A Talent to Deceive: An Appreciation of Agatha Christie
Studies the thrillers and crime novels of Agatha Christie, analyzing her masterful solutions, strategems of deception, and ability to divert the reader's attention from the matter of real importance and revealing her racial and class prejudices.
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Reviewed Jan 2005 Barnard attempts to show shy Christie should be appreciated. He quotes critics who compare her books to novels and wolds of fictions nothing like the detective story. He takes the ... Read full review
Reviewed Jan 2005
Barnard attempts to show shy Christie should be appreciated. He quotes critics who compare her books to novels and wolds of fictions nothing like the detective story. He takes the side of the prosecution using the critics arguments.
The problem I had with this book it that the author assumes the reader has an extensive literature background (as well as French) often quoting other works and comparing Christie to other authors. I have never heard of these other people so I lost a lot of understanding.
Barnard's point is that Christie is not "trying to write 'Crime and Punishment.' Agatha Christie is a teller of popular tales." (p. 108) Critics are missing to the point and work like Christies should be held to a different standard than most novels.
Another main point of Barnard's is that Christie does not totally "color-in" her characters and settings. The reader is able to picture for themselves, "drawing on their own experiences" p.117. this way the reader remembers the "tricks" Christie uses to fool them and personalize the story. "Christie was it (evil) in our wives, our friends, the quite circle of which we are a part. And perhaps thereby she made us sense it in ourselves." p. 126
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