George Simenon is French born novelist. He is the deft handler of the detective fiction. He has been acclaimed as its literate writer as well. His name reverberates with the creation of Paris police detective inspector named Maigret. He has brought about dozens of the mysteries of this inspector and authored more than hundred novels. However, he has been criticized for not penning the ‘big’ novel. He is one of the most published and translated author. He was born in 1903 and was the eldest son of his parents. His father was accountant by profession. He had to say goodbye to his studies because of his fathers’ illness. He initiated his career as a writer in a newspaper. He was very young when he got published his first novel. He joined a group that was fond of drug intake, drinking philosophy and art. He married an artist at the age of 20. Unfortunately, the marriage could not successfully evolve and ended in divorce. He went to Paris and went on writing short stories and famous novels. He exploited different pen names in this regard. He also assisted an aristocrat. He transformed himself as an industry of novels during his long stay at that country. The social life of the capital supplied too many plots and contents for his writings. His journeys to other part of Europe also fascinated him and provided too many inputs for his works. His travels to Eastern Europe led him to the portrayal of the communist atmosphere which was appreciated by many. He was also fortunate to make an around the world journey. “I have never been able to write a novel about a country which I have known only as a tourist, and I have never traveled around the world with a notebook in hand, jotting down impressions.” (Preface in Simenon: An American Omnibus).
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His techniques of probe do not heavily draw on vast quantity of police work. He falls back on his intuitive powers. Hermeneutics is peculiar to his writings. It is the way of interpretation of comprehending the importance of human deeds, statements, outcomes and institutions.
Maigret Goes to School is one of my favorite stories. On an astounding spring day, Maigret obliges to a request to assist a schoolmaster who was alleged of committing a murder in a meager coastal society of Saint-Andre-sur-Mer. He acclaims that his determination was probably less impacted by the schoolmasters’ request and more by his own conception of white wine and new oyster’s features of the Charentes area. The community welcomes Maigret with cold shoulder. Leonie Birard was despised everywhere who was assassinated with the help of a 22-rifle. She was an old former postmistress. She could have been the target of any body, but this highly threaded village community was of the view that a local school teacher foreigner to their village bore the onus of this murder. They also believed that there was no requirement of a meddler inspector. Maigret from the very beginning knew that he was not welcomed with open arms yet he tries to juxtapose himself with the ambience benefiting from his childhood experience when he remained in a village.
The mysteries of Maigret spread over too many years and can easily be forgotten. The given work is particularly attention grabbing for the reason that it facilitates the life and times of Maigrets’ childhood and some of the glimpses of his character. The mystery is also captivating. He does not absolutely oust the schoolmaster from his calculations but he in his view is improbable and inappropriate to be fitted against such a vacancy. If there is certain semblance of being suspected that is due to the accusatory statement uttered by his student. As is common to his character, Maigret relies on patience and does not act prematurely by drawing hasty conclusion. It is his very approach and methodology of composure and consistency which is instrumental in bringing about the solution to the riddle.
Léonie Birard had been murdered from some space as she peeped from the window of her house. Gastin, taken as an alien in the village is certain that he is being taken as prime suspect in the village. The inspector asks his colleague to bring the suspect back in the village so that essential procedural matters be initiated and fulfilled. However, he also reveals the new evidence that one of the boys in the class had witnessed the teacher coming out of the tool shed exactly at the time of the murder. However, he refuses to accept that he had gone to the shed. He is sent to the jail. He encounters the son of the local policemen who still persists with his story. There seems to be no way out but there is one the day of Léonie’s funeral. M at last gets the opportunity to have private conversation with Jean who reveals that Marcel has lied and he was not at the place where he could see the one coming out of the tool shed.
Furthermore, he witnessed his father going to the coffee house and return. M now understands that Marcel is now safeguarding some body under the heap of his lies.