RARA-AVIS: Re: What are you reading?

From: mburch5717@AOL.com
Date: 24 Sep 2007

I just finished Georges Simenon's 'The Man Who Watched Trains Go By' and it was terrific. It's one of his 'Roman Durs' which I think translates roughly as tough novel. It's an extraordinary book, more existential and powerful than Camus's 'The Stranger' in many ways?and every bit as tough and noir as something by Jim Thompson but in?it's own?very distinctive fashion.

It's made me go out and buy a bunch more of these tough novels by Simenon. Thanks to New York Review Books there's something like half a dozen different titles in print in very handsome paperback editions.

And this is only the tip of a very large iceberg: Simenon wrote some 117 of these hardboiled/noir novels and apparently?they're all pretty good!

What an extraordinary find. It's like discovering a new continent or planet. ??

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