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31 review for The Naked Man: The Mystery Of Georges Simenon

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrew MacDonald

    A chatty biography that doesn't stand up to Pierre Assouline's more recent, more excellent, biography of Simenon. There's a bit too much of the biographer in this, a bit too many moments where I can feel Bresler's hand shaping our reading of Simenon's life. Moreover, the book was written while Simenon was still alive - which comes with so many problems I don't know where to start. One, if the subject of the biography is still alive, there's obviously more life to be documented. Two, the biographer A chatty biography that doesn't stand up to Pierre Assouline's more recent, more excellent, biography of Simenon. There's a bit too much of the biographer in this, a bit too many moments where I can feel Bresler's hand shaping our reading of Simenon's life. Moreover, the book was written while Simenon was still alive - which comes with so many problems I don't know where to start. One, if the subject of the biography is still alive, there's obviously more life to be documented. Two, the biographer necessarily has to buddy up to the subject, and there's a kind of 'pay for play' scheme going on where perhaps some of the more controversial aspects of Simenon's character gets downplayed and wiped. Three, the effect can sometimes feel gossipy. I'd let this book stew in the obscurity from whence I rescued it and select Assouline's more studiously crafted, though still entertaining, take on Simenon's life instead. Sorry, Fenton.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lois

    I'm a fan of the Maigret novels. I have a collection of them and read two or more a year, and tho they are quite short, they are usually satisfying in an easy going kind of way. Having read Simenon's massive "Intimate Memoirs" and in anticipation of reading the biography by Pierre Assouline, which got good reviews here, I found this one interesting, but since it was completed while Simenon was still living, a bit dated and obviously incomplete. I enjoyed reading about the almost Gatsby-like part I'm a fan of the Maigret novels. I have a collection of them and read two or more a year, and tho they are quite short, they are usually satisfying in an easy going kind of way. Having read Simenon's massive "Intimate Memoirs" and in anticipation of reading the biography by Pierre Assouline, which got good reviews here, I found this one interesting, but since it was completed while Simenon was still living, a bit dated and obviously incomplete. I enjoyed reading about the almost Gatsby-like party held, instead of normal advertising at Simenon's request, just before the first Maigret books were released, and how it raised anticipation and probably contributed to the popularity of the books right from the beginning. Also very sad, of course, to read again about his beloved daughter's suicide and the impact it had on the rest of his life.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Justin K. Rivers

    Some good details and synthesis of Simenon's varying memoirs and accounts. Written before Simenon's death. Periodically, the author has some weird interjections, as if blurting out some off the cuff judgements and pronunciations. Very odd. Scan it for interesting information, but don't expect useful analysis or anything like graceful prose. Some good details and synthesis of Simenon's varying memoirs and accounts. Written before Simenon's death. Periodically, the author has some weird interjections, as if blurting out some off the cuff judgements and pronunciations. Very odd. Scan it for interesting information, but don't expect useful analysis or anything like graceful prose.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

    This biography is written almost like a substantial, readable report. As a work of writing, it is not very commendable. However, it contains a lot of information about Simenon, which is what I was looking for.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Yooperprof

    10,000 women in his lifetime? Really?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Molly

  7. 4 out of 5

    Damian Kelly

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    Chris Bloom

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  11. 4 out of 5

    Jean Marie

  12. 5 out of 5

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  14. 4 out of 5

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Stefan

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maria-Anne

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

  19. 5 out of 5

    BookQueen

  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

    Troybear

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tako1989

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sinan Öner

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

  25. 4 out of 5

    rêveur d'art

  26. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maria Baarslag

  28. 5 out of 5

    ElizrdbthSpeaks

  29. 4 out of 5

    鑫广天野

  30. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Franklin

  31. 5 out of 5

    Dean Jobb

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