The Man Who Watched the Trains Go by by Georges Simenon

The Man Who Watched the Trains Go by

Georges Simenon with Sian Reynolds (Translator)

256 pages first pub 1938 (editions)

fiction crime mystery dark mysterious reflective medium-paced
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"One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories." --The GuardianIn this Georges Simenon classic,...

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Community Reviews Summary of 171 reviews


dark 100%
mysterious 58%
tense 50%
reflective 33%
emotional 16%
adventurous 8%
challenging 8%
funny 8%
sad 8%


medium 83%
slow 16%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 80% | A mix: 10% | Plot: 10%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 30% | No: 20%

Loveable characters?

No: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 87% | It's complicated: 12%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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