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Product Details

  • Series: Neversink
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House; Reprint edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193555462X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935554622
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It is impossible not to admire the accuracy, the unfailing psychological insight, the unfaltering eye for the small but convincing human details that he brings to his stories of men obsessed.”

Life magazine (1958)

“Since most Simenon characters are driven and obsessive, their actions are outside the constraints of ordinary life and, as such, are of striking ethical and psychological interest... Simenon has often been compared to Dostoyevsky...”

New York Times

About the Author

Called the “world’s most prolific novelist” by Life magazine, and several times a candidate for the Nobel Prize, Georges Simenon (1903-1989) published more than four-hundred novels, seventy-five of them featuring his celebrated detective, Commissaire Maigret.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Fleisig VINE VOICE on December 13, 2011
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In his heyday the former Premier of France bestrode France and Europe like a colossus. A larger than-life figure he was at once feared, respected, admired, and often hated. It seemed that whenever the French Republic had a crisis, be it monetary, labor, social strife, or war the President of France would call on him to save the republic one more time. Now, at age 82 he is sick and living in relative seclusion in a house off the Normandy coast. He is watched over by a personal secretary, a cook, physician and chauffer. His days are spent in isolation and he spends much of his waking hours quietly contemplating his life. His stillness is that of the aging lion. He sits in his study and barely moves, as if conserving what little energy and time he has left. As the story opens France is facing yet another crisis. The government has fallen and the President is seeking desperately to find a Premier to step in to save France one more time. As the country's eyes turn to the most likely prospect, Chalmont, the retired Premier asks himself whether he should go public with the damaging information that he has about the man who was once his most trusted assistant.

Loosely based on the latter years of Georges Clemenceau ("Le Tigre") George Simenon's "The President" is one more reason why I will pick up and read a book by Simenon anywhere I can find it. Perhaps best known for his Inspector Maigret stories such as The Hotel Majestic (Penguin Mysteries), I think his finest work can be found in what he called his "romans durs" or hard stories such as
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Skip55 on August 25, 2013
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A real insight into how outside controlling factors take over a person's life, no matter the person's status or stage in life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RWoodB on May 21, 2013
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Readers who want action in a novel should not purchase this book. The pace is slow because Simenon's approach is a slow reveal of the character of an 82-year old retired politician. Simenon's psychological novels--of which is one--are exceptionally well crafted.
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I've enjoyed all of Simenon's non-Maigret novels. He has a way of capturing the personality of his characters and releasing it throughout the novel. He always keeps me interested.
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