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It’s amazing that the book I read before this Main Street was published in the same century, in cirty only 20 odd years apart, for they are so entirely different.

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The Maigret novels were translated into all major languages and several of them were turned into films and radio plays. For some people, the realisation of unattainability is unacceptable. His crimes are committed for no national, political, or personal cause. Guy Savage on Newcomer: December 1, at 7: While he thinks he knows everything and he is not unintelligent in many ways, he is still a callow youth with no idea how things work.

There is only Frank, solipsistic and brutal Frank.

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The fate of the protagonist, year old Frank who is a truly despicable young man, cannot end in any other way than what his devastating actions created. Frank wants to be ditty man. Dirty Snow is not escapist, it’s not life-affirming — at least not in the way Oprah books are — and the main character is scum.

On the other hand, the book is thrilling to read, purely on a narrative level, and simeno bracing, as you watch a master storyteller tell a difficult and complex truth, while hardly putting a foot wrong. This book left me feeling raw for days, so powerful! Ebbene, simebon direbbe che il percorso oscuro di Frank Friedmaier sia figlio di quel gigantesco Fyodor Dostoyevskyinsuperabile quando si tratta di descrivere la sofferenza funzionale alla salvezza dell’individuo.

Dirty Snow by William T. Gripping, sad and stinging, eye-opening, and all rings true. Classics in September is sponsored by Bloomsbury Reader.

Feb 01, Michael rated it really liked it. Here the 2nd world war is very present – we are in occupied France – and everyone’s life didty been degraded, and morals are luxuries.

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It’s like watching a dreadful accident taking place in slow motion right in front of your snoq. Join other followers. While Simenon glides through this complex spectrum, questions lurk beneath the surface. Simenon was one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century, capable of writing 60 to 80 pages per day. Would you care to answer a few questions about it? Not only for their means of living, pandering to the whims of the occupiers, but because they have ample means to heat their apartment, as well as plenty of food.


Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here We know the novel is set during dlrty occupation of a country, although the precise location, or dlrty, is never mentioned. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.

January 31, at 5: You can get most of them second hand. Halfway through he is jailed and the novel turns to a cat-and-mouse police procedural that is told entirely from Frank’s p. He runs with a rough crowd and as the book opens, he kills a man just for the thrill of it. James Hynes, author of the satirical novel Kings of Infinite Spacediscusses the hypnotic appeal of this saga of a very bad man living in very dark times.

The prison stuff reminded me a little of ‘Hard rain Falling’ although they are otherwise very different. His country, apparently France, has been occupied by enemy forces. Everything was blurred, confused, with only certain details standing out, exaggeratedly clear: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.