Maigret in Exile

Maigret in Exile Inspector Jules Maigret has fallen into disfavor with his Paris superiors and has been shunted to a district supervisor s job on the northern French coast Depressed and bored Maigret regains a sense

  • Title: Maigret in Exile
  • Author: Georges Simenon Eileen Ellenbogen
  • ISBN: 9780156551366
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
  • Inspector Jules Maigret has fallen into disfavor with his Paris superiors and has been shunted to a district supervisor s job on the northern French coast Depressed and bored, Maigret regains a sense of purpose when a corpse is discovered in the house of a retired judge.

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    1. Superintendent Jules Maigret has somehow offended his bosses in Paris, so he is sent out to the town of Lucon, where he is mightily bored -- until an interesting murder case turns up. Georges Simenon is one of my two or three favorite mystery writers, and I have now read over a score of his Maigret novels, plus a handful of his romans durs, which do no feature the great detective.In the nearby oyster port of l'Aiguille, a man has been murdered and lies on the floor of a retired judge's house, an [...]

    2. I've enjoyed the Inspector Maigret mysteries I've read so far. Maigret in Exile by Georges Simenon, originally published in 1942, finds the irrepressible inspector banished from Paris to a small coastal town, for some unknown reason. An elderly woman shows up at his office and tells him that there is a body at her neighbour's house in a nearby town.In his meandering way, Maigret begins his investigation. There seems to be no particular reason for what he is doing, but in his way, he slowly gathe [...]

    3. This is a wonderful book. Maigret and Madame Maigret have been ordered to a remote province, having offended the judicial system in Paris. Because he is in unknown territory, Maigret is really starting from scratch. As he is led to a secret corpse about to be released at high tide, he works from his open mind but his habits are intact. He directs his fellow policemen, the switchboard mademoiselle, the Flying Squad, the hotel staff, the witnesses and their families, and eventually the suspects wi [...]

    4. In a mussel-harvesting seaside village in the marshy Vendee in the atlantic south of France, Maigret is temporarily exiled after falling foul of police politics in Paris.At the top of a ladder, pruning his hedge, a man sees a man (a body?) lying in a room in the Judge's house next door. It is still there the next day. Maigret is informed and is involved in a case involving adultery, madness, murder and deception, with its seeds going back many years.A wonderful novel, with a real insight and exp [...]

    5. An observant old lady alerts Detective Chief Inspector Maigret to some strange goings-on at her neighbor’s house in the 1942 novel The Judge’s House (also published as Maigret in Exile). And what Didine Hulot has seen at Judge Forlacroix’s house in L’Aiguillion is a dead body. She ensures that Maigret is on the scene when the retired judge tries to dispose of the corpse. And that’s just the beginning of this suspenseful novel, full of twists and turns. One of the best of Georges Simeno [...]

    6. A sojourn away from Paris for some unspecified disciplinary reason leaves Maigret bored out in the sticks. However, a fascinating mystery and the lure of the sea sends him off to investigate in the provincial L'Aiguillon with its mussel beds, wild marshland and variable tides.Having just delighted in the move to a focused detective series this is more like his earlier books; dependent on runners, telegrams and meeting people is interesting in the aspects of how the Chief Inspector works, assimil [...]

    7. Maigret gets in trouble with his superiors and ends up in a small seaside town, as head inspector until the trouble dies down.Of course, he gets involved in a murder investigation and caught up in local, small town politics.As always, Simenon shows us a very real feeling world that may not be anymore real than Christie's or Flemming's England, but he it portrays so matter of factly that you are drawn in.

    8. Although quite short, like many of his books, this is an excellent read.Maigret, out of favour, is banished to a small coastal town where he is out of place. As you would expect an unusual murder takes place and we are privy to Maigret's thought processes as he solves the crime.I am continually amazed at the quality of Simenon's books considering the rate at which he knocked them out. Highly recommended.

    9. This was rather hard work. Maigret has been exiled to a sleepy French port - we have no idea why he is in disgrace (and apparently neither does Madam Maigret). A local busybody tells him that she has seen a body in the village "Judge's" house, and bored he goes to investigate. The Judge is caught red-handed trying to dispose of the body, and what then follows is a rather over complex tale involving mentally disturbed daughters, an ex-wife's infidelity, an old murder, jealous girlfriends, local g [...]

    10. Simenon non sbaglia un colpo e riesce a raggiungere sempre livelli altissimi. Un solo appunto mi sento di muovergli: talvolta è troppo "esclamativo". Cioè, a mio modesto avviso, utilizza i punti esclamativi in maniera eccessiva, tanto che mi verrebbe la voglia di tirar fuori la matita rossa e correggerlo.Ecco, l'ho detto ;-)

    11. I romanzi di Simenon con protagonista Maigret sono una sicurezza.Ne ho letti oltre 30 e mai una volta sono rimasto deluso.Arrivederci al prossimo.

    12. Maigret, temporarily exiled to the country, is his usual enigmatic self when a hidden crime is brought to his attention.

    13. This is one of the most entertaining Maigret books I have read, and quite possibly because it was written later (1940) than the earlier novels (penned circa 1932) that I have been consuming. It is tautly plotted and swiftly moving, and the characterizations are amazingly deft and economical. Maigret finds himself exiled to the provinces because of some unspecified disciplinary problem, and he is greatly bored. To his rescue comes an elderly, sharp-eyed local woman named Didine. She is most defin [...]

    14. Excellent!Maigret has been exiled to a small town on the coast as punishment for some transgression which remains unknown.Atmospheric, amusing, puzzling, mysterious, slightly wacky characters: I recommend this book.This is a new translation by Howard Curtis for Penguin Classics. I would have liked to have read some notes by the translator, who seems to be well known. The two books I've read so far in this series seem somewhat livelier than other's I've read previously, which were older editions. [...]

    15. Another terrific offering from Simenon. What separates this from other thriller/mystery offerings is the prose and atmosphere. We're not told exactly why Maigret has been banished from Paris. Although hooked from the start I thought I was reading a standard though excellent 'Maigret'. However, in chapter 6, Simenon suddenly changes style and adds a delicious twist to the plot. The prose becomes even more sparse: 'A brasserie. A fat woman at the cash desk. The railway timetable. A nice cold glass [...]

    16. I love Simenon's psychological novels the best, but if you can get the image and accent of BBC's Maigret out of your head, the Maigret mysteries are also intriguing. Simenon is a master at creating a palpable world for Maigret in which to operate; this time the murder takes place in the very working-class French coastal town L'Aiguillon to which the detective has been exiled. Full of gossips, fishermen, and down-at-heels professionals, L'Aiguillon is a perfect sad setting for this crime. "He mig [...]

    17. In the previous Maigret I read, the explanations were produced from behind the curtain, late in the book. They were interesting, but not well integrated. That was an early Maigret, and this apparently a prime one, so I hoped for better. But it had some of the same problems. The revelations of a background story, in the middle of the book, were better, to me. At the end, I had the problem of not caring enough about those characters to care about the crime or its details. I did enjoy some of Maigr [...]

    18. Lettura semplice e piacevole per staccare il cervello una serata. La storia è lineare; nulla di che, comunque. In verità, all'inizio mi ricordava il plot di "C'è un cadavere in biblioteca" di Agatha Christie, in cui, ugualmente, i proprietari si ritrovano in casa il cadavere di uno sconosciuto. Ma i due libri sono stati pubblicati nello stesso anno (e, anzi, Simenon scrisse questo racconto nel 1940). Quindi, niente scandalo ^^Ecco, sì, diciamo che più che un libro vero e proprio, lo definir [...]

    19. Siamo in un piccolo paesino della Vandea, dipartimento marittimo della Loira, e l'indagine di Maigret si svolge tra sperdute lande piovose dove si affollano le baracche dei mitilicoltori. C’è acqua dappertutto: cade dal cielo, esonda dal mare, colma le paludi. Maigret naviga tra i modi rudi e reticenti degli abitanti per scoprire come il cadavere di un uomo sia misteriosamente apparso nella casa del giudice locale. Il clima umido e bagnato permea l’intero racconto concedegli un sapore salma [...]

    20. Inspector Maigret is exiled from Paris to work in Lucon. No explanation is given, but it is hinted at that he offended some higher ups. This, however, seems more of a maneuver by the author to place Maigret in a location for a new case. An elderly couple comes to Maigret to report seeing a body inside the home of a local judge. They seem especially energetic about their personal investigations into this suspected murder. Lots of twists in the investigation, but not the strongest book in this ser [...]

    21. Ancora un Maigret tutto fatto di placida ma fulminea intuizione: l'istinto non impedisce al commissario di evitare un secondo omicidio (dopo il primo su cui stava già indagando) ma gli permette di giungere alla soluzionein pochissime mosse, uno scacco matto che si compie sotto gli occhi dinoi lettori senza darci il tempo di cogliere lo spostarsi delle pedine ghettodeilettori/

    22. Poor Maigret, dispatched to the French boondocks but dedicated as ever. More ingenious writing from Simenon, but it just did not flow as easily for me as did The Wine Merchant, The Hotel Majestic, and Vichy. Still clever, twisting, infuriating. I might be getting addicted to these books. Thank goodness they're NOT the size of a Michener or Rand.

    23. Possibly the best 'Maigret' novel I have read so far (and I am slowly working my way through all 75) This is because of the quality of the prose rather than the actual story. It seems to me that the 'Maigret' novels Simenon wrote in the 1940s are on a higher level than those written before or after. They are more unusual in their settings and more literary.

    24. Maigret is like a comfortable old shoe a bit rough around the edges and lacking polish but familiar and ever up to the task. He'll get you where you need to go. Somehow I missed this one when working my way through the works of Simenon years ago. I'm glad I finally discovered it.

    25. Never your average whodunnit, Simenon manages to keep you hooked till the last page and leaves you craving for more. No nicely wrapped up denouement like Agatha Christie though. Reasonable level of French required (B1+).

    26. Maigret is like a comfortable old shoe, One of the out of town Maigret stories. Maigret unhappily exiled from Paris and filling in at a coastal town. This is a wonderful book I am glad I found this book. excellant!! a must read!

    27. One of the out of town Maigret stories. Maigret unhappily exiled from Paris and filling in at a coastal town.

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