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Elephants Can Remember (Hercule Poirot) (original 1972; edition 1984)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:Elephants Can Remember (Hercule Poirot)
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Berkley (1984), Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:crime, mystery, detective

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Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie (1972)



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In which Mrs. Oliver uncovers a long-dead murder, and Poirot sets out to solve it.

The worst of the Poirot novels. There is a distinct drop in vocabulary and grammatical variety, consistent with old-age, in Christie’s final novels, and here she babbles on at length, reminiscing about things that have no bearing on the plot whatsoever. In fact, very little makes sense. The murder mystery isn’t wholly unbearable but it’s submerged beneath all of this silliness. Amazingly, even the usually reliable pairing of Poirot and Ariadne Oliver can’t salvage this. Mrs. Oliver had begun as a wry commentary on Agatha Christie’s own career, and had been utilised several times as a dynamic character – combining her love of amateur detectives with her gift for characters who could unsettle the exacting Poirot – and as a commentator on crime fiction as a genre. Here, she’s just a surrogate for the bemused Christie, still writing this Belgian detective decades after she tired of him. Unlike Arthur Conan Doyle, Christie considered her role as a storyteller to be more important than any kind of dispute with a fictional character, so refused to let go. Perhaps she should have.

"Elephants" hasn’t been adapted by the David Suchet series, but if – God willing – the show returns for more, we should expect an adaptation. Good luck to them.

Poirot ranking: 38th out of 38 ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
I enjoy Agatha Christie, I occasionally pick one up from the library, and she never disappoints. I picked this one without knowing anything about it, only to realize later that this was written when she was 82, which made sense after reading it.

I particularly enjoyed that Christie wrote herself into the book, by making Mrs. Oliver a crime fiction writer who hated literary parties and never knew what to say to fans.

The mystery itself is not one of her bests. I have figured it out - which I don’t always do - but that was not really my issue. It was more that it did not belong into 1972. If she had set it into the thirties, it would have made a lot more sense. As it was, the motivations, the melodrama, the romantic tragedy, was of an earlier sensibility. Which of course was the generation Agatha belonged. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
Hercule Poirot must dig deep into the past to solve a crime (or was it?) over a decade old.

I don't think this is the best story Christie wrote, but it suited me at the moment. It is quite repetitive, sentimental at the end, not a difficult mystery to solve, and the timeline and people involved are confusing. Yet somehow it was still a comfort read because I enjoy spending time with Mrs. Oliver and Hercule Poirot. ( )
  MrsLee | Jul 14, 2018 |
I hadn't read this before. I actually listened to it. Mrs. Oliver attends a luncheon with other writers, the kind of thing she doesn't normally attend. A woman introduces herself and asks after one of Mrs. Oliver's god-children who is apparently considering marrying the woman's son. Several years ago, the parents of the young woman seemed to kill each other and the woman wanted to know who committed murder and who committed suicide The conversation seemed so odd that Mrs. Oliver consults her friend, Hercule, who also finds it interesting. Mrs. Oliver mentions that elephants always remember and starts looking for people who used to know the dead couple while Hercule consults the police and looks for other possible witnesses. The police weren't really sold on the double suicide, but couldn't figure what else it could be. He finds the answer in the fact that the dead woman had a twin sister who had been in love with the husband before he married his wife.
  taurus27 | Jan 6, 2018 |
E' forse l'ultimo che ha scritto e si sente. Forse non ne aveva bisogno, forse sì. Comunque è un pasticcio che neanche l'abile raffinatezza della vecchia dama riesce a nascondere.
Una storia ambientata negli anni '70 facendo finta di essere nei Trenta. Un Poirot che c'è è non c'è. Un piccolo sgradevole omaggio pubblicitario alle grandi case di cosmetici che sono citate ( un volta, va bene, ma ci sono). Il "giallo" come al solito funziona (anche se basta introdurre l'accenno alle parrucche perché il vecchio lettore capisca): quarant'anni di esperienza non sono noccioline, ma è il contorno che è snervato. Anche i giallisti invecchiano. ( )
  icaro. | Aug 31, 2017 |
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With the help of Detective Poirot, mystery writer Ariadne Oliver must solve a murder from her past--before the tragic piece of history repeats itself.

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Hercule Poirot agrees to help a friend investigate the twelve-year-old double suicide deaths of Lord and Lady Ravenscroft.

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