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The Cat

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  391 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Why are Emile and Marguerite Bouin still married? They cannot stand each other. This is evident from the moment we meet them, isolated and wordless before a beautiful fire. Their only correspondence is an occasional invective jotted on a scrap of paper--this discreetly flicked across the room to the recipient's lap.

A bizarre situation to be sure, but ideal for Simenon. Tak

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Paperback, 182 pages
Published September 1st 1976 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P (first published 1966)
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Charles Dee Mitchell
How miserable can two old people make one another?
Simenon's answer -- very miserable.
Sandra
Dec 09, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia
Simenon fotografa nel suo solito magistrale modo, concentrando ogni attenzione sulle atmosfere e sui personaggi che scruta nel profondo come illuminandoli con una fortissima luce, la crisi di un matrimonio: Marguerite ed Emile, una coppia creatasi quando ambedue avevano una età avanzata, sorta per condividere gli anni che restano da vivere, due persone così diverse, lontane l’una dall’altra per i percorsi di vita fatti finora, due sconosciuti che si sono uniti. Emile adora il suo gatto Joseph; l ...more
Tony
Oct 13, 2015 Tony rated it really liked it
THE CAT. (1967). Georges Simenon. ****.
Here’s the story of a marriage described by Simenon that has moved from love to hate to, ultimately, indifference. There is a cat. There is also a parrot, Coco. The cat belonged to Emile Bouin. It was only a stray cat that suddenly appeared from one of the abandoned houses across the street and began following him around. Soon, the cat, Joseph, moved in with Emile and his second wife, Marguerite. Marguerite and Emile got married when they were both fairly o
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Francesca
Dec 19, 2015 Francesca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5-4/5

Prosegue anche la mia saga Simenon e ogni suo romanzo che leggo, benché non tutti siano riuscitissimi, è capace di quello sguardo profondo, acuto, disincantato su diverse sfaccettature dell’animo umano che fa riflettere, forse talora lascia un velo di malinconia.
Molto belle anche le descrizioni dei luoghi, in grado di trasmettere un silenzio, un’attesa, a volte indifferenza a volte tristezza, che ben s’accordano con la narrazione.
Laura
Feb 24, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
Quaint, startlingly original... seamless.
Yves Gounin
Aug 12, 2011 Yves Gounin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un bijou ! Simenon parvient à traiter magistralement un sujet intraitable : deux êtres vieillissants, perclus de haine l'un à l'égard de l'autre, ne s'adressent plus la parole.
A l'écran, Jean Gabin et Simone Signoret, des monstres de cinéma, furent les incarnations parfaites de ces vieillards aigris.
Le livre a une dimension supplémentaire que le film n'a pas conservée : la différence de classe. Elle est un héritière désargentée, lui un ancien contremaître.
dans le livre comme dans le film, l'a
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Simonetta
Jan 13, 2014 Simonetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il cupo racconto di un matrimonio corrosivo tra un uomo e una donna che si uniscono per non patire la solitudine ma che non si fidano l’uno dell’altra fino ad arrivare al punto di non rivolgersi più la parola.
E’ la donna la parte peggiore, quella più chiusa in se stessa e più irrispettosa dell’individualità dell’altro. L’unica pecca di lui è quella di non saper trovare la chiave per farsi amare e rispettare e per capire quanto la loro diversità pesi su di lei. Il gatto del titolo è, probabilment
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Javier Pozo
Feb 02, 2015 Javier Pozo rated it really liked it
Mi primera lectura de Simenon, y no será la última.

Estilo realista, directo, neutral, sin apasionamientos, sin inmiscuirse en situaciones que, aunque inventadas, le hacen pensar a uno en la forma de ser de las personas, en lo que nos mueve y en los que nos bloquea.

La historia describe las deterioradas relaciones entre un matrimonio de ancianos cuya forma de vida ha degenerado en paralelo a su edad. Sus rarezas y sus manías pivotan en la extraña muerte de una mascota que parece desencadenar todo
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Lance
Mar 02, 2015 Lance rated it liked it
I heard about this book through Roger Ebert's introduction to a different book. Ebert listed it as one of the best non-Maigret Simenon novels. My own impression was less positive. Simenon tends to be misogynistic, and this tendency is on full display here. Women are either shrews or whores. Emile was unsympathetic, and his ruminations often tedious, making the reader feel as trapped in his unhappy inner life as he is in his unhappy marriage. Simenon seems to me to be trying to make a grand point ...more
Francesca
Oct 08, 2015 Francesca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, rd2015
Simenon è sempre una garanzia.
la storia di un matrimonio mal riuscito e male assortito, i coniugi si odiano, non si tollerano, al punto da non potersi nemmeno parlare e comunicano tramite bigliettini. Non si sono mai amati, eppure non possono separarsi. Simenon è un genio, ma già lo sapevo, riesce a scavare nell'animo umano come pochi altri riescono, le sensazioni e le emozioni di Emile ci passano sulla pelle, percepiamo il fastidio di Marguerite. La vicenda si svolge quasi interamente tra le mu
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Gustl
Apr 07, 2014 Gustl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Che gioia leggere di una storia d'amore che si esaurisce, com'è intenso lo struggimento, il ritrovarsi voluttuosamente da soli, si avverte una piacevole sensazione di libertà. Ma quando? Alla morte del coniuge? O mentre gira ancora per casa, occupando parti del mio spazio vitale? Non so, forse in entrambi i casi. Poi penso alla vecchiaia, alle comode abitudini, ad una presenza egoisticamente fondamentale. A volte, con il coniuge, è come costruire sopra i mobili e paludosi terreni dell'odio; bast ...more
Jason
Another non-Maigret, non-typical novel from Simenon. The story evolves around an old couple and their late-age marriage. They seem to hate each other reaching to levels of communicating only through notes. Plot-wise it is not something significant but like in the Little man from Archangelsk, Simenon manages to create a study around the phycology and way of thinking of elderly people. Their memories and story behind their hate is presented through flashback of their lives. It's quite depressing a ...more
Sara
Jun 11, 2016 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emile e Marguerite si sono incontrati per caso entrambi vedovi e, forse per paura di restare soli o forse per un qualche strano sentimento, si sposano.
Il loro non sarà per niente un matrimonio felice, tutt'altro.
Con la scusa del gatto lui e quella del pappagallo lei, finiranno per non rivolgersi mai più la parola. Le poche parole che hanno da dirsi se le scrivono su bigliettini.
Il più delle volte questi bigliettini non fanno che ribadire il concetto: IL GATTO scrive lui, IL PAPPAGALLO scrive lei
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Lia
Apr 07, 2012 Lia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L’odio nel cuore della coppia Émile-Marguerite rispetto al problema dell’incedere degli anni costituisce l’oggetto tematico di Il gatto di Georges Simenon. Le parole, le immagini, i concetti di Émile raccolti da Simenon riguardano quella fase della vita che è la vecchiaia. Una fase per Émile e Marguerite di attente osservazioni e dunque improntata alla forte criticità dei giudizi. Simenon sottolinea come, da questo punto di vista, dell’odio di Émile per Marguerite, la vicenda riguardante le sort ...more
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Αυτό που εντυπωσιάζει στον «Γάτο» του Ζωρζ Σιμενόν είναι η απλότητα της φόρμας, η απογύμνωση της ιστορίας από καθετί περιττό, η καθαρότητα με την οποία αντιμετωπίζονται οι δυο κεντρικοί χαρακτήρες. Το τελικό αποτέλεσμα είναι η ιστορία να ξεπηδά με όλη της τη δύναμη, να σε σπρώχνει να καταλάβεις την ιδιότυπη ικανότητα του ανθρώπινου είδους για ρουτίνα, δυστυχία και ευτυχία.

Δυο εξηντάρηδες, ένας συνταξιούχος, χήρος εργοδηγός και μια χήρα, πάλαι ποτέ κόρη βι
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Phillip Kay
Dec 30, 2012 Phillip Kay rated it really liked it
The Cat was first published in 1967 as Le Chat. It has been translated into English by Bernard Frechtman. This book has been seen as another autobiographical one, based on the 40 year second marriage of Simenon’s mother Henriette, but more (in this interpretation) about the relationship of Simenon and his mother, who remained apparently indifferent to him all her life. Emile Bouin and Marguerite Doise have both lost their spouses, and live opposite one another in a cul de sac once owned by Margu ...more
Elizabeth
What I liked best about this book was that it was in French, and that Simenon's French is crisp, noir, and easy to read for a novice such as myself. There are lots of word repetitions, which make it easier on the thumb what with all that flipping through the dictionary, and stylistically it makes for a deadpan, bauhaus kind of style. While I've enjoyed other Simenon novels and was looking forward to deliving the non-Maigret offerings -- celebrated as more literary -- I found that in this case th ...more
Diana Dobre
Apr 25, 2015 Diana Dobre rated it really liked it
-Uita-te! Uita-te si simte!Atinge!Copacii,animalele, barbatii... Sus, pe cer, e soarele... Cade o burnita binefacatoare,,, O sa ninga... Ninge... Si uite cum incepe vantul sa sufle... Ti-e frig... Ti-e cald... Traiesti... Vibrezi...


Johan
un marriage d'enfer, on continue à lire pitoyant ces personnages frolânt l'abîme
Twiligth Therradith
Feb 26, 2015 Twiligth Therradith rated it it was ok
that book sucks, it's very boooring. DON'T READ IT!
Bogdan
Jun 27, 2012 Bogdan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: neerland
This was my first encounter with the universe of Georges Simenon and it was a pleasant surprise. I really liked the Simenon's humor and fine irony present in this novel. I believe all people that are not married yet should not read the book, because they may think that this is the usual life in a couple and decide not to marry. Although I was obviously joking, the book portraits some of the aspects of life in two.
My copy of this book is in Romanian.
Karen
Jul 05, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it
This unusual book is all about the hatred a husband and wife feel for eachother. They are so miserable; here is one of my favorite lines: (the husband thinking:)"She would prepare her coffee, caffeine-free coffee, for she was convinced that she had a heart ailment. Or was it only an alibi, a reason for complaining or for assuming sickly expressions?" They finally break free of eachother, but do they, really? Do they want to?
Alberto Facchini
Oct 20, 2013 Alberto Facchini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un'altra (ennesima) faccia del mitico Simenon
Sorprendente, come in tutti i suoi romanzi non-maigret. Qui la storia sembra uscita da una pice di Samuel Beckett, una via di mezzo fra Finale di partita e Atto senza parole, con pochissime battute che rimandano a Giorni felici. Poi il romanzo prende una forma pi alla Simenon (se esiste una sola forma di questo poliedrico mito letterario), con un finale di grande effetto. Mi-ti-co
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James Hulbert
Jun 26, 2012 James Hulbert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
superb - (apparently) loveless marriage of septuagenarians - claustrophobic, then free-wheeling, then... - greatly atmospheric (Paris, 20th century; first published 1960s) - non-series novel by author of the Maigret series - Language: French
Bill Stephens
Tough to read the 1st time. Then tried it again much later and was fascinated. Very good. Can seem depressing, but read it all the way through.
Luisa Miniati
Sep 30, 2012 Luisa Miniati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simenon describe with irony shadows and ambivalence of love feelings.His humor and sense of tragedy is Gorgeous!
Laura
From BBC Radio 4:
Georges Simenon's black comedy about a husband and wife who loathe each other.
Shelley
Oct 21, 2012 Shelley rated it really liked it
My great aunt gave me this book when I was in middle school and it blew me away.
Ana-maria
Mar 24, 2014 Ana-maria rated it it was amazing
Nice book.
Panos
Panos rated it really liked it
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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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