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La Danseuse Du Gai-Moulin (Maigret #10)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  539 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
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Paperback, 187 pages
Published May 19th 2004 by Livre de Poche (first published 1931)
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Ivonne Rovira
Dec 16, 2015 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although 18-year-old René Delfosse comes from a wealthy family and 16-year-old Jean Chabot has a nice office job and lives at home, the feckless pair live beyond their means as they carouse night after night at the Gai-Moulin nightclub. The teenagers have taken to raiding tills and embezzling from the petty cash fund to keep themselves in drink and dancing. Set in Liège, Belgium, author Georges Simenon’s hometown, The Dancer at the Gai-Moulin begins with Delfosse and Chabot’s amateurish attempt ...more
Stephanie
Nov 28, 2007 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If it's possible, I think I have at last found my favorite Maigret book. Ever. This is a faster paced yet easier to follow version of the best parts of Simenon's series. And while the classic Maigret features (the psychological issues surrounding the crime, a climactic and satisfying ending, a clueless but endearing local police officer) are still there, the novel certainly stands out for straying from the common path. First, Inspector Maigret doesn't even appear as a central character until alm ...more
Nancy
Jun 29, 2010 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I've been aware of the prolific Georges Simenon for years but for some reason have not picked up his Maigret mysteries. Thank goodness for the "bag sale" at my local library! I came home with a small stack of them recently and this was the first one I picked up to read; perhaps the greatest pleasure it offered is that I know there are dozens and dozens and dozens more of Simenon's novels out there waiting for me.

. . . The characterization is great;

. . . the setting is so vivid I feel like I walk
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Karmakosmik
Feb 02, 2013 Karmakosmik rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gialli
Indagine un po' deludente questa de "La Ballerina di Gai-Moulin", nel quale il nostro commissario si trova in trasferta a Liegi per indagare su una strano riccone di origine greca ritrovato poi morto in un cassa di vimini. Simenon in questo romanzo breve concede davvero poco spazio alle intuizioni di Maigret, e tra l'altro buona metà del romanzo è dedicata alla descrizione del locale e dei suoi due (poco) raccomandabili ragazzi che lo frequentano, Defosse e Chabot. L'entrata in scena del commiss ...more
Richard Brand
Margret stories are short and involved, but most of the time the reader is not expected to be able to solve the crimes. At least, I have found that to be true. There is a "cult" following for Simenon and the writing of these stories. This one was about a night club that was the scene of a mystery and the death of a man. I would not need to say more as it might give it away, but there are young decadent teens, arrogant rich parent, bored foreigners, and a tired and middle age dancer. I keep readi ...more
Filippo Bossolino
Sep 30, 2014 Filippo Bossolino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo Maigret si discosta dai precedenti per un aspetto abbastanza importante; Maigret entra in scena nella seconda metà del romanzo. Prima invece, largo spazio è dedicato ai due protagonisti, due giovani viveurs di Liegi, alle prese con bagordi serali e piccole truffe… Maigret c'è ma non si vede, nel senso che è una presenza costante ma non identificata… Finale un po' piatto, peccato, altrimenti da 5 stelle
Hans
Mar 02, 2014 Hans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simenon takes a different approach with this 10th novel in the Maigret series. (view spoiler) I felt it had a bit of an uneven pace, though many sections are some of my favorites in the 10 first novels. Good read.
Paul Secor
One of my least favorite Maigrets. It's more of a procedural than others I've read, and lacks some of the psychological nuances of others in the series.
Gabriela
Mar 22, 2014 Gabriela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
My first novel by Georges Simenon. I do like his style.

**I'll add more soon**
Carlo
Feb 08, 2017 Carlo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Con questo romanzo Maigret arriva in doppia cifra e così il suo autore decide di variare la ricetta: se il quadro d’insieme resta simile nel suo unire ipocrisie e piccole avidità, la struttura al contrario cambia. Il commissario entra in scena solo a metà dello percorso, mentre nei capitoli precedenti è un’ombra che compare e ricompare, assai più minacciosa che rassicurante, contribuendo a minare il sistema nervoso dei protagonisti. Che, in un ingranaggio abbastanza corale, sono soprattutto i du ...more
Monthly Book Group
The host welcomed two guests: Professors Sian Reynolds and Peter France. The Maigret book chosen ("La Danseuse du Gai-Moulin" - published 1931 in France) had been recently translated into English by Sian as "The Dancer at the Gai Moulin". Peter was the editor of the “Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation”. Thus the evening provided an opportunity not just to discuss the Maigret book but also the wider question of translations of literature into English. This had been an issue the Gro ...more
Laura
Deux jeunes noceurs endettés – un bourgeois désaxé et le fils d'un employé – fréquentent à Liège « Le Gai-Moulin », une boîte de nuit où ils courtisent l'entraîneuse Adèle. A la fin d'une soirée qu'elle a passée, à une table voisine des jeunes gens, en compagnie d'un Levantin arrivé le jour même dans la ville, Delfosse et Chabot se laissent enfermer dans la cave de l'établissement afin de s'emparer de la recette. Dans l'obscurité, ils entr'aperçoivent ce qu'ils croient être un cadavre, celui du ...more
Aileen
Jan 27, 2017 Aileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
My first Maigret book, chosen as a novel set in Belgium. I really enjoyed it, good old-fashioned police leg-work to find out who killed the stranger last seen in the Gai-Moulin nightclub in Liege, killed in his hotel room, yet found in a laundry basket in the Zoological Gardens. Maigret (can't get Rowan Atkinson out of my mind now!) ended up in in the town and has a reason for helping out with the investigation, which all makes perfect sense in the end. Will look out for more in this series if t ...more
Rodolfo Fioribello
Che dire? Essendo un fan di Maigret non posso scrivere altro se non che mi è piaciuto molto, in particolare perché in questa avventura il commissario entra in campo a racconto ampiamente in corso e decide di comportarsi fuori dagli schemi canonici pur di riuscire a smascherare il colpevole
Banbury
There is something compelling about Simenon's Maigret books; something that keeps one reading with the sense of needing to find out what happens. Yet at the end of each book, the reader (at least this reader) feels a bit let down. The complex threads of the story set forth at the beginning are not untangled in the plot so much as simply cut short with an explanation that involves much psychological guess-work by Inspector Maigret, but without any really convincing reasoning that suggests that Ma ...more
Wayne Ison
Sep 19, 2016 Wayne Ison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best yet--(perhaps)---Inspector Maigret is the man!!--Interesting plot ---good outcome--love Mrs Maigret as well.
Biblioteca
Jan 23, 2012 Biblioteca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Apprendista viveur cercasi

Coppia male assortita di apprendisti viveurs inciampa in un cadavere nel corso di un tentato furto al night club di cui sono assidui - e indebitati - clienti. Tutti i particolari in cronaca.

Terzo "Maigret" per Simenon e per me, questa volta non ha funzionato.
La storia gialla non gira e lo spiegone finale fa giustizia dei colpevoli, ma non dei buchi di sceneggiatura, rattoppati malamente con una trovata poco plausibile.
I protagonisti sono un po' troppo ovvii, due ragazzo
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Rosenkavalier
Jan 23, 2012 Rosenkavalier rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Apprendista viveur cercasi

Coppia male assortita di apprendisti viveurs inciampa in un cadavere nel corso di un tentato furto al night club di cui sono assidui - e indebitati - clienti. Tutti i particolari in cronaca.

Terzo "Maigret" per Simenon e per me, questa volta non ha funzionato.
La storia gialla non gira e lo spiegone finale fa giustizia dei colpevoli, ma non dei buchi di sceneggiatura, rattoppati malamente con una trovata poco plausibile.
I protagonisti sono un po' troppo ovvii, due ragazzo
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Tony
67. MAIGRET AT THE GAI-MOULIN. (1940). Georges Simenon. ***.
“ [It’s] closing time at the Gai-Moulin, a nightclub in Liege, and Jean Chabot and Rene Delfosse intend to rob the till to pay off their debts. Instead, they stumble on a body – the Turk they saw earlier with Adele, the hostess. For the local police it is at first an open and shut case. But then not so open and shut. New suspects appear, old ones disappear, and the body next turns up at the zoo, stuffed into a wicker basket. Into this p
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Tony Fitzpatrick
Maigret is in Belgium, providing "protection" for a Greek citizen who unfortunately gets murdered. Clearly he was not very good at it. Mixed up in this tale are two naive and rakish young men, a nightclub dancer, the nightclub owner and staff, and a bunch of walk on parts by various Belgium policemen, all of whom seem to be obsessed by pipe smoking. The story is unusual in that Maigret doesn't appear until half way through - the narrative focuses on the two boys who become the prime suspects for ...more
Steven
Feb 15, 2016 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would say that this is the most ingeniously and intricately plotted of the six Inspector Maigret novels I have read thus far, and it was a splendid way to while a way of couple of hours in my sickbed today. This little gem about a murder in a second-rate nightclub in Liège features a motley assortment of characters, and not one of them, male or female -- in fact, even Inspector Maigret (!) -- turns out to be what initial appearances would suggest. The Inspector's powers of psychological observ ...more
Richard
Nov 04, 2010 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, previously-read
The star of this series Chief Inspector Maigret is a brooding presence in this book but doesn't speak until about page 84. A clever twist from Simenon who turns the plot on its head and solves it back to front.
Reminiscent of earlier stories; here Maigret finds clarity of thought by removing himself from the problem. In the process his methods out shine the local police and he solves two cases for the price of one.
He is a detective that doesn't judge but through observation and clever questionin
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Simon Reid
Sep 04, 2015 Simon Reid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simenon's Inspector Maigret stories, rather like Maigret himself, are never conventional, but this mystery is particularly unusual. Our hero first appears over halfway through the book, just in time to start wrapping things up in his own inimitable way.

The focus this time is a seedy bar in Liège, where two young delinquents get out of their depth one night as they plan to rob the till. As with many entries in this addictive series (other favourites so far being The Misty Harbour and The Madman o
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Paul Jellinek
Dec 16, 2016 Paul Jellinek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another highly enjoyable Maigret mystery and a great way to spend a long flight or train ride, although not quite at the peak of his more atmospheric classics like "Lock 14" and "The Misty Harbor."
Kate
Jan 01, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I love prolific mystery masters. Simenon just never misses. I've read around a dozen and all have been stellar. I just wish the edition I'm reading had such a foxy cover! Mine has two guys at a cafe table in a Diego Rivera style. Ho-hum.

Speaking of covers, I fell in love with Simenon by actually judging a book by its cover. Penguin published a series of these lovely art-deco pocket size editions, the design of which so directly spoke to me that I thought about sending a letter to the Penguin Ma
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Kenneth
Jun 22, 2016 Kenneth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two teenage boys intent on robbing a nightclub in Liege, Belgium, hide in it until after the owner has closed for the night and everyone has left. On emerging from their hiding place, they discover a body lying on the floor, which freaks them out and they run off. The victim is a rich Greek foreigner and events and circumstances soon lead back to them and one is arrested. But things get complicated and Inspector Maigret from the Police Judiciaire in Paris, shows up on the trail of the Greek who ...more
Betsy
Apr 21, 2015 Betsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best Maigret I have read to date, and that's saying something. The tension and nervousness of the two teenaged suspects were palpable, and even much less significant characters, like the parents and boarders of Chabot, were vivid, living and breathing people. There Is far more insight given into Maigret's personality and investigative methods -- he is much more than the dogged, brooding watcher of some of the other books.
Jack Laschenski
Apr 22, 2015 Jack Laschenski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic Simenon - and Maigret.

But it is also about teen-age boys looking for adventure and getting in over their heads.

A bar that is actually a spy's headquarters.

A wealthy man who tries espionage for adventure and ends up murdered - by one of the teen-agers!

A world weary cabaret dancer.

And Maigret watching and solving the puzzle!

Masterful.
John
Aug 15, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was hard to put down despite the scenario being very unlikely. As often with Simenon, the plot is secondary to the characterisations of the protagonists, particularly Maigret himself. I first read it many years ago and didn't appreciate then how good it was.

Marvellous. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
John
Aug 27, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
So far this is my favourite Maigret novel. It was fast paced and had a great plot. Weirdly Maigret does not feature in the book until two thirds through. I loved the fact how he tampers with evidence, fires a pistol in a Police station and makes up the rules as he goes along. Once again the majority of characters were nasty and the rich boy the worse. A refreshing read and enjoyable.
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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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