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Agatha Christie
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7. Juni 1999
Agatha Christie's memoirs about her travels to Syria and Iraq in the 1930s with her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan Agatha Christie was already well known as a crime writer when she accompanied her husband, Max Mallowan, to Syria and Iraq in the 1930s. She took enormous interest in all his excavations, and when friends asked what her strange life was like, she decided to answer their questions in this delightful book. First published in 1946, Come, Tell Me How You Live is now reissued in B format. It gives a charming picture of Agatha Christie herself, and is, as Jacquetta Hawkes concludes in her Introduction, 'a pure pleasure to read'.

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  • Taschenbuch: 205 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper Collins Publ. UK; Auflage: New Ed (7. Juni 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0006531148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006531142
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 19,6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.005 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Beim Namen Agatha Christie denkt man sofort an die vielen Kriminalromane, in denen der belgische Meisterdetektiv Hercule Poirot oder die Amateurkriminalistin Miss Marple die Verbrecher mit Witz und Verstand zur Strecke bringen. Viele Verfilmungen haben zu ihrer Popularität beigetragen, etwa von "Tod auf dem Nil", "Mord im Orientexpress" oder "16 Uhr 50 ab Paddington". Ein sensationeller Dauererfolg ist auch ihr Bühnenstück "Die Mausefalle", das seit 1952 im Londoner Westend auf dem Spielplan steht - ununterbrochen! Ein weiteres Highlight ihres Werks ist das Drama "Zeugin der Anklage", auch dank der Verfilmung mit Marlene Dietrich. Agatha Christie wurde am 15.9.1890 im heutigen Torbay geboren. Sie heiratete in zweiter Ehe den Archäologen M.E.L. Mallowan und starb am 12.1.1976 in Wallingford.

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'Perfectly delightful... colourful, lively and occasionally touching and thought-provoking' Charles Osborne, Books & Bookmen 'Good and enjoyable... she has a delightfully light touch' Marghanita Laski, Country Life

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Agatha Christie's memoirs about her travels to Syria and Iraq in the 1930s with her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan Agatha Christie was already well known as a crime writer when she accompanied her husband, Max Mallowan, to Syria and Iraq in the 1930s. She took enormous interest in all his excavations, and when friends asked what her strange life was like, she decided to answer their questions in this delightful book. First published in 1946, Come, Tell Me How You Live is now reissued in B format. It gives a charming picture of Agatha Christie herself, and is, as Jacquetta Hawkes concludes in her Introduction, 'a pure pleasure to read'.

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Dass Agatha Christie literarisch mehr zu bieten hatte als raffinierte Morde, beweist ihr autobiographisches Bändchen "Come, tell me how you live". Auf äußerst charmante Weise erzählt sie von den Ausgrabungen ihres Mannes, des Archäologen Max Mallowan im Irak der dreißiger Jahre. Von den schwierigen Expeditionsvorbereitungen (bei denen schon der Kauf eines simplen Baumwollkleides zum Abenteuer wird) über die Unzulänglichkeiten des Lebens in der Wüste bis zum Umgang mit exzentrischen Scheichs - alles wird von Agatha Christie mit viel Liebe zum Detail und feinem Humor beschrieben. Außerdem erhält der Leser einen faszinierenden Einblick in Agatha Christies Persönlichkeit und lernt dabei eine Frau kennen, die ihr Leben nicht ausschließlich ihren literarischen Morden gewidmet hat. Wer Agatha Christies Autobiographie gemocht hat, wird "Come, tell me how you live" lieben...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Roughing it, Middle Eastern style 10. November 2011
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During the thirties, Agatha Christie accompanied her husband, an archaeologist, to his his excavations in the Middle East, mainly Syria and Iraq. At that time, it must have quite an adventure for a woman of her background to live under thise circumstances that can't have always been easy. Her humour was probably her only weapon against rather difficult circumstances.
Many things seem uncivilized and probably medieval to her. The British Empire covered around 25% of the earth's surface and about a quarter of the world population, so she must have felt a certain pride in her nation's accomplishments. Sometimes there seems to a feeling of a "white man's burden" and a certain arrogance and condescension towards the local people, based on her feelings of superiority, but then, it must have been hard for her not to feel that way. She sat down and wrote her memoirs during the height of World War II when the Middle Easterners can't have seemed all that bad any more, considering how the European nations were going at each other.
All in all, it is a very good book to read, full of light humor and describing a world that has completely vanished - a window into a time long gone by and not to return. Very recommendable.
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schreibt hier kurzweilig und humorvoll über ihr leben an der seite ihres 2. mannes max mallowan. hauptsächlich beschreibt sie ihre aufenthalte in syrien und irak, wo ihr mann archäologische ausgrabungen geleitet hat. man muss keinesfalls archäologe oder auch nur archäologische vorkenntnisse haben, um dem buch folgen zu können - frau chrisite gibt hier "einfach" kleine alltagsgeschichten zum besten.
ich mochte schon ihre autobiografie sehr gerne und wurde auch bei diesem buch nicht enttäuscht.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen An easily digested hodgepodge of funny episodes 15. September 2002
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Several times Agatha Christie accompanied her husband Max Mallowan on his archaeological expeditions to the Middle East. When friends kept on asking how she lived there, Agatha decided to write her adventures down in this book.
The title, in fact, is a pun on "tell," the Arabic word for hill or mound, which is used in the Middle East to describe the hill-like shapes of buried archaeological sites.
This book is probably the most humorous book the detective writer has ever written. She not only puts her own fame in perspective, but also acts as a keen observer of those little things that make humans such funny creatures. Although you never lose the impression that most of the characters in this non-fiction book are caricatures of real people, it still gives you a plausible impression of how life strolled on in the Middle East at that time.
Do not expect a serious treatise on archaeological excavations, because you won't find any scientific information in this book. What you can expect is a rather messy hodgepodge of all-day situations that may bring a smile on your face. And that's fine with me, because that's all Agatha intended it to be: an easily digested chronicle written with love.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An unpretencious, yet precious book 3. September 2000
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It's great to know that this book is available again to delight new readers with Agatha's travel diary.
Married to an archeologist, who worked mainly at that part of the world once known as Mesopotamia, Agatha has participated in many expeditions with her husband and team. Her book is about her day life at the camp, trying to manage the servants, struggling to develop photos of the objects in a suffocating studio, fighting her own shyness when it comes to talk to the expedition's architect. Piece by piece, she take us back to this almost mysterious past with her talent and good sense of humor.
Mine is an old edition, but when I feel a little depressed or sad, I always go back to its pages. It heals my soul. Every time.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Charming look into Dame Agatha's other life 16. Juni 2006
Von Jeanne Tassotto - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Agatha Christie was a prolific writer who churned out one or more books each year for decades. She was invariably on the Best Seller lists in several countries at any given moment, usually had at least one or more plays running in London and saw several films made from her novels. One would imagine her life as divided between writing her novels in some comfortable English country house or attending various events publicizing her latest work or supporting some worthy cause. Instead of this life in the public spotlight for many years she spent every winter 'season' accompanying her husband, Max Mallowan, on archaeological digs in the Middle East, usually living in primative conditions and assisting him with his work. This book is her description of that part of her life, where she was not Agatha Christie, the world famous writer but Mrs Mallowan, the boss's wife.

This chronicle, written and published against her agent's and publisher's advice was written shortly before WWII broke out and describes life on archaelogical digs in the Middle East. Christie gives us descriptions of areas that figure prominently in today's news, Beruit, Basura, Afghanistan. Events that shape present day headlines are recent events at this time, the Armenian massacres for example. While Christie mentions these larger events her focus is on the day to day lives of those around her, the interactions of Europeans, Arabs, Kurds and others. She describes a time when a twenty five mile trip into the nearest town could take two or more days, and where communication was almost nonexistent. In this exotic location she relates homey little tales of village life such as Miss Marple would know (though without the murders).

As another reviewer has already mentioned these memoirs are reminiscent of Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody novels both in setting and wry tone. For fans of Christie it is a treat to get a glimpse into this very private woman's private life. From time to time a situation or person that has appeared in her stories can be seen here 'in real life'.
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Found this untouched at a book sale, was struck by the attachment of Mallowan to the revered Agatha Christie name.
Who knew she could write so well? Not a slap to the great HP, Miss M, T&T et al, as I have enjoyed them all over the past several decades, but this is a different Agatha Christie. Funny, droll, wickedly observant with trenchant postings of self and others. And writing about a world we see today only in headlines of blood, war, dictators. Her opening line is about the joy in leaving next day for Syria! [her exclamation point]. And in the descriptions you see HP in the Frenchman on the Orient Express the Mallowans take at the start of their journey - he neatly complains about how that train service has deteriorated. Her writing style here surprised me: a bit Barbara Pym, a bit Miss Read, a bit "The Provincial Lady," but all brewed and distilled into her own particular cup of tea.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Elizabeth Peters / Amelia Peabody Fans Take Note 17. Juni 2004
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This book has been my companion for a few nights now, just a little amusing reading while I prepare to drop off-- if only those dogs would move over and give me some room!
Christie writes of a Middle East that few now can remember, and she is writing to entertain, not inform. There's a certain careless racism that caused me a little niggle of discomfort but, fear not, the Europeans come in for their fair share of ridicule as she skewers the members of the dig and their staff.
Those who enjoy Elizabeth Peters' mysteries set in Egypt (at admittedly an earlier period) might also enjoy this glimpse into what a dig in the desert could be like.
Just to put things in perspective, Mallowan (Christie's archaeologist husband) had begun his career digging with Leonard Woolley and Christie is writing oh so casually about events that underpin some of what is going on in that part of the world now. The massacre of Armenians and the differences between the Kurds and the Arabs are now writ large in our news reports.
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