The Man Who Watched Trains Go by

The Man Who Watched Trains Go by

Paperback - 2005
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Kees Popinga is a solid Dutch burgher whose idea of a night on the town is a game of chess at his club. Or so it has always appeared. But one night this model husband and devoted father discovers his boss is bankrupt and that his own carefully tended life is in ruins. Before, he had looked on impassively as the trains to the outside world swept by; now he catches the first train he can to Amsterdam. Not long after that, he commits murder.

Kees Popinga is tired of being Kees Popinga. He's going to turn over a new leaf--though there will be hell to pay.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, c2005.
ISBN: 9781590171493
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: xiii, 203 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Thin, D. (Douglas)
Romano, Marc


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Aug 22, 2015

A one-evening read; watch a man go crazy! Ponder the nature of freedom!

Aug 26, 2012

A generally intriguing portrait of bourgeois Dutchman whose moral compass goes awry when his professional world collapses. Simenon is reputed to written hundreds of books in his life, and at times the style reflects this. The writing is not beautiful, but it carries the story ably, and Simenon does a nice job of evoking mood and place.

diesellibrarian Jul 17, 2012

One on Simenon's "hard novels," it details the unraveling of the life of an upstanding Dutch citizen after he realizes that his whole life has been a sham. The perfectly-paced action occurs mostly in Paris, where Simenon captures the bleakness of a Parisian winter - the ideal setting for a man's ultimate undoing. The Paris of this novel will be familiar to readers of Henry Miller.


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