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Pedigree is Georges Simenon’s longest, most unlikely, and most adventurous novel, the book that is increasingly seen to lie at the heart of his outsize achievement as a chronicler of modern self and society. In the early 1940s, Simenon began work on a memoir of his Belgian childhood. He showed the initial pages to André Gide, who urged him to turn them into a novel. The result was, Simenon later quipped, a book in which everything is true but nothing is accurate. Spanning the years from the beginning of the century, with its political instability and terrorist threats, to the end of the First World War in 1918, Pedigree is an epic of everyday existence in all its messy unfinished intensity and density, a story about the coming-of-age of a precocious and curious
boy and the coming to be of the modern world.

Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, c2010
ISBN: 9781590173510
Branch Call Number: FIC SIM
Characteristics: xiv, 543 p. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Baldick, Robert


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I have enjoyed reading Balzac and I was expecting a more nuanced story than this recounting of a claustrophobic childhood in a dysfunctional family. If you like film noir this novel is the equivalent to the relentless verity and fatalism of that genre.

Feb 13, 2015

possibly favorite book-at least for this year.

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