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Georges Simenon
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Sairaalan kellot

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  128 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
René Maugras on saavuttanut huipun. Hän on mahtava lehtikuningas Pariisissa, hänellä on kaunis vaimo, ymmärtäväinen ystävätär, rahaa, vaikutusvaltaa. Hänellä on kaikkea, kaiken hän on saavuttanut omin voimin. Ja eräänä aamuna hänellä ei ole mitään tästä jäljellä. René Maugras herää Bicêtren suuressa mielisairaalassa Pariisin ulkopuolella. Hän on menettänyt liikunta- ja puh ...more
Hardcover, 269 pages
Published 1975 by Otava (first published 1963)
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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
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, simenon
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
Aug 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: simenon
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
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Marti Martinson
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a surgically-precise Maigret novel. Simenon wrote long, deep, introspective, and perhaps voyeuristic passages. I liked the main character, I was annoyed by the main character, and at times I did NOT like the main character. That fact makes this novel another proof that Simenon was a masterful writer.
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-books
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!
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francesi
Acutissimo Simenon, in questo romanzo, nel riportare le sensazioni e i pensieri di un uomo colpito da paralisi che improvvisamente si ritrova sbalzato da una vita mondana e frenetica in un letto d’ospedale, in balia di un personale medico da cui si sente trattato non più come una persona, ma come un *caso clinico*. Acutissimo nel descrivere il panico di chi non ha più controllo sulle proprie azioni ma deve affidarsi alle decisioni di persone estranee, che sente come ostili. Acutissimo nel dipana ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This startling departure from the character of most of Simenon's work is, I believe, one of his very best novels, if not the best I have read. I am going to be very lazy and quote from the original 1964 New York Times review of the work, because it captures what I feel exactly and I don't think I could improve upon the observations:

"[Simenon] has at last achieved, at the age of 60, what one French critic (Jacqueline Barde) calls 'son grand roman, son premier roman.' And in this first 'pure' nove
Grahame Howard
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A successful middle aged man reviews his life from his his hospital bed having had a stroke. He reflects on the motives for his professional and personal relationships. A fascinating insight into what it might be like to lose the ability to communicate and how others behave toward someone who is incapacitated. Good entertainment and of interest to those who are carers.
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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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