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Book Title: الإصبع المتحرك|
Date of issue: October 1st 2005
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The author of the book: Agatha Christie
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 844 KB
Edition: الأجيال للترجمة والنشر
Read full description of the books الإصبع المتحرك:"The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it."
verse 51 of Edward FitzGerald's translation of the Rubáiyát by Omar Khayyám
“It's rather like Happy Families, isn't it? Mrs Legal, the lawyer's wife, Miss Dose, the doctor's daughter, etc. ... So sweet and funny and old-world. You just can't think of anything nasty happening here, can you?”
But nasty things do happen ... even in such an innocuous place as the village of Lymstock, where Jerry Burton moves with his sister to convalesce from war-inflicted wounds.
At the beginning both Jerry and Joanna are charmed with life in the country: getting neighbourly, making calls, trying to blend in. It is cozy and idyllic and then it turns out that a vicious poison pen is at large. Anonymous, defamatory letters are addressed to all and sundry and it doesn't take too long for a victim to commit suicide. All the village is abuzz with gossip -"no smoke without fire"-concerning the identity of the PP as it seems she (view spoiler)[or is it a she?! (hide spoiler)] could be anyone. Old secrets, animosities are rising to the surface and things do get ugly when a murder is committed shortly afterwards, placing the first death in a new light.
Once again, Dame Agatha's genius is at work in this novel: the mystery is simple yet it is so cleverly hidden in plain sight that you will not discover the fire behind the thick smoke. (or at least I didn't.)
The protagonists -siblings Jerry and Joanna Burton- are delightful, sympathetic characters. Their being "outsiders" as well as the story presented from their -Jerry's- POV gives plenty of opportunity to Agatha Christie to poke fun at the customs of the country versus modern young people from London and to make keen observations about the human character in general and in particular with a wonderful array of secondary characters.
Strangely enough, Miss Marple comes onto the scene almost at the end of the novel and while I enjoy her keen insight and sharp mind, I have my doubts about her being necessary to solving the crime. We have a competent detective, who could have done just as well.
Still, it is a delightful read, among the TOP 5 of my favourite Christie books.
Read information about the authorAgatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.
Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature-Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple-and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre.
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880–1929), called Monty, ten years older than Agatha.
During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse; later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.
On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps. The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks. They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.
Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920. During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.
In late 1926, Agatha's husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce. On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey. That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire. Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels. Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.
In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan (Sir Max from 1968) after joining him in an archaeological dig. Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie's death in 1976. In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.
Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories. Christie's travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East. Other novels (such as And Then There Were None) were set in and around Torquay, where she was born. Christie's 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway. The hotel maintains Christie's room as a memorial to the author. The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.
Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother-in-law, James Watts. She based at least two of her stories on the hall: the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral. "Abney became Agatha's greatest inspiration for country-house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.
During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post-war crime novels.
To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours. The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club. In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande
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