Donadieu's Will

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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Like Striptease ( LJ 8/89), this novel belongs to Simenon's series of psychological novels, which focus on the petit bourgeois (lower middle class) imprisoned by tradition in his or her province or neighborhood. The Donadieu family, nouveaux riches respected for their money, act as foils to the ruined Frederic Dargens (the names are homonyms, respectively, for don a dieu , "gift to God" and d'argent , "of money"), who remains superior in manners and intelligence. The struggle for personal success, waged between the two generations within each family, is triggered by the mysterious death of Donadieu senior, whose will unleashes tumultuous behavior, murders, and suicides. This translation skillfully captures the psychological tension, the gloom and anger of characters who (except for the youngest Donadieu, symbol and promise for the future) never manage to escape mental and social imprisonment. This is another of Simenon's incisive analyses of social/psychological complexities.
- Danielle Mihram, Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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