Dirty Snow

Dirty Snow Nineteen year old Frank Friedmaier lives in a country under occupation Most people struggle to get by Frank takes it easy in his mother s whorehouse which caters to members of the occupying forces Bu

  • Title: Dirty Snow
  • Author: Georges Simenon Marc Romano William T. Vollmann
  • ISBN: 9781590170434
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dirty Snow

    Nineteen year old Frank Friedmaier lives in a country under occupation Most people struggle to get by Frank takes it easy in his mother s whorehouse, which caters to members of the occupying forces But Frank is restless He is a pimp, a thug, a petty thief, and, as Dirty Snow opens, he has just killed his first man Through the unrelenting darkness and cold of an endleNineteen year old Frank Friedmaier lives in a country under occupation Most people struggle to get by Frank takes it easy in his mother s whorehouse, which caters to members of the occupying forces But Frank is restless He is a pimp, a thug, a petty thief, and, as Dirty Snowopens, he has just killed his first man Through the unrelenting darkness and cold of an endless winter, Frank will pursue abjection until at last there is nowhere to go.Hans Koning has described Dirty Snow as one of the very few novels to come out of German occupied France that gets it exactly right In a study of the criminal mind that is comparable to Jim Thompson s The Killer Inside Me, Simenon maps a no man s land of the spirit in which human nature is driven to destruction and redemption, perhaps, as well by forces beyond its control.

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    1. Glenn Russell

      In the world of novel writing, Georges Simenon was a natural, a kind of Mozart of the novel He quit 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 on his desk and a Do Not Disturb sign to hang on his door And presto a first rate novel written at feve [...]

    2. Manny

      Ladies and gentlemen, watch carefully Here s Frank, a young punk who lives in his mother s brothel in occupied France He lies, drinks, steals, does black market business with the German 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 year old virgin who lives across the hall.Are you still watching you may check that there is nothing up my sleeve and now, using only sparse, [...]

    3. Tara

      Dirty Snow a withering parade of apathy, it languishes and eventually disintegrates in a desolate gray landscape of inscrutable uncertainty A perfect summer beach read Eighteen year 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 desire, of course, reveals that he isn t quite as indifferent as he likes to think he is It takes him a while to f [...]

    4. Ted

      1 1 4 perhapsM sieur, could I have a word please Yes, what is it We notice that you recently finished reading Dirty Snow Would you care to answer a few questions about it Yes, 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 result of not wanting to appear dim witted But after a considerable amount of thought, I realized that I couldn t give it 4 [...]

    5. David

      Simenon s ecstatically bleak Dirty Snow teeters on the fulcrum between four and five starness and only just barely comes to rest on the four star side A lot of hand wringing and soul searching went into this rating or at least two minutes worth , but in the end I concluded that the only quality Dirty Snow lacks is that ineffable something or 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 Sn [...]

    6. Brian

      In his afterword to this novel, William T Vollmann opines As technology and corporatism impel us and to treat one 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 of Money and Civilization but there are many books that tell this story So why read this one Simenon s particular geni [...]

    7. BlackOxford

      Corporate OccupationFrom time to time Georges Simenon has been either accused of collaboration or praised for his resistance during the German occupation 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 those of the permanent underclass who perceive occupation as another not terribly significant fact of life to be dealt with by the [...]

    8. William1

      Second reading Frank Friedmaier is hell bent on destruction Son and chief procurer of the local brothelkeeper, his mother, Frank is nineteen years old and a sociopath of the first 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 policeman of the occupying army who shows his avid courtesies to the local whores But murdering the Eunuch is ju [...]

    9. AC

      Ignore the original review below It s garbage It s clear now that I didn t understand the book at all on the first read It was my first Simenon I think , and I read it too quickly, without any patience The book is much richer and deeper than I had realized.Original Review This is quite brilliant I found the ambiguity of the ending unsatisfying or too extended , and so 4.5 stars Still, Simenon is clearly a much important writer than I had ever imagined him to be The interrogation sessions seem [...]

    10. James Thane

      Frank Friedmaier is not quite twenty years old World War II is raging but for some reason that is never specified, Frank is a civilian and not a soldier His country, apparently France, has been occupied by enemy forces Most of the citizens are barely scraping by, but Frank lives in his mother s small whorehouse which caters principally to officers of the occupation army Frank, his mother and the mother s whores have ample food and other necessities Mainly, they have ample coal to stay warm throu [...]

    11. BAM The Bibliomaniac

      Every character in this book is absolutely repellent to me similar to Tartt s Goldfinch I felt slimy, grimy reading these pages, as if I needed a bath but were handed a bucket and greasy sponge to dab off the filth of murder, theft, and rape.Simenon embues his people s hearts dazed and confused by their circumstances with the dark, sludge, freezing aspects of the weather There is no compassion only this pervasive delusional dispirited sense of survival One crime escalates to another until there [...]

    12. knig

      Eighteen year old Frank precipitates a Faustian self deconstruction in 1940s Nazi occupied France through a series of emotionless and cold blooded crimes just because he can Allegations of the dehumanizing meta force of war on the psyche have been made elsewhere I do not concur The Occupation provides a blurred panorama of props only for unleashing of the Furies the protagonist was always going to be the apotheosis of a nature over nurture existenz Any and all allusions to Officers or the occupa [...]

    13. Argos

      Ger ekten s rad bir kitap Konusu ok orijinal gelmeyebilir ilk anda, ancak okuduk a nas l bir derinlikle konunun ilgin bir y ne kayd n g receksiniz Polisiye romanlar ile tan nan Simenon bu eserinde farkl bir tarz izlemi , ger i yine cinayetler, sorgular, i kenceler gibi unsurlar kitapta yer alsa da farkl mekan ve ki iler kullanarak klasik polisiyeden ay rm Yaln zl k duygusu i indeki bir insan n ruh halini ok g zel aktar yor Hapisteki sorgulamalar insan n dayanma g c hakk nda ilgin saptamalar i er [...]

    14. Ken

      The subtitle of Dirty Snow should have been, Take That Camus While not a specific counter punch to Camus L tranger, Simenon s dark story of a murderer with no regrets shares a similar bent, neither pulling any punches with the reader Maybe that is why the book, along with Simenon s The Widow, which was published in the 40s as well, is so often compared to Camus first masterwork While L tranger is infused with Camus humanistic worldview and the influences of his Algerian upbringing, Dirty Snow on [...]

    15. Aprile

      Penetra nel profondo questa neve di Simenon Agghiaccia Qui non c l analisi dell uomo comune, del compagno di lavoro, del vicino di casa, del marito o della moglie pur con le loro perfidie che portano in certi casi a situazioni estreme ma ci si avvicina al filo dei pensieri e alle azioni di un ragazzo borderline all inizio e outcast alla fine L analisi spietata e cruda A tratti ho provato le stesse sensazioni di quando lessi Trilogia della citt di K della Kristof che mi ha cos scosso da farmelo c [...]

    16. Michael

      Such a vile fucking book that by the end, notwithstanding Vollman s excellent afterward that allows a bit of introspective breathing, you feel like staying indoors quietly soaking in a tub of rubbing alcohol Or drinking it Simenon created with Frank F a stunning portrayal of whatever kind of human Frank F is supposed to be Dirty Snow is about as dark as they get.

    17. Unbridled

      Having read one Inspector Maigret book, I did not understand how favorably Simenon measures next to any other writer of the 20th century Almost 200 books is a state of authorship that leads to mixed results, but as a writer, Simenon s never a bore he s a chronicler, an entertainer, a shifter, a grave digger, an adventurer, a truth seeker, a cruel cruel eye a craftsman s craftsman Dirty Snow is not a Maigret money maker, not a commercial novel, but one of Simenon s literary works and what a delig [...]

    18. AlcoholBooksCinema

      This snow is black No reparation for wrong, just existentialism brimmed with an intensely atmospheric psychological crime noir that makes you bleed with a lost and lonely beastly character who is brutal but never impolite Written at a phenomenal pace, this is an exhilarating and terrifying book that will make you feel gloomy when you start reading it, leave you all torn up when it s over, and then you start looking for something that will help you slow down your thoughts.

    19. notgettingenough

      Of Simenon s important that is, non Maigret work, this is the finest example P leeease don t think that because who dunnits aren t your thing that this side of Simenon is to be dismissed The man is a literary giant of the twentieth century Honestly.

    20. Alan

      chilled me to the bone It s amazing that the book I read before this Main Street was published in the same century, in fact only 20 odd years apart, for they are so entirely different Main Street was about the possible effects, or the difficulties of civilising a backwoods community, charming and sad at the same time, the First World war a distant backdrop Although beneath the surface racism lurks, everyone is moral, or less as they see it Here the 2nd world war is very present we are in occupi [...]

    21. Cphe

      Have been recommended other books by the author in the past and just couldn t gel with them for some reason But this book had one of the most repulsive and compelling characters I ve ever come across in my reading life.Frank It s Frank s lack of fear that makes him such a chilling, complex and frightening character.A dark and bleak tale of woe, a touch of mystery I ve been wondering which character dobbed a country and system under Occupation and the lengths a person will go to survive.

    22. Aaron

      i felt like my skull ought to have been bleeding by the time I finished this book In many ways reminiscent of The Stranger, though far insightful and developed, and consequently far devastating Considering the pace at which Simenon churned out product, it s amazing he found time to write something as fully fleshed out as Dirty Snow, a work that simply crushes the life out of anything else masquerading as crime fiction.

    23. Nick

      Bleak Very, very bleak Frank is truly the real rebel without a cause The first two thirds are absolutely gripping The last third loses a little bit of steam but picks up for the dialogue scenes and the end I don t think I ve ever read so accurate depiction of self destructive behavior The whole book is an extended cry for help by the protagonist but fascinating because Frank doesn t consciously want help He has no pity for himself or others He has a code but it is a code that he himself doesn t [...]

    24. Bro_Pair أعرف

      I started an experiment of reading books based off whether I like the author, picking a book, and reading nothing about the plot, not even what was on the back cover The experiment was a success I have a resentment against Camus and Sartre for reasons not entirely clear to me, except to say that Sartre is soooooo borrrrrrinnnng yes, that matters and is a valid complaint and Sartre is sooooooo humorlessssss also, in my opinion, valid I wouldn t call Simenon humorless, exactly exceedingly grim, bu [...]

    25. Melanie

      Dirty Snow is an extremely contained narrative that unfolds with intriguing subtlety and patience I was fooled into thinking it was coming at me straight and even Fred Freidmaier experienced the same slip trick, poking destiny with a stick, kicking at the pure snow looking for corruption and finding that the game has bigger players that have nothing to do with blood and sport At first I found the prose clumsy, until I caught the rhythm , the characters pale and uninteresting This changed in the [...]

    26. Tuck

      is frank friedmaier the darkest character ever created in fiction could be though this dude alex in stamm s 7 years is pretty vile Seven Years though also, we sort of know WHY alex is a douche while with frank, there is just a big blank set in wwii occupied city, we don t know where exactly, nor by whom, but DO know the occupation has succeeded in turning each and every soul into a brutal monster there has been much talk about what simenon was trying to accomplish with this novel, but one thing [...]

    27. Tuna Turan

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