Books: Sentimental Cliche

THE HEART OF A MAN (213 pp.)—Georges Simenon—Prentice-Hall ($3).

Emile Maugin has clawed his way to recognition as France's No. 1 actor; then his doctor hands him a part he cannot play. Maugin is a handsome 59 and looks much younger, but his heart, the doctor bluntly warns, is the tired heart of a 75-year-old man.

Bitterly, the great actor booms out his own prescription: "No women, no tobacco, no alcohol . . . not too much work." But once out of the doctor's office, he hurries to souse himself in cheap red wine, then...

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