Sophie Hannah: The Mystery of Three Quarters, novo livro

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Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life

No site Forsters, uma resenha de “Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life”, de Laura Thompson:

Agatha Christie’s work has never gone out of style, nor out of print, in the four decades since her death – to the tune of more than 2 billion copies sold. But Christie’s flame burns extra bright in the present, thanks to new film adaptations (“Murder on the Orient Express”), authorized sequels (“The Monogram Murders” and “Closed Casket,“by Sophie Hannah) and homages (“Magpie Murders,” by Anthony Horowitz).

But derivative works and adaptations can’t fully explain why Christie’s work endures. A splendid biography by Laura Thompson, however, does. “Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life” was published in Britain over a decade ago and took an inexplicable amount of time to cross the pond. Yet the timing is perfect because Thompson’s thorough yet readable treatment of Christie’s life, in combination with artful critical context on her work, arrives at the reason for her endurance:

“As she would often do, Agatha has used the familiarity of the stereotype to subvert our expectations. It was one of the cleverest tricks she would play. It was, in fact, more than a trick: by such means she revealed her insight, her lightly worn understanding of human nature.”

Christie, as Thompson details, came by such understanding through the traditional means of early hardship. Born Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller in 1890, her middle-class upbringing in Torquay was idyllic, with a fierce, close relationship with her mother, a woman determined to shield Agatha from a repeat of her own childhood hurts. Young Agatha was imaginative but practical, a skillful nurse during World War I who wished for a domestic life as a wife and mother – and got it, after marrying Archie Christie and giving birth to their only child, Rosalind.

But her imagination needed an outlet. Healthy competition with her older sister, who also published stories, spurred Christie to write the book eventually published as “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” (1920), the first of many outings for her iconic Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot.

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Poções de Agatha: Arsênico, Ricina, Digitalina e outros venenos em novo livro

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Todos os venenos usados por Agatha Christie nos livros nesta edição em inglês, saindo hoje de 74,15 por R$ 35,24. Achei bem interessante! O livro foi escrito pela química Kathryn Harkup, que analisa em cada capítulo um livro diferente e investiga o veneno usado pelo assassino. Alguém já leu? Mais aqui:

People are fascinated by murder. The popularity of murder mystery books, TV series, and even board games shows that there is an appetite for death, and the more unusual or macabre the method, the better. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but poisons are inherently more mysterious. How are some compounds so deadly in such tiny amounts?

Agatha Christie used poison to kill her characters more often than any other crime fiction writer. The poison was a central part of the novel, and her choice of deadly substances was far from random; the chemical and physiological characteristics of each poison provide vital clues to the discovery of the murderer. Christie demonstrated her extensive chemical knowledge (much of it gleaned by working in a pharmacy during both world wars) in many of her novels, but this is rarely appreciated by the reader.

Written by former research chemist Kathryn Harkup, each chapter takes a different novel and investigates the poison used by the murderer. Fact- and fun-packed, A is for Arsenic looks at why certain chemicals kill, how they interact with the body, and the feasibility of obtaining, administering, and detecting these poisons, both when Christie was writing and today.

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Assassinato no Expresso do Oriente: No listão de 100 filmes da literatura para o cinema

Um dos escolhidos para o livro “100 Filmes da Literatura para o Cinema”, à venda nas livrarias…

… é, claro, nosso “Assassinato no Expresso do Oriente”:

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