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Curtain (The Agatha Christie Mystery Collection) (original 1975; edition 1975)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:Curtain (The Agatha Christie Mystery Collection)
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Bantam Books (1984), Faux leather hardcover
Collections:Agatha Christie
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Curtain by Agatha Christie (1975)

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Hercule Poirot "detecting his own death" (Inspector Japp in the _The ABC Murders_) in this, his last, mysterious affair at Styles. Christie apparently had this book stashed in a vault waiting for her to let it be published just prior to her own death. Poirot is afflicted with self-doubt and commits himself to protecting Hastings. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
The final Hercule Poirot novel, Agatha Christie's Curtain brings things full circle, with Poirot and Captain Hastings returning to Styles (the scene of their first murder investigation) to attempt to prevent a second murder in that ill house. This time, the killer is far more ingenious and cunning, compelled to kill but with no connection to his victims and a clear suspect for every crime. An ailing Poirot needs Hastings' assistance to stop this, his most diabolical adversary.
Christie ended her long run of Poirot stories with a masterpiece, breaking one of the cardinal rules of classic detective fiction, though in a manner that satisfies her audience. Curtain is permeated with a sense of nostalgia, evoking Poirot's long career and reminding Christie's readers why he remains such a mainstay of detective fiction while simultaneously giving him a fitting sendoff. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Nov 17, 2015 |
I read this after watching the David Suchet dramatization on television.
It is a dark, sad story but good in a way to wrap up Poirot's last days.
The moral twists are quite troubling - the question of who can or should be the judge of evil along with the idea of euthanasia and who gets to decide are covered in some depth. The results are a bit alarming but maybe a reflection of what was happening when the story was written.
The character of Hastings is very interesting to the point where it would be wonderful to know what happened next. ( )
  rosiezbanks | Nov 27, 2014 |
Published in 1975, and supposedly written about 35 years earlier, which puts it at the beginning of World War II, apparently during the blitz.

Hastings, as narrator, makes his first appearance since DUMB WITNESS. In fact he has married, brought up four children, and then buried his wife. The timeline of Hastings' life doesn't quite fit real time so it is one of those things we don't look at too closely. His daughter Judith is one of the characters in the story, and seems to be in her early twenties.

Poirot, crippled with arthritis, a shadow of his former self, and confined to a wheel chair, brings Hastings to Styles to assist in the apprehension of X who has already been involved in five murders. He hopes they will be able to prevent another murder.

Poirot constantly tells Hastings that his mind, his little grey cells, is not impaired, just his body, and he needs Hastings to be the mobile one. However he refuses to tell Hastings who he has identified as X, and this puts him at quite a disadvantage. Poirot finds Hastings as frustrating to work with as he always has, and they do not manage to prevent more murders occurring. It is not for four months after the last murder that Hastings finds out the truth.

Even without the title the reader knows this is the final curtain for Poirot.

I don't actually think that I have read CURTAIN before and so the ending comes as a real surprise. I am not sure it fits with the Poirot I know from books that were written after this one. In many ways CURTAIN is a very black pessimistic book, fitting with the mood of the world when it was written.

The novel is relatively short, similar to earlier novels.

At the end of the Kindle version there is an interesting essay by Sir Charles Osborne in which he discusses the decision taken to finally publish the novel, and the impact that it had on the Christie reading public. ( )
  smik | Oct 28, 2014 |
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Fonticoli, DianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraser, HughNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Wie van hen is een moordenaar.....

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Who is there who has not felt a sudden startled pang at reliving an old experience, or feeling an old emotion?
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I was sitting in an armchair wrestling with the Times crossword and reading out the clues.
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Poirot returns to the scene of his very first crime to solve a mystery that will be his last.

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Hercule Poirot and the recently widowed Captain Arthur Hastings return to the scene of their first investigation many years before. Joining them at the estate is a mysterious stranger linked to five seemingly unrelated murders. Poirot must work quickly to prevent the sixth murder.… (more)

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