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A Sunday in May—a Sunday like any other at the popular inn on the Riviera, except that this is the day Emile, the chef and proprietor, is preparing to murder his wife. He has rehearsed for a year. Ada, his mistress, is waiting on tables. His wife is ready for lunch before writing checks for the customers. Emile is in the kitchen. Everything is set.

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Paperback, 126 pages
Published January 1st 1976 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P (first published 1958)
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Bev
Georges Simenon was an expert at setting and atmosphere. In Sunday (1958), he provides a perfect set-up for the isolated and trapped husband to a woman whose family has owned a popular inn on the Riveria. Initially, Emile is ready to be "bought" in order to be his own boss and run the inn and the kitchen the way he wants. If marriage to Berthe is what it takes then he doesn't mind. He even has a bit of affection at first. But he rapidly becomes disenchanted with her and begins an affair with one ...more
Melinda
Oct 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Simenon has a talent for taking a fraudulent and dysfunctional marriage and turning it upside down in a sinisterly dark manner. He takes the reader on the emotional and mental rollercoaster of his dark characters. He has a gift for noir that’s psychologically taunting.

Emile’s character is fully developed, we learn of inner most feelings and thoughts, back story, whereas Berthe’s character development is subdued but her deeper layers are revealed in scattered pieces towards the very end. I like t
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Rick Skwiot
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I recently read this novel, "Sunday," paired with Simenon's "The Little Man from Archangel" in a 1966 Harcourt, Brace edition. Each novel has its own provincial French setting, each its own examination of marriage and adultery, and each its own claustrophobic horror. I never tire of Simenon, even after reading and rereading perhaps 100 of his compact novels over the years, including his Inspector Maigret series. Luckily, he wrote some 200 novels, so I can read on. His crisp, pointillistic style ...more
Jon
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: belgian
Gets off to a clumsy start, not at all aided by Nigel Ryan's awkward translation, but picks up momentum to become a pretty strong Simenon crime novel.
Paul R
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The genius of Georges Simenon...”a disturber of other people’s peace of mind”. Simenon makes every word count. I highly recommend “Sunday”, “The Widower” and “Dirty Snow”. All disturbing and unsettling, but brilliant.
Steven
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a clever Simenon murder mystery, although certainly not in the top tier of his canon. A man named Emile has married into a family that owns a hotel, La Bastide, but his marriage to Berthe is not a happy one. Emile soon becomes involved in an affair with a housemaid, Ada, and carries on with it for quite a while before Berthe detects it. Berthe essentially holds Emile hostage -- he must give up Ada if he wants to maintain his stake in the hotel, and he is also required to carry on as if t ...more
Bill FromPA
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: noir, french, 1950s
A Provencal chef / innkeeper plans the murder of his wife – the setup is given in the first chapter and the execution of the murder plot in the last chapter. The rest of the novel is the back-story to this decision; Simenon therefore spends most of the book telling about the life of Emile, the chef who is his main character, his marriage and career and their disappointments and frustrations. It seems to me that the novel’s setup and denouement conflicts with the story presented in those interior ...more
Mark
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is like a long boozy lunch followed by a hot afternoon's drunken fornicating with someone you don't like. It's kind of great and sort of unfortunate. I felt like I needed a shower (or maybe just a sponge bath) after this and then I felt like doing it again. Kinda grubby, kinda hot. I just didn't feel like spooning afterwards.
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Sammcnair
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Although the ending was a surprise, and not a happy one, it seemed just. Glad that improper behavior didn't merit a reward.
Paul Servini
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very well paced story, kept me on edge until the very end.
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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.

He is best known, however, for his 75
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