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Le fou de Bergerac (Maigret #16)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  973 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
A new translation of Simenon's tense novel, book fifteen in the new Penguin Maigret series.

He recalled his travelling companion's agitated sleep - was it really sleep? - his sighs, and his sobbing. Then the two dangling legs, the patent-leather shoes and hand-knitted socks . . . An insipid face. Glazed eyes. And Maigret was not surprised to see a grey beard eating into his
Paperback, 189 pages
Published September 13th 1979 by Fayard (first published 1932)
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Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αγαπημένος Simenon!
Ivonne Rovira
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It would be too easy to reveal too much about The Madman of Bergerac, No. 16 in Georges Simenon’s series featuring the mercurial French Chief Inspector Maigret. Let’s just say that, at one point, poor Maigret is literally taken for a madman.

But Maigret, of course, is crazy like a fox, and, while he’s so injured that he’s confined to his bed, he arranges with his wife and a friend to do the leg work for him. I loved this novel for the chance to get to know the practical, long-suffering if bourge
Da qualche mese il libro era sul tavolo: un ricordo che avevo conservato smobilitando una piccola libreria di famiglia. Come altri, aspettava il mio momento giusto, lanciando deboli richiami a un mio interesse piuttosto svogliato al genere di scrittura...
Finché qualche giorno fa, dopo un paio di buone letture, di quelle intense e coinvolgenti, avevo bisogno di una pausa, di un alleggerimento. Indecisa, ho provato a prenderlo in mano, saggiarlo, sfogliarlo... e, più per nostalgia che per convinzi
Δεν έχω διαβάσει πάλι Simenon,ίσως γιατι στο παρελθόν δεν διάβαζα κ πολλά αστυνομικά (αντίθετα απτην noir λογοτεχνία που απολαμβάνω περιστασιακά), αλλα φέτος εχω αποφασίσει να διαβάσω περισσότερα, κυρίως τις περιόδους που δεν εχω πολύ χρόνο.

Ο περιβόητος επιθεωρητής Μαιγκρε αποφασίζει να φύγει για διακοπές. Κατα τη διάρκεια της διαδρομής με το τρένο θα βρεθεί αιμόφυρτος σε ενα δάσος κοντά στο Μπερζεράκ κι απο εκεί στο νοσοκομείο όπου τον επισκέπτεται ο εισαγγελέας αφού τον θεωρούν υπεύθυνο για δυ
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short take:

Superb! Maigret is restricted--no spoilers!--from engaging in his usual investigative techniques, and he gets cranky and frustrated as his case unravels, sometimes beyond his reach or control. Miss Maigret plays a large role in this story, and it was wonderful to witness the Maigrets interacting. Props to Simenon for removing Maigret from his element to see how his skills played out in a limited context. I love this series.
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, previously-read
This is a facinating book in that it reveals a great deal about Maigret's methods and deep insights on how he conducts his investigations.
Initially the chief inspector is contemplating a break with a former colleague away from Paris. During a train journey he observes a strange individual who appears on edge and unable to rest. When he jumps from the moving train Maigret with little thought follows and becomes injured in the process.
Consequently the fearless, intrepid detective become bedridden

Dramatisation with Denholm Elliott

WL The Man Who Watched Trains Go By
3* Maigret in Society
3* The Blue Room
WL My Friend Maigret (Maigret #31)
3* The Saint-Fiacre Affair
3* Maigret in Montmartre
3* Maigret Has Scruples
3* Maigret Bides His Time
3* Striptease
3* Maigret Sets A Trap
3* Maigret and the Minister
3* The Madman of Bergerac
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
maigret'nin karısını hep çok merak ederdim, madam maigret'nin en çok göründüğü romanlardan biri bu galiba.
gayet iyi kurulmuş, fransa taşrasını, dedikodu kazanlarını, ikiyüzlü ahlak anlayışını anlatan bir polisiye.
erhan bener'in leziz çevirisiyle hem de :)
A rather atypical story that Maigret solves from his hospital bed. I must say I didn't expect the ending.
I loved The blue room, but I didn't like this one for two reasons:

1) Maigret is too deductive, he manages to build castles of sand with a single tenous clue. One can imagine the castle will ruin at the first breeze, but won't: Maigret's deduction will always be correct. In contemporary thriller novel, the investigator collects tons of clues and often fails to discover the truth: because reality is complex and the veil of indeterminacy is difficoult to remove. For Maigret, Heisemberg never existe
The story begins with Paris on the threshold of spring. It is March, Madame Maigret is away in Alsace to be with her sister who is soon to give birth to her third child, and Maigret finds himself without any urgent cases to mull over. This is unusual for him, because Maigret has a passion for his job which tends to keep him busy almost without letup. On this particular day, he receives in the mail a letter from a former colleague, Leduc, who had retired from the Police Judiciare 2 years previous ...more
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia
Simenon ispiratore di Hitchcock? Parrebbe proprio di sì leggendo questo romanzo. Il commissario Maigret è costretto a letto da una ferita da arma da fuoco, da cui prende il via il libro e il nuovo caso che si trova a dover dipanare. Il ferimento avviene nel paesino di Bergerac, nella provincia francese un po’ pettegola ma soprattutto terrorizzata. Che fare se non farsi piazzare il letto nel mezzo della stanza d’albergo adibita per qualche tempo a stanza d’ospedale, proprio di fronte alla finestr ...more
THE MADMAN OF BERGERAC. (1932). Georges Simenon. ***.
This Maigret adventure from Simenon starts off promisingly, but soon becomes mired in Maigret’s thought processes. Travelling on a train from Paris to Bergerac, Maigret is shot while following a fellow passenger after he jumped off the train when it had slowed down around a curve. At that point, Maigret gets involved in an investigation in a provincial French town centered around a maniacal murderer terrorizing the neighborhood. In this episod
Sandro Pasquini
Fino ad ora ho letto un trentina dei libri di Simenon con protagonista Maigret.
Mai una volta sono rimasto deluso, anzi più ne leggo, più mi piacciono e più mi appassiono ed affeziono al personaggio di Maigret.
Ogni volta è come rincontrare un vecchio e buon amico che ti racconta una bella storia.
John Frankham
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
Maigret has little to do, and his wife is away, so he agrees to take the train to Bergerac to visit a friend. On his way, a fellow passenger jumps from the train as it slows, and runs into the darkling countryside. Impetuously, Maigret jumps out too, and, for his pains, is shot and badly hurt by the fleeing man. In hospital, he is accused by the local police of being the Madman of Bergerac. Holed up in hospital, and then in a local hotel, unable to leave his room, Maigret turns to solving the re ...more
Procyon Lotor
Il romanziere (bravo) pu� creare una realt� virtuale talmente potente che ancora oggi batte qualsiasi ricostruzione digitale. Non ha bisogno di microchip. Va dalla sua mente alla nostra e non c'� perdita di segnale n� ritardo di elaborazione, ci pu� essere confusione, questo s�. I codici dell'autore non � detto coincidano con i nostri, per cui non sempre in noi si ricrea ci� che intendeva. Ma nel mondo moderno questo oramai � scontato. In ogni caso, per tentare di riprodurre la Francia profonda ...more
Lauren Albert
Dec 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I seem to be finding a lot of books annoying lately. I remember in (I think) 1991, one of my professors--who would be my dissertation advisor--brought me a bunch of Simenon novels when I was in the hospital. With that august approval, I became a detective novel reader. Only a couple of the later books were available at the NYPL digital. So, I'll have to at some point go back to the beginning. This one I found a bit irritating.
Sep 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
داستانِ دلنشینییه ولی باورنکردنی. تا آخر فصل 7 (ساموئل) خیلیخوبه ولی بعدش داستانُ زیادی گنده میکنه. با اینوجود داستانِ جذابییه و بهویژه قدرتِ شخصیتپردازیش بالاس. شباهتیهم به «پنجرهی عقبی» برده. ترجیح میدم یهبار دیگه بخونمش. ...more
Nick Jones
Another Maigret novel: the sixteenth of seventeen published over two years. The premise is a bit silly. Maigret is travelling south when a fellow passenger throws himself from the train when it is slowing down and Maigret follows (what sort of madman would do that?); the man then shoots and injures Maigret. Maigret is now in the town of Bergerac and there is a ‘madman’ on the loose, having already murdered two women and attacked a third. The authorities presume that Maigret’s attacker is the cri ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"He recalled his travelling companion's agitated sleep - was it really sleep? - his sighs, and his sobbing. Then the two dangling legs, the patent-leather shoes and hand-knitted socks . . . An insipid face. Glazed eyes. And Maigret was not surprised to see a grey beard eating into his cheeks. A distressed passenger leaps off a night train and vanishes into the woods.

Maigret, on his way to a well-earned break in the Dordogne, is soon plunged into the pursuit of a madman, hiding amongst the seemin
Emilia Barnes
Maigret, a police inspector, travels by train to the country, for a holiday. The man who sleeps in the berth above him is loud and restless. Eventually, he climbs off the berth and jumps off the train. Maigret, who didn't see the man's face, but was intrigued by his strange behaviour, jumps off too. He barely manages to withdraw his pistol, when he's shot at. Next thing he knows, he's in hospital, with the police force of Bergerac gathered around him, informing him that he is the Madman of Berge ...more
Richard Brand
I sometimes wonder why I continue to read these Maigret mysteries. They are such bizarre stories. Maigret is supposed to be going on vacation to see a friend. He is on the train. A man is sleeping in the top bunk and Maigret is in the lower bed. The top bunk man jumps off the train and Maigret jumps after him. (Why? Who knows. There is no reason given. It is completely beyond my mind why Maigret cared about the man) The man shoots Maigret in the chest and Maigret has to spend several days in bed ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maigret decides to take a vacation. While traveling to his destination he shares a second class compartment with a restless gentleman who he never gets a good look at. He knows he wears patent leather boots over hand knit grey socks because he sees the gentleman's legs as he swings them over the upper berth before he leaves his bed. Maigret follows him out of curiosity and when the man jumps from the train, Maigret follows. The man then shoots Maigret in the thigh and runs into the woods.
This is
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maigret is going by train to visit his old friend and colleague, Leduc. He gets stuck in Bergerac recovering from gunshot. Madame Maigret comes to take care of him. And he spends his days in a haze, contemplating a series of crimes in the area, a madman on the loose. At times you wonder if Maigret is the madman because his recovery is so slow, and what is he thinking.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strong start, but unsustainable
Brian Angle
Old mystery story. Quick read. Trying to learn about the Dordogne.
Publié en 1932. Fait partie de la série des Maigret

Résumé: Maigret, alors qu'il est en congé, suit un inconnu bizarre qui saute hors du train à l'approche de Bergerac, petite ville de région. Le commissaire à l'atterrissage se fait tirer dessus et échappe de justesse à la mort. Immobilisé dans un chambre d'hôtel de Bergerac, il mène l'enquête avec l'aide de sa femme. Qui est son agresseur? Quelle est cette histoire de fou qui rôde et agresse les jeunes femmes avec une aiguille?

Roman populaire d'
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I was interested in reading Ariel Winter's The Twenty-Year Death, which is a pastiche of Raymond Chandler, Georges Simenon, and Jim Thompson. The idea was fascinating to me, but I realized it wouldn't make much sense not having read two of those three authors. So I started with Simenon, and I started here since this is generally regarded (or at least according to the author of The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction) as his best work.

I was unimpressed at first. Oh, look, another brilliantly perceptive
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is no madman, it is the man who invented inspector Maigret and all the world of suspense and policier thrill that comes with it. It is a man that has given thousands of pages of inspiration and mystery to the world. His creation is the perfect match of a style of writing fit for an exercise of the mind, stimulation of the senses and travels through various regions of France through a gripping and exciting reading experience.

It is all about the crimes and shivers, the webs of thoughts and hu
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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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