lunedì 7 marzo 2016

SIMENON SIMENON: MORE ON THE CREAM OF THE CROP

Some speculation by another on his favorite Simenon crime novel.
SIMENON SIMENON: PLUS SUR LA CREME DE LA CREME  
Quelque spéculation par un autre sur son polar préféré de Simenon.
SIMENON SIMENON: ANCORA SUL MEGLIO DEL MEGLIO
Riflessioni di un altro autore su quale fosse la sua inchiesta preferita di Maigret    

Advancing from my dilemma in picking the best Maigret to my personal conclusion that the series is what’s best, I just read about someone else’s similar quandary. This time, it was making the difficult choice of an all-time favorite crime novel. Lo and behold, the first title considered was Dirty Snow.
Here’s the quote:
“Since life is an ongoing project, I find it difficult, if not impossible, to choose an all-time favourite crime novel – there are so many I haven't read yet. Georges Simenon's Dirty Snow is a masterpiece, but there are probably dozens of Simenon's romans durs – "hard" novels, as he called them – that are as good, if not better. Could I choose Dirty Snow as my favourite Simenon over, say, the eerily cheerful The Man Who Watched Trains Go By, or the wonderfully claustrophobic The Strangers in the House?”
No matter what was his ultimate decision, which one can hunt down through the reference below, the above statement represents a supreme tribute to the author we celebrate. Georges Simenon’s name seems to have been the first to come to mind, and dozens of candidates from his corpus quickly followed.
Who is this critic and what are his credentials? It’s none other than Benjamin Black AKA John Banville, a prolific and celebrated author in his own right. Like Simenon, his books fall into different categories. Importantly, the nine works by Black are crime fiction.
21.01.2016
The Independent
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler, book of a lifetime
(The Long Goodbye de Raymond Chandler, livre d’une durée de vie) http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/the-long-goodbye-by-raymond-chandler-book-of-a-lifetime-a6825091.html
David P Simmons

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