Over the course of her long, prolific career, Agatha Christie gave the world a wealth of ingenious whodunits and page-turning locked-room mysteries featuring Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, and a host of other unforgettable characters. I knew nothing about Agatha Christie's life except that she'd been married twice and there was that weird disappearance in the 1920s and even that I only knew about from the Doctor Who episode. She also gave us Come, Tell Me How You Live, a charming, fascinating, and wonderfully witty nonfiction account of her days on an archaeological dig in Syria with her husband, renowned archeologist Max Mallowan. Mallowan Mr Christie was a contemporary of Evelyn Waugh, studied at Oxford and was trained in archaeological practise on site at Ur where his boss was Leonard Woolley. أنّ كل ما نعيشه اليوم ورأينا وما نزال نرى نتائجه سببه الأوّل هذه الحملات التّنقيبيّة في ظاهرها الاستعماريّة في باطنها وحقيقتها. Leave it to the lady of mystery to write about the experiences of the every-day life! Christie had an abundance of charm and personality, along with a sense of adult wonder and joy - qualities which should, to the discerning individual, put youth and physical beauty far down the rating scale. Quin's revelation come too late? Christie herself accompanied her husband ostensibly simply in the role of 'wife' but actually took a greater part in the job at hand - c See more of my book reviews on my blog, I have previously read Agatha Christie's crime mysteries but had no idea she had written this memoir until I saw it in a campsite book exchange.
That is the charm, because her archaeological memoir felt like we were sipping tea and munching cookies in one of her country village locations, enjoying our afternoon with stories from a hotter climate, and stretching our grey brain cells while waiting f Two of my favorite things come together here in perfect harmony: archaeology and Agatha Christie. Pencils are, fortunately, not temperamental, and though given to a knack of quiet disappearance, I have always a resource at hand. I have heard it's a great book, even though it's about a short period of her life it's still a nice snapshot of Mrs. !! Goodreads skips the proper authorship: Agatha Christie Mallowan. Christie used her diary entries and notes to string together a highly readable and often humorous account of her experiences.
Once inside, he embarks upon the tragic tale of Royston Hall's former occupants, leading to a dramatic change in the perceptions of the current inhabitants - but has Mr. I liked all the characters she worked with: Michel with his 'economia' buying 200 moulding oranges because they were so cheap ; B and his mosquito-proof pyjamas; the poor houseboy who just can't fathom these strange foreigners' ways. But all in all it is a wonderful piece of writing detailing the minutiae of a life as the author wife of an English archaeologist in the Middle East in the 1930s this is a key point - life in the 1930s, observations, ideas and opinions are quite different to how we think in the modern world. Love Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. Christie observes and notes differences between cultures and the peoples she came in contact with. This was a delightful read and having read it I think I really do understand what it was like to follow along on an archeological expedition in the 1930s.
What you get from this book is the whole experience of being part of such an expedition. It's fascinating, funny, and has historical value. It had nothing to do with us here. But now Dame Agatha has parted the veil for a peek into her life with her second husband, the archeologist. As memoirs go, this is a light read and archaeology students will either be disappointed at the lack of detail or horrified at the standards of 1930s digs. أحبت أغاثا كريستي تلك الأماكن رغم قسوة الحياة فيها وتمنت العودة للعيش فيها بعد سنوات من مغادرتها، كانت تظن أن تلك المناطق الوادعة لن تعرف الحرب يوماً!! Not in a 'certainly there were some unpleasant things that she said, but they were just reflections of the era and therefore I can happily gloss over them and wax lyrical on Christie's deep, abiding love of Syria' kind of a way which is a rubbish attitude for people to have anyway.
I found this book while following up on a wonderful novel called Gilgamesh written by Joan London. You won't find ulterior motives here. الكتاب وصفي أكثر منه معلومات وإن كان لا يخلو منها. From the most popular writer of all time comes a treasured collection of short stories and poems celebrating the holiday season. Instead she paints a vivid picture of the human side of their expeditions and the personalities, both European and Asiatic, involved. If you have an interest in experiencing a new side of Syria, or indeed, a new side of Agatha Christie, I cannot recommend this book enough.
وجاءت بعدها لتنهب باطن الأرض بعد أن دمّرت ظاهرها. The cuisine in Saha is traditional and inspirational, enticingly spiced and fragrant with flower waters. I thought it would be nice for her to get a taste of her life and personality outside of her books on crime. I would firmly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a lighthearted memoir, who wants to know a bit more about Agatha Christie or who enjoys travelogues from this time period. I buy several fountain and stylographic pens - it being my experience that, though a fountain pen in England behaves in an exemplary manner, the moment it is let loose in desert surroundings, it perceives that it is at liberty to go on strike and behaves accordingly, either spouting ink indiscriminately over me, my clothes, my notebook and anything else handy, or else coyly refusing to do anything but scratch invisibly across the surface of the paper. It's incredibly difficult to describe just how unpleasant this book was to read without making it sound like I detest it.
Thank you syl for the reco :- تعالَ قُل لي كيف تعيش؟ ذلك السؤال الذي طرحته أغاثا كريستي وهي تتأمل أمام التل. It is a fascinating, eye-opening, vibrant, and vivid portrait of a place, a people, and a past, by a legendary writer whose extraordinary popularity endures to this day; an altogether remarkable narrative of everyday life in a world now long since vanished. A wonderful surprise This book transported me to a Syria that is a tad more attractive to the one displayed on the news. المذكرات التي ستدخلك إلى مدن ومواقع أثرية عديدة ك تل شاغر بازار وتل براك الكتاب عبارة عن رحلتان برحلة واحدة رحلة في تلك المدن وأخرى إلى داخل شخصية أجاثا ستدهشك أجاثا ببساطتها وخفة دمها وجديتها معا وقدرتها العجيبة على التقاط ادق المشاهد والتفاصيل وتحمل جميع الظروف مهما كانت صعبة كالنوم في غرفة مليئة بكافة أنواع الحشرات أو تناول أطعمة غريبة وم إن رافقتك قصص ورايات أجاثا كريستي منذ دخولك عالم القراءة فلن تتردد لحظة واحدة بمرافقة الكاتبة وزوجها عالم الآثار ماكس مالوان في رحلتهما إلى سوريا من خلال هذه. Described by the author as a 'meandering chronicle of life on an archaeological dig', Come, Tell Me How You Live is Agatha Christie's very personal memoir of her time spent in this breathtaking corner of the globe, living among the working men in tents in the desert where recorded human history began.
كلّ ما قرأت كتاباً من هذا النّوع لا أقول تساورني الشّكوك فهي لم تعد شكوكاً وإنّما حقائق. وكيف أنّ هذه التّصرّف هو سنّة من سنن نبيّنا، وليس ابتداع رقيق من خواجات لندن اللّطفاء. فاستغلّت ذلك ونهبت ما قُـدّر لها أن تنهب. But in the 1930s she wore a different hat, travelling with her husband, renowned archaeologist Max Mallowan, as he investigated the buried ruins and ancient wonders of Syria and Iraq. This book has three parts to it since it represents the true story of the author; starting with his birthplace Aleppo. For it contains nostalgic descriptions of the profusion of mounds that mark bygone lives, and of the silence that surrounds them now, and of the flowers that cover them if you arrive on the right morning in the spring. Most of the action of this book takes place in Iraq and Syria near the border of Turkey.
Think you know Agatha Christie? Mallowan was a contemporary of T. I am not that target audience, and I do not care one whit about how difficult it was to get a Syrian even an able-minded one to understand the difference between forks and spoons, or napkins and towels, or ten-miles-an-hour and sixty. لا يوقفهم ظرف ولا سوء حال، ولا صعوبة من أي نوع. These stories were well-received at the time and cemented Christie's reputation as the worthy successor to Arthur Conan Doyle. In the 1930s Mallowan led expeditions run jointly by the British Museum and the British School of Archeology. لا يخلو مجتمع من عيوب فـ كما لدى البعض عندنا ما يُستهجن من أخلاق، لدى مجتمعها ما يُستهجن أيضًا؛ فـ لمَ التعالي والنظرة الدونية للآخر والتعميم وحتى أحيانًا سلاطة اللسان! This book was written well after the fact — during the second world war -- in response to friends who kept asking her about her archeological adventures. Fortunately, Greg and Lucy Malouf have.