Monsieur Monde Vanishes by Georges Simenon

By Georges Simenon

Monsieur Monde is a winning middle-aged businessman in Paris. One morning he walks out on his existence, leaving his spouse asleep in mattress, leaving everything.

Not lengthy after, he surfaces at the Riviera, retaining corporation with drunks, whores and pimps, with thieves and their marks. an entire new international, the place he feels unusually at home—at least for a while.

Georges Simenon knew how obsession, buried for years, can come to lifestyles, and in regards to the wreckage it leaves in the back of. He had a awesome knowing of ways bizarrely unaccountable humans could be. And he had a nearly uncanny skill to trap the feel and appear of a given position and time. Monsieur Monde Vanishes is a sophisticated and profoundly stressful triumph via the preferred of the 20th century’s nice writers.

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The sun was shining; the butchers’ and dairymen’s shops were full of provisions which, exuding their mingled smells, overflowed onto the sidewalk, and it was difficult to make one’s way through the bustling crowd of housewives and vendors in the street market of Rue de Buci. From time to time, with an instinctive gesture of which he was ashamed, Monsieur Monde felt his pockets to make sure nobody had stolen his bank notes. In fact, how was he going to manage when he had to change clothes in front of someone?

He had a girl’s long curling eyelashes, which fluttered like a butterfly’s wings. His ties were always in pale pastel shades, and his father disliked the lace-edged handkerchiefs that adorned his jackets. No, it wasn’t flu. Monsieur Monde felt uncomfortable all over. At eleven his daughter called him up. There happened to be two important clients in his office. ” And his daughter, at the end of the line: “Is that you? … Can I call in at your office? … Right away, yes …” He could not see her right away.

He got up at seven as usual. ” “He got up at seven and went to his bathroom, where in spite of … never mind … where he smoked his first cigarette. ” “He went downstairs, you said …” “And had breakfast in his study. It’s a room that he never uses for work, but which he’s fond of. The big bay window has stained glass in it. ” She must have disliked stained-glass windows and Gothic furniture, or perhaps she’d had other plans for the use of that room which her husband had insisted on keeping as a study.

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