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Transcript of Agatha Christie
"One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is to have a happy childhood. I had a very happy childhood."
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Presentation by: Mariam Alkamees
THE WORLD'S BEST-SELLING NOVELIST
Writer, Traveller, Playwright, Wife, Mother, Surfer
Christie’s career bloomed, while her personal life was struck by tragedy
September 15, 1890
Place of Birth
Torquay, Devon, England, United Kingdom
January 12, 1976
Place of Death
Cholsey, England, United Kingdom
Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie
"Queen of Mystery"
"Queen of Crime"
“An archaeologist is the best husband a women can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her”
First Novel & Last One
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
was also the first to feature her eccentric Belgian detective
The mousetrap in 1952
The longest running play in the history of theater
Her literary legacy
Agatha Christie remarked,
"For some years I enjoyed myself very much writing stories of unrelieved gloom where most of the characters died."
a mystery novel by Agatha Christie.
widely considered her masterpiece.
described by her as the most difficult of her books to have written.
It was first published in the United as
Ten Little Niggers
, after the British blackface song which serves as a major plot point .
Due to the abusive use of the word ‘’niggars and Indians’’ The title was changed to the last line of the rhyme –
And Then There Were None
Ten little Indian boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine little Indian boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little Indian boys travelling in Devon;
One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.
Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six little Indian boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five little Indian boys going in for law;
One got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four little Indian boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three little Indian boys walking in the zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two little Indian boys playing in the sun;
One got all frizzled up and then there was one.
One little Indian boy left all alone;
He went out and hanged himself and then there were none.
Indian Island, a fictional island off the English coast
Although no clear protagonist exists, Vera Claythorne and Philip Lombard are the most fully developed characters, and they outlive almost everyone else.
An anonymous killer gathers a collection of strangers on Indian Island to murder them as punishment for their past crimes.
The accusations made by the recorded voice turn the island getaway into a scene of paranoia; the murders of Tony Marston, Mrs. Rogers, General Macarthur, Mr. Rogers, and Emily Brent indicate that no one will be able to escape the “Ten Little Indians” rhyme.
The apparent death of Judge Wargrave and the disappearance of Dr. Armstrong strip away any sense of order.
The murders of Blore, Lombard, and Vera, combined with Wargrave’s confession, restore some sense of order to the chaos of the story.
Christie seems to want to toy with us offering plenty of false leads and filling the story with potential murderers to make it difficult to solve the case .
The Storm :
suggests being trapped not being able to escape their destiny of being killed .
kept decreasing in its quality suggesting they are in a danger situation that they want to just preserve themselves
If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off
Very few of us are what we seem
Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it
The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it
I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness - to save oneself trouble.
Sensationalism dies quickly, fear is long-lived.
I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
Instinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.
notably Murder on the Orient Express (1974). Her short stories, plays, and novels have also been adapted to television, radio, and at least one video game (And Then There Were None, 2005)
The Administration of Justice
The Danger of Reliance on Class Distinctions
The Effects of Guilt on One’s Conscience
The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances
Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions
Everyone is a potential murderer-in everyone there arises from time to time the wish to kill-though not the will to kill
The happy people are failures because they are on such good terms with themselves they don't give a damn
But surely for everything you love you have to pay some price
I’ve always been unclear why the worst of men interest the best women
Evil is not something superhuman, it's something less than human
One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late
It is really a hard life. Men will not be nice to you if you are not good-looking, and women will not be nice to you if you are
The count down keeps going on....!!!
Curtain: Poirot's Last Case
is Christie's last published novel during her life time, published in the UK by the "Collins Crime Club" in September
wrote the novel in the early 1940s, during World War II
. Partly fearing for her own survival, and wanting to have a fitting end to Poirot's series of novels,
Christie had the novel locked away in a bank vault for over thirty years
The Mary Westmacotts Romances
66 detective novels and 14 short story collections
she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve around the investigations of such characters as
Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple, Mr Satterthwaite, and Tommy and Tuppence.
Over a dozen plays
Four nonfiction books
including an autobiography and an entertaining account of the many archeological expeditions she shared with her second husband, Sir Max Mallowan
A collection of Poems