The Dim-Post

September 1, 2012

Oh Uncle Willy

Filed under: books — danylmc @ 9:30 am

I’m reading Dirty Snow by Georges Simenon. This is (a) a very good book, and (b) cursed with one of the most annoying cover-blurbs I’ve ever seen:

For my part I know of no better way to pass the time on a plane from Nice to Athens or, say, from Rangoon to Singapore, than to read one of Simenon’s novels.

– Somerset Maugham

5 Comments »

  1. I went to wikipedia and someone described Maugham’s style as

    “such a tissue of clichés that one’s wonder is finally aroused at the writer’s ability to assemble so many and at his unfailing inability to put anything in an individual way”.

    His first sixteen words of the blurb are at least five interconnected cliches.

    Comment by Aztec — September 1, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

  2. I’m glad he specified he was on a plane. I had a mental picture of him calmly reading the book while floating on his back in the Mediterranean like a log.

    Comment by Grant Buist — September 2, 2012 @ 1:10 am

  3. re tissue of cliches. Is that in the same way Hamlet is just a string of quotations? I mean it is pretty much every other line…

    Comment by Roger Parkinson (@RogerParkinson) — September 2, 2012 @ 10:24 am

  4. “For my part I know of no better way to pass the time on a plane from Nice to Athens or, say, from Rangoon to Singapore, than to read one of Simenon’s novels.”

    Are you certain he wasn’t taking the piss? After all, It is difficult not to write satire

    Comment by billbennettnz — September 3, 2012 @ 9:13 am

  5. It used to be known as “damning with faint praise”.

    I am surprised that any poster on this site .would recognise satire if it hit them in the face.
    Mind you, given the behaviour of our politicians and media chatterers satire is almost indiscernible in the static.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — September 3, 2012 @ 8:30 pm


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