Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case

Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case The House Guests At Styles Seemed Perfectly Normal To Captain Hastings There Was His Own Daughter Judith, An Inoffensive Ornithologist Called Norton, Dashing Mr Allerton, Brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin And His Fragile Wife Barbara, Nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell And His Charming Wife Daisy, And The Charismatic Boyd Carrington So Hastings Was Shocked When Poirot Declared That One Of Them Was A Five Times Murderer True, The Ageing Detective Was Crippled With Arthritis, But Had His Deductive Instincts Finally Deserted Him

Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name

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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case
  • Agatha Christie
  • English
  • 15 October 2019
  • 9780002316194

10 thoughts on “Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case

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    Curtain Hercule Poirot 39 , Agatha ChristieCurtain Hercule Poirot 39 , Written about 1940, published 1975, Agatha Christie 1891 1976 Characters Hercule Poirot, John Franklin, Barbara Franklin, Judith Hastings, Stephen Norton.Abstract The crime fighting careers of Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings have come full circle they are back once again in the rambling country house in which they solved their first murder together Both Poirot and Great Styles have seen better days but, despite being crippled with arthritis, there is nothing wrong with the great detective and his little gray cells However, when Poirot brands one of the seemingly harmless guests a five time murderer, some people have their doubts But Poirot alone knows he must prevent a sixth murder before the curtain falls 1998 2000 1372 278 1392 325 9789649915357 1379 265 9789647100465 1377 256 9645611156 1360 216 1372 256 1372 278 .

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    Rating The Full FiveWhen this novel came out in 1975, my older sister was a bookshop owner and gave me and our mother a copy to savor None of the three of us were particular Christie nuts My sister felt that Dame Ags played gawd with the clues a bit too muchmy mother found Poirot insufferably smug I read the book without discrimination or comprehension, and moved on to other things I liked better I believe that was the year I read Stand on Zanzibar, but am not positive.Now that I m the age my mother was when she read the book, I see something interesting to old man me than ever would have occurred to teenaged me This ending for Poirot s career was written during the Blitz, a time when anyone at all could die without warning, because Dame Agatha thought her fans deserved an ending to their character s life that would give completeness and finality to an important part of a series book reader s life How very thoughtful that is How aware Dame Agatha was of her creation s place in the emotional lives of her fans.And to her most ardent partisans, those who bristle at the probable cause of the evident diminution of her writing prowess due to dementia, I can only say Read this book, and then read the last book she wrote, Elephants Can Remember, which I ve reviewed unfavorably elsewhere The difference is stark and deeply saddening.The 2013 television adaptation is stellar and gets, on its own merits, a five star review David Suchet so completely became Poirot that I can only hope someone somewhere possesses both the power and the will to derail the 2017 adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express perpetrated by Kenneth Branagh for no good or even comprehensible reason before its scheduled release on 10 November 2017 Why not choose 11 11 17 at 11 11am Armistice Day might, in the eyes of Kalliope, excuse or at least obscure Branagh s hubris in making this unneeded and unwelcome film.Not that I have a strong opinion, you understand I merely comment upon the passing scene, comme d habitude.

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    Curtain Hercule Poirot 39 , Written about 1940, published 1975, Agatha Christie 1891 1976 Abstract The crime fighting careers of Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings have come full circle they are back once again in the rambling country house in which they solved their first murder together Both Poirot and Great Styles have seen better days but, despite being crippled with arthritis, there is nothing wrong with the great detective and his little gray cells However, when Poirot brands one of the seemingly harmless guests a five time murderer, some people have their doubts But Poirot alone knows he must prevent a sixth murder before the curtain falls Characters Hercule Poirot, John Franklin, Barbara Franklin, Judith Hastings, Stephen Norton 1998 2000 1379 265 9789647100465 20 1377 256 9645611156 1360 216 1372 256 1372 278 .

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    You Chose Your Own Adventure You are the killer you kill yourself You deserve it Or do you Are you the hero or the villain But what does it matter in the end, death comes to us all Your adventure is over.If you decide to reject your notorious life and start anew, choose

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    Curtain Poirot s Last Case Nothing is so sad, in my opinion, as the devastation wrought by age Hastings, on PoirotI m done, whew, having read all of 38 Christie Poirot novels and a couple short story collections in order of publication, over the past 2 3 years I ll listen again to And Then There Were None and will not read Christie again for awhile, I am sure.Christie, fearing for her life during WWII, wrote the last Poirot and Marple books in the early forties, and sealed them in a vault until just a couple years before her death, intending them to be the last novels, the last word, for her respective detective heroes She much preferred Marple to Poirot, who in the sixties she had truly grown tired of, calling him an egocentric creep However, unlike Conan Doyle, Christie resisted the temptation to kill her detective off while he was still popular She saw herself as an entertainer whose job was to produce what the public liked, and the public liked Poirot Christie made a mistake in 1920 in having her Belgian detective already retired, afterwards writing him as a main character for fifty years So are we to surmise he retired at 40 21 Poirot returns to Styles in this one, where the first Poirot novel is set, written in 1920 when Christie was 30 Curtain was published in 1975, less than a year before she died, at 85, in 1976 55 years of writing Poirot Poor and very rich woman Good for her and us, though, on the whole, as she emerged as the best selling author of all time.And no matter how old he is, we need our main man with the marvelous moustaches to be in full possession of his little gray cells right up until the end Is this realistic Well, either way he seems undiminished in speech and cognition without fail The erosion of memory is a theme in this and many of the last books for the eighty something Christie, but not for Poirot He solves the crime, as always, though it is complicated and interesting how it happens and how it is revealed I can t exactly say how without spoilers.This book also features the early Poirot books Captain Hastings, a buffoon who again tells the story, clueless every step of the way Keyholes figure in, amusingly.Since Curtain is the title, Christie frames her last book in terms of her major love, theater, and performance, and disguises We even discover Poirot has been disguising himself for years, in a way And Othello s Iago figures in, so Shakespeare is her darling right to the end for inspiration This may not be one of the very best of his books, but it is clever, with better writing than we have seen for many years from Christie because she wrote it in the forties She also doesn t bother to pull it from the vault to revise it for continuity, grr For instance, the supposedly older Poirot here has problems with colloquial English than he has had in decades, consistent with a forties Poirot, not a seventies Poirot But overall, it was good to bring back Hastings, and to end as we began, in Styles And the killer a serial killer and how he kills, is original and interesting It is a very good book in the Christie canon and because of the nature of the killer and because of the series of Big Surprises in the plot, I am going to bump it from 4.5 to 5 stars.A SPOILER ALERT about something very sweet that had never before happened, hidden in this link to the historically stuffy The New York Times, 6 August 1975, following the publication of Curtain five star Poirots The Murder of Roger AckroydPeril at End HouseMurder on the Orient ExpressCurtainMy four star Poirots Lord Edgeware DiesThree Act TragedyThe A.B.C MurdersMurder in MesopotamiaCards on the TableDeath on the NileSad CypressEvil Under the SunFive Little PigThe HollowAfter the Funeral

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    Agatha Christie s swan song for her most famous character, Hercule Poirot, fittingly returns him and and his friend Arthur Hastings to the setting of her very first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles Aside from the fact that it s Poirot s final case, a rather unusual twist and the recurring Othello theme make this one of Christie s memorable works, if rather melancholy It was interesting to find out that Christie originally wrote this novel during World War II, possibly fearing that she might not survive the war and wanting to give Poirot an appropriate send off Then she put Curtain in a bank vault for over 30 years, finally publishing it in 1975 It was her last published book before she died Au revoir, Agatha and Hercule.

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    For a murderer, my friend, is conceited than any creature on this earth A murderer is always clever than anyone else no one will ever suspect him or her the police will be utterly baffled The above quote is a perfect way to describe this mystery.I have been wanting to read this for some time now and what better day than Christie s birthday.I have now read numerous mysteries by Christie but there is no pattern apart from a cozy setting Each and every mystery, murder suspects, the end is unique and it baffles me as generally when you read many books by one author some things do become predictable.The only thing I have learnt after reading Agatha Christie books is that expect the unexpected and still you won t guess how shocking the unexpected can be This is the last in the series of Poirot mysteries and I would recommend to read the first of this series The Mysterious Affair at Styles before this as both the mysteries take place at Styles and there is a spoiler to the first book in this story And suddenly from nowhere, a vague feeling of uneasiness and disquiet assailed me It was not safe it was not right to plan happiness here There was something malignant about the air of Styles Poirot and Hastings come together in this last case together to catch X who is clever and sadistic as any murderer can be There is a mix of lovely characters who make you trust them but doubt them at the same time Everyone is a potential murderer in everyone there arises from time to time the wish to kill though not the will to kill The ending is soo ingenious but soo complicated, I just had to sit back and digest it allThere is no way I could have guessed this Did you

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    Spoilers ahoy I admit it, I teared up at the end I don t want Poirot ever to die However, two things comforted me one is that this was not actually the last novel Dame Agatha wrote about Poirot, not by a long shot Since Elephants Can Remember is largely regarded as a weak later effort, I think of Hallowe en Party as the last excellent novel written about Poirot Curtain was written somewhere around WWII most likely, and put away to be released decades later as Agatha neared the end of her long career So it is always possible to read the novels in chronological order and pretend that Poirot is back from the dead for all his many post WWII cases, rather like Sherlock Holmes return from The Final Problem But the biggest comfort is that this truly excellent novel could not have been written without killing off Poirot it is in some ways the ultimate twist from the author famous for brilliant, unexpected twists Agatha often expressed the idea that ANYONE is capable of murder in the right circumstances, and her novels show that the last person the reader expects to have done it, could have done it the narrator, a child, a supposedly dead character, etc In Curtain, Agatha hits us with the biggest shocker of them all even her Great Detective is not immune Poirot can and does commit murder, and even mon ami Hastings makes a typically blundering attemptand both are completely in character whilst doing so No doubt Agatha wanted to write the detective author s White Whale the perfect crime And who could pull off the perfect crime except Poirot himself There are many satisfying elements in this novel to console the bereaved reader There is the perfect symmetry of having Poirot s English career end where it began, at Styles Court and many other, minor symmetries along the way There is the character development of Hastings, shown here as far complex that one usually credits him as being, and given hope of a happy ending and a new romance thoughtfully provided by Poirot There is the delightful surprise that, far from being the cripple Hastings thinks him to be, Poirot remains agile and able to sleuth until the very end His grey cells are in fine fettle until his dying day.Curtain is supremely clever and confident, one of Dame Agatha s tours de force I am glad, though, that she never killed off Miss Marple I really don t think I could handle that.

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    3.5 brace 2019 2 , ,

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