Series: Poirot #11
I feel a bit as if this was Christie’s response to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. As in that book, our detective disappears near the beginning only to reappear halfway through. Instead of Poirot, we get to witness the sleuthing talents of Sir Charles Cartwright (an actor), “Egg” Lytton Gore (a young-ish woman), and Mr. Satterthwaite (no idea how to pronounce it, but he seemed like a male, less confused version of Miss Marple).
I’ll admit I was completely taken in and I loved how the solution to the mystery unfolded. We saw less of Poirot, admittedly, but you know how he hates doing legwork so it’s just as well that it was other people running around investigating at first. I quite liked Mr. Satterthwaite, and Mrs. Dacres’ continual use of “penetrating” to describe a dress style for Egg was amusing. Honestly, I’m continually surprised by some of the vocabulary used in the 1930s and how modern-sounding it is. Of course, in this case my amusement stems from the use of the word rather than any modern connotations but the style of the character is pretty timeless. For context, she’s a fashionista dressmaker.
I read this for booklikes-opoly square Main Street 11 “Read a book that takes place between 1945 and 1965 or that was written by an author who was born before 1955”. Agatha Christie was definitely born before 1955. At 272 pages, I’m awarded another $3, which topples me over the $100 mark to give me a bank balance of $101.
Comment/question on the number of pages:
The print edition of this printing is listed as 272 pages while Kindle/Kobo list it as 224. It felt really short though, and my ereader claimed I finished it in less than 4 hours (I’m not sure I trust its accuracy although it’s been better behaved in the last few days). So should I be using the 201-400 page bin or should I be using the 101-200 page bin? Apparently it’s only 65k words. I feel that perhaps I’m overestimating the funds I should be receiving.
In contrast, Fortune Like the Moon (my last read) is listed as 252 pages and 73k words at Kobo.
Defiantly funny in the face of total devastation, but more than that, ever hopeful. I guess that last is the best part of strong faith. The important part. Inner piece and enduring hope.
Here's the deal: I'm an agnostic. We get roasted inside *grin*. I could go a long while about the difference between religion and spirituality, between faith in god and the faith in the future that makes you stubbornly plod forward. I wont. My mom says "there are no atheist in the trenches". I have no idea what an ordeal like this would do to me.
But here is the other side, the thing about being an agnostic: I can accept both stories. I can love and believe in the tiger, and I can forgive the killer boy. The tiger is the better story, but to me, disregarding the second feels like hiding from a horrible truth too hard to accept. Just as disregarding the tiger feels like the cruelty of denying absolution, or the company of hope.
Good book. The movie did it amazing justice, tight and beautiful and with lovely, memorable music, so I highly recommend it.
Blaze is the lead character. The story current story of his criminal undergoing unfolds alongside the filling in of his personal history. I found my feelings toward him ever-changing. He's simple-minded and has had a hard life and is caught up is a major crime. For me this was engrossing and sad. It makes you wish for the impossible ending.
When I requested a free audiobook of The Edge of Nowhere from Boom!, I had no idea that I would be walking round the house with my lap top (having failed to download it onto my Kindle Fire), looking for housework to do, so I could continue to listen.
I was completely gripped by this amazing woman from Oklahoma who had survived the Dust Bowl and The Depression and still managed to raise fourteen children.
I had obviously heard of The Depression that lasted through most of the thirties, but I was not aware of The Dust Bowl, which coincided with this time of shortages and unemployment, and turned areas of America and Canada into virtual wastelands, exacerbating the poverty and starvation.
The author's grandmother lived through these catastrophes, so she decided to research the period and combine history with family narratives to produce an astounding book that really manages to highlight what it took to survive these awful times.
Although it reads as pretty much a catalogue of disasters, beginning when Victoria is just 8 years old, the heroine is so unbelievably strong that she always finds a way to carry on whatever. I shared in her joys and my tears welled through her losses, and now I miss her as if I've lost a friend.
I should also make mention of the narrator, Beth A. McIntosh, whose Oklahoma accent gave the story even more authenticity. If you get the opportunity to listen to the audio version, I would highly recommend it.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."