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Maigret and the Bum (Maigret #60)

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Georges Simenon, writing autobiographically, once confessed his desire to drop out of society, to sever family ties and disassociate himself from his friends. His empathy with misfits is reflected in Simenon's police superintendent Jules Maigret.

When Maigret learns that a bum's murder is in reality an assassination, he becomes deeply involved in what without him would have

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Paperback, 192 pages
Published 1976 by Popular Library (first published 1963)
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Gaetano
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una storia diversa dal solito questa, dato che "per la prima volta in tutta la sua carriera il commissario si trovava alle prese con un delitto perpetrato contro un barbone."

La storia inizia quasi in sordina, la vittima è un barbone finito nella Senna e salvato miracolosamente dai soccorritori.

Eppure si rivela uno dei libri di Simenon che mi è piaciuto di più, pieno di umanità e passione; la figura del barbone, su cui indaga anche la moglie del commissario, è affascinante e ci svela un passato f
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Rhys
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good 'Maigret' novel, one of the best in fact. It has a plot that some other readers have described as implausible or even absurd, but I thought it was ingenious and satisfying. 'Maigret' novels aren't really about plots but about other things. Very few of them have a surprising plot (The Late Monsieur Gallet is a notable exception) but this one does. My problem was that four pages were missing from the penultimate chapter and I didn't notice until I reached that point. I don't think they were ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

Who hit a homeless man over the head while he was asleep and chucked him in the Seine in midwinter, and why? What could anyone possibly stand to gain? Is his social-climber wife trying to get rid of him, or does he know too much about something? And just exactly what is the Belgian bargee's problem?

This installment is more of a psychological study of Inspector Maigret himself, showing how he goes about investigating, getting a handle on a case and the people involved. He breaks precedent by disc
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Phillip Kay
Maigret and the Dosser was first published as Maigret et le Clochard in 1963, and translated into English by Jean Stewart. This is a lesser Maigret, which depends on an incredible coincidence for its plot structure. The “dosser” of the title is the chief character, a witness to a crime of which he won’t speak and now the victim of an attempted murder. Simenon is mainly interested in this character, but is unable to develop his story except in a perfunctory way. Yet it still takes the focus of th ...more
Diabolika
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giallo
Grande finale a sorpresa!!! ;-)
Mohammad Ali

داستان روان و معقولیه و آشکارا می شه درش علائق روانشناسانه و مردمی سیمنون رو دید. من قبلا یه چیزایی در مورد سیمنون ذیل مسافری که با ستاره ی شمال آمد گفته بودم که به نظرم جای اما و اگر پیدا کردن - البته کلیت مقایسه ام با چندلر رو هنوز درست می دونم اما چیزایی مثل نقش زن ها و ... جای بررسی دارن. اون کتاب در ابتدای سری داستان های مگره بود اما این یکی شصتمیشه؛ طبیعتا اینجا بهتر می شه سیمنون و همچنین مگره ی جافتاده تر و شکل گرفته ترو دید

ترجمه و انتظار برآورده نشده ی من از کاظم اسماعیلی

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Jennifer
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
Slim little detective novel with some light and easy prose. This is an excellent fit for my AP students, and was a nice break for me as well. I enjoyed seeing the use of silence to "speak" volumes.
Tom Donaghey
MAIGRET AND THE BUM/MAIGRET AND THE WINE MERCHANT by Georges Simenon are very much two of a kind. Reading either of these classic Maigret titles takes us back to 1963 and 1970 Paris and what seems a much simpler time. I read these just before and after the attacks of Friday the 13th and have considered what to write for almost two months.
These books are a snapshot look into a past that never really existed. In both Maigret and the Paris police seem part of a sleepy little village where the hom
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Sandra
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia
Qual è il linguaggio dei barboni? Maigret lo conosce, non è certo fatto di chiacchiere, né di aperte accuse verso qualcun altro, anche se si è stati vittima di un reato. Perché un barbone, un uomo senza fissa dimora, una persona che volontariamente ha scelto di abbandonare una vita agiata nella provincia francese come medico condotto per andare a vivere sotto i ponti sulla Senna sa che “la vita non è facile per nessuno” e che per questo motivo “quello che è impossibile è giudicare”. Bastano ques ...more
Joana López
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Procyon Lotor
Una incursione di un occhio borghese nel mondo dei clochard, di cosa sono diventati oggi, di cos'erano, dei perch� alcuni di loro lo sono diventati e delle loro regole, degenerazioni, speranze, vizi, virt�, valori e interessi. Non � una agiografia romantica della gente di strada. Simenon non pubblic� mai agiografie e il romanticismo lo usa come Madame l'essence o parfum: gocce concentrate nel luogo, posto o incavo o impasse o boulevard opportuni. Non lo spruzza come disinfettante d'igiene e prof ...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
E' una strana "bestia" questo Simenon, indiscusso autore di culto planetario, sottile cesellatore dell'analisi psicologica del delitto e dei suoi protagonisti, il più alto cantore della moralità borghese nel romanzo poliziesco (eh, certo: non si tratta mica di un Bunuel!) e dell'assoluto immobile status quo di un certo mondo (la dolce signora Maigret, lungi da qualsiasi consapevolezza, è in pratica la colf del commissario), inciampa talvolta in storie che lasciano perlomeno una certa perplessità ...more
Javier
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cet nouvelle policier m'a vraiment amusé. De la même façon que Columbo à la télé ou Agatha Christie, Simenon a décrit une investigation ou la persévérance et la perspicacité de Maigret son la clé de la résolution d'un assassinat.
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I've enjoyed reading this police story. As the detective Columbo or the Agatha Christie's novels, the patience and the perceptiveness of Maigret are the keys for arriving to solve a crime.
Laura
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Con la sua solita pazienza e perseveranza Maigret riesce a cogliere la chiave di questo caso di tentato assassinio. Però la soluzione e come Maigret ci si avvicina stavolta sono forse un po' tirati, ma fa niente!, perché a pensarci bene il crimine sembra quasi una scusa per avvicinare Maigret al mondo dei clochard, un mondo di cui Maigret riesce a intuire le regole, consuetudini, intrecci e al quale nessun altro dei personaggi riesce invece ad avvicinarsi.
Roozbeh Estifaee
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
با خوندن دو کتاب از داستانهای کمیسر مگره، باید بگم به نظرم میرسه که نگرش سیمنون به داستان پلیسی-جنایی تفاوت اساسی با دیدهای نویسندههای انگلیسیزبان شناخته شده داره، و شاید بشه گفت که از نظر کاوش درون شخصیتها و ساخت رابطه بین انسانها، بیشتر از اون که به داستانهای معمایی کلاسیک متمایل باشه، به رمانهای جریان به اصطلاح اصلی ادبیات نزدیکه.
و نکته خاص در مورد «مگره و مرد خانه به دوش» این که یک فصل بازپرسی خیلی خوب داره
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Aras
Mar 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Maigret investigates the case of a homeless man who is assaulted and almost killed, wondering who could want to hurt a person like that? He digs into the back-story of the man, which is quite interesting, and then when he gets on the track of the perpetrator, an ending arrives that is both unexpected and perfectly appropriate.
Heidi-Marie
Read this in French III. I think I would have enjoyed it more except for the teacher our class had to endure. She made this book drag because she spent FOREVER on it. We could have read it in a week. I think we spent well over a month. But I was at least able to get the idea that I liked the character of Maigret and I became more familiar with some of the rivers and streets of Paris.
Laura
A Paris, une nuit de mars, deux bateliers tirent de la Seine un clochard grièvement blessé. L'un d'eux, le jeune Van Houtte, affirme avoir noté la présence d'une Peugeot 403 rouge sur le quai, peu de temps avant le drame. Maigret retrouve les occupants de la voiture, mais ceux-ci parviennent à prouver leur innocence.
Jim
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is a short and unusual tale. It is a murder investigation in which the victim has survived, but will not cooperate. The social and psychological aspects of the various characters are the primary clues as to what really happened. MAIGRET AND THE BUM definitely doesn’t follow the standard detective mystery format and that is what makes it enjoyable.
Gregory
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I has not read a Maigret novel before, but reading Ampuero's The Neruda Case prompted me to check one out. I hope this one is not representative, because it was short, founded on coincidence (Maigret's wife happened to know someone attached to the case), and had almost no character development.
Tim
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple tale, quick in the telling. Perhaps I would have liked more of the bum, but there is so much of Maigret here in this brief book that it is satisfying. He directs consequences and knows people well. Always a pleasure, even in its brevity.
Lynn
Dec 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The victim of murder is a once-successful (doctor? scientist? I forget) who has actually chosen homelessness. Interesting social commentary as well as the mystery of the killing of this apparently harmless drop-out from life.
Emily
Jan 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: français
Je me souviens que mon papa a eu l'habitude de lire ces livres et il les a aimés beaucoup. C'est un roman à énigmes très intelligent. Peut-être je lirai plus.
Corbin
Aug 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, francais
Read two different versions, an abridged and the full version. The full version was more interesting and easier to translate because it provided important contextual clues and narrative momentum.
Mahdi.dehnavi
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اگه دونبال توصیف های فوق العاده و روح بخش می گردی، همین جاست.
تو این کتاب بازجویی های فوق العاده پیدا می کنی که عمرا جای دیگه ای پیدا بشه
امیدوارم هیچکس این کتاب رو نخونه!!!
Rosie
Jan 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read SO many Maigret's, so this is the only one I'll list. Not a particularly noteworthy one, but heck! they're all light, escapist reading, aren't they.
Patrick Bättig
In Paris wird ein Clochard umgebracht und Maigret sucht den Mörder
Lauren
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh... the only reason I read this was for AP French—it absolutely SUCKED
Aleksandar Obradović
Tipičan roman o Megreu. Nema tu puno prostora za "glavolomljenje". Radnja je linearna bez nekih velikih obrta, ali su stil i atmosfera kao i uvijek na visokom nivou što čini da se čita u jednom dahu.
Paul Jellinek
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, once in a while even Simenon is just a shade below perfect, but I still enjoy the heck out of these books.
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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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