The Hollow

The Hollow Lady Angkatell, Intrigued By The Criminal Mind, Has Invited Hercule Poirot To Her Estate For A Weekend House Party The Belgian Detective S Arrival At The Hollow Is Met With An Elaborate Tableau Staged For His Amusement A Doctor Lies In A Puddle Of Red Paint, His Timid Wife Stands Over His Body With A Gun While The Other Guests Look Suitably Shocked But This Is No Charade The Paint Is Blood And The Corpse Real Christie Described This Novel As The One I Had Ruined By The Introduction Of Poirot It Was First Published InIn London In The USA It Was Published Under The Title Murder After Hours Christie Adapted The Novel For The Stage Though With The Omission Of Hercule Poirot

Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name

➹ [Reading] ➻ The Hollow By Agatha Christie ➮ –
  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • The Hollow
  • Agatha Christie
  • English
  • 01 March 2018
  • 9780007121021

10 thoughts on “The Hollow

  1. says:

    The Hollow Hercule Poirot 26 , Agatha Christie he Hollow is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in 1946 Lady Angkatell, intrigued by the criminal mind, has invited Hercule Poirot to her estate for a weekend house party The Belgian detective s arrival at the Hollow is met with an elaborate tableau staged for his amusement a doctor lies in a puddle of red paint, his timid wife stands over his body with a gun while the other guests look suitably shocked 2011 1374 376 20 1388 268 9789643636036 1392 1390 314 9789643637132 1393 1372 224

  2. says:

    Choose Your Own Adventure You are Dr John Christow and you are not having the time of your life Women, women everywhere, and not a drop to drink There s the mistress who won t have you, the wife you don t want, the secretary who sees it all, the female patients you could care less about, and that one sad case you wish you could save it is time to get away, maybe go out to the country and enjoy some clean air by the poolside But the country has its own share of female trouble It all becomes simply too much What s a virile young physician to do Perhaps just lay your weary head by the pool and let all your cares bleed out But then what will become of your patients, your mistress your wife Do not fear, good doctor the family will take care of its own If your poolside dreams lead you to a faraway land full of intrigue, exotic women, and of course the usual death toll, choose you find you can t wake from your erotic yet troubling dreams, despite the ever tolling clocks striking urgently, choose

  3. says:

    Since she was a woman of disconcertingly rapid thought processes, Lady Angkatell, as was her invariable custom, commenced the conversation in her own mind, supplying Midge s answers out of her own fertile imagination The conversation was in full swing when Lady Angkatell flung open Midge s door And so, darling, you really must agree that the weekend is going to present difficulties Eh Hwah Midge grunted inarticulately, aroused thus abruptly from a satisfying and deep sleep A house party in the country, where each guest struggles with some internal conflict The plot is pretty standard for a Christie novel, and so it the resolution What really drew me to the book, tho, was it s focus on the characters Not all of the characters are likable, some are down right horrible, but what I really liked was that many of them are either transformed by the events of the book or undergo some serious soul searching The weakest part of the book was the ending Although, it makes for a convenient conclusion, this is one of the Christie books where I felt she could have strayed from the path of formula and presented something not controversial, but challenging as she had done in some of her other books Endless Night for example.Despite the weak ish ending, I immensely enjoyed the book I think this is the one that made me constantly think about why I prefer Poirot to Marple even Poirot is almost a nuisance in this one I believe the reason I am drawn to Poirot instead of Marple is their difference in outlook where Marple seems a grounded old lady without many quirks, I have always found her to be a bit of a judgmental snob who seeks out the worst in people and the gloats when her expectations are confirmed.Poirot on the other hand gives the appearance of an eccentric but for all his quirks, he still manages to express his faith in and hopes for many of the characters he encounters I really noticed this in his observations about Lady Angkatell, the most beautiful of which was Hercule Poirot thought She is old her hair is grey there are lines in her face Yet she has magic she will always have magic

  4. says:

    This one holds an almost dreamy ambience, especially at the end It reminds me of Death in the Nile with that rare quality It s true that it DID take longer than usual to get to the actual death, but it s an unusual Christie story anyway She delves into the personal aspects of the characters lives, something she rarely does, even to the degree where the details became irrelevant to the mystery at hand.You might think this would be distracting, bad writing instead, it was a refreshing change One would never accuse Christie of writing cardboard characters, but she usually doesn t delve too deeply into personal tidbits that aren t part of the tale Because of her doing this, I fell for the people I also loved the humor with the Lady of the house and how everyone related to her, including the poor detective.Like I said, it takes awhile for any death to happen, almost 90 pages Hercule Poirots intro into the scene is an amusing one too That poor detective, he can never go anywhere I suppose waiting till almost 1 3 of the novel was done was Christie s way of providing deep build up of all the players in the game and motives they hold You re not even sure who will be the dead body, although you know there MUST be one The person who bit the big one didn t surprise me, as Christie didn t paint him as especially likeable some of the time.The culprit surprised me, even though I had no firm suspicions One of Christies best works, I think, and now a favorite of mine Originally this book was called The Hollows, but was republished under this title as were many of Christies works The covers brilliant too, haunting and a bit creepy, as can be summarized in the story as well.

  5. says:

    Whilst attending Lucy Angkatell s invitation at her English country house, Hercule Poirot arrives just in time for what appears to be a mocked murder scene by the swimming pool.On closer inspection our favourite Belgium detective discovers that in fact our victim John Christow whilst gasping Henrietta as his final last words blood is slowly dripping into the pool.I loved the description of this death, it felt so vivid and real Along with this great setting of this memorable murder also sees a strong array of interesting side characters.During the confusion amongst the guests a gun is knocked into the pool which destroys any evidence of the culprit.Literally everyone is a suspectWith plenty of red herrings throughout the story I was constantly changing my mind on who the murder was, it s another really strong psychological mystery that has a satisfying conclusion.

  6. says:

    Standing ovation for this one outstanding really one of her very best And how fabulously creepy is the quotation from Tennyson s Maude, which provides the title I hate the dreadful hollow behind the little wood, Its lips in the field above are dabbled with blood red heath, The red ribb d ledges drip with a silent horror of blood, And Echo there, whatever is ask d her, answers Death I love Christie s literary allusions I was inspired to re read Maude after I finished The Hollow What mystery writer wouldn t find those lines inspiring The Hollow is another British country house novel, and yet it is psychologically complex than almost any other Christie I can think of The solution is completely believable and I found it devastating Dame Agatha likes to wrap everything up neatly and pair up whichever characters are still alive into happy marriages at the end Not here this is honestly the saddest of her books I can think of it broke my heart It is also the most adult although everything happens off stage, there is far sex in the plot than usual for Christie I would say, in all ways, this is a mature work, in sharp contrast to the slightly silly adventure novels of the 20s That s why I love it, in fact.Despite the overarching sadness, there was some fun for me here because the Angkatell family reminded me of my own we have a similarly whimsical sense of humor that makes no sense to outsiders, and I have no doubt we would all have fun confusing the police with red herrings if we felt called upon to protect one of our own I almost wish there had been no detective, although only Poirot could have solved this one His logical nature seems a little out of place in the dreamy, almost unreal world of The Hollow Still, I consider this novel a huge accomplishment that shows how complex Dame Agatha could be.

  7. says:

    Jacques Barzun called this novel a triumph of her Christie s art and I enthusiastically second that judgment In depth characterization is perilous in a detective story, where the main interest is the mystery But with Christie characterization is an integral part of the plot, thus the art Barzun refers to In The Hollow, for instance, a romance is superbly delineated and of great interest by itself It is also interwoven with the crime both in terms of motive and metaphorically.A detective story, being a genre work, can perhaps never be great art But The Hollow certainly gives something of the same satisfaction great art can give.

  8. says:

    I hate the dreadful Hollow behind the little wood.Its lips in the field above are dabbled with blood red heath The red ribb d ledges drip with a silent horror of blood,And Echo there, whatever is ask d her, answers Death Tennyson, quoted by Poirot He is dead and gone, ladyHe is dead and gone At his head a grass green turfAt his heels a stone Shakespeare Hamlet , quoted by Midge Everything matters PoirotThis book has a slightly lower Goodreads rating than other Poirot books, but I will disagree and say this surprised me and is, 25, one of the best I have read, maybe not quite in the upper echelon, but pretty great I fully expected to dislike this, as I had heard that it was written at a time when Christie begins to really dislike her own internationally famous character Poirot She said, I had got used to having Poirot in my books, and so naturally he had come into this one, but he was all wrong there He did his stuff all right, but how much better, I kept thinking, would the book have been without him She felt he was already in 1946 beginning to be an albatross, in part because of his very popularity She thought in retrospect that this book in particular was ruined by including Poirot But I disagree I think the opening and closing pages focused on the artwork of Henrietta Savernake is some of the best writing she has done I noticed in this book a conscious attempt at thinking of the literary dimensions of her work She s at this point internationally famous as a mystery writer, and she has sort of elevated respect for mysteries, but many of her books she clearly wrote as mere entertainments Yet in The Hollow she makes references to literature often than usual, to works such as Ibsen s Peer Gynt, Shakespeare, and see above Tennyson Maybe this is why she later regretted the inclusion of Poirot The silly little Belgian was hard to integrate into the serious tone of this work But I would say Poirot actually comes in later in this book than he usually does, and is actually less a central character than he usually is.The story features a truly but not without flaws good man, Dr John Christow, married to Gerda He is devoted to her, in ways she doesn t fully realize, but he also sees Henrietta, and Veronica, a woman he had once dated who also makes her way into the story So Christow is killed, shot, just as Poirot arrives as an invited guest As expected we get lots of false leads, red herrings, all sort of misdirection from the mystery magician Christie, which we also are expected to suspect In this one, though, we try to anticipate her obvious setups, but get the tables turned on us, with a really terrific resolution We think we can outsmart the old girl, but think again, we must I like in The Hollow reflections various characters make about how Christow is somehow real than anyone else There s a lot of shallow or, less real, or maybe even hollow people in the book Lucy is one of them, one of the batty women Christie likes to give absurd dialogue in her books, such as what she says as they eat dessert after Christow s death We are only moderately fond of carmel custard There would be something gross, just after the death of a friend, in eating one s favorite pudding But carmel custard is so easy, and then one leaves a little on one s plate But several of the characters reflect on their shallowness and seem to make commitments to better themselves and live principled or real lives as Christow had done There s some nice reflections on grief, too, and how we might live and grow from it Some consider suicide, and consider their life purposes Well, it s Christie, it s not Hamlet, but I appreciated her attempts at being a little thoughtful than usual about life Christow says to Henrietta, If I were dead, the first thing you d do, with the tears streaming down your face, would be to start modelling some damned mourning woman or some figure of grief Which in fact seems to be true, in the end Henrietta turns to her art after Christow Anyway, I liked the someone serious tone and some of the writing in this one quite a bit Maybe part of it is that it exceeded my expectations.

  9. says:

    I read this in just one sitting, but in my mother language Portuguese I found the book s end interesting It wasn t very exciting, however it was unlike the others Agatha Christie s books that I ve read.

  10. says:

    Personally, after reading many many many many of Christie s books, The Hollow is undoubtedly my favorite The characters are so well developed and I love the way they all interact My favorites of her books are always set in the big country house with enigmatic people, and of course the one and only Hercule Poirot Pure enjoyment.

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