On the morning that he and his downtrodden wife, Gerda, are due to travel down to the country to weekend with friends, Dr John Christow, a successful physician and leading researcher, allows his little daughter to tell his fortune with cards. When the death card is drawn, he pays no attention, but the appearance of an old flame at The Hollow seems to be the final link in a chain of fatal circumstances.
August 1, 2021 Subject:
Thanks for the heads-up on the pauses, Aardvarks!
I liked the book well enough though I prefer the BIG FINAL DRAWING ROOM scenes in other Poirots.
If you hadn't warned about the pauses, I think I'd have quit.
PS. Ignore the young Karen. Camp, huh?
March 13, 2020 Subject:
I really like the characterization in this novel. Like the Murder of Roger Ackroyd, I really feel like these are real people. By the time the book ends, you feel almost as if they were a group of real people you met at a camp or on vacation, that you won't get to see anymore; as if they will go on living, even though you have closed the book. But that was the depth of Christie's talent.
As an aside, I find it irritating that all modern reviews on these novels seem wholly to do with the quality of the recording itself. We seem as a culture to care nothing at all about the quality of the writing, or the plot; only the sound quality. Yes, there are periodic silences in the recording. For those purists who can't abide such things, might I suggest a way you can proceed with the story at your own pace. It's called a book.
I don't know if this is due to the transfer from CD or in the original recording.
Every so often there is a long silence between lines, like it's the beginning of a new chapter, but it isn't. Very distracting when it occurs in the middle of the conversation, as often you think the recording has stopped.