura...
Finché qualche giorno fa, dopo un paio di buone letture, di quelle intense e coinvolgenti, avevo bisogno di una pausa, di un alleggerimento. Indecisa, ho provato a prenderlo in mano, saggiarlo, sfogliarlo... e, più per nostalgia che per convinzi
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Richard
Mar 14, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, previously-read
This is a facinating book in that it reveals a great deal about Maigret's methods and deep insights on how he conducts his investigations.
Initially the chief inspector is contemplating a break with a former colleague away from Paris. During a train journey he observes a strange individual who appears on edge and unable to rest. When he jumps from the moving train Maigret with little thought follows and becomes injured in the process.
Consequently the fearless, intrepid detective become bedridden
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Tony
Jul 24, 2016 Tony rated it liked it
THE MADMAN OF BERGERAC. (1932). Georges Simenon. ***.
This Maigret adventure from Simenon starts off promisingly, but soon becomes mired in Maigret’s thought processes. Travelling on a train from Paris to Bergerac, Maigret is shot while following a fellow passenger after he jumped off the train when it had slowed down around a curve. At that point, Maigret gets involved in an investigation in a provincial French town centered around a maniacal murderer terrorizing the neighborhood. In this episod
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KOMET
The story begins with Paris on the threshold of spring. It is March, Madame Maigret is away in Alsace to be with her sister who is soon to give birth to her third child, and Maigret finds himself without any urgent cases to mull over. This is unusual for him, because Maigret has a passion for his job which tends to keep him busy almost without letup. On this particular day, he receives in the mail a letter from a former colleague, Leduc, who had retired from the Police Judiciare 2 years previous ...more
Sandra
Dec 09, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia
Simenon ispiratore di Hitchcock? Parrebbe proprio di sì leggendo questo romanzo. Il commissario Maigret è costretto a letto da una ferita da arma da fuoco, da cui prende il via il libro e il nuovo caso che si trova a dover dipanare. Il ferimento avviene nel paesino di Bergerac, nella provincia francese un po’ pettegola ma soprattutto terrorizzata. Che fare se non farsi piazzare il letto nel mezzo della stanza d’albergo adibita per qualche tempo a stanza d’ospedale, proprio di fronte alla finestr ...more
Lauren Albert
Dec 02, 2015 Lauren Albert rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I seem to be finding a lot of books annoying lately. I remember in (I think) 1991, one of my professors--who would be my dissertation advisor--brought me a bunch of Simenon novels when I was in the hospital. With that august approval, I became a detective novel reader. Only a couple of the later books were available at the NYPL digital. So, I'll have to at some point go back to the beginning. This one I found a bit irritating.
Andrea
Jan 14, 2013 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved The blue room, but I didn't like this one for two reasons:

1) Maigret is too deductive, he manages to build castles of sand with a single tenous clue. One can imagine the castle will ruin at the first breeze, but won't: Maigret's deduction will always be correct. In contemporary thriller novel, the investigator collects tons of clues and often fails to discover the truth: because reality is complex and the veil of indeterminacy is difficoult to remove. For Maigret, Heisemberg never existe
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Andrei
Jun 18, 2015 Andrei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is no madman, it is the man who invented inspector Maigret and all the world of suspense and policier thrill that comes with it. It is a man that has given thousands of pages of inspiration and mystery to the world. His creation is the perfect match of a style of writing fit for an exercise of the mind, stimulation of the senses and travels through various regions of France through a gripping and exciting reading experience.

It is all about the crimes and shivers, the webs of thoughts and hu
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Heawa
Sep 26, 2009 Heawa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
داستانِ دلنشینییه ولی باورنکردنی. تا آخر فصل 7 (ساموئل) خیلیخوبه ولی بعدش داستانُ زیادی گنده میکنه. با اینوجود داستانِ جذابییه و بهویژه قدرتِ شخصیتپردازیش بالاس. شباهتیهم به «پنجرهی عقبی» برده. ترجیح میدم یهبار دیگه بخونمش. ...more
Steven
Feb 20, 2016 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another clever Inspector Maigret detective story, with serpentine plotting and sharply etched, mysterious characters, several of whom are not at all what they appear to be. Maigret solves this crime entirely from his sickbed, where he has been dispatched after being shot in the opening scenes by the so-called "Madman of Bergerac." Interestingly, Madame Maigret plays a far more prominent role than usual in this book, acting as Maigret's Della Street and aide-de-camp. These books are endlessly div ...more
Procyon Lotor
Il romanziere (bravo) pu creare una realt virtuale talmente potente che ancora oggi batte qualsiasi ricostruzione digitale. Non ha bisogno di microchip. Va dalla sua mente alla nostra e non c' perdita di segnale n ritardo di elaborazione, ci pu essere confusione, questo s. I codici dell'autore non detto coincidano con i nostri, per cui non sempre in noi si ricrea ci che intendeva. Ma nel mondo moderno questo oramai scontato. In ogni caso, per tentare di riprodurre la Francia profonda serve o u ...more
George
Mar 18, 2015 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Πρώτη μου επαφή με τον μεγάλο αυτό Γάλλο συγγραφέα, σίγουρα έμεινα ευχαριστημένος και στο μέλλον θα διαβάσω και άλλα δικά του βιβλία (άλλωστε έχω μπόλικα), αλλά δεν μου φάνηκε και κάνα αριστούργημα.

Ο Μαιγκρέ ταξιδεύει με το τρένο για διακοπές στο σπίτι ενός φίλου του. Στην κουκέτα όπου είχε ξαπλώσει, στο από πάνω κρεβάτι, ήταν ξαπλωμένος ένας άντρας που έκανε διάφορους θορύβους, σαν να ήταν άρρωστος ή και τρελός. Και κάποια στιγμή αυτός ο άντρας βγαίνει από την κουκέτα, ανοίγει μια εξωτερική πό
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Rob
Nov 12, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I was interested in reading Ariel Winter's The Twenty-Year Death, which is a pastiche of Raymond Chandler, Georges Simenon, and Jim Thompson. The idea was fascinating to me, but I realized it wouldn't make much sense not having read two of those three authors. So I started with Simenon, and I started here since this is generally regarded (or at least according to the author of The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction) as his best work.

I was unimpressed at first. Oh, look, another brilliantly perceptive
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Karen
Jul 16, 2016 Karen marked it as to-read
* 1000 novels everyone must read: the definitive list: Crime

Selected by the Guardian's Review team and a panel of expert judges, this list includes only novels – no memoirs, no short stories, no long poems – from any decade and in any language. Originally published in thematic supplements – love, crime, comedy, family and self, state of the nation, science fiction and fantasy, war and travel – they appear here for the first time.
Dvora
Dec 18, 2013 Dvora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france
I have many Maigret novels that I've read over the years sitting on my shelf. This doesn't prevent me from buying more, from time to time. This one was on the shelf and since I had just seen the French television Bruno Cremer episode on the same story, I thought it would be fun to compare that to the novel.

First of all, even though it was a book sitting on my regular shelf, meaning that at some point in time I had read it, I didn't remember a thing. Not a thing. Hopefully it got misplaced from t
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Φαροφύλακας
Ένα αστυνομικό από τον κλασικό τού είδους, Ζωρζ Σιμενόν. Το βιβλίο ξεκινά με μια πολύ ωραία σκηνή δράσης σε ένα τρένο. Έπειτα, όμως, η ιστορία γίνεται στατική. Ο επιθεωρητής Μαιγκρέ αναρρώνει στο ξενοδοχείο μιας ξένης πόλης από τραυματισμό και στο μεταξύ προσπαθεί, καθηλωμένος στο κρεβάτι του, να λύσει τον γρίφο του τραυματισμού του καθώς και δύο παράξενων εγκλημάτων. Μαζί του έχει την γυναίκα του που τον περιποιείται κι από εκεί και πέρα περιστοιχίζεται από έναν κύκλο υπόπτων που, απ' ό,τι φαίν ...more
Ricky
Feb 26, 2015 Ricky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yikes! Pretty old stuff!
I was shocked by the somewhat sexist and racist comments until I remembered it was published in 1932.
Actually, I found the writing pretty simplistic. I know Simenon is a revered and prolific detective novel writer but, quite frankly, I wasn't impressed.
Maybe if I read it a second time, I would be able to find some redeeming qualities but, after only a first reading, I have to say that it wasn't enthralling enough to be read a second time.
Sorry, Georges
Tomgirl deni
Apr 11, 2016 Tomgirl deni rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book as the whole investigation was conducted from Maigret's sick bed as he recovered from wounds sustained after he jumped off a train to pursue a passenger. However, it only gets a four star as I felt it was a little too bizarre but a good read and a good insight into Maigret's methods and his relationship with his wife, who together with his retired ex colleague act as his eyes ears and feet during his convalescence.
Linda Howe Steiger
Dec 26, 2015 Linda Howe Steiger rated it liked it
Amusing busman's holiday. Set in the Dordogne Valley of France (location of Bergerac) where Maigret has gone to fish for salmon, then injures himself, and falls into solving a murder or two for entertainment. Maigret, with a bit of help from Mrs. Maigret, does it all from his bed in typical Maigret fashion: lots of pipes, imagination, and psychology
Patrick
Jan 23, 2016 Patrick rated it it was ok
This is my 5th or 6th Simenon and 1st Maigret and I think I'm good with this author. He's fine but never more than that, prose that just bounces off me, never a memorable sentence, VERY male views on women (Maigret's wife gets to clean his room, go out for groceries, and get shown up by the great detective whenever she disagrees with him), etc..
Arash Ashrafzadeh
Jun 16, 2016 Arash Ashrafzadeh rated it it was amazing
As i've recently started reading novels , I bought novels of different subjects when I went to TIBF 2016 . Well after I finished the book , I felt like I was watching all that happened and that was a really cool and new feeling .
So i'm definitely going to read more books in detecyive fiction especially by author George Simenon.
Nomadman
Jan 07, 2016 Nomadman rated it liked it
Maigret turns Nero Wolfe in this one and spends the majority of the novel bedridden after taking a bullet to the shoulder in the opening chapter. It's an interesting experiment, but the story's a little too convoluted and implausible to make for really compelling reading. The addition of his wife as sidekick also felt rather limp.
Laura
May 24, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo mi è piaciuto più di altri. Abbiamo un Maigret fuori dal suo elemento naturale, una signora Maigret che per una volta non è solo quella che gli prepara la cena, Maigret immobilizzato che ricostruisce la realtà umana affidandosi alle descrizioni e impressioni della moglie e dell'amico Leduc. Questa storia apparentemente più lenta di altre perché Maigret deve stare a riposo si rivela invece più frizzante. Bello, mi è davvero piaciuto.
Tfitoby
Jun 23, 2011 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the thing i love about maigret usually is that all he ever seems to do is stop at a cafe for a drink and some food, in the madman of bergerac he is bed ridden and he still manages to solve the case. at no point is there food or drink involved in his deliberations and machinations and still simenon in his usual skilful way manages to tell a great story involving his lovable detective filled with interesting characters and quirky behaviour.

other aspects of note in this story include the unusually
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Alessandro Farini
Aug 31, 2016 Alessandro Farini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'inizio è come spesso accade sorprendente. Ma si tratta di un romanzo di Maigret diverso dal solito, perché il commissario è costretto a letto e osserva la vicenda svolgersi dalla finestra. Forse non il primo maigret da leggere, ma sicuramente uno da leggere
Hans
May 17, 2014 Hans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another quick Maigret story. The key action takes place in the first chapter (view spoiler). Maigret, being Maigret, decides to put himself in the middle of the mystery that no one else wants to resolve (view spoiler). We get more time with Madame Maigret--it takes a special woman do deal ...more
Heather Pace
Jun 26, 2016 Heather Pace rated it it was amazing
I have a weakness for Inspector Maigret. He is perfect to pick up at any time, and I like to reread a couple during the summer. This is one of my favorites. As if Maigret could ever be a madman.
Νίκος Μ
Dec 12, 2015 Νίκος Μ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Ένα έγκλημα που ο Μαιγκρέ καλείται να λύσει απ'το κρεβάτι του πόνου.Η τράπουλα σιγά σιγά μας ανοίγει τα χαρτιά της και το τέλος της ιστορίας έδεσε καταπληκτικά!
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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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