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Postern of Fate: Translation History of Agatha Christie's Works. in Agatha Christie's The Mysterious Download PDF. PDF Preview; PDF. If the inline PDF is not. This was Agatha Christie's farewell to Tommy and Tuppence, the fun-loving Jazz Age adventurers currently back on TV in the shape of David. Editorial Reviews. Review. The Beresfords are wonderfully revived. Smooth, beautifully paced, and effortlessly convincing. -- "New York Times". Now in their.
Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Postern of Fate , please sign up. I can't understand any of it. I get that there was a woman named Mary Jordan 60 years ago who was murdered at the house. Why was she killed? Did it ever get revealed?
Why was someone trying to kill Tuppence 60 years after the fact? That Mrs. Mullins couldn't have been alive when Mary was killed. Joel It's not just you, the book is notoriously incoherent. However, the gist of it is that Mary Jordan was a British agent investigating a circle of enemy …more It's not just you, the book is notoriously incoherent. However, the gist of it is that Mary Jordan was a British agent investigating a circle of enemy spies in the village, and was killed by them when she got found out.
However, she'd managed to leave some information about her investigation hidden which was still important for some reason and foreign agents were trying to kill Tuppence before she found it.
Or something. The timeline makes no sense whatsoever.
It's impossible to tell who was meant to be alive when or how old they were. Apparently the main Mary Jordan business happened shortly before WWI, but people in their 80s and 90s talk about it being in their own grandparent's time.
Except for some points when it seems to have been just before WWII instead, and tied up with someone leading the cause for appeasement with Hitler. By some accounts, Christie was beginning to suffer dementia when she wrote he last couple of books. It's sad, but I can well believe it. See 1 question about Postern of Fate…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Aug 22, Troy Blackford rated it really liked it. People seem to really dislike this one, but if you go into it understanding it is the last of the books she wrote during the period where her mental faculties were failing, when she was writing things like 'Elephants Can Remember,' it really isn't completely horrible.
Tommy and Tuppence are elderly in this story, and much of the banter centers around not being able to remember things - you can tell this was a preoccupation with Christie.
Interesting enough as a story though it links a little wit People seem to really dislike this one, but if you go into it understanding it is the last of the books she wrote during the period where her mental faculties were failing, when she was writing things like 'Elephants Can Remember,' it really isn't completely horrible. Interesting enough as a story though it links a little with 'Passenger to Frankfurt,' a book I feel deserves the reputation for 'Christie's Worst Book' which this book has received.
If you can possibly imagine these books as being part of a continuum of a writing career that spanned fifty years instead of just as something that 'ought to be as good as her best stuff,' this book will hold interest - it is a fascinating glimpse into the way the human mind eventually weakens with age, for one.
That sounds frightfully rude, and I do not mean it to be so, but there you are. People say she dictated these later books into tape recorders to be typed up, so that would explain that little bit of trivia.
The presence of Hannibal the dog really makes me wish that Christie had written an animal story at some point. She did a good job with a dog character in 'Dumb Witness,' as well - she had a real knack for that sort of thing. By all means do not read this book first if you've never read Christie. Don't read it second or third or even twentieth. But don't decide to never read it if you've read most of her stuff, because not everything has to be 'And Then There Were None' to be worth reading, and Christie's worst is still more entertaining than a lot of other people's best.
View all 8 comments. Feb 14, Pooja rated it liked it Shelves: It is a historical crime story, taking us to the mysteries of a particular series of murders in world war 2. The book started with Tom and Tuppence moving to a new place. When they were organizing their books, and started talking about it. This book wasn't as superb as other works of her. Who cares, we love Agatha and that's what matters.
The investigators or say the protagonist couple, were madly into each other and b It is a historical crime story, taking us to the mysteries of a particular series of murders in world war 2. The investigators or say the protagonist couple, were madly into each other and books. If that's not nice then I don't know what is! Jun 26, Erin rated it it was ok Shelves: Mary Jordan did not die naturally Book 12 in my Agatha Christie Challenge saw me explore the author's 74th detective novel and my first full length Tommy and Tuppence Prudence Beresford story.
This story was just an o. The older couple have moved to a new lodging "The Laurels" and stumble upon a mysterious cipher that indicates a murder mystery from the early 's. As the couple investigate, a series of mishaps descends on thei Mary Jordan did not die naturally Book 12 in my Agatha Christie Challenge saw me explore the author's 74th detective novel and my first full length Tommy and Tuppence Prudence Beresford story. I hate to be harsh on A.
On the other hand, I suppose it's quite reasonable that I am just not going to love them all. View 1 comment.
Dec 07, Kathryn rated it did not like it Shelves: A very tedious, dull and disappointing finale for the Tommy and Tuppence series. Not even sure why she wrote it--and I rather wish I had not wasted my time reading it View all 14 comments.
Aug 17, Lotte rated it it was ok Shelves: Christie's old age she was over 80 when she wrote this really shows in this book as some things don't really add up in the end.
Tommy and Tuppence were great as always though. Forewarned is forearmed: POSTERN OF FATE was the last book Christie wrote, and is and generally conceded to be her worst actually, she was dictating into a tape recorder at this time, and had been doing so since the late s, which accounts for the rather conversational tone of the later novels. She was still at the height of her powers with 's ENDLESS NIGHT quite a departure for her , but her subsequent decline was marked and swift it's now believed that an undetected early senility may have contributed to this.
Or save it for a very rainy day. For some reason I've felt driven to re-read this one, perhaps simpy out of nostalgia for the person I was who read it almost 40 years ago. And perhaps to re-view it with a kinder eye, making allowances for the circumstances under which it was written. One thing I'll say half-way through is that it's very 'talky. I raised my rating by one star. Christie might have been able to handle one such as this perhaps a decade earlier, but she gets lost in the muddle here.
It's an affectionate look back at her childhood home, Ashfield, but as a novel it's not only poorly-written but poorly edited, with inconsistencies, meandering conversations, and endless repetitions. Feb 19, BrokenTune rated it it was ok Shelves: Postern of Fate was Dame Agatha's last book. And knowing this, made reading the book rather sad. Not only because it is the last book she wrote but also because she seemed to have written it in a way to emphasize that this truly was Tommy and Tuppence Beresford's last hurrah.
So, we have Tommy and Tuppence in their seventies, moving into a new home in the country, and being reminded by their acquaintances of the great adventures they used to get into. As they start to get settled in their new hou Postern of Fate was Dame Agatha's last book.
As they start to get settled in their new house, Tuppence finds a book that contains a coded message to indicate that Mary Jordan did not die of natural causes. But who was Mary Jordan? The unravelling of the mystery ensues.
Not that I don't enjoy a good conspiracy story, but not if it is told in such a rambling manner, without a logical train of thought, and, of course, not when it is anywhere near as ridiculous as or even reminding me of Passenger to Frankfurt.
So, with all these points against it, do I regret reading it? A theory which the quality of her writing and plotting in her later books seems to support.
View 2 comments. May 30, Gavin rated it it was ok Shelves: The last of the Tommy and Tuppence books from Ms. Christie and I have to say the worst. It's all a bit wishy washy and there's no clear resolution, which is odd for Christie. Until the end I had been expecting a lot more, but it was a bit of a damp squib, sad though I am to say that about one of the Queen of Crime's works. View all 9 comments. May 25, Laurel Young rated it liked it Shelves: The chief charm of Postern of Fate is seeing dear Tommy and Tuppence once more.
The "young adventurers" were introduced in Christie's second novel, The Secret A "I like people who stick together and enjoy their marriage and go on enjoying it. The "young adventurers" were introduced in Christie's second novel, The Secret Adversary so it is fitting that she wrote one last novel about them at the end of her career, having already penned a last one for Poirot Curtain and Miss Marple Sleeping Murder.
For some reason, Postern of Fate has a poor reputation; I actually dreaded reading it because I had heard such negative reviews. I'm happy to say I was greatly relieved. Dame Agatha, in the last few years of her life in the s, wrote a couple of novels that were strange Passenger to Frankfurt or weak Elephants Can Remember , but Postern of Fate returns us to classic Agatha style.
It's true that the novel could use a good editor; the dialogue gets repetitive and vague, with too much padding of the "well, you know" type.
But all that could easily have been tightened up, and the actual premise is wonderfully intriguing: The ending is not one of Christie's epic shockers or anything, but by the time I got there I had enjoyed myself enough not to mind. I didn't really have enough clues to have solved it, but that was better than solving it early and with ease, as I did with Elephants.
And so ends my Year of Agatha, which was actually closer to 18 months. I found previously undiscovered gems, as well as some I may not read again. I may work on the Westmacotts at some point, but for now I'm going to stop at 80 reviews, having experienced all the detective fiction the Queen of Crime ever wrote. Oct 09, Peter rated it did not like it.
The last novel Agatha Christie wrote published , and it can best be described as out-of-focus. The whole thing reads like a first draft. Where were her editors? Perhaps her reputation didn't allow serious editing to occur.
Tommy and Tuppence are back, having just moved into a new house, and they unearth a cold case mystery dating back 60 years of the murder of a beautiful pre-WWI spy.
However, Agatha was preoccupied with navel-gazing and recollections of childhood, and the central myster The last novel Agatha Christie wrote published , and it can best be described as out-of-focus. However, Agatha was preoccupied with navel-gazing and recollections of childhood, and the central mystery only occasionally interrupts these endless remembrances. Weirdly, all the characters develop poor memories as no one can ever recall a proper name or term, usually offering 2 or 3 terms for it for example, in referring to a governess, they also mention "what we now call an au pair girl, but may have also been called a mademoiselle or fraulein, or whatever the term was.
In short, the book is at least pages too long by far. Still, the book was less painful than just meandering and kept my eyes rolling. It's sad that this was her last novel, but even Meryl Streep has flops. Retrieved 12 June Cambridge University Press. The Guardian.
I have yet to find anyone and I include two Christie biographers who can explain the plot of Passenger To Frankfurt to me. Thanks for that Mike — well, it explains a lot because you could even improve this one with some editorial work.
Perhaps I need to revisit it with a slightly more critical eye! But to me it was, while academically interesting, also pretty saddening. It really was like listening to a person whom you love and realising they are really not able to communicate properly any more and chances are that you are not ever going to get through to each other ever again. So sad — and even though you are grateful for the remnants that remain, they also remind you of what has been lost too.
Ah … fair enough, Karen.
I am glad I took your suggestion, but do not think I would want to pick it up again, not for pleasure, only if I wanted to really study it and pull it apart and see what is and is not going on. Thanks Martin. Her best work was written in the s. In it are all the things she remembers: Her own memory may be going, but she gets in many reflections about memory itself. The idea that puzzles from the distant past could be solved by the passage of time was a constant — see the Mr Quin stories.
In both this book and Passage to Frankfurt, the villain or villains are setting in train long-term plans for the destruction of democracy and the control of the world. Their chief weapon is a seductive vision that they sell to the vulnerable young. Can such things be? How devastated she would be at the destruction of the archaeological treasures of the Middle East that she helped to excavate.
Thanks Lucy. The autobiographical elements are what make it fascinating, I quite agree, and it is that sense of the bric-a-brac from one own childhood being made tangible and re-purposed that makes this so interesting a read.
But I think By The Pricking of My Thumbs does something very similar and without the obvious impairment, resulting in something that is infinitely superior and still very undervalued. And it is certainly very sobering to realise that those fears of the 20s, 40, and 50s just seem to keep being re-shaped. As our host says, it is hard not to feel indulgent after 50 years of loyal service and the deficiencies of this novel are sufficiently well-known so as to not need my … tuppence. Mike Ripley makes an interesting point about Christie resisting editorial changes.
Thanks Noah. I agree, this might leave rather a bad taste in being picked apart if we accept that this is a work by someone who is simply not well.
Picking apart the best that someone could do at the time might just be cruel — there are academically interesting things here, but getting there is saddening, no question about it. I liked the beginning in the airport. Similar impersonation happens later in the Baghdad book as well as the death of the original person in the cloak which does not happen in the Frankfurt book, but still similar.
Though the ending never made any sense to me — the bad guy unveiled, I mean. If he was there all the time and knew what was happening all the time how did such and such a thing still manage to happen? Know what I mean? But still, the book worked for me on the level of far-fetched adventure.
I was always intrigued by the corruption of youth theme which seemed to course through her later books. Thanks for another thoughtful and incisive review, kiddo. PS I refuse to watch the new Tommy and Tuppence shows — the casting is dreadful.
I always ask this: Thanks for that Yvette — like you, i tried watching the new TV adaptation and gave up after 2 minutes literally. The scriptwriters have been attacked for adapting the books so loosely — their defence is that they want to make ti relevant to modern audiences and that it was all done with the full consent of the Christie estate … I think that is probably true but also a bunch of baloney as it were — they just used the Christie name to sell it.
They should have just called it something else, there is just too little of the original left. They really don;t care about the novels at all, that is abundantly clear. To me what was interesting was the sense that this was the party line to take in terms of PR — not really getting into why the changes were made, just noting that the the brand owners consented to it.
I agree with Martin, above, and am glad Lucy found more in it than most people would. I think I have read everything she wrote, and often re-read, but would always pick up another one rather than Postern of Fate. A thoughtful review thank you.
Thanks Steve — I think one should only come to this last. And yes, I say that as someone who has pretty much read them all and enjoyed most of them I agree, The Clocks is disappointing. It is best to avoid the last 4 novels written by Christie: The decline in quality is evident in these 4 novels.