The Train

The Train

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by Georges Simenon
     
 

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Against all expectations Marcel Féron has made a “normal” life in a bucolic French suburb in the Ardennes. But on May 10, 1940, as Nazi tanks approach, this timid, happy man must abandon his home and confront the “Fate” that he has secretly awaited. Separated from his pregnant wife and young daughter in the chaos of flight, he joins a

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Against all expectations Marcel Féron has made a “normal” life in a bucolic French suburb in the Ardennes. But on May 10, 1940, as Nazi tanks approach, this timid, happy man must abandon his home and confront the “Fate” that he has secretly awaited. Separated from his pregnant wife and young daughter in the chaos of flight, he joins a freight car of refugees hurtling southward ahead of the pursuing invaders. There, he meets Anna, a sad-looking, dark- haired girl, whose accent is “neither Belgian nor German,” and who “seemed foreign to everything around her.” As the mystery of Anna’s identity is gradually revealed, Marcel leaps from the heights of an exhilarating freedom to the depths of a terrifying responsibility—one that will lead him to a blood-chilling choice.

When it first appeared in English in 1964, British novelist and critic Brigid Brophy declared The Train to be “the novel his admirers had been expecting all along from Simenon.” Until The Train, she wrote, the dazzlingly prolific novelist had been “a master without a masterpiece.”

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“He is the greatest of all . . . the truest novelist we have in literature.”
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“There is no false note, not one word or sigh or smile which strikes me as anything but unavoidable. This is not a writer’s romancing story of a little man caught in the war; it is the unknown history of many little men in that vast war.”  
—New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935554462
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Publication date:
07/19/2011
Series:
Neversink Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
526,243
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

One of the twentieth century’s most prolific writers and several times a candidate for the Nobel Prize, GEORGES SIMENON (1903–1989) published more than two hundred novels, seventy-five of them featuring his celebrated detective, Commissaire Maigret.

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tottman More than 1 year ago
I received a free electronic copy of The Train, by Georges Simenon, translated from French by Robert Baldick. What an extraordinary, wonderful short novel. This is the story of one man's experience during the German invasion of France at the outset of World War II. The invasion is merely the backdrop for the physical and emotional journey of one man. Marcel Feron is leading an ordinary life with his own business, a child and a pregnant wife. The invasion of Belgium is at once anticipated and unexpected. It is also the turning point in his life leading to a series of decisions that open up vistas to him he had never imagined. Simenon's prose is straightforward and beautiful. The story pulls you along and pulls you in at the same time. Marcel's view is almost detached as his life is uprooted and he begins to learn things about himself that he never suspected. You gradually learn more about the past that shaped him as the titular train he is escaping on moves further away from the life he had known. Each word rings with meaning and the end of the novel leaves you both satisfied and melancholy. It is as poignant today as when it was first written in 1961. This is one of those books that you might never discover. I was fortunate to stumble across it. If it crosses your path, snatch it up. You won't regret it.