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text 2018-11-23 09:49
Best Alaska Cruises 2019

Cruising Season never comes to an end. If you are looking forward to venture beyond the South East Asian, Bahamas and Caribbean cruise destination why not plan an Alaska Cruise vacation. While in Alaska one can find themselves amidst passing humpback whales, kodiak bears, snow fields for dog sledding and can also hear the sound of distant collapsing glaciers. 


On an Alaskan Cruise an ideal 7 night cruise itinerary will take you to beautiful destinations and ports of call like Anchorage, Ketchikan, Juneau, Sward, Hubbard glacier and will sail through the inside passage. The experience of Inside Passage is remarkable in its own way. We can also call Alaska Cruises as "Vacation of a lifetime" as it takes you to places which are not easily accessible and booking an Alaska cruise package with much convenience is icing on the cake.


Famous Cruise liners like Disney Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America have their ships sailing to Alaska. The cruise season for Alaska is during the months of May to September. Alaska Cruise Cabins are booked well in advanced, so it is highly recommended to book your Alaska Cruise Vacation at the earliest. 


Source: www.mydreamholiday.in/cruise-package/alaska-cruises
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review 2018-11-22 18:24
A Caribbean Mystery
A Caribbean Mystery (Miss Marple) - Agatha Christie

The plot of A Caribbean Mystery might not be the strongest Christie plot and at some point I knew who the murderer was. But despite it´s shortcomings on the mystery front, I liked this novel a whole lot.


I loved how Miss Marple had to put some effort into solving the mystery, doing some sleuthing on her own instead of solving the mystery by listening to second hand accounts of other people. And the dialogue between Miss Marple and Mr. Rafiel were pure gold. Really enjoyed this one.


Since this book is set in the Caribbean, I´m claiming the Kwanzaa task with this read.


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text 2018-11-20 21:28
Picking up a comfort read
A Caribbean Mystery (Miss Marple) - Agatha Christie

After having finished Highsmith´s A Game for the living I need something light and fluff and simply entertaining. So I´m picking up a Miss Marple novel, because Christie´s books are my ultimate comfort reads. I hope it´s a good one.


Plus it´s going to be a fast read and it fits the Kwanzaa book task, so it´s a win-win-situation all around.



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review 2018-06-24 12:58
Realpolitik or Prejudicial, it matters
A Caribbean Mystery - Agatha Christie

My copy of this novel is an edition printed in 1964 for ‘The Book Club’ and costing 16s. 0d. Unsurprising perhaps that ‘A Caribbean Mystery’ has the feel of a bygone era, when colonialism, feminism, racism, sexual orientation and the class system were clearly viewed quite differently. Indeed, it might be harsh to criticize the author for expressing attitudes prevalent at the time, but while Agatha Christie’s admirers are legion, this book does feel dated by the absence of contemporary enlightenment. For example, the suggestion by a key character that his attractive wife can expect the unrequited attention of other men and “has to pass things off with a laugh and a shrug” might not be so trivialized today! Still less the description by Miss Marple’s nephew (Raymond) of his “queer” friend, who can be relied upon to keep his aunt's St. Mary Mead cottage spick and span in her absence! But, if the reader can tolerate the glut of political incorrectness and blatant prejudices, the cast of characters is very familiar – retired military man; clergyman and sister; wealthy business tycoon and retainers; couples (not quite as they seem); medical Dr; and servants.
The setting is the Golden Palm Hotel on the island of St Honoré, where Raymond has sent his aunt to recover from a winter bout of pneumonia. Intriguingly, this is the only foreign adventure undertaken by the redoubtable Miss Marple, but the hotel with its expats and imperialist pretensions is an enjoyable proxy for an English country home.

Albeit, Miss Marple finds her surroundings rather boring, until retired Major Palgrave (he of the drinker's purple face and a glass eye) invites her to see the photograph of a murderer. 

Amid clicking knitting needles Miss Marple quietly marshals the facts of the murders that follow and stereotypical fellow residents, culminating in a gently satisfying resolution. I particularly enjoyed the alliance with wealthy curmudgeon, Mr Rafiel, who puts in a re-appearance in the 1971 novel, "Nemesis". No doubt the quaintness of Christie's story lines is part of the enduring appeal, but in this example, the genteel behaviour of the characters cannot disguise the attendant challenges for the modern reader.



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