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Agatha Christie: A Very Elusive Woman (udgave 2022)

af Lucy Worsley (Autor)

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Biography & Autobiography. History. Nonfiction. "Nobody in the world was more inadequate to act the heroine than I was." Why did Agatha Christie spend her career pretending that she was "just" an ordinary housewife, when clearly she wasn't? Her life is fascinating for its mysteries and its passions and, as Lucy Worsley says, "She was thrillingly, scintillatingly modern." She went surfing in Hawaii, she loved fast cars, and she was intrigued by the new science of psychology, which helped her through devastating mental illness. So why-despite all the evidence to the contrary-did Agatha present herself as a retiring Edwardian lady of leisure? She was born in 1890 into a world that had its own rules about what women could and couldn't do. Lucy Worsley's biography is not just of a massively, internationally successful writer. It's also the story of a person who, despite the obstacles of class and gender, became an astonishingly successful working woman. With access to personal letters and papers that have rarely been seen, Lucy Worsley's biography is both authoritative and entertaining and makes us realize what an extraordinary pioneer Agatha Christie was-truly a woman who wrote the twentieth century.… (mere)
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Titel:Agatha Christie: A Very Elusive Woman
Forfattere:Lucy Worsley (Autor)
Info:Hodder And Stoughton Ltd. (2022), Edition: 1, 415 pages
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I picked this up for research, and soon after I acquired it, I was delighted to come across Worsley's series on PBS that brings vivid life to the book! That encouraged me to start reading all the sooner. While I've watched a number of Worseley's programs, I hadn't read her work before. I found her to be an incredibly breezy, fascinating read. She incorporates many details but never bogs down the narrative. Every so often, her own voice emerges with an aside as well. Agatha Christie had an interesting life, and is a figure greatly misunderstood. I really appreciated the author's incites into the period during which Christie went missing in 1926. ( )
  ladycato | Dec 22, 2023 |
I actually have only read two novels by Christie so reading a biography about her was an unusual choice. The fact Lucy Worsley wrote the book surely influenced me. Christie had her prejudices and foibles but also had an interesting 'accidental' career. Worsley did her homework, especially about Christie's widely publicized disappearance. The pacing was slow at some points but overall I give this one a thumbs up. ( )
  Ann_R | Nov 26, 2023 |
Lucy Worsley's biography of Agatha Christie is a fantastic read. Worsley delves into the life of this very private author with respect but without rose-coloured glasses. She provides great context for the life of a woman who was born into privilege in the late Victorian-era and lived through two marriages, two wars, and significant social upheaval. Worsley is a sympathetic biographer, particularly in the section about Agatha Christie's infamous disappearance in 1926, but never glosses over some of the more problematic aspects of Agatha Christie and her writing (particularly her anti-Semitism). I particularly enjoyed that Worsley is a presence in the biography and occasionally her first person perspective on events is included (I laughed aloud at one particular comment about a photograph of Agatha Christie's first husband), a vivid reminder that biographies are not impartial but are shaped by their authors' own views and prejudices. Highly recommended both for Agatha Christie fans and for readers who enjoy a good biography. ( )
  MickyFine | Oct 28, 2023 |
Lucy Worsley brings together Christie's books and her life to show us how life has informed her writing quite successfully although there are a couple of places where I didn't think the book was quite so successful.

What Worsley does do well is describe Christie's home life, her love of houses - at one point she had eight - and running a household, her dismissing of her writing as something she did second to being a wife and having a life and her absolute commitment to her second husband, Max. I also enjoyed her identification of 'Christie's tricks' of writing in what is an impressive range of books and plays. Some of these are about hiding important objects in plain sight, having a hidden couple who are usually having an affair, playing with appearances and involving real life crimes and other newsworthy items in the plot. These are all linked to particular books and to events or ideas in her life.

Of course, Christie's missing 11 days are written about with Worsley unpicking the evidence and identifying the lies, suggesting that mental illness, a dissasociative fugue state, brought about by stress, in particular the breakdown of her first marriage, as an explanation. She also identifies other moments of depression in a life that was not without its difficulties.

What there was less of was how Christie created her stories, the process she went through. It is clear that she wrote often, sometimes in bursts, when she was travelling with her husband and she must have done this regularly because she was prolific but as to how she dreamed up her stories we are left none the wiser. At the end it is explained that her notebooks are almost impossible to follow, having been written out of sequence and sometimes only being a series of jottings but I was left quite frustrated by this. The whole point of this book is to say that Christie is the Queen of mystery writing but we are not let into the hallowed halls to find out more about her processes.

It is a very readable book for fans of Christie written by a fan of Christie. ( )
  allthegoodbooks | Sep 30, 2023 |
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Biography & Autobiography. History. Nonfiction. "Nobody in the world was more inadequate to act the heroine than I was." Why did Agatha Christie spend her career pretending that she was "just" an ordinary housewife, when clearly she wasn't? Her life is fascinating for its mysteries and its passions and, as Lucy Worsley says, "She was thrillingly, scintillatingly modern." She went surfing in Hawaii, she loved fast cars, and she was intrigued by the new science of psychology, which helped her through devastating mental illness. So why-despite all the evidence to the contrary-did Agatha present herself as a retiring Edwardian lady of leisure? She was born in 1890 into a world that had its own rules about what women could and couldn't do. Lucy Worsley's biography is not just of a massively, internationally successful writer. It's also the story of a person who, despite the obstacles of class and gender, became an astonishingly successful working woman. With access to personal letters and papers that have rarely been seen, Lucy Worsley's biography is both authoritative and entertaining and makes us realize what an extraordinary pioneer Agatha Christie was-truly a woman who wrote the twentieth century.

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