The Man Who Watched Trains Go By

The Man Who Watched Trains Go By Kees Popinga is an average man a solid citizen who might enjoy a game of chess in the evening But one night this model husband and devoted father discovers his boss is bankrupt and that his own care

  • Title: The Man Who Watched Trains Go By
  • Author: Georges Simenon Siân Reynolds
  • ISBN: 9780241258552
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kees Popinga is an average man, a solid citizen who might enjoy a game of chess in the evening But one night, this model husband and devoted father discovers his boss is bankrupt and that his own carefully tended life is in ruins Before, he had watched impassively as the trains swept by now he catches the first one out of town and soon commits murder before the night isKees Popinga is an average man, a solid citizen who might enjoy a game of chess in the evening But one night, this model husband and devoted father discovers his boss is bankrupt and that his own carefully tended life is in ruins Before, he had watched impassively as the trains swept by now he catches the first one out of town and soon commits murder before the night is out How reliable is even the most reliable man s identity Georges Simenon 1903 1989 was born in Liege, Belgium He went to work as a reporter at the age of fifteen and in 1923 moved to Paris, where under various pseudonyms he became a highly successful and prolific author of pulp fiction while leading a dazzling social life In the early 1930s, Simenon emerged as a writer under his own name, gaining renown for his detective stories featuring Inspector Maigret He also began to write his psychological novels, or romans durs books in which he displays a sympathetic awareness of the emotional and spiritual pain underlying the routines of daily life Having written nearly two hundred books under his own name and become the best selling author in the world, Simenon retired as a novelist in 1973, devoting himself instead to dictating memoirs that filled thousands of pages.

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    1. This captivating page-turner is not a Detective Maigret novel but one Simenon termed roman durs, meaning uncomfortable or hard on the reader. With The Man Who Watched Trains Go By, each chapter begins with a brief epigraph, for example, the epigraph for Chapter 1 reads “In which Julius de Coster the Younger gets drunk at the Little-Saint George, and the impossible suddenly breaches the dykes of everyday life.” Here's my choice of epigram for the book itself: "The Case of Kees Popinga, or how [...]

    2. Cool as a cucumber, Dutchman Kees Popinga wonders around Paris with plenty of cash. Drinking, smoking, playing chess, entertaining women, seemingly without a care in the world, sounds great!. Oh, I forgot to mention the police are on his tail, as he is wanted for being the 'Amsterdam sex maniac', Kess himself sees this tag as a bit of an insult, that makes him mad (which he clearly is) believing he is nothing of the sort. Although he is a killer, you wouldn't think it.Leaving his family behind a [...]

    3. Kees Popinga is a chief clerk for a shipping company. Wife and two kids. A heavily-mortgaged home. A solid Dutch burgher. He takes a walk one night and spies his boss drunk in a dive bar. The boss confesses massive fraud and explains that Popinga's cushy life will soon be unraveling.I've read Simenon before ( Red Lights) and been unimpressed. But this one grabbed me when Popinga returned home from his impromptu meeting with his boss and his wife notices something is wrong with him:"You're white [...]

    4. Kees Popinga, the main character ofThe man who watched the trains go by , is an exemplary husband and caring father of two teenage children. When we meet him for the first time he could serve as a shining example of a man. He avoids like plague bars, bravely opposes to physical desires and it so successfully that he never had gone to a public house. In the firm of Julius de Coster earns quite a good money so that allows him to look after his family.Mr. Popinga lives in a large villa, is a member [...]

    5. O homem que via passar os comboios tem uma vida maravilhosa: um bom emprego; dois, bem comportados, filhos adolescentes; uma esposa da "melhor qualidade" - como o imponente fogão que dá calor à casa. Após o jantar, dormita, ouve rádio e observa a "mamã" a colar cromos num álbum. Um acontecimento inesperado, relacionado com o trabalho, liberta-o. Kees Popinga abandona a "vida boa" para realizar os seus desejos. Deixa mortos e feridos pelo caminho, claro, pois quando se vira a mesa abruptam [...]

    6. While discussing Black Swan with friends the other day, I realized this novel has a similarity or two with Darren Aronofsky movies. Remember those movies ( Requiem for a Dream, Pi, The Wrestler, Black Swan ) where we have one or more characters going on with their lives when somehow things begin spiraling out of control. And how!. The Man Who Watched Trains Go By has a similar premise, except the transition in the protagonist's life is relatively more sudden. He steps around a corner from where [...]

    7. Για την ακρίβεια 2.5 αστεράκια. Μου άρεσε πολύ λίγο. Δεν μπόρεσα να μπω στο κλίμα. Ελπίζω να μην είναι όλα έτσι. Όσα έχω διαβάσει με επιθεωρητή Μαιγκρέ μου άρεσαν πολύ.

    8. Cuando usted reciba esta carta, ya no me llamaré Kees Popinga ni seré el criminal que huye de la policía. Tendré un nombre honorable, un estado civil indiscutible y formaré parte de esa clase social que puede permitírselo todo porque tiene dinero y cinismo.… No existe prisión mientras no se perciben los barrotes que delimitan el espacio que nos rodea y el consiguiente cautiverio que conllevan. Kees Popinga descubre sus limitaciones, los márgenes de su propia existencia. Y lo hará de l [...]

    9. This was diverting, though not my favorite of the six or so Simenons I have read so far, all on the New York Review Books imprint. Kees Popinga, a buttoned down manager of a ships chandlery in Holland, goes on a bit of a rampage after his boss tells him that he has run the business into the ground. This is the same business, the watchword for rectitude and probity in the little port town in which it operates, into which Kees has invested every cent of his savings. Kees subsequently (inadvertentl [...]

    10. Those who leave by night- trains leave for ever- Kees Popinga from The Man Who Watched The Trains Go ByKees Popinga is a dull man who lives in a well-ordered existence, where everything including his wife is admirably above-board, "one might have said of her.at she was the ' best make' of Dutch wife;" his house the "best planned;" his neighborhood in the "healthiest and most attractive part in Groningen." He is Simenon's psychologically marginal archetype - "a middle-aged man, after years of con [...]

    11. as to Simenon's writing Method: "On a large yellow envelope, he would over the course of a week or two, write the names of his characters and whatever else he knew about their lives and backgrounds: their ages, where they had gone to school, their parents' professions. The envelope might additionally contain street maps of the novel's setting, although it would never say a word about the book's eventual plot. Once he was satisfied with these notes, he would enter the hermitage and knock of the b [...]

    12. Una volta che lo si é conosciuto, Kees Popinga è un personaggio impossibile da dimenticare. Un uomo fino ad un attimo prima apparentemente normalissimo, serio, impegnato, meticoloso, un buon padre di famiglia, da un giorno con l'altro, trascinato dagli eventi, diventa uno spietato assassino e, ricercato dalla polizia, comincia a vagare da Amsterdam a Parigi. Trrasformandosi pagina dopo pagina in un folle (o forse semplicemente cedendo a quella pazzia che da sempre si portava dentro, celata die [...]

    13. È la sera di un giorno qualunque per il protagonista del romanzo, Kees Popinga. Anche la sua vita è qualunque, e questo lo rallegra. Popinga ama i dettagli e le abitudini. Ama vivere ogni giorno come il precedente, senza mai concedersi una deviazione, per garantire un ordine corretto nel suo mondo, quello familiare e quello cittadino nella città di Groninga in Olanda; dove tutti si conoscono e dove tutti sanno immediatamente se qualsiasi cosa non va. Popinga vorrebbe dal bere di tanto in tant [...]

    14. SIAMO IO E SIMO GLI UNICI SCEMI?Aggiornamento dopo il favoloso messaggio di Simo (copiato alla fine della recensione) che ha risposto ai miei dubbi.-----------------------------------------------SONO IO L'UNICO SCEMO?Sono io l'unico scemo che non lo sapeva?Sono solo io che ho passato anni al liceo senza imparare niente?A scuola non mi sembra di aver studiato Simenon tra gli importanti scrittori del novecento dalle forti tematiche psicologiche.Nella mia testa ho sempre associato il nome di Simeno [...]

    15. Popinga, ou a verdade que não existe?"O Homem que Via Passar os Comboios", de Georges Simenon, é o homem moderno – 1938 – não refém dos seus fantasmas e na plenitude do seu inconsciente.Kees Popinga, protagonista, vive, página após página, libertado das amarras que o prendem à realidade dos dias, entregue aos seus pensamentos. O pseudo-assassino que tem em si, detentor de uma calma admirável, erra no meio da multidão, na procura de fugir a um padrão expectável de comportamento, i [...]

    16. Another classic 'human' study by Simenon. The theme has been used before in literature, but I never get tired of it. A person who wants to forget their current life and become another identity or break out of their 'mode' of living. And yeah bad things happen. But what's more important bad things are happening in your old life. The strict order of doing things, working at the same company year after year - well, you are going to break down!For instance, me trying to write five book reviews a day [...]

    17. Kees Popinga amava i dettagli e le abitudini. Vivere ogni giorno come la copia del giorno precedente, senza mai concedersi uno sgarro, per garantire un ordine giusto nel suo universo, quello familiare, e quello cittadino; nella città di Groninga in Olanda, dove tutti si conoscevano e dove tutti venivano a sapere l'indomani qualsiasi cosa non andava. Kees voleva bere in qualche birreria, ma si tratteneva. Gli sarebbe piaciuto entrare in quella casa dove dalle tendine tirate s’intravedevano don [...]

    18. Come tutti voi, ho conosciuto centinaia di Popinga. Sia del genere di quelli che hanno “passato il Rubicone” e il treno l’hanno preso, sia del genere di quelli che sono rimasti, rimpiangendo ogni giorno di non averlo fatto.Gran brutta razza di gente quella dei “Popinga”, superbamente descritta da Simenon. A differenza di quella cui appartiene il signor Monde, che pure, a un certo punto, sente la necessità di “staccare la spina” e allontanarsi da un mondo che percepisce come falso [...]

    19. Secondo romanzo che leggo di Simenon, lo considero uno scalino più in basso di Luci nella notte che, non ho ancora capito il perché, lo reputo quasi perfetto.Kees Popinga è un uomo qualunque che lavora come impiegato presso una ditta di forniture navali. Vive a Groninga con la moglie e i due figli e conduce una vita monotona e noiosa. Una sera il padrone Julius de Coster gli rivela che presto l'azienda sarà dichiarata fallita e che simulerà il suicidio per non rispondere delle colpe e poter [...]

    20. My first Simenon but not, barring unforeseen horrific circumstances, my last.Here's my problem: as it's a well-known fact that Georges Simenon wrote in excess of 7.6 trillion books during his lifetime, I'm a bit overwhelmed trying to figure out which ones to read. I mean, it's impossible that they're all equally good, right? And since I could read a Simenon book every day for the rest of my life and still barely make a small dent his oeuvre, I'd love to have some guidance on which to try out fir [...]

    21. From the very beginning, Monsieur Simenon gives us all of Popinga’s thoughts, feelings and desires. He paints the world in which he lives in broad strokes, but fills in the minute details – all with even, crisp prose. Throughout the book, we see how the self-enforced delusions that regulated Kees’ life as a stolid, successful citizen morph into those that make him a monster in the eyes of others. Everyone has darkness in their psyche, its just a little darker in our protagonist’s mind. W [...]

    22. Simenon was one of a long tradition of Francograph writers who churn out good books with relative ease - Balzac, Zola, Dumas(but he cheated and used ghostwriters). Simenon was used to the speed of some 10-40 per year! Makes Vollmann look like a obsessive haiku poet who only releases one volume every 20 years by comparison (No offense, Bill).This book follows a perfectly respectable man from a perfectly respectable background who throttles people and goes on the run, and his misadventures. A murd [...]

    23. maybe 5 stars. finished this on the train to Bruges, fairly near where some of the action takes place. Beautiful city by the way with the rudest and sarkiest waiters I have ever come across. Dead funnny. Anyway this book is a classic noir fiction (and as this is 1938, one of the first) - it has all the tropes: murderer on the run, prostitutes, playing a game with the inspector, the arrogant protagonist and his increasingly weak grip on reality, seedy motels, escapes from windows, knives flashing [...]

    24. I honestly can't think of anything more entertaining than an ineffectual Dutchman's mental breakdown in 1930's Paris. Simenon always avoids cliche and this felt as much a critique of bourgeois domesticity as a really funny and dark tale of a guy with several issues having an extreme mid-life crisis and being an amateur psycho while feeling really self-important. Plus, if like me you're just happy reading about cafés and bars, cheap hotel rooms and Paris in the rain, this will make you very happ [...]

    25. A casa mia, o per meglio dire, a casa di mia moglie, per sedici anni ho invidiato quelli che escono la sera senza dire dove vanno, quelli che si vedono passare a braccetto di una bella donna, quelli che prendono un treno e vanno viaIntanto, mi creda se le dico che per la prima volta dacché sono nato mi sono chiesto, guardandomi allo specchio: "Quale motivo ho di continuare a vivere in questo modo?" Sì, quale? E magari lei si porrà la stessa domanda, magari molti suoi lettori se la porranno. Q [...]

    26. Over the last few years, I’ve been going through Georges Simenon’s “hard novels” published by the New York Review of Books. They’re generally quick, gritty reads that are slightly ahead of their time.If Simenon is the Belgian equivalent of Jim Thompson, then The Man Who Watched Trains Go By would be his The Killer Inside Me. Kees Popinga, a respectable Dutch businessman, embarks on an ill-considered crime spree. Like Thompson, Simenon’s reputation casts a long shadow over the work. T [...]

    27. THE MAN WHO WATCHED TRAINS GO BY. (1938). Georges Simenon. ****1/2.This is one of Simenon’s roman durs – books in which he displays a sympathetic awareness of the emotional and spiritual pain underlying the routines of daily life. “Kees Popinga is a solid Dutch burgher whose idea of a night on the town is a game of chess at his club. Or so it has always appeared; but one night this model husband and devoted father discovers his boss is bankrupt and that his own carefully tended life is in [...]

    28. Se non esiste verità, nulla ha importanza.Si tratta di smettere di vivere per abitudine. Spogliarsi, una volta e per sempre, dei panni troppo stretti e puliti, troppo convenzionali, che un non so chi ha deciso che noi dovevamo indossare. Non è semplicissimo? Perché fuori, nella notte, echeggia seducente il fischio dei treni, pieni di vite che non sono la nostra. Ma d’altro canto, non c’è salvezza. Spezzata la farsa della vita borghese, non rimane che chinarsi su se stessi e spingere lo s [...]

    29. Il mio approccio con Simenon è stato positivo.Ho apprezzato il suo stile asciutto ed elegante.Il protagonista del romanzo è l'Inetto che si ribella, decide di vivere come vuole lui, senza curarsi delle leggi e delle convenzioni, considerato dalla gente come un pazzo.Quello che ci ho visto sono i temi del romanzo novecentesco, in special modo pirandelliano ("uno, nessuno e centomila", o "il fu Mattia Pascal"), il contrasto tra ciò che si pensa di essere e ciò che gli altri pensano di noi.Il r [...]

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