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The hollow av Agatha Christie
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The hollow

av Agatha Christie

Serier: Hercule Poirot (24)

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Agatha Christie's ingenious mystery thriller, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. Lucy Angkatell invited Hercule Poirot to lunch. To tease the great detective, her guests stage a mock murder beside the swimming pool. Unfortunately, the victim plays the scene for real. As his blood drips into the water, John Christow gasps one final word: 'Henrietta'. In the confusion, a gun sinks to the bottom of the pool. Poirot's enquiries reveal a complex web of romantic attachments. It seems everyone in the drama is a suspect - and each a victim of love.… (mer)
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Titel:The hollow
Författare:Agatha Christie
Info:London : Planet Three Publishing Network.
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The Hollow is a nice psychological drama set in the English countryside we've all got to know better thanks to Christie's work. I really enjoyed this little piece of work, even though (or perhaps because) it is not a typical Poirot investigation. No, at this murder, Poirot was also a guest amongst others and at a certain point - even if only barely - a suspect.

I can understand that this work was commented upon by Christie herself as "being ruined by the introduction of Poirot". This mystery indeed didn't need our little Belgian detective at all to have itself unfold to the reader. The theatre adaptation doesn't even feature Poirot at all. I wouldn't, however, go so far as calling it ruined by his character. Indeed, he only plays a small role overall.

Fun characters, compelling story and interesting mystery all in one. Recommended! ( )
  bbbart | Dec 27, 2020 |
In which a man bleeds to death by a country house swimming pool, and Poirot stumbles across the body.

"The Hollow" is one of Christie’s most enigmatic works: she herself was immensely proud of it, but felt it wasn’t perfect (and a large part of that due to Poirot’s presence). The murder itself seems stock-standard: a man shot by the pool of a country house, where the residents of both The Hollow and the nearby cottage possess motives, and red herrings are seemingly endless. Poirot, needless to say, is staying in a nearby cottage, and begins to realise that the killer is trying their darndest to cover up the crime.

Yet "The Hollow" borders on a Christie masterpiece for a few reasons: the author’s contrivances are revealed to be those of the characters; the mystery itself is intriguing on account of being a psychological investigation: Poirot himself is a guest character, and we’re here privy to the inner workings of the family and their friends as the investigation goes on. As many critics have noted, this is a novel told internally, which makes it all the more impressive that the David Suchet adaptation worked so well.

Famously, Hercule Poirot’s entrance comes so late in the book (and, indeed, his involvement still remains minimal) that Christie herself later thought it a mistake, writing him out of the subsequent stage adaptation. Christie had not written a Poirot novel since "Five Little Pigs" – itself a breakthrough novel - four years earlier. When he returned again, Poirot would be plotting retirement in "The Labours of Hercules" and then – with the bleak atmosphere of "Taken at the Flood" - the great Belgian would begin his final stage, as an older man out of place with the world. Christie, meanwhile, was writing less but also devoting more time to Miss Marple.

"The Hollow" is not my favourite Christie. While her ambition is admirable, and the mystery very well-constructed, there’s still only so far Christie’s skill as a psychoanalytical author could go in this context: basically one long con perpetrated on both us and Poirot. Beyond this, Poirot’s limited presence means we don’t get to see his thought processes, and thus lose most of his characterisation. Finally, there’s that inherent bias which comes from having read Christie since I was about 7: I do like a good tale where we meet the detective and the suspects, have interviews and go about in a usual way. All this, though, is not meant to be damning: "The Hollow" is a very worthy novel; it’s just that – for me at least – it stands out because it is so different to much of Christie’s fare: a success by context, if you will. A classic, yes. A masterpiece, nearly… but not quite.

[Unsurprisingly, the title was changed in the US to the more sensational "Murder After Hours". Seriously, Google book covers of these novels sometime and check out some of the mid-century American covers. Ridiculously sensationalised!]

Rating: 9/10

Poirot ranking: 7th out of 38. ( )
  therebelprince | Nov 15, 2020 |
Ok but not so great. ( )
  devendradave | Sep 1, 2020 |
What can one say when they loathe all of the characters but a few?

Seriously everyone was pretty horrid in this book. We have Christie once again starting off this novel describing the people who are invited down to The Hollow (a weekend retreat of the Angkatell family) who invite John and Gerda Christow, and their relatives that include Henrietta Savernake, Midge Hardcastle, David Angkatell, and Edward Angkatell.

I had the most sympathy towards the characters of Gerda and Edward. Both love people who are 100 percent not worth their time and effort. We do have Poirot once again called upon in this book about at the 30 percent mark. Though we transition back and forth through other characters as Poirot investigates.

The flow was all over the place. I think it was because we went from being in John Christow's head, Gerda's head, Henritetta, etc. It was too much after a while.

I think the overall ending definitely worked for the book. However, I was pretty well and truly disgusted with anyone sitting around mourning the murder victim in this one. I think that was the main problem I had. The view that readers get of the victim does not have any sympathy lie with them at all. And to read how other people lament this person's death did not hold water for me at all. At least let me as a reader see what is so intoxicating about this person. Instead we skipped over any of that. So for me, I was not hard pressed to care about who killed this person or why. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Cerita The Hollow ini menyebalkan sekali, bukan hanya karena ceritanya panjang dan rumit tapi juga karakter2 dalam cerita ini semuanya menyebalkan sekali.
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  Titut | Feb 10, 2020 |
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At six thirteen a.m. on a Friday morning Lucy Angkatell's big blue eyes opened upon another day and as always, she was at once wide awake and began immediately to deal with the problems conjured up by her incredibly active mind.
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Agatha Christie's ingenious mystery thriller, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. Lucy Angkatell invited Hercule Poirot to lunch. To tease the great detective, her guests stage a mock murder beside the swimming pool. Unfortunately, the victim plays the scene for real. As his blood drips into the water, John Christow gasps one final word: 'Henrietta'. In the confusion, a gun sinks to the bottom of the pool. Poirot's enquiries reveal a complex web of romantic attachments. It seems everyone in the drama is a suspect - and each a victim of love.

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