2010: 8. Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

“Nimrud, Iraq, 2 April 1950

Nimrud is the modern name of the ancient city of Calah, the military capital of the Assyrians.”

Agatha Christie: An Autobiography, Agatha Christie

    I’ve had this book for years (bought it at the late lamented Book Barn in Boothbay, Me), but never actually picked it up to read until I decided it was time to finally put a bow on this Agatha Christie project.*  It’s an autobiography, so don’t go into expecting great insight into Christie and her life (and certainly there is no explanation of the great Agatha disappearance), but it does, especially in the early parts, capture an entire lost way of life, and if you have fondness for Edwardian England, or the twenties and thirties, it is interesting.  I can’t with a whole heart recommend it to those who are not already Christie fans, but if you are, you may like learning a bit more about the Queen of Crime.

    The most interesting part, to me, was how much of her memoirs tracked An Unfinished Portrait, the most interesting of the Christie as Westmacott books that I recently read.  So much of her life is reflected in that book, that I think it is fair to take that as a largely autobiographical piece.  And given that that book is much more emotionally real than the autobiography (particularly in regards to her divorce), which often skates the surface of emotion, I almost think you might be better off reading the novel, if you want to get a sense of the why of Christie - at least the first half of her life.

*Partially, perhaps, because it smelled like the Book Barn.  It might have been fun to explore a barn full of books, but the reality is that the books got a little nasty, which is probably why the concept fell apart.

Date/Place Completed: January 2010; D.C.

Categories:  Agatha Christie Project

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