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Maigret et le clochard

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A homeless man is found beaten and unconscious along the banks of the Seine Inspector Maigret must connect him to a past and. 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 torn out deliberately but simply fell out I had to buy the book online again and wait for it to arrive before I could finish reading it uite frustrating I must say

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Cted society and the small measure of justice it offers themMaigret is a registered trademark of the Estate of Georges Simeno. 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 the book away from Maigret’s investigation and leaves the book without a centre The crime is extremely unlikely even for a routine detective story which this book is Maigret is unsuccessful in proving his case because it is all his own supposition without a shred of evidence and very fanciful indeed No wonder the man accursed sneers at him And Simenon seems unsuccessful in doing what he set out to do with the book which might have developed into a novel successfully than remaining the basis for a detective story

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A possible motive for for his attempted murder The investigation provides Maigret with a chilling look at those who have reje. Enjoyed this short mystery of a murder attempt on a tramp Simenon’s Maigret is an interesting detective character as most of them in this genre I liked reading about his exploits as the stories are set in and around France I always wanted to visit these places Maigret works with his intuition and uses some psychological approaches on suspects to make them confess In this period of lockdown this story was a great way to escape the gloom and doom news by diving into this virtual world If you are looking for a not so long story that has a passably serious story this is worth a shot Stay safe all

  • Paperback
  • 160
  • Maigret et le clochard
  • Georges Simenon
  • English
  • 09 February 2017
  • 9780156028394

About the Author: Georges Simenon

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 than two dozen pseudonyms Altogether about 550 million copies of his works have been printedHe is best known however for his 75



10 thoughts on “Maigret et le clochard

  1. says:

    I find this a very interesting book and titleThe original book was published in France in 1963 as Maigret and the Dosser and later Maigret and the Bumthe term Dosser was uite correct Collins English Dictionary states A dosser is a city person who does not have a permanent home and sleeps in the streets or in very cheap hotels It fits Maigret's assumptions and involvement with this type of person which is one of understanding and concern The plot goes on to demonstrate that the great detective is prepared to get to the bottom of this case for several reasons including that this individual is a person and worthy of an investigationFurther it plays on Maigret's mind from experience as we learn from an earlier case Maigret remarked The have nots just don't get murdered So the motive fascinates him in this case and drives him on to his solutionNow Dosser as a British expression is a noun meaning ' a person who sleeps rough; a tramp' or 'an idle person' It is also deemed a derogatory name So the title of the book had to be changedNow Bum is North American 'a vagrant' or in name calling perhaps 'a lazy or worthless person' Eually unsuitable perhaps for modern timesI guess Tramp keeps it in context from the sixties but is a little misleading as it originally meant 'a person who travels from place to place on foot in search of work or as a vagrant or beggar' It certainly wouldn't sell well in the USA where Tramp can be associated with 'a promiscuous woman'I think I would be happiest with Vagrant but again this has this sense of motion as such people historically moved on from place to place looking for work digs and a fresh startMy experience of the homelessness leads me to think that perhaps in England this sense of movement was the lot of many homeless folk moving with the seasons and pressing on to somewhere accommodating Today's view of homelessness especially in cities is like the reality in this story some 55 years ago Down and outs sleeping rough with a few items sticking to certain spots Begging for money and taking alcohol or drugs to numb their existenceIn some respects I'd like to say in passing it is a social problem we still don't seem to have addressed so many years laterWhat is interesting in this account also is the accuracy of the homeless folk in Paris bedding down under bridges and making their homes amid newspaper and cardboard Simenon must have had some insight into their plight and sympathised with them as he gives Maigret an understanding and supportive association with the man known as Doc” and his friends whom are interviewedThis is a lovely story; a throwback to how Maigret conducted many an interrogation through the night fuelled by bar and sandwiches He understands Doc and his life choices without criticism and he has empathy for those who chose such a life or fall on tough times Maigret maintains however that a random assault on a tramp is not just horseplay and it is this hidden deeper motive that is the key to this novelSadly over half a century later indiscriminate assaults and murders of homeless people are not as rare They can be beaten up set alight and treated as less than human beings We cannot be proud of this situation in England Maigret's time has passed people are attacked and videoed in the process for little other reason than boredom and fun It is a depressing reality that makes a couple of hours back in Maigret's Paris such a tonic

  2. says:

    This may be my favorite Maigret so far Although I usually feel that way about all of them right after I finish one A man who lives under one of the bridges along the Seine River the tramp of the title which used to be bum which is even worse is hit on the head and thrown into the river As usual Maigret is interested in character than clues he finds his clues in the characters and their relationships The man who was hurt has a complicated background Maigret is as interested in him as in the wealthy victims he has previously in the books I've read investigated The characters all feel very real in this one and interesting It is always wonderful to watch Maigret And this book has several lovely scenes with his wifeAltogether a charming book and a satisfying mystery

  3. says:

    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 torn out deliberately but simply fell out I had to buy the book online again and wait for it to arrive before I could finish reading it uite frustrating I must say

  4. says:

    Enjoyed this short mystery of a murder attempt on a tramp Simenon’s Maigret is an interesting detective character as most of them in this genre I liked reading about his exploits as the stories are set in and around France I always wanted to visit these places Maigret works with his intuition and uses some psychological approaches on suspects to make them confess In this period of lockdown this story was a great way to escape the gloom and doom news by diving into this virtual world If you are looking for a not so long story that has a passably serious story this is worth a shot Stay safe all

  5. says:

    It's been years since I finished a French novel This one is small and light fairly easy as well Though the novel is relatively short the ending is uite powerful I didn't expect the story to take this turn view spoiler especially the homeless dude's decision to not say a word in the end hide spoiler

  6. says:

    Inspector Maigret's success it seems comes partially from his ability to see past the surface of people He tends to sense someone's character rather than judge their social status People who live outside the norms are not viewed with suspicion so much as being true to their own nature Maigret and the Tramp is typical in this The inspector treats a marginalized man with the respect he shows to anyone who chooses to live life on their own terms without hurting others The actual solving of the crime as is the case with so many of the Maigret books is secondary

  7. says:

    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 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 discussing the case with Madame Maigret who offers a helping hand as well as a listening ear Not my favourite Maigret as I found it unsatisfying but then so did the Inspector Just goes to show that real police work is not always open and shut there isn't always a confession or even decent clues All right to pass an hour or two but not up to Simenon's usual standard And I'm not sure I would agree with the idea that no homeless people who sleep under bridges would ever ever steal from each other or ever be violent That premise certainly wouldn't stand up to scrutiny in my city and I wonder if it did in 1960s Paris One of the few cases in which the film is much better than the book though the script is faithful to the novel; the performances carry what is otherwise a bland and uninteresting tale

  8. says:

    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 the book away from Maigret’s investigation and leaves the book without a centre The crime is extremely unlikely even for a routine detective story which this book is Maigret is unsuccessful in proving his case because it is all his own supposition without a shred of evidence and very fanciful indeed No wonder the man accursed sneers at him And Simenon seems unsuccessful in doing what he set out to do with the book which might have developed into a novel successfully than remaining the basis for a detective story

  9. says:

    Started out interesting but bit bland by the end

  10. says:

    In this story a Flemish boatman on the Seine pulls a drowning man from the canal It turns out he has been coshed before being dumped The man is in a coma but M finds he is a vagrant living under a nearby bridge who in his former life was a physician from Lorraine The victim cannot speak but M is fascinated by the hidden story and tries to work out the details of a life gone off the rails In the end he constructs a plausible solution to who dunnit and why but there is not enough evidence to bring charges and once the victim “Doc” is able to communicate he seems uninterested in helping M and that leaves a number of existential uestions unanswered This is one of the engaging in the long Margret series and illustrates why Simenon is such a popular and yet critically acclaimed author

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