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Le campane di Bicêtre

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  92 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Quando comincia a riprendere conoscenza in una delle uniche due camere singole dell’ospedale di Bicêtre, René Maugras, direttore del principale quotidiano parigino, di quanto è avvenuto la sera precedente ricorda poco o nulla: sa che era a cena, come ogni primo martedì del mese, nella saletta privata del Grand Véfour (uno dei più antichi ristoranti della capitale, e anche ...more
Paperback, Biblioteca Adelphi #535, 261 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Adelphi (first published 1963)
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Jim
There is ever so much more to Georges Simenon than merely a writer of mysteries, of which he is one of the world's four or five most prominent practitioners. The Bells of Bicetre is seen from the eye of a single character, a journalist named Rene Maugras, who has suffered a stroke while standing at a urinal at his favorite Paris restaurant.

We follow the slow recovery of Maugras as he is upbraided by his physician friend Besson, his nurses, and various visitors at the Hospital of Bicetre in the s
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J.
A man of a certain age, a man of some experience and accomplishment, in deceptively true-to-form Simenon style, falls out of his regular run of experience and routine. What follows is a never-considered detour in the generally very comfortable life of a Parisian newspaper publisher. A man who is by profession an adept journalist, master of holding onto all threads of a story, very suddenly finds himself at a loss.

Simenon is always fascinated by this kind of unpredictability, this skip in the re
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Dan
Considered one of the author's best books, it is a close-focus, full-length novel of a businessman recovering from a stroke and reviewing his life. It is quite good and well paced.
It is also the first of the many, many novels of Simenon's, I've read, where I found the author reusing an unmodified memory(?). Was this because of its strength? Forgetfulness on his part? Whatever, it hardly matters, but I found it interesting; even the color of the dress worn by the girl he describes is the same. T
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Fredsky
This novel begins with the first sounds Rene Maugras hears and recognizes as he comes to consciousness after his stroke. Some days have passed since Rene Maugras collapsed in the bathroom during the monthly luncheon with his oldest (and most successful) friends. He has left the world of the newspapers he runs, his friends, his wife. In his post-coma cocoon his mind is free.

He cannot move or speak. There is nothing for him to do but think. We listen to his thoughts as he observes those around hi
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Tony
THE BELLS OF BICETRE. (1963). Georges Simenon. ***^.
This is one of Simenon’s “psychological” novels. They are all pretty much cut from the same cloth, where the author attempts to get into the mind of his character and lay it open to his readers. In this instance, we meet Rene Maugras, the owner of the city’s major newspapers and several magazines aimed at target audiences. He is a busy man and one prominent in the business community. One day, at a business luncheon, he excuses himself to use th
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Ubik 2.0
Un dramma ordinario

Chiunque abbia vissuto la disavventura di precipitare in un ricovero ospedaliero per il crollo improvviso della propria salute (un grave incidente, un intervento chirurgico importante, una seria malattia acuta) non può non restare ammaliato dalla straordinaria efficacia con cui Simenon riesce a esplorare anche questa particolare condizione umana e a descriverla in tutte le sue sfaccettature.

Una malìa, occorre ammettere, accompagnata da un certo senso di disagio, perché il tale
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Cloudbuster
Un uomo ricco e potente, direttore del principale quotidiano parigino, viene colpito da una trombosi durante la solita riunione mensile in un club esclusivo del suo circolo di amici, tutti uomini di successo dela società parigina. Quando si riprende, si ritrova nen letto di una camera privata del reparto di un grande ospedale cittadino, curato da un suo amico medico e da un grande luminare. Bloccato nel suo letto, impossibilitato a muoversi ed a parlare e con il serio rischio di subire menomazio ...more
Thomas
Rene Maugras ist Mitte 50 und Chefredakteur der wichtigsten Pariser Tageszeitung und zweier Wochenblätter. Dann erleidet er einen Schlaganfall. Ein beeindruckendes Buch über einen Mann, der durch die Erkrankung vom Macher zum zum Zusacher, zum Fremdbestimmten wird, der mit der Herausforderung der Gesundung nicht klar kommt und der sich vom Medizinbetrieb auch entmündigen lässt
Isairon
Un libro fatto di suoni. Le campane del titolo "anelli sonori che si allargano via via e formano onde sempre più lontane", i rumori dell'ospedale, colpi di martello, rumori di posate, riconosce le persone dal rumore dei loro passi. Anche i suoi ricordi sono sonori, "Con il rumore ossessivo della risacca e delle sue scarpe sui ciottoli", "Ha conservato nelle orecchie i suoi eccessi di tosse."
Bel libro di Simenon, come poteva essere diversamente, che però non mi ha coinvolto come la lettura di "Le
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Helena
Mielenkiintoinen psykologinen kertomus aivohalvauksen saaneesta 54-vuotiaasta miehestä ja hänen ajatuksistaan ensimmäisten toipumispäivien aikana.
Karen
This book is about a famous man who has a stroke. While he lies in hospital bed rehabbing, he starts to appreciate life arouns him. He realizes that before he was a slave to time and tasks, now he simply daydreams and listens to the sounds outside; the bells of Bicetre. Once he starts to recover more fully, he stops hearing the bells and becomes aware he is losing something even as he regains his independence.
Alberto Facchini
Una acuta e profonda riflessione sulla natura umana, colta dal particolare punto di vista di un uomo di successo costretto all'immobilità in un letto d'ospedale da una malattia.
Pur ridimensionando al minimo ogni intreccio narrativo, Simenon riesce a creare un'opera avvincente e irresistibile. Grande!
Betsy
Three-and-a-half stars. Ending a bit rushed and (intentionally) ambiguous. A novel of its times (1960s), with smoking in hospitals, both doctors and patients!
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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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