A one-evening read; watch a man go crazy! Ponder the nature of freedom!
A generally intriguing portrait of bourgeois Dutchman whose moral compass goes awry when his professional world collapses. Simenon is reputed to written hundreds of books in his life, and at times the style reflects this. The writing is not beautiful, but it carries the story ably, and Simenon does a nice job of evoking mood and place.
One on Simenon's "hard novels," it details the unraveling of the life of an upstanding Dutch citizen after he realizes that his whole life has been a sham. The perfectly-paced action occurs mostly in Paris, where Simenon captures the bleakness of a Parisian winter - the ideal setting for a man's ultimate undoing. The Paris of this novel will be familiar to readers of Henry Miller.
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