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Friday, June 15, 2012
47. Strangers in the House by Georges Simenon
this cover sucks.
This is part of Simenon's romans durs, but I think in this case, it might be called a roman doux. It actually has somewhat of a happy ending! It's the story of an aristocrat, Loursat, in a small french town who has basically given up on life. Though a skilled lawyer, he rarely practices, spending his days eating meals in the kitchen and reading literature in his study, steadily drinking red wine. Then one night, there is the sound of a gunshot in his sprawling house and he discovers a dead body in one of the unused (or so he thought) rooms. It turns out that his daughter has been hanging out with a group of wild friends and they have been getting up to antics in the top level. In becoming involved in the case, m. Loursat starts to come alive again. We learn why he shut himself off and we follow him as he slowly awakens to his sorry state. The main narrative thread is the investigation into the murder and the subsequent trial. Quite entertaining and satisfying.
1/3 American, 1/3 Canadian, 1/3 Montrealer, when I'm not working for the planet and living my lucky life, I hang out on the internet and write about culture and language in Montreal, books and movies. I also rant on a wide range of subjects and try to do that here so my wife doesn't have to be the only one to suffer.