Sunday, December 23, 2007


The blurb on the back cover of The Yellow Dog by Georges Simenon begins:

A local wine merchant is shot dead.......

And yet on page 89 of the story I read

"We should add, parenthetically, that Monsieur Mostaguen did not die and that in two weeks he'll be on his feet again......"

A miracle or just another case of professional blurbers, editors and reviewers not actually READING the book. It is the season of goodwill so I won't be too critical but this masterly novella was only 130 pages long.


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