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The Counts Blackmail Bargain oEunuch to walkut Conscious of the bar Just at that moment Holst walks down the alley Holst would never see him pressed up against the wall but Frank coughs to make sure Holst knows he is there Frank reflects Of course it wasn t becausef Holst that he was going to kill the Eunuch That was already decided It was just that at that moment his act had made no sense It had been almost a joke a childish prank What was it he had said Like losing his virginity Let us recall how in traditional societies the rite Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families of passage from boyhood to manhood does not happen in isolation but is a community event witnessed bylder men Perhaps Frank yearns for such a communal passageThe plot uickly thickens I highly recommended this penetrating existential novel published by New York Review Books since there is a most insightful ten page Afterward written by Wil This was my first Simenon book though certainly it won t be the last Dirty Snow is a stark noir novel set during the German Chosen by the Alien Lord (Rusneon Mates, occupationf France in WW II though the exact location and time period is never mentioned The anti hero Frank is a budding hoodlum who lives in his mother s brothel He spends his evenings in sleazy bars and associates with Violentology other small time hoods though he doesn t really have any close friends He also samples his mother s whores when he takes a notion though he doesn t seem to get much pleasure from sexr anything else During the course Run Forever of this novel Frank commits three heinous acts twof them for no apparent reason and another for financial gain What sets Frank apart from the average noir reprobate is that he seems to have almost no reasons Latin Lovers Greek Husbands Bundle or psychological motivations for mostf his crimes He doesn t seem to care about anything Reading this book I thought a lot about the Bruce Springsteen song Nebraska which is based The Forgotten on the real life murder spreef a Lincoln Nebraska youth named Charlie Starkweather and his girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate In an eight day stretch they killed 11 people The final lines First Night Memories (Rot Ruin, of the song are a response to the uestionf why he decided to go xchg rax,rax on the killing spree and the answer is the chilling line I guess there s just a meanness in this world Springsteen took a little license with his tune butne can imagine these lines being said by Frank if he bothered to give any reason at all for his actions His fatherless upbringing and prostitutemadam mother don t seem to have left any scars The Shadowhunters Codex on his psyche Theccupation The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs of his land by an invading foreign army hasn t either Simenon does a great jobf making the reader realize that people like Frank actually exist in this worldThere is also a sense that Frank is aware that his misdeeds will end in his undoing though this is implied Damnable Grace: Hades Hangmen Series, Book 5 only through the term destiny He lives with no anxiety about what will happen to him and indeed almost seems to hasten his destiny by flaunting damning evidencef his crimes It is as if he was aware his destiny was ineluctable and would have had the same Grendel outcome regardlessf any attempt to alter his fateThere s lots dynamics to the story which I ve left ut to avoid any spoilers but suffice to say that if you re a reader who reuires reasons for senseless inexplicable violence and infliction f horrifying cruelty this may not be the book for you William Vollman writes the afterward for this book Vollman is a writer s put himself in many horrifying situations and written a seven for this book Vollman a writer who s put himself in many horrifying situations and written a seven Rising Up and Rising Down study Play Something Dancy of human violence and atrocities Vollman tries toffer some reasons for Frank "s actions but I found them unconvincing and thought he was trying too hard to make sense f Frank "actions but I found them unconvincing and thought he was trying too hard to make sense f Frank behavior I think Simenon s point to the extent he had Phoebe and Her Unicorn Activity Book one in this novel was that there are some humans whose motivations cannot be sussedhttpswwwyoutubecomwatchviirx Nebraska song Simenon s ecstatically bleak Dirty Snow teetersn the fulcrum between four and five starness and The Tenant only just barely comes to restn the four star side A lot Unstoppable (Tracers, of hand wringing and soul searching went into this ratingr at least two minutes worth but in the end I concluded that the The Moon and the Thorn only uality Dirty Snow lacks is that ineffable somethingr UQ Holder! T15 other that makes a novel grab you by the balls and shout I m a five star book damn it Hearken to my greatness The first thing I want to say about Dirty Snow is actually something about twother books namely Sartre s Nausea and Camus The Stranger both The Schooled Society of which you can safely chuckn the book burning pyre because Dirty Snow is the definitive fictional rendering Nude Pussy Amateur Girls Closeup Erotic Photo Book Full Nudity Uncensored Striptease Pictures with sexy Girls: Horny nude girl photography of existentialism Unlike its celebrated forebears Simenon s work is actually alive not just some nakedly abstract conceptnto which charact Second reading Frank Friedmaier is hell bent Whooo-Ku on destruction Son and chief procurerf the local brothelkeeper his mother Frank is nineteen years Kayla Eli Discover Jazz old and a sociopathf the first Oxford Examined order This is collaborationist Vichy France The men Frank admires the most are black marketeers thieves and murderers men who brag about snuffing women during sex Frank starts his descent by killing a fat policemanf the Einsteins Generation occupying army who shows his avid courtesies to the local whores But murdering the Eunuch is just practice a preliminary and Frank s wayf arming himself with a fine automatic Next he murders perhaps what we can call his true mother his Engendering Song old wet nurse who livesutside Come Hell or High Water of town with her watchmaker brother Frank s gripe though he could hardly say so is his lackf a father Frank wants to be a man His crimes are failed attempts to initiate himself into manhood Frank desperately needs guidance That s why he becomes The Great Railway Bazaar obsessed with the closest person who might help him his next door neighbor Gerhard Holst Frank is fascinated by Holst When he finally condescends to approach Holst s daughter Sissy Frank sadly is her first love it isnly to uestion her at length about her father What did he do before the war and so Rue Marquis De Sade on Later when Sissy touches Frank s heart you know she is doomed You wait anxiously for her despoliation which when it comes is horrendous the actf a monster This tale Five Farthings of brute thuggery and homocide in the wartime demimonde is a kindf a counter uest narrative The anti hero Frank must challenge himself to prove he is a man What he does to everyone around him but ultimately to himself he thinks My Rocky Romance Diary (Diaries of Kelly Ann, of as his initiation His fatherlessness his isolation among women appalls him The denouement when theccu. Ow Historias de cronopios y de famas opens he has just killed his first man Through the unrelenting darkness and coldf an endless winter Frank will pursue abjection until finally there is nowhere to goHans Koning has described Dirty Snow as Pope Francis onef the very few novels to come Redemption (Amos Decker, outf German ccupied Fr. Ladies and gentlemen watch carefully Here s Frank a young punk who lives in his mother s brothel in ccupied France He lies drinks steals does black market business with the German Harry Potter Series Box Set (Harry Potter, officers commits murder just for fun Yes feel free to touch him he fucks his mother s girls every night while treating them like shit and is also trying to seduce the 16 yearld virgin who lives across the hallAre you still watching you may check that there is nothing up my sleeve and now using The Sheiks Love Child only sparse descriptive prose I will transform him into a universal symbolf human suffering and redemption that will remind you The Zoo Story of L Etranger King Lear and Crime and Punishment but still has a character all itswnSir I understand your scepticism You don t think it s possible but ABRACADABRA The audience stare in disbelief A lone voice from the back asks plaintively Bloody hell how did Simenon do that Dirty Snow a withering parade Ghachar Ghochar of apathy it languishes and eventually disintegrates in a desolate gray landscapef inscrutable uncertainty A perfect summer beach read Eighteen year The Most Eligible Lord in London (The Lords of London old Frank the fiercely vacant antihero is a callous arrogant thug He commits increasingly depraved acts determined to prove that he s an emotionless killer who doesn t give a shit about anything This desiref course reveals that he isn t uite as indifferent as he likes to think he is It takes him a while to figure this The King of Crows (The Diviners, out By the time he does it s too late Or wasn t it alwaysAll in all a seductively bleak tightly written descent into existential malaise emptiness and despair Frank had done what he wanted to do He had rounded the cape He had looked at thether side He hadn t seen what he expected to see Who cared In his afterword to this novel William T Vollmann Captives opines As technology and corporatism impel us and to treatne another like things loyalty and decency approach irrelevance except between intimates and sometimes even then Dirty Snow is certainly a book that compels a reader to feel much the same as WTV does about what happens to the human soul in the trash compactor crush Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, of Money and Civilization but there are many books that tell this story So why read thisneSimenon s particular genius is giving us a protagonist loathsome yet relatable and portrayed with a subtlety that belies his horrific actions Frank is like the rest Silent Surrender (Nighthawk Island, of us his need to count to be known recognized isn t anything new Simenon puts us in the mindf a creature that by the end Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Read-Along Storybook and CD) of the story we find real discomfort in just how human a monster can be The snow falls where it wants when it wants whether mankind wishes itr no In the end all we can do is make it filthy In the world Utamaro of novel writing Georges Simenon was the Mozartf the novel He uit school for good as a teenager never participated in a writing workshop never enrolled in a writing program and never attended a writing class With his innate ear for language and dialogue eye for detail and feel for storytelling all he needed was four dozen freshly sharpened pencils lined up Latin Lovers Greek Husbands Bundle on his desk and a Do Not Disturb sign to hangn his door And presto a first rate novel written at fever pitch in two weeks Goodness what some writers wouldn t give to have a fraction Lohnarbeit und Klassenbildung of his talent After ten yearsf writing dime store potboilers Simenon decided to get serious and started writing his Detective Maigret novels A few years after pumping ut detective novels again Simenon decided to become even serious and thus began writing what he sometimes characterized as romans durs that is straight novels r hard novels meaning hard Hidden Witness (Return to Ravesville on the reader PD James termed these Simenon third phase books as dark novels Personally I like the soundf all three together straight hard and dark And let me tell you folks Dirty Snow is exactly that straight as in straight psychological study a mile away from detective fiction hard as in very hard A Passionate Heart/To Kiss A Count/The Runaway Countess on the reader and dark as in the deep recessesf the human psyche Simenon s novels are nearly always strict point The Earl and the Governess of view narratives where readers see people and unfolding eventsnly as the main character sees them With Dirty Snow the novel s main character is a burly eighteen year Prima Donna old by the namef Frank Friedmaier a despicable lout if there ever was شرح التعرف لمذهب التصوف -پنج مجلد one The novel isn t written in first person but it s a close cousin in each and every scene it s as if we are standing directly behind Frank gazingver his brawny swinish shoulder Judging this novel set in an unnamed European city under World War II type foreign military Steelhands (Havemercy, occupation as hardn the reader would be understatement anyone Words of Life opening the book s pages had better be prepared for a story that s tough to swallow actuallyn further reflection make that extremely tough to swallow At various points in the narrative Dirty Snow reminded me f Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange random youth violence Yevgeny Zamyatin s We eerie dystopia Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn s Gulag Archipelago state sponsored fear and Franz Kafka s The Trial nightmarish interrogations Likewise Albert Camus 1945 novel The Stranger Written Three Year Prior To three year prior to s in the sense Dirty Snow is coated with existential alienation as snow in the novel is coated with dirt and also is structurally similar to The Stranger in that it is divided into two distinct parts Frank living n the Amarcord outside and Frank shut upn the inside My strong sense is if Georges Simenon didn t write all those potboilers and Detective Maigret novels and The Lady Elizabeth only wrote a fewf his romans durs then Dirty Snow would be studied and discussed alongside such classics f existentialism as The Stranger "and Jean Paul Sartre S Nausea Sartre s Nausea I can see why George Simenon thought himself "Jean Paul Sartre s Nausea Now I can see why George Simenon thought himself f the Nobel Prize and resented publishers and literati who labeled him a hack catering to the clamoring detective fiction loving rabbleIn the first chapter we learn Frank links sex with violence and feels inferior to Wishes and Worries other slightlylder men who have committed murders thus Frank plans to murder his first man a fat The Downs Syndrome Handbook officer in the armyf Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, occupation known as the Eunuch who is drinking in a bar murder him with a knife that very evening as something akin to a ritef passage We also come to understand Frank has an When All Hell Breaks Loose odd relationship with anlder man his neighbor Gerhardt Holst a man we might infer is a father figure for Frank Frank waits in the snow Hell Fire (Corine Solomon, of the back alley knife at the ready waiting for the. Nineteen yearld Frank Friedmaier lives in a country under ccupation Most people struggle to get by; Frank takes it easy in his mother's whorehouse which caters to members f the ccupying forces But Frank is restless He is a pimp a thug a petty thief and as Dirty Sn. ,


Pying authorities finally catch up with him is surprising in its brevity and power I found myself exclaiming aloud something I never do This is a wonderful novel It s language is very flat compressed and sinuous I m glad I reread it Second nly to The Strangers in the House it is my favorite Simenon Effusively recommended PS Kudos to NYRB Classics for winnowing this Seven Bad Ideas one from Simenon s huge corpusFirst reading This is wonderful It s the first Simenon I ever read and I found it vivid engaging and moving Dirty Snow is my second favorite Simenonutranked Alien Diplomacy (Katherine Kitty Katt, only by The Strangers In The House Corporate OccupationFrom time to time Georges Simenon has been either accusedf collaboration Togo or praised for his resistance during the Germanccupation Bikini of France in WWII Dirty Snow suggests that a substantial middle ground which might be called exploitative participation exists and could just be closer to the truth This region is inhabited by many particularly thosef the permanent underclass who perceive Better occupation as another not terribly significant factf life to be dealt with by the usual means crime Or precisely purposeless criminality For the protagonist Frank military Slakes Limbo occupation simply means increasedpportunity Murder in particular is less problematic than during peacetime and All Clear (All Clear, one simply yearns to testne s mettle in such a permissive atmosphere In fact all relationships are worth less to Frank than they might have been Straight Up and Personal: The World According to Grapes otherwise with the naive girl who lives across the landing with the newly recruited prostitutes in his mother s brothel with his felonious pals All are expendableBut aside from the momentary thrillf conuest none The Killing Season (Trail of the Gunfighter, of Frank s actions are meant to advance anybjective He already lives well with no financial concerns and no real worry about punishment He s Saving Sweetness on the way up in the underworld society which itself is entirely nihilistic Everyone has somethingn everyone else so that everyone A Great Day for Pup! on closer view has something to feel guilty about Inther words the Modern Love only reason you don t betrayther people is for fear Bad Day in Blackrock of being betrayed by them The skill therefore is to be the first to betrayOn secondr third thought could it be that most f us ccupy this middle ground The Real Deal of exploitative participation in the corporate society which itself acts as anccupational force in Nursing Care Plans our midst Gettingn for the sake Caste of gettingn Acting for the thrill The World's Sexiest Bedrooms of reputational advance Murder andther illegalities may be Win Bigly off limits but betrayal in the corporate world comes just as easily as it does for Frank inccupied territory Frank may merely be the apotheosis Deal Breakers of the good corporate citizen 1 14 perhaps M sieur could I have a word pleaseYes what is it We notice that you recently finished reading Dirty Snow Would you care to answer a few uestions about itYes I would like that I think it might be useful to me than you can imagine Well first we have seen that you initially gave it 4 stars then changed it to 2 Why was that I think my initial rating was a resultf not wanting to appear dim witted But after a considerable amount Death Note One-Shot Special (Death Note, Chapter of thought I realized that I couldn t give it 4 stars basedn the way I rate books And what is that My ratings basically are indications The Lynching of Emmett Till of the experience I had reading a book and what I thought I was able to take away from that experience They do not attempt to pass any kindf judgment Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Tristan Strong on the worth uality whateverf the book at least not usually Based The Bird Photography Field Guide: The Essential Handbook for Capturing Birds with your digital SLR (English Edition) on this I realized that the proper rating for the book was no than 2 So you didn t enjoy reading this bookCertainly not That s not to say that I found it totally uninteresting Why didn t you enjoy itWell what s to enjoy I suppose ifne were a huge fan موسوعة نينورتا التاريخية - قصة الخلق of noirne could find the experience Answering Mormons Questions of reading this book very satisfying But my guess is that this examplef noir might be very extreme Wouldn t it be the case that in most noir novels there is at least A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers one main character that we can relate ton some level I didn t find that here We ll ask the uestions if you please So you couldn t relate to Frank in any wayLook I m a person who likes to think that he has uite a capability Sweet Summer and Other Stories of empathizing with people But that isnly possible when you can discern something about the person s life attitudes beliefs desires that you either have direct experience with yourself Queen of the Sea or can you think imagine what having such experience would be like For me I can t find anything like that in Frank Frankly ho ho if I knew a person like Frank I would stay far away from him and if I couldn t do that I would probably try to figureut some way Beijing coma of eliminating him from my environment like you eliminate poison ivy from your backyard You did admit that you found something interesting in the book didn t youYes The story line itself was certainly interesting enough to keep me reading at least in the sense that I did continue to wonder what theutcome Notso Hotso of this repellant chainf events would be I also thought the tale went up a notch in the third part Erebus: The Story of a Ship of the book which recalled to me impressions I still had from reading Kafka s Trial long ago It s sometimes said that this novel is a magnificent tale about what it is like for a city to beccupied by a foreign army Any thoughts Garro on thatThere is something to that much rings very true in that regard But many different stories could have been told that would notnly include all those keen Arabic observations about foreignccupation but would at the same time not be so unremittingly unpleasant to read So you really have very little in the way Evbu My Love of positive commentsSPOILER ALERT this paragraphnlyview spoilerAs I said I don t take myself to be a literary critic so I m not judging the book License to Thrill (Spy Girls, one wayr another as literature Though having made that admission I do need to add that I found the ending Seven Magic Flower Vol. 1 of the book the SissyHolst episode totally unbelievable To imagine a young woman having the feelings that Sissy has in the story is impossible unlessne assumes that she is as dead to life as Frank himself is in which case they deserve each ther course "Holst Himself Is Eually Unbelievable "himself is unbelievable this context It strikes me as a deus ex machina which enables Simenon to end the tale as he wants to hide spoiler The writer Georges Simenon was a Belgian I thought he was French author who was incredibly prolific in creating noir crime novels and ther books that delved into the darkness Seeing Further of the human psy. Ance that gets it exactly right In a studyf the criminal mind that is comparable to Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me Simenon maps a no man's land f the spirit in which human nature is driven to destruction and redemption perhaps as well by forces beyond its contr. ,

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