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( Read Book ) ß La mia vita ⛏ Agatha Christie, a tutt oggi la scrittrice pi letta al mondo, fu una donna appassionata e piena di interessi, curiosa, intraprendenteMolto diversa, per carattere ed esperienze, da quella che a torto considerata il suo alter ego letterario , l anziana investigatrice Miss Marple, con cui condivide solo l acume intellettuale La celebre giallista ebbe una vita indipendente e ricca di avventure, rievocata in queste pagine grazie a una narrazione sincera e avvincente, tanto che alcuni critici considerano addirittura questa autobiografia come l opera letterariamente pi riuscita della Christie Dall infanzia spensierata ai due romanzeschi matrimoni con un aviatore e con un archeologo, l esistenza di Agatha si snoda scandita dai lunghi viaggi e dai numerosi libri di successo Un racconto affascinante che fa luce, poco a poco, sull elegante mistero di una vita trascorsa a narrare storie indimenticabili E non solo I felt as if I d dropped in for afternoon tea with Dame Agatha I simply couldn t put this book down To my mind this is Agatha Christie s most absorbing work the story of her own fascinating and unconventional life which gently unfolds to the reader complemented by her subtle, dry wit She covers so much in this work an idyllic Victorian childhood, youthful romances, dashed aspirations to be an opera singer or a classical pianist, two marriages the first of which ended in divorce, her daug I felt as if I d dropped in for afternoon tea with Dame Agatha I simply couldn t put this book down To my mind this is Agatha Christie s most absorbing work the story of her own fascinating and unconventional life which gently unfolds to the reader complemented by her subtle, dry wit She covers so much in this work an idyllic Victorian childhood, youthful romances, dashed aspirations to be an opera singer or a classical pianist, two marriages the first of which ended in divorce, her daughter and motherhood, her reluctant entry into the world of writing She agonized over a second marriage which turned out be a very happy one Much of the rest of her life was devoted to travel with her archaeologist husband to far off, exotic places A combination of all these experiences provided the material for her numerous successful mystery novels that made her a household name Enjoyed every word I think, myself, that one s memories represent those moments which, insignificant as they may seem, nevertheless represent the inner self and oneself as most really oneself I don t often read biographies or autobiographies, fearing they will be rather dry, spitting out one fact after another Not the case here Agatha Christie writes in a very conversational tone Indeed, on a day like today in New York, with the icy rain ringing against the siding and the roads as slick as a skating rink, I cI think, myself, that one s memories represent those moments which, insignificant as they may seem, nevertheless represent the inner self and oneself as most really oneself I don t often read biographies or autobiographies, fearing they will be rather dry, spitting out one fact after another Not the case here Agatha Christie writes in a very conversational tone Indeed, on a day like today in New York, with the icy rain ringing against the siding and the roads as slick as a skating rink, I could hug this book and imagine the Queen of Crime sitting opposite me with a pot of steaming tea between us She began writing her autobiography in 1950 and completed it fifteen years later at the age of seventy five Besides writing numerous detective and other novels, what a life this woman led I had no idea.The book flows nicely beginning with her childhood with little diversions along the way as she recounts her two marriages, one to Archie Christie and the other to Max Mallowan She endured two world wars, learning some nursing and dispensing skills along the way She took voice lessons She loved bathing and swimming and even took up the hobby of surfing Not having ever picked up a surf board myself, the idea of Dame Agatha doing so just tickles me to no end She had such zest for lifeAs I have said, I welcomed new ideas in fact my motto might have been established by then as Try anything once Probably what I relished most about her reminiscences were her picturesque descriptions of her travels around the world She traveled rather extensively, in particular to the Middle East Her second husband, Max Mallowan, was an archaeologist and having met him on a dig she later continued to accompany him quite often to other excavation sites in the region She occasionally recounted humorous anecdotes of the people she met on these trips, especially those from her own homeland I can t help but become a bit envious, a tad regretful even, that I have not experienced these same adventures tucked up here in my little corner of the world She preferred railway travel to most any other mode of transportation I ve never considered this, but I can certainly see her pointTrains are wonderful I still adore them To travel by train is to see nature and human beings, towns and churches and rivers in fact, to see life Of course, this wouldn t be Agatha Christie s story if she didn t share her writing life with us as well I found it very interesting that she didn t really consider writing to be her career so much as a bit of a hobby that happened to pay the bills She was not an instant overnight success The publishing world was one she eventually learned to conquer after having floundered on several occasions I liked what she said about her two most iconic literary charactersPeople never stop writing to me nowadays to suggest that Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot should meet but why should they I am sure they would not enjoy it at all Hercule Poirot, the complete egoist, would not like being taught his business by an elderly spinster lady I highly recommend this to fans of Agatha Christie Actually, you don t even need to be a fan of her mysteries to enjoy this book If reading about a woman with a passion for life from its simplest to its greatest treasures at all fascinates you, then don t hesitate to grab this one You re in for a treatI like sunshine, apples, almost any kind of music, railway trains, numerical puzzles and anything to do with numbers, going to the sea, bathing and swimming, silence, sleeping, dreaming, eating, the smell of coffee, lilies of the valley, most dogs, and going to the theatre it is a good thing to have had a dream and to have enjoyed it, so long as you do not clutch too hard I have loved this book from start to finish It has gotten me through a difficult time I have changed to a new insulin pump and doing this has not been easy Think no sleep and constant worry This book has drawn me out of myself A book that can do this, when you are stressed and worried, is worth its weight in gold Why have I loved this book as much as I do Its lines Thoughts and ideas are well expressed It s amusing It s interesting I am in total agreement with much that is said The b I have loved this book from start to finish It has gotten me through a difficult time I have changed to a new insulin pump and doing this has not been easy Think no sleep and constant worry This book has drawn me out of myself A book that can do this, when you are stressed and worried, is worth its weight in gold Why have I loved this book as much as I do Its lines Thoughts and ideas are well expressed It s amusing It s interesting I am in total agreement with much that is said The book is lengthy but never dry Every single time I picked it up, it engaged me, it drew me in, my pump problems flew from my head Agatha began writing this book when she was seventy five She had accompanied her second husband to Nimrud, Iraq, where he was working on an archaeological dig The year was 1965 The book was first published posthumously by Collins in the UK It is about her life It is about those memories in her life that stand out What comes through loud and clear is her personality She admits, I have remembered what I want to remember She states, the book is a hymn to the joy of living She is a cheerful person, a curious person and loves life She grabs what she can get from it She is an introvert I perceive her as a soul mate Agatha s childhood, growing up in Devon, England, is covered thoroughly Her earliest memories are from when she was three or four It proceeds in chronological order with sidetracks thrown in when they are called for It flows smoothly through both wars, two husbands, the birth of her child and her extensive travels In closing the book, one is struck by how well the reader has come to know not only Agatha but also the other members of her family We see Agatha s mother, father, grandparents, her sister and brother, her husbands, her child and grandson through her eyes What she sees and thinks of them reflects on her own personality and way of being She is a positive person This is refreshing Her observations are straightforward and clear When speaking of others whom she is critical of, she often refers to them simply as Miss S or Mr R The book is not simply a recalling of life events it is a book that reveals Agatha s personality, how she thinks and feels and what she values in life In this book there is so very much I personally relate to Agatha s philosophical views, how she has chosen to live her life and many small, insignificant details, they all speak to me She wallpapers a ceiling I have too Like her, I appreciate a simple black dress it doesn t show dirt, is neat and can be worn on all occasions, anywhere Agatha s first argument with her husband bring back memories It did for me I am in sync with how this woman thinks and acts The book is chockfull of curious stories A chest bought in Damascus that makes grinding noises What is discovered in it We read about Sir Charles Leonard Woolley, a British archaeologist known for his excavations at Ur in Mesopotamia We meet his archaeologist wife, Katharine She is something else wait till you see what she gets up to One reads of a speedy car race to catch up with a missed train Agatha recalls memories in her life that stand out for her They vary from the sobering and sad to the interesting and amusing.I want to emphasize onetime that Agatha s lines speak to me Here, sample a few One can never go back to the place that exists in memory He was a good man Perhaps that is what made him so dull Do you see the humor in this Ah well, deary, I d say me self, that you are going to have a girl Sickness means girls Boys, you go dizzy and faint Strange, but this was true for me too And you The important thing, once you had been hurt, is not to remember the happy times You can remember the sad times That doesn t matter But something that reminds you of a happy day or happy thing, that s the thing that almost breaks you in two I know well enough that I was a dog character dogs will not go for a walk unless someone takes them Perhaps I was always going to be like that No, she was not a mere follower off to Iraq she went, and she went alone You relapse into individuality as you age..I have learned to accept that I am me The only person who can really hurt you in life is a husband Nobody else is close enough The saddest thing in life and the hardest to live through is the knowledge that there is someone you love very much, whom you cannot save from suffering Matthew, Agatha s optimistic grandson said, There is always hope And Agatha s response One should adopt something like that as one s motto in life To people like me, asking why is what makes life interesting Agatha s mysteries do little for me I am not a reader of either thrillers or detective novels In my view, the writing here in this autobiography is much, much better It absolutely sparkles Even when Agatha discusses how her books came to be, books I have not even read, I was captivated She supplies small, interesting, amusing details that often make you smile You need not be a fan of Agatha s mysteries to enjoy this book Agatha has traveled all over the world She speaks of the special things that stand out for her at each place Where has she traveled Glance at the GR shelves on which I have placed this book.The audiobook is wonderfully narrated by Judith Boyd She speaks different accents marvelously English, American, and French She intones equally well men, women and children, the young and the old, those of a high class and those of the working class Her narration is fantastic, and I have given it a whopping five stars I like this woman I like her attitude toward life Agatha Christie s personality comes through loud and clear An Autobiography 5 stars Come, Tell Me How You Live 4 stars Murder at the Vicarage 1 star The Mysterious Affair at Styles 1 star If you sat down with Agatha Christie and asked her about her life, this book would be the story she would tell It is very conversational in tone I found some parts to be extremely fascinating, and other parts only mildly interesting especially in the beginning I was very interested in the parts where she talked about her writing, how she got the ideas for many of her books, and how she felt about them She had written many, many books before she ever thought of herself as a real author I v If you sat down with Agatha Christie and asked her about her life, this book would be the story she would tell It is very conversational in tone I found some parts to be extremely fascinating, and other parts only mildly interesting especially in the beginning I was very interested in the parts where she talked about her writing, how she got the ideas for many of her books, and how she felt about them She had written many, many books before she ever thought of herself as a real author I ve loved all of her books that I ve read over the years, and now I feel like I know the author herself as a real person What a nice, smart, and humble lady she was I definitely recommend this for any Agatha Christie fan.Some favorite quotes I was, I suppose, always overburdened with imagination That has served me well in my profession it must, indeed, be the basis of the novelist s craft but it can give you some very bad sessions in other respects An experience that you really enjoyed should never be repeated She seemed to really believe this She mentioned it several times or how she didn t want to go back to a place she had really loved in case it had changed and would ruin her nice memories of it If the thing you want beyond anything cannot be, it is much better to recognize it and go forward, instead of dwelling on one s regrets and hopes One of the nicest parts of traveling is coming home again