Routledge, 1945, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Fair, Dust Jacket Condition: Fair, First
Translated from the French by Stuart Gilbert; The first full-length novel by Simenon to be published since The Man who watched the Trains go by and nearly twice the length of the latter. Though in The Shadow Falls Simenon employs a far larger canvas than in his previous works, one is conscious, on turning the last page, that nothing could have been omitted, each episode, indeed each sentence, pulls its weight. We are given a complete cross-section of French life in the years before the war, and the understanding reader may well learn far more from it, as to the causes of the tragic collapse of 1940, than from any of the seeming-factual explanations he may have read. The central figure, Philippe Dargens, is a striking portrait of the predatory type that profited by the troublesome period between the wars to scramble into the foreground of the French scene; the arrivistes of finance and politics. Set against him is his young wife Martine, vivacious yet level-headed, a wholly delightful example of that fascinating and elusive figure, so little understood on this side of the Channel, the modern-minded French girl. Philippe compasses his ends with the characteristic logic of the Frenchman - cornbined in his case with a lack of scruple typical of that fateful decade, the nineteen-thirties. But always in the background lurks the spectre of Martine's father, Oscar Donadieu, the dour old shipowner, round whose mysterious death centres the first part, "La Rochelle", of this Tale of Three Cities. And in the final part, "Paris". the shadow falls across Philippe's adventurous path. This is the first UK edition. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. 382 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Dust Jacket has chunks missing at spine ends with wear & tears at edges, but is otherwise intact, with both flaps. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Black titles spine. light fading to top & bottom edges of spine but not extensive. green cloth. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Crime Fiction; Crime Fiction. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3139.