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Red Lights (Paperback)

Author:  Georges/ Brookner Simenon Translator:  Norman Denny Introduction:  Anita Brookner
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1590171934
ISBN-13: 9781590171936
Sku: 202093704
Publish Date: 7/18/2006
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5L x 0.5T
Pages:  154
Age Range:  NA
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It is Friday evening before Labor Day weekend. Americans are hitting the highways in droves; the radio crackles with warnings of traffic jams and crashed cars. Steve Hogan and his wife, Nancy, have a long drive ahead--from New York City to Maine, where their children are in camp. But Steve wants a drink before they go, and on the road he wants another. Soon, exploding with suppressed fury, he is heading into that dark place in himself he calls "the tunnel." When Steve stops for yet another drink, Nancy has had enough. She leaves the car.
On a bender now, Steve makes a friend: Sid Halligan, an escapee from Sing Sing. Steve tells Sid
all about Nancy. Most men are scared, Steve thinks, but not Sid.
The next day, Steve wakes up on the side of the road. His car has a flat, his money is gone, and there's one more thing still left for him to learn about Nancy, Sid Halligan, and himself.
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It is Friday evening before Labor Day weekend. Americans are hitting the highways in droves; the radio crackles with warnings of traffic jams and crashed cars. Steve Hogan and his wife, Nancy, have a long drive ahead-from New York City to Maine, where their children are in camp. But Steve wants a drink before they go, and on the road he wants another. Soon, exploding with suppressed fury, he is heading into that dark place in himself he calls ?the tunnel.? When Steve stops for yet another drink, Nancy has had enough. She leaves the car.

On a bender now, Steve makes a friend: Sid Halligan, an escapee from Sing Sing. Steve tells Sid
all about Nancy. Most men are scared, Steve thinks, but not Sid.

The next day, Steve wakes up on the side of the road. His car has a flat, his money is gone, and there's one more thing still left for him to learn about Nancy, Sid Halligan, and himself.
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Steve Hogan, a dissolute drunk, is on a road trip with his wife to pick up their children, but he becomes distracted at a bar along the way. While he is drinking, his wife leaves, taking a bus north. Soon Hogan picks up and befriends a drifter who embodies, for Hogan, a heroic free spirit, a man who has rejected the miserable confines of society. However, it turns out that this man, an escaped convict, has raped Hogan's wife. Now Hogan has to embrace the society he has rejected and face his own culpability in the crime. ||Belgian author Georges Simenon wrote hundreds of novels during his incredibly prolific literary career and was best known for his Inspector Maigret mystery novels. However, his "romans durs" or "hard novels" such are RED LIGHTS are rightfully hailed as minor masterpieces that provide disturbing dissections of society and humanity.
Author Bio
Anita Brookner
The only child of two Polish Jews, Anita Brookner was extremely fond of her difficult and elusive parents and still describes herself as a "grown-up orphan" and a supremely lonely person. A precocious reader, Brookner was introduced to the classics of English literature by her father, and went on to study history at the University of London. She later gained a Ph.D. in art history and lived and studied in Paris for three years. She served for many years on the faculty of the Courtauld Institute in London and has published several books on 18th- and 19th-century French art, on which she is a recognized expert. She began writing novels during her summer vacations (as she says, to keep from feeling sorry for herself because she had nothing to do) and eventually gave up her career as an art historian to be a full-time novelist. Her books have won many honors, including the Booker Prize.

The son of an insurance salesman, Georges Simenon was born in Liege, Belgium and worked as a baker, bookstore clerk, and journalist before becoming an internationally best-selling writer. The author of over 200 novels, Simenon emigrated to Paris in 1923 and eventually earned his reputation as the creator of Inspector Maigret, the Paris policeman who first appeared in "The Strange Case of Peter the Lett" (1931). The Maigret series focuses on the psychological motivations of his characters and the many repercussions of their often psychotic, disturbed behavior. An avid traveler, Simenon published his autobiography, "When I Was Old" in 1970, claiming in it that he had slept with more than 20,000 women throughout his life. He eventually settled down in Lausanne, Switzerland in the late 1950s.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0154
Product attributePublisher:   New York Review of Books
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