While the Light Lasts (The Agatha Christie Collection) Hardcover – Facsimile, 18 Aug 2011
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WHILE THE LIGHT LASTS
A macabre recurring dream… revenge against a blackmailer… jealousy, infidelity and a tortured conscience… a stolen gemstone… the haunting attraction of an ancient relic… a race against time… a tragic love triangle… a body in a box… an unexpected visitor from beyond the grave…
Nine quintessential examples of Agatha Christie's brilliance are contained in this new collection of early short stories – including the very first one she ever wrote – and provide a unique glimpse of the Queen of Crime in the making.
'Agatha Christie' was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. She wrote 80 crime mysteries and collections, and saw her work translated into more languages than Shakespeare. Her enduring success, enhanced by many film and TV adaptations, is a tribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of her plots.
AGATHA CHRISTIE FANS WILL ENJOY EVERY STORY FOR HER SKILL AT CHARACTERISATION AND HER ABILITY TO DELIVER AN UNEXPECTED TWIST IN THE TAIL…--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Manx Gold, in particular, stands out as one of Christie's more interesting pieces, written on commission for the Isle of Man. The story contains coded references to the locations of four snuffboxes that were actually hidden on the island, each of which contained a voucher for £100 - quite a lot of money at the time, and hardly to be sneezed at today.
Crossovers like these are rare for even the most inventive of writers, but it's unusual for Christie to have taken on such an ambitious undertaking. But while Manx Gold might be interesting because of its real-life crossover, the rest of the stories should not be overlooked - Christie is a fantastic writer, and this collection is a subtle reminder of why they call her the Queen of Crime. Excellent work, from the pen of a legendary great.
The stories contained in this collection are:-
The House of Dreams - a mild horror story
The Actress - a story about blackmail and revenge
The Edge - a story about twisted love and guilt
Christmas Adventure - a Poirot story about a stolen gem
The Lonely God - a romance
Manx Gold - a treasure hunt round the Isle of Man
Within a Wall - destructive love
The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest - another Poirot, this time a murder mystery
While the Light Lasts - tragic love with an African setting
The collection as a whole is of interest in showing Christie's development and her forays into romance and horror writing, but none of the stories could be classed as great and some, particularly Manx Gold, are quite poor. I would be sorry if any newcomers to Christie's work were to judge her on the basis of this collection. Much better to read one of the well-known novels instead - I would recommend Death on the Nile for Poirot, The Moving Finger for Miss Marple or get to know the real Tommy & Tuppence in The Secret Adversary.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Each story is beautifully crafted, leaving the reader to THINK what was the ending intended, highly recommended. Value for moneyPublished 4 months ago by budi
this is a christmas gift for someone who loves all things agatha christiePublished 8 months ago by Mrs P I Harper