The Mahe Circle, Paperback
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The first English publication of Georges Simenon's compelling novel about summer escape and elusive obsessions. 'The island itself. Its throbbing heat as if in a belljar under the sun, the scorpion in his son's bed, the deafening sound of cicadas' During his first holiday on the island of Porquerolles Dr Mahe caught a glimpse of something irresistible.

As the memory continues to haunt him, he falls prey to a delusion that may offer an escape from his conventional existence - or may destroy him.

This is the first English translation of The Mahe Circle, Simenon's dark, malevolent depiction of an ordinary man trapped in mundanity and consumed by obsession. "Compelling, remorseless, brilliant." (John Gray). "One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century...Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories." (Guardian). "A supreme writer...unforgettable vividness." (Independent).




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I've never read any of Simenon's Maigret mysteries, but have read and enjoyed several of his non-Maigret mysteries. The Mahe Circle is not a crime novel, but a novel that belongs on the shelf next to Camus and SartreDr. Mahe is a country doctor. He lives with his mother, wife and two children, and one year decides to take his family to a different place for their summer vacation. It is while on vacation on the island of Porquerolles that he begins to question his life, and realizes that he has been thoughtlessly leading a life that had been chosen for him. He begins obsessing over events that occurred on the island and people he encountered there, and dreams of escaping his conventional life. Can this come to a good end?Recommended

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