Ocess but a shorter book would have done that even betterSpecializing in Christie s works for a long time Curran has acuired not only the minute knowledge of them all but also a staggering confidence that his critical opinion is the gospel truth which did feel uncomfortable in certain placesI ve read Christie s autobiography and some other stuff she wrote about herself and you can really count any novel featuring Ariadne Oliver and on the "whole I d say she would have assigned less importance to "I d say she would have assigned less importance to books and notes than Curran did In August 1948 Penguin Books made publishing history when they issued one million Agatha Christie novels on the same day 100000 copies of each This venture was such a success that it was repeated five years later That s an awful lot of books And how many have been sold and borrowed since then How many films How many television dramatisations Amazing numbersYou would think that everything to be said had been said by now But no This lovely book offers something newA few years ago Agatha Christie s heirs decided to pass The Greenaway her riverside home in south Devon to the National Trust When the Trust started to renovate the property its former owners notebooks came to light Seventy three of themNot orderly notebooks but notebooks that were grabbed when the need to write anything down arose Shopping lists Character lists Story ideas Random thoughts There s an awful lot there but not everything Many works are unmentioned So presumably Mrs Christie lost notebooks and wrote things on the but not everything Many works are unmentioned So presumably Mrs Christie lost notebooks and wrote things on the of envelopes like the rest of usJohn Curran has done a wonderful ob of organising the material to give a picture of how many well loved books developed They grew in all sorts of ways From a character From a setting From and object All sorts of things changed along the way and very often the murderer and their motive wasn t settled on until the very last moment He is clearly very knowledgable and while he clearly loves Mrs Christie s work he is uite prepared to step back a little and be objectiveThere are so many wonderful little facts Gems are scattered throughout the book Cases transferred between Poirot Miss Marple and Parker Pyne I d forgotten him Ideas picked up dropped and then sometimes picked up again for another story Characters changing names and evolving It really is fascinatingOf course plot points and killers identities are given away but titles discussed are listed at the start of each themed section and at the start of each piece about a specific book Which seems reasonable to meAnd so I find myself reminded of books I d uite forgotten Happily recalling others noting a few that I don t think I ve read yet I want To Read And Re read and re every single one And then I want to look again at what this book had to say I m definitely going to need a copy of my ow. Rnou óbvia Neste livro ele desvenda os grandes segredos da Rainha do Crime as origens dos seus carismáticos detectives e enigmas surpreendentes enredos alternativos cenas eliminadas e até mesmo planos para livros ue não chegou a escrever A investigação de John Curran revela uma grande uantidade de material nunca antes publicado e inclui duas histórias completamente inéditas O Incidente da Bola do Cão e A Captura de Cérbe. ,
Ght with him in examining her left notebooks showing her handwriting her thoughts changes ideas her cleverness and uniueness Going through her notebooks he linked his findings with the books she wroteThere is so much to say about this wonderful book and at the same time nothing than I loved itThanks to John Curran I felt close to Agatha Christie a woman who created an art by wrting stories which gave pleasure to millions of people over the world still give pleasure to millions over the world and will keep giving this pleasureShe ahs been followed in all continents through her books radio theater plays tv and now also e booksPure hapiness it gave me reading the book and I loved the two unpublished short stories at the end An enjoyable book but you obviously have to like the books plays of Agatha Christie I found the book a bit repetitive in places and at times I felt that the book assumed that you knew the works of Agatha Christie "In Depth So It May Say That AC Changed The "depth So it may say that AC changed the of such and such a book so that she didn t do it and he did instead but unless you know the books you have no idea who he or she is So it is assuming that you know than the average reader probably wouldTwo thirds of the way through I began skipping sections Overall it was an interesting read and I enjoyed the two previously unpublished stories at the end but somehow I was left with the feeling that it could have been a much better book than it actually is A great book detailing how Agatha Christie plotted her have been a much better book than it actually is A great book detailing how Agatha Christie plotted her booksAgatha Christie was a gifted writer who kept her ideas and some of her plot development in notebooks These are the notebooks that the writer if this book John Curran has set before us I am amazed at how an idea that Christie had would not produce the actual story for many years It ust shows how great Agatha Christie was in developing her ideas I believe any fan of Agatha Christie will love this book and any person not already a fan will become one after reading it I m a huge Agatha Christie fan but I felt this book was a waste of my time and money I did learn a little about Christie s writing habits she had terrible handwriting most of her life ironically getting better as she aged What s up with that made lists of scenes and rearranged them to suit herself and often did not know who the murderer would be when she began to plot the book Interesting tidbits but not worth trudging through the book to learn such trivia The two short stories were actually variations of published stories One was mildly interesting as it was based on Hitler and had him renouncing Nazism and finding God Otherwise not much else to recommend it Sadly disappointed Much too much trivia Do you care what was on the covers of the notebooks Christie used ReallyIt was interesting to have a look into her creative pr. O de trabalho causam ainda hoje grande perplexidade As pistas para os seus métodos e personalidade veriam a luz do dia em 2004 ano da morte de Rosalind filha da autora Na mansão da família foram encontrados os cadernos privados de Agatha Christie um extraordinário legado de setenta e três volumes escritos à mão Mas foi apenas uando o aruivista John Curran começou a decifrá los ue a verdadeira dimensão deste tesouro se to. ,
I m giving up I had problems with the format interupted narrative for apparently unrelated bits of varying length and I don t have much faith in the deconstruction of the mostly very cryptic notes Ms Christie wrote To make it worse Curran focused mostly on my least favorite Christie titles and I didn t have my copies handy in many cases I no longer even own those titles so most of the specifics he was talking about were lost on me anyway I really wanted to like this I ve been a Christie fan since my early teens and have been seeking academic standard treatment of her work Unfortunately this wasn t the one for me If you like and are well read the one for me If you like and are well read Agatha Christie you will like this book which delves into the great author s working notebooks and comes up with uotes of scene and character lists ideas and workings out of plot detailsThe best parts are where the notebooks reveal how many ways Agatha Christie could have worked out a particular plot you come away with a glimpse into a truly astonishing level of creativity and ability to vary details to make a set of different stories out of the very same set of starting points She was a genius in my opinion and this book reveals that through the extensive "uoting of her own materialAnother great thing is that there are two complete Poirot short stories "of her own materialAnother great thing is that there are two complete Poirot short stories before published they are variations on two stories that were published they illustrate perfectly the point about how she could write totally different stories using the same materials as in other stories she had createdHowever I didn t agree with the authoreditor s assessment of some of her novels agree with the authoreditor s assessment of some of her novels I felt that he could have left out his critical udgment of whether her books were strong or weak or whatever he thought Some of his udgments that certain details were wrong to have been included were off I thought Some I agreed with I could have done without a lot of the critical part of the writing This book is intended to be read by Agatha Christie fans I thought I was a fan but after reading this book I realize I must not be a big enough fan I read her autobiography and enjoyed it I read a majority of her books and love them I read this book and was darn near bored to tears I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie s work and have finally found the time to sit down and read both this and the companion piece by the same author Murder in the I have to thank my obsession and love for booksthe pleasure I get from reading to Agatha Christie At the age of seven years I was receiving books as present Agatha Christie books I started my collection at that age and it gave me a never ending love for books In the end the books that give me back that pure feeling the coziness being me and my books are Agatha Christie booksThe Irish John Curran has an admiration for Agatha Christie which he brou. Em 1976 aos oitenta e cinco anos de idade morria Agatha Christie a escritora mais famosa do mundo A sua obra estava publicada em mais de cem países e os seus livros haviam vendido cerca de dois mil milhões de exemplares Agatha Christie conseguira o impossível desde a década de 1920 ue escrevia mais de um livro por ano e todos eles eram incríveis bestsellers mundiais A sua imaginação prodigiosa bem como o seu alucinante ritm.