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La Danseuse Du Gai-Moulin (Maigret #10)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  320 ratings  ·  28 reviews
«Nell’oscurità il locale è vasto come una cattedrale. Si ha il senso di un vuoto immenso. I radiatori emanano ancora un certo tepore ... Delfosse accende un fiammifero. Si fermano un secondo per riprendere fiato, per calcolare il percorso che devono compiere. E all’improvviso il fiammifero cade, mentre Delfosse lancia un grido acuto ... Anche Chabot ha scorto qualcosa. Ma ...more
Paperback, 187 pages
Published January 3rd 2011 by Livre de Poche (first published 1931)
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Stephanie
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
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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Frankco Lamerikx
(Note: I read this book in Dutch translation, but I will review it in English for the benefit of the international audience here).

Every reader of fiction becomes aware of the fact that there are dozens of crime novels starring Inspector Maigret, and that these novels have enjoyed immense popularity ever since they started appearing in 1929. So, I decided to dive into Maigret's world when I saw this beautiful new edition of "La Danseuse du Gai-Moulin" in Dutch translation. At 190 pages, it promis
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Karmakosmik
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
Filippo Bossolino
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
Gabriela
My first novel by Georges Simenon. I do like his style.

**I'll add more soon**
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
Hans
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.
Rosenkavalier
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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Biblioteca
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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Richard
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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Jack Laschenski
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.
martinjost.eu
Simenon fängt an, zu experimentieren: Fokalisator sind in den ersten zwei Dritteln des Buches die Hauptverdächtigen. Kommissar Maigret taucht, nur für Eingeweihte erkennbar, im peripheren Sichtfeld auf um dann aber doch die Kontrolle über den Fall zu übernehmen.
Kate
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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Rhys
The thirteenth 'Maigret' novel I have read and possibly the best so far. Apparently it was the one that Simenon wrote most quickly. So much for painstaking perfectionism!
Hjd
Not bad and I will try reading another Maigret story. I stayed interested and enjoyed the atmosphere of the book, but it's a short novel and I might have liked it better if there was a bit more substance to it.
Aaron Kent
Inspector Maigret mysteries are like a tasty imported cigarette. Best enjoyed on occasion in an armchair in the mid evening.
Jeffrey
Simenon is always so wonderfully inventive - he's a tasty mystery in which Maigret acts as bait to catch the killers!
Nanosynergy
A rich Greek who wanders into a seedy nightclub in Liège and is found murdered the next day. In the bar are the nightclub dancer, Adele, the club manager, the waiter, and two teenage boys seeking to rob the club. Is one of them the killer or someone else?
Teresa
Feb 02, 2008 Teresa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Teresa by: Sean
France's answer to Hercule Poirot. This is a mystery series from the 1950's. Maigret shows up at the scene of the crime and solves the mystery. Interesting from a historical/cultural point of view, but at least this mystery wasn't terribly mysterious. I have't read any other books in the series.
Ellen
Oh the angst of teenagers. It's easy to get in trouble when you've done a small wrong that messes with your mind!
Kathy
Good story as always, with this author. Lots of twists and misdirections. I haven't read many Maigret stories yet, but enjoy them and want to read more.
Fulvio
Forse perch uno dei primi e quindi ancora acerbo ma l'ho trovato molto affrettato, buttato l. Un Maigret un po' sbruffone che non ho riconosciuto! ...more
Ahmed Ibrahim
روآيه من آجمل آلروآيـآت آلبوليسيه ! لكن آلترجمه سيئه آوى !
Anne
Not on a par with my favorite Maigret mysteries.
Babete
( Maigret E A Bailarina )
Ron Warnick
Tales of mid wars Paris.
thelifepursuit
Oct 18, 2011 thelifepursuit marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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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