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Come, Tell Me How You Live (1946)

av Agatha Christie

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Agatha Christie's memoirs about her travels to Syria and Iraq in the 1930s with her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan Agatha Christie was already well known as a crime writer when she accompanied her husband, Max Mallowan, to Syria and Iraq in the 1930s. She took enormous interest in all his excavations, and when friends asked what her strange life was like, she decided to answer their questions in this delightful book. First published in 1946, Come, Tell Me How You Live is now reissued in B format. It gives a charming picture of Agatha Christie herself, and is, as Jacquetta Hawkes concludes in her Introduction, 'a pure pleasure to read'.… (mer)
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A nonfictional account of Christie's travels accompanying her second husband Max Mallowan on his archaeological digs in the middle east.

I found it to be a fascinating look at this part of the world before "development" and before Europeans had dug up every last inch of ancient cities. BUT I did find it became a little repetitive about two-thirds of the way through. ( )
  ParadisePorch | Dec 22, 2020 |
The book is an answer. It is the answer to a question that is asked me very often.
"So you dig in Syria, do you? Do tell about it. How do you live? In a tent?" Etc., etc.
Most people, probably, do not want to know. It is just the small change of conversation. But there are, now and then, one or two who are really interested.
It is the question, too, that Archeology asks of the past - Come, tell me how you lived.
  taurus27 | Oct 1, 2020 |
Come, Tell Me How You Live (1946) by Agatha Christie Mallowan. Agatha Christie’s novels feature many deaths and ingenious puzzles, but his one has the bodies of tens of thousands scattered about the place and she and her husband have set out to dig up the truth about some of them.
Unlike her normal writing, this is a nonfiction retelling of her experiences on an archaeological dig in Syria in the late 1930’s. She tells of shopping in London for the proper clothing, setting out on the Orient Express for the Middle East, and the preparations for taking on the immense, several year long, expedition . Her husband, Max Mallowan, was a renowned archeologist and this is a retelling of the hardships and misery, and the hilarity found on the way. They and their crew seek out promising “Tells”, mounds on the landscape that cover ancient civilizations. And Roman ruins just won’t do, they seek the ancients of the area. There is no “Indiana Jones” to be found here, just an adventure that brings out an even better writer in Ms. Christie.
When I read about her having a fever of 102 degrees I immediately worried that she had caught the Covid-19, but I supposed local events have seeped into everything I see and hear.
This is a thrilling answer to all the questions asked her about the adventure (hence the title question) told in a surprising humorous and light-hearted manner. A very good read indeed. ( )
  TomDonaghey | May 10, 2020 |
This is a fun read. Started before WW2 as a means of answering her friends when they asked how she lived when on a dig in the dessert this was finished about 10 years later and is a slightly nostalgic look back at a time and place that was no more. I'm not sure very many of Christie's books give away what a fun character she must have been. She tells all of their adventures, trials and tribulations with a self deprecating air, half the time the joke is on her. The tale of finding a hat was delightful, how many times have we known what we want yet been completely unable to find it. I'm with her on the attraction of one more pair of shoes, despite the doubt of the customs agent! She describes the people she meets with a vaguely paternalistic air, but it isn't too grating on the ear. It has an interested, benevolent air rather than a belittling one. The places she visits are familiar now for very different reasons, they are now no longer recognisable as the busy towns she passes through.
There's little in detail about archeology in here, this is the archeologist's wife describing day to day life and the things that crop up to surprise them. Which she does with great charm and humour. ( )
  Helenliz | Oct 18, 2017 |
Lo stile è un po’ troppo “bravo diario semiquotidiano di brava donna vittoriana”, la linea del “va sempre tutto bene” la vince su tutto, sui 55° all’ombra, sui topi che ti passeggiano in faccia, sullo sguazzare nel fango fino alla cintola, d’altronde la prosa della Christie è così: senza fronzoli, asciutta e non troppo descrittiva, con qualche insopportabile notazione di superiorità colonialista di chi prende il tè a bordo scavo in tazze di porcellana. Un paio di risate qua e là ma non c’è nulla delle atmosfere magiche della Turchia e della Siria che ho conosciuto. Si fa cmq leggere
  ShanaPat | Jul 1, 2017 |
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Agatha Christie's memoirs about her travels to Syria and Iraq in the 1930s with her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan Agatha Christie was already well known as a crime writer when she accompanied her husband, Max Mallowan, to Syria and Iraq in the 1930s. She took enormous interest in all his excavations, and when friends asked what her strange life was like, she decided to answer their questions in this delightful book. First published in 1946, Come, Tell Me How You Live is now reissued in B format. It gives a charming picture of Agatha Christie herself, and is, as Jacquetta Hawkes concludes in her Introduction, 'a pure pleasure to read'.

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