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La Guinguette a Deux Sous (Maigret #11)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  626 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Une fin d apres-midi radieuse. Un soleil presque sirupeux dans les rues paisibles de la Rive Gauche. Et partout, sur les visages, dans les mille bruits familiers de la rue, de la joie de vivre.Il y a des jours ainsi, ou l existence est moins quotidienne et ou les passants, sur les trottoirs, les tramways et les autos semblent jouer leur role dans une feerie.C etait le 27 j ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 6th 2005 by Livre de Poche (first published 1931)
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"A radiant late afternoon. The sunshine almost as thick as syrup in the quiet streets of the Left Bank. And everything--the people's faces, the countless familiar sounds of the street--exuded a joy to be alive. There are days like this, when ordinary life seems heightened, when the people walking down the street, the trams and cars all seem to exist in a fairy tale." Within pages of these opening sentences, Simenon immerses his reader in a dark, existential, page turner, with a cast of character ...more
Aug 19, 2015 Gearóid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Really enjoy these Inspector Maigret books.
As well as good mystery stories I find them very
interesting as here is always a little philosophical
depth to them.
These are books you could read in one day if you have
the time and I think the is the best way to read them
with a nice pot of tea.

Very enjoyable!
Ivonne Rovira
Dec 20, 2015 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A pensive condemned man clues Chief Inspector Jules Maigret in to a six-year-old unsolved murder, pointing out the connection to a drinking establishment on a Parisian canal, the Two-Penny Bar. Thus begins one of Maigret’s most convoluted cases — and one of my favorites.

Maigret stumbles on a gay group of revelers who go down to a spot on the River Seine near the village of Morsang-sur-Seine. With his wife away in her native Alsace, Maigret is at a loose end, so he stays and parties with the gro
Jun 01, 2016 Amina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, I didn't enjoy this all
It was too slow and dull, boring sometimes, and Inspector Maigret was clueless till the last pages, it was disappointing for someone that experienced to miss that much.. I'll Give it another try and hope for the best
“THE BAR ON THE SEINE” can be summed up as a nice and tidy detective novel peopled with an interesting array of characters, some of whom Inspector Maigret matches wits with.

The drama begins in a prison cell where a man (Monsieur Lenoir) –-- a petty criminal sentenced to death whom Maigret had arrested some time earlier --- awaits word about a possible reprieve. Maigret pays Lenoir a visit, tells him that a reprieve will not be forthcoming, and that he will be put to death at dawn the next day.
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
For the most part, this felt like a below-average outing for the stalwart Inspector, but Simenon knows how to turn the screw, and does so to great effect in the last few pages of the novel.

Along the way, we're treated to a brilliant exposition of Maigret's lack-of-a-method:

'He had handled hundreds of cases in his time and he knew that they nearly always fell into two distinct phases. Firstly, coming into contact with a new environment, with people he had never even heard of the day before, wi
Dec 09, 2012 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia
Un condannato a morte, vecchia conoscenza di Maigret, prima dell’esecuzione confida al commissario di aver assistito, anni prima, insieme ad un suo compare, all’assassinio di un uomo il cui corpo è stato gettato nella Senna. Il fatto fu commesso “nella balera da due soldi”. Nessun altro indizio. Da qui il commissario Maigret comincia ad indagare in una combriccola di borghesi parigini, benestanti, che nel fine settimana si divertono in campagna bevendo e scherzando in un’osteria in riva alla Sen ...more
Filippo Bossolino
Tre stelle generose. Un Maigret sottotono in questo romanzo; fra le righe ho letto una critica verso quella media borghesia che convinta di essere "arrivata" fa sfoggio del proprio successo in quello che ai nostri tempi potrebbe essere una sorta di country club o circolo… I delitti sono veramente marginali più ancora degli scritti precedenti.
Nov 01, 2011 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just really love reading these little gems from Simenon. Maigret is always such a great character.

Whilst I really liked this one I felt there was something missing, perhaps because it was an early Maigret Simenon had found his sense of fun with the character yet, perhaps he just didn't eat nearly as much as usual. Another concern is that it was a new translation of the original French text and it may have been that which added a more staid modern touch which I had not found in earlier translat
Charles Dee Mitchell
Mar 13, 2016 Charles Dee Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A rambling confession by a condemned man and an overheard conversation at a haberdashery leads Maigret to a weekend gathering south of Paris. It is a group of old friends who have staged this particular weekend as a fancy dress party with everyone playing a role in a country wedding.

He had now established the social background of the crowd: tradesmen, owners of small businesses, and engineer, two doctors. These were people who owned their own cars, but who only had Sundays off for unwinding in t
Paul Secor
I'd read a few pages of The Bar on the Seine when I realized that I'd read it about 30 years ago. Back then, I think that I read it more to discover the perpetrator of the crime. This time, the solution to the mystery didn't matter to me - even though I had forgotten who had committed the crime - and I read the novel for the psychology of the characters and for the milieu described in the book.
One of Simenon's most perfect Maigret novels.
Jul 19, 2014 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
20. THE BAR ON THE SEINE. (1931; trans. 2003). George Simenon. ****.
Maigret visits with a man in a prison on death row. He had in fact been responsible for his arrest, but still had feelings for the young man. Since his time was short and all appeals had failed, the young man gave hints about a murder that had occurred years ago – but without mentioning names. This set Inspector Maigret off on a quest as to who the victim might have been. His investigation leads him to a small local bar located
Dec 14, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Simenon uses this story to re-inforce his detective, Chief Inspector Maigret as a caring man who loves justice above all things. Its the Summer and everyone has deserted Paris to go on holiday; before Maigret joins his wife in Alsace he pays a last visit to a prisoner on death row, the night before his execution. The policeman doesn't go to gloat but rather bring closure to the process of investigation, arrest, trial and sentence. The condemned man mentions another more deserving of the fate tha ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, simenon
Georges Simenon's Inspector Maigret is one of the most unusual characters in all of detective fiction. Instead of following the lead set by Edgar Allan Poe in the "tale of ratiocination" and of Arthur Conan Doyle with his wizard of 221b Baker Street, Simenon gives us a gallic policeman who solves crimes just by being there at the right time and place. It is through a sheer knot of concentrated intent that Maigret puts himself into the scene of the crime and waits until all the diverse threads be ...more
Oct 12, 2011 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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i liked this maigret one even more than the first i read. i was worried when it began, that the books would be too formulaic, as there was a prisoner condemned to die right at the beginning of this one as well. but in this one, he isn't set free so that maigret may solve the crime, he is executed, as ordained but! not before he tips off maigret to another unsolved murder which takes him away to a little weekend hideaway, outside of paris, where he comes upon a group of people who really live onl ...more
Aug 10, 2016 Rosenkavalier rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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L'amico inatteso di Maigret

Altro capitolo della serie Maigret, altra sostanziale delusione. Il Commissario raccoglie la mezza confessione di un condannato a morte, un delitto senza colpevole, un luogo dove cercare. Una località di campagna, una combriccola eterogenea di amici con qualche segreto, un singolare personaggio che stringe con l'inflessibile poliziotto una specie di amicizia al Pernod.
Questo rapporto del tutto inatteso, conoscendo il protagonista, è la maggiore ragione di curiosità del
Feb 05, 2016 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the weakest of the five Simenon novels I have read to date, but it is entertaining nonetheless. It concerns itself with a rather seamy bar on the Seine Paris where a murder has occurred six years prior to the start of the story. Inspector Maigret learns of this killing from a man condemned to death who is bitter that others who have committed worse crimes go unpunished. Maigret becomes interested in solving this older case and and gets enmeshed in the rather rollicking bar cultu ...more
Nick Jones
A prisoner who will be executed the following day tells Maigret about once seeing someone dispose of a corpse: he had blackmailed the murderer, but then had lost contact until he had seen the man at a bar on the Seine. He gives Maigret no further details and Maigret, while dealing with other cases, tries to identify the bar, but to no avail. Then, by chance, he overhears someone talking about the bar and so, following the man, he finds his way to the bar and falls in with the regular crowd...and ...more
Jim Coughenour
Another Maigret from 1932. How Simenon must have churned them out! This one is fun, more droll than the usual.
And so the scales continued to oscillate between tragedy and complete farce.
Indeed they do. There's a usurious Jew, a cowardly capitalist, a slutty woman, a spineless man – and a charming alcoholic who never gets drunk. It's a hot summer in Paris. Madame Maigret is in the country, imploring her husband by telegram to join her. Instead he sits in a steaming sidewalk café sipping Pernod.
Harry Squires
Mar 24, 2014 Harry Squires rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bar on the Seine is both my first venture into mystery novels/stories and my first acquaintance with the writing of Georges Simenon, and I believe that I will be returning to both in no time at all. Hard-boiled and entertaining, this short work is at different times insightful, humorous, suspenseful, and somber. What makes it especially good for a quick read, and what I hope will be characteristic of the author's work in this genre, is the decidedly nonliterary prose. Doled out in small snip ...more
Feb 20, 2014 Dvora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france
I've read many of the Inspector Maigret novels. I keep thinking I've read most of what's been translated into English, but each time I look on Amazon, I find one or two that are new to me (usually used copies). I have the Michael Gambon tv series and have watched it many times so recently I bought and watched four volumes (40 eipsodes!) of the French Maigret series with Bruno Cremer. (They're wonderful.)

I thought it would be fun to see how the Cremer film version I had recently watched compared
Tony Fitzpatrick
Jul 09, 2016 Tony Fitzpatrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maigret is thankfully back in Paris. It is summer - the stifling heat of Paris in July/August is well described. Mme. Maigret is awaiting him in Alsace for a holiday but Maigret needs to clear up a murder first. There follows a tale of adultery, blackmail, a corpse murdered six years ago, a fresh killing, and high weekend living amongst the Parisian middle class. The Two Penny Bar of the title is a dive, outside Paris where a set congregate on the weekend - to drink, dance, enjoy themselves. Mai ...more
Jun 21, 2016 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this excellent novel by prolific writer Simenon, 5 stars, but I don't think the translation is good. I don't mind occasional phrasing taken directly from the French I have not quite forgotten. It is a nice reminder that the original, as well as the setting, is French. But quite a few words are left in the original French in italics, without a few words of explanation such as are offered other places.
The word Guinguette is used, italicized, dozens of times though I suppose the meanin
Sep 06, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't guess where this book was going next. Oddly tranquil for a murder mystery. Made me want to while away an afternoon in a Parisian cafe, though I wouldn't order Pernot. (Thanks for the loan, Cindy!)
Richard Brand
There was a scene in an old law and order tv program. The wife looks at her husband and says, "Damn, we are in this mess because you can't keep it in your pants." The same could be said for these two major characters in this story. I did not think that Simenon had this Maigret character the same as Maigret was in the two other books I have read. This Detective was a lot less weighty or solid. There were interesting plot twists and I guess Basso comes out in pretty good shape, but it will be a sc ...more
Another Inspector Maigret by Simenon. Thank you Penguin for reissuing this series. I really enjoy the character of Maigret, his long-suffering but loving wife, and the various characters that come out in each story. Straightforward cases, and though the books are slim, they're full of character and characters. This one began with a confession of a condemned man, and set Maigret on the trail to solve a 6 year old murder.
Feb 27, 2014 Hans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maigret avoids a holiday trip by trailing after a hint of a cold case only to(view spoiler).

I really enjoy the way that Simenon opens and closes these volumes. The middle sections certainly have their many pleasures, but Simenon is great with setting the scene and kicking Maigret into motion, as well as, showing us the human toll that weighs on Maigret's soul at the end of the journey.
May 21, 2012 Mikee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maigret, mystery, simenon
"This is the first mention of the Maigrets' summer holidays in Alsace, at her sister's.

Another interesting Maigret, showing the humanity of the Inspector. A bit of a complex plot, but quite believable. A slaying -- two really -- but one doesn't count. The usual suspects. etc.

Some time toward the end, Maigret espouses what I call The Maigret Method. whereby investigations are divided into two phases. The first consists of immersion and poking around in the atmosphere of the crime -- the people, w
3.75 stars! A little gem of a novel, beautifully written, atmospheric, interesting characters and wonderful settings! My first Inspector Maigret novel and I hope not my last. It's difficult to explain this type of story: it's not a police procedural, it's not a dark mystery. It's simply Inspector Maigret, thinking, talking and leisurely making his way to the culprit! Satisfying like a 3-4 hour meal in a French restaurant.
DeAnna Knippling
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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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