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Maigret's Pipe: Seventeen Stories (Harvest Book) Paperback – October 14, 1994


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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

About the Author

Georges Simenon (1903-1989) was born in Lie`ge, Belgium. As a young man he worked as a baker, journalist, and bookseller and published his first novel at seventeen. He went on to write more than two hundred novels, becoming one of the world's most prolific and bestselling authors. His books have sold more than 500 million copies and have been translated into fifty languages.
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Product Details

  • Series: Harvest Book
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reissue edition (October 14, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156551462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156551465
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By hrladyship on May 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
Several Maigret mysteries by Georges Simenon appeared a few years ago on PBS's Mystery. Played by Michael Gambon, the Paris detective seemed quirky and brilliant, sort of a mix between Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, with a bit of heartlessness mixed in. This collection of stories featuring Maigret are delightful with a sort of gentleness that does not fit into today's world.

Taking place in the 1940s, the 17 stories bespeak of a time most of us are unfamiliar with, and a very French time at that. Maigret is very politically incorrect by today's standards. He smokes a pipe constantly (the theft of which is the subject of one of the stories). He isn't averse to hitting a suspect, or grilling another for half a day or more (as with the young woman from the Etoile du Nord). Murder is at the center of the cases, sometimes grisly (drowning, hanging, knifing), but never just blood and gore.

Maigret is moody and sometimes gets very angry. His ego can be bruised, as when his wife gets a bit ahead of him (in "Madame Maigret's Admirer)." Maigret might even rest in the victim's bed (Two Bodies on a Barge).

The collection includes a couple of novellas, but most are short stories and all are quickly read. You come away from Simenon's world feeling that if you were in trouble, you'd want Maigret on your side.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 3, 2010
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Simenon has a genius for short fiction. Even his novels are short, for he believed that a book should be consumable in one sitting. The best of these stories are as clever, whimsical and richly told as his novels.

"I gave up having ideas a long time ago," says Maigret in one of these delightful stories. "I just go about sniffing. What I'm waiting for is the significant fact which never fails to emerge."

In these stories we get to observe Maigret in a satisfying variety of moods and situations: suspiciously lurking around a neighborhood like a prowler; growling in a downpour, the brim of his bowler hat full of water; stuffing his still lighted pipe into his pocket in a tense moment; forgetting a vital clue the next morning after too many hot toddies; affectionately teasing Madame Maigret.

I particularly enjoyed the stories set in Maigret's retirement. We see him padding about blissfully in his tomato patch, lazily enjoying the heat-haze - when an insistent visitor pulls him back into the world of criminal investigation.

And as always, Simenon shows his total mastery of atmosphere in even the simplest narrative, for example, the disturbing perfection of the house of the lawyer with three lovely daughters. This beautifully written piece is a gem as flawless as the lawyer's décor.

I read every other Maigret I could find before ordering this collection. It's a fitting finish to a total emersion in Maigret. Then again, it might be equally appropriate as an introduction to Maigret.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hanna on January 26, 2013
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If you like Simenon, chances are you will like this collection of 17 short stories. It is, however, not absolutely certain because (1) you may like the slow pace and lots of detail about the weather, drinks and Maigret's moods, which are not as abundant in short stories, which are quickly resolved (2) it is harder to avoid noticing that some of the ideas are very far-fetched and the characters drink too much to be able to function, let alone brilliantly (3) Maigret and Madame M relationship is not very contemporary and younger readers especially may find this very odd, even off putting (4) the translation is dated and editing is not top rate and sometimes it grates badly. I still enjoyed it. So much for the content.
The edition I got - not with the cover as you see on the left, but a bowler hat and a small pipe on a liver background with white and pink letters (I know, does not sound well) - published by Harvest/HBJ in 1985 is a soft cover glued together with a poor quality glue that disintegrated during the first reading. The book fell apart: about 320 pages are now in about 12 portions. It is OK as it is easier to read in bed and when commuting - you only have to take a portion you are likely to read with you. I felt it was a bit too pricey for the quality of the edition but I do not regret buying it. I like Maigret.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By diva on April 16, 2012
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Being a major Maigret lover, these little gems of stories about my favorite police inspector are such a treat. Perfect for a short read before turning out the lights at night.
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By E. Thie on June 17, 2014
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This book was a gift for a friend who adores Maigret. She is facing lengthy chemo-therapy and I gave her this collection to read while she received treatments. She is delighted and it helps her to pass the time with "an old friend."
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