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Genius, undimmed after 22 years As I have written elsewhere, this book has special resonance for me, as it was the very first book I ever bought from the Nilkhet market in Dhaka Nilkhet, the largest second hand book market in Bangladesh, was to occupy a central place in my life, becoming practically my second home for large swathes of the 1990s I don t think a single week went by in that decade when I did not spent at least one lengthy session browsing through the shelves of the numerous sta Genius, undimmed after 22 years As I have written elsewhere, this book has special resonance for me, as it was the very first book I ever bought from the Nilkhet market in Dhaka Nilkhet, the largest second hand book market in Bangladesh, was to occupy a central place in my life, becoming practically my second home for large swathes of the 1990s I don t think a single week went by in that decade when I did not spent at least one lengthy session browsing through the shelves of the numerous stalls usually I was there two or three times a week It scarcely mattered that as a hard up student, I did not have the resources to buy nearly as many books as I liked, and often had to content myself with the lower end of the scale the tattered, the obscure, the neglected Even in the estimation of the stall owners, I did not rate highly I forget how many times I was brusquely asked Are you going to take that It was only after I started working and had money to spare that I could afford to buy whatever I liked, and the shopkeepers treatment becamerespectful But it all started with Inquest on Bouvet, a book I bought one sweltering afternoon in 1991, for the princely sum of 10 takas I did not know the first thing about the writer, the decisive factor behind the purchase being the low price, but within 48 hours Simenon would become one of my firm favourites Such was the spell cast by this book, a deceptively simple tale that starts with a death in Paris One beautiful morning in the late summer of 1949, Monsieur Bouvet, a seventy six year old gentleman, suddenly collapses while indulging in his favorite activity browsing the open air bookstalls of the Ile Saint Louis, looking for old prints and engravings, and chatting with the stall owners Nothing out of the ordinary, perhaps, except that a young American student, backpacking his way through Europe, is on hand with his Leica and snaps the shot of the old man prostrated on the ground, prints scattered all about him He takes it upon himself to sell the dramatic photograph to a newspaper, which places it on the front page of that evening s issue And from there, the story takes off.M Bouvet had lived alone in a flat on the nearby Quai de la Tournelle, and no one ever knew him to have either friends or family His scrupulously kept flat is innocent of any trace whatsoever of his past But once the photograph appears, people come knocking wives, daughters, former lovers who have recognized the old man as a lost figure from their past Before you know it, you are caught up in a gripping story of false identities Detectives from the Quai des Orf vres for once, they are led not by Inspector Maigret perhaps away on holiday but by his able deputy Lucas painstakingly excavate a dead man s mysterious past that takes you on a journey from the cotton mills of northern France in the 1880s to the anarchist dives of fin de si cle Paris, from the tropical heat of Panama to the brothels of Brussels, from the goldmines of the Congo to the spies nests that infested Madrid during the First World War It seems that Bouvet was not Bouvet after all he was at one time or another Samuel Marsh, Gaston Lamblot, a spy named Corsico All this and muchin just 150 pages It is not hard to imagine the impact that the book had on a teenager in provincial Dhaka, encountering Simenon for the very first time The romance, the mystery, the globe trotting adventure Suffice to say it was the start of an enduring affair that has lastedthan two decades Everything that I have ever loved about Simenon was present in this earliest reading first and foremost, the inimitable Simenon tone, mellow, lugubrious, even mournful, as if the writer and his characters are forever aware of the futility and tragedy that overshadow all the works of man, all his petty strivings and struggles I was bowled over then, as I am now, by Simenon s miraculous ability to describe a scene, a character with the swiftest of brushstrokes a poetic, economic style that depends crucially on just the right amount of detail, often obliquely presented, and a total lack of excess or embellishment The result is a prose so evocative, so intensely atmospheric that it puts you immediately in mind of the great impressionist painters Indeed Simenon himself, in his Paris Review interview, alluded to the influence of Impressionism and the strict discipline that operated behind his apparently effortless genius If you want to know what Less is More really means, all you need to do is read Simenon.It s been many years since that first, life changing visit to Nilkhet I have been to some of the locations in this book since Lille, Brussels, Antwerp but I ve never been to Paris Yet when I read Simenon, I feel that I really do not need to visit Paris after all, because the quintessential Paris the timeless Paris of Monet, Sisley and Pissarro is forever captured in these pages What reality could ever top that Un vieux monsieur est mort Cette mort naturelle qui avait l air sans importance va d clencher un tourbillon de questions pour savoir qui tait vraiment cet homme Tout au long de cette histoire, la sympathie que l on a pour ce viel homme n en est que renforc e et c est avec une grande empathie que l on quitte les personnages de cette histoire. . A wandering, disembodied narrator reveals, bit by bit, the history of an old man who passes away beside the Seine on a brilliant, baking, achingly hot summer day, as the residents of Paris, not least the neighbors, police, and lawyers who reconstruct this life, long to flee the empty city for their summer vacances Less a coherent novel than a series of pastiches Simenon moves between modes and characters as his mystery demands the implacable unknown persons investigator of the Police Judiciai A wandering, disembodied narrator reveals, bit by bit, the history of an old man who passes away beside the Seine on a brilliant, baking, achingly hot summer day, as the residents of Paris, not least the neighbors, police, and lawyers who reconstruct this life, long to flee the empty city for their summer vacances Less a coherent novel than a series of pastiches Simenon moves between modes and characters as his mystery demands the implacable unknown persons investigator of the Police Judiciaire, pacing the streets in morticians black the venal society widow and her estranged daughter, scrapping over an absent husband s fortune the weepy charwoman, a onetime prostitute of the Belle Epoque grasping painfully at her sad memories the lonely concierge, who, in a surprisingly comic moment, conjures a lynch mob of Parisiens around the stranger she remembers from the Occupation as a Gestapo agent Individually, these are insightful, even touching, sketches As a whole, the layers of lives stuffed into the life of the deceased like tobacco into the ubiquitous pipes makes for a fun structure, if a fantastic one ( READ KINDLE ) ⚕ L'Enterrement de Monsieur Bouvet ⚆ Un tranquille petit bourgeois, M Bouvet, est mort sur les quais de la Seine, tandis qu il feuilletait un livre A l A c talage d un bouquiniste Rien de suspect dans cette fin, mais, comme on ne lui connaA R t pas de famille, on publie tout de mAame sa photo dans la presse Cette publication va provoquer une cascade de rA c vA c lations successives, qui plongeront l inspecteur BeaupA re, chargA c du dossier, dans une perplexitA c croissante Comment s appelait rA c ellement M Bouvet Et qui A c tait il Un aventurier amA c ricain, un truand parisien liA c des dA c cennies plus tAt aux milieux anarchistes Ou quelqu un d autre encore Nul mieux que le romancier du Petit Homme d Arkhangelsk, crA c ateur de Maigret, n a excellA c A nous faire deviner les mystA res dA c risoires ou terribles que dissimulent les vies en apparence les plus ordinaires Lorsque, enfin, au grand soulagement de sa concierge, on pourra procA c der A l enterrement de M Bouvet, on aura accompli un vaste voyage A travers les A c vA c nements du siA cle, et dA c couvert un de ces personnages hors du commun que nous cAtoyons peut Aatre chaque jour sans le savoir . This is another crime story from George Simenon that has a very calm road map to gather evidences about Monsieur Bouvet and his life before his death. This book is unlike any of Simenon s other books There is a death but no actual crime The book is a real page turner with a complex plot and wheels inside wheels Just the complex unfolding of a long and mysterious life Worthy of Agatha Christie, but better Lucas appears, but none of the other Maigret regulars. Whilst I love a good golden age crime conundrum that lets you wallow in a sea of clues and red herrings whilst you try and puzzle out the murderer, there s also something to be said for the complete bonkersness of Georges Simenon s novels.Narrative and character are the things for him and given he wrote at a fair lick nearly 500 novels I guess that left little time for intricate plots Instead gloriously drawn characters loaf around Paris, spendingtime in the bar than at the crime scen Whilst I love a good golden age crime conundrum that lets you wallow in a sea of clues and red herrings whilst you try and puzzle out the murderer, there s also something to be said for the complete bonkersness of Georges Simenon s novels.Narrative and character are the things for him and given he wrote at a fair lick nearly 500 novels I guess that left little time for intricate plots Instead gloriously drawn characters loaf around Paris, spendingtime in the bar than at the crime scene, there s usually some mulling and at the end of a propulsive 200 odd clue free pages, the culprit seemingly gives themselves away by accident.Inquest on Bouvet is all this andInstead of Maigret necking a Marc, there s a sprawling cast grappling with an unlikely number of stories all related to the most charismatic corpse on record