The Man Who Watched Trains Go By by Simenon

The Man Who Watched Trains Go By by Simenon

Introduction by Luc Sante

vii – The Legend of Georges Simenon expresses itself in statistics: four hundred books, ten thousand women, half a million pencils, some exalted quantity of pipes.

ix – Somewhere along the line, though, he made his signal discovery, that so much of what passes for literature merely consists of studies of people in their clothing, that is, people operating within the rigid confines of social codes. He, on the other hand, wanted to write about the naked human, who is forced by circumstances to confront life without the usual protections.

18 – People aren’t worth all the trouble we go through to make them think well of us. They’re stupid. It’s the ones who force you to look like you’re virtuous who treat you the worst.

81 – They are all like that—foreigners. That’s why you can’t understand a word they say.

130 – Once you’ve made up your mind on that point, once you’ve decided to make a change, you can’t imagine how straightforward everything else is.

and it ends with:

203 – …”There isn’t any truth, you know?”

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