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8. Book Review (Endless Night-Agatha Cristy)

(A/N: I had to do a book review assignment thingy for my English class so I thought, "Lets put my readers through the shitty assignment that I wrote" and also you guys can use it if you want to I guess. It is pretty shitty though. Not my best work. ;( ) Book Review Endless Night Published: October 30, 1967 Author: Agatha Christie Genres: Crime Fiction Publisher: Collins Crime Club Done By: Ruth A. Quadros Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections that she wrote under her own name. She also wrote the world's longest-running play, The Mousetrap. In 1971, she was made a Dame by Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for her contribution to literature. Christie was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon. She served in a hospital during the First World War before marrying and starting a family in London. She was initially unsuccessful at getting her work published, but in 1920 The Bodley Head press published her novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring the character of Hercule Poirot. This launched her literary career. The Guinness Book of World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare's works and the Bible. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author – having been translated into at least 103 languages. 'And Then There Were None' is Christie's best-selling novel with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time. Christie's stage play The Mousetrap holds the record for the longest initial run: it opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End on 25 November 1952 and as of 2015 is still running after more than 25,000 performances. In 1955, Christie was the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's highest honor, the Grand Master Award, and in the same year Witness for the Prosecution received an Edgar Award by the MWA for Best Play. In 2013, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was voted the best crime novel ever by 600 fellow writers of the Crime Writers' Association. Most of her books and short stories have been adapted for television, radio, video games and comics, and more than thirty feature films have been based on her work. Endless Night was one of Agatha Christie's own favorite novels, and one which received the most critical acclaim on its publication in 1967. It is her 58th detective novel. "Every night and every morn, Some to misery are born, Every morn and every night, Some are born to sweet delight. Some are born to sweet delight, Some are born to endless night." One of the characters sings and plays this during a certain area the book, and it becomes evident that it refers to two of the characters. Endless Night has been filmed, adapted as a play and also a graphic novel. Endless Night has a single viewpoint character who, has a heavy presence in the novel as its narrator. Michael Rogers is a man whose origins seem to be from a "poor but proud" family with a strong work ethic - which he does not indulge in. He shamelessly admits that he cannot stick to anything. He is unsettled and lazy, having had a variety of jobs. He also appears to be different characters in different parts of the book. Very early on in the story, we learn that he has fallen in love with a painting of a house, and has idealized this in his mind to be a "perfect house" which he dreams of owning. He also finds the perfect location for his house in a (fictitious) village called Kington Bishop, near the town of Market Chadwell. In one of his jobs he had worked for an architect, Rudolf Santonix, who has now become a friend. He imagines Santonix designing his perfect dream house, although he knows that acquiring it is nearly impossible as it would be extremely costly and by the time he had acquired the money to build the house, Santonix would be dead. Santonix, knowing of Michael's strange fantasies and his passion for the imaginary house says, "When I was in a fanciful mood I used to think that piece of land had laid a spell upon you. You were a man in love with a house that you might never own, that you might never see, that might never even be built." The other main character in the story is almost Michael's complete opposite; a rich American heiress, Funella or "Ellie" Guteman. The two fall in 'apparently' love so the course of true love is unlikely to run smooth. Also, to some extent, the characters of Ellie's close companion, Greta Andersen, his mother, the lawyer and guardian "Uncle" Andrew Lippincott, and the terminally-ill architect Rudolf Santonix are more fully fleshed out. But there are other characters - the step-mother Cora van Stuyvesant, a friend Claudia Hardcastle, a local "God" Major Phillpot, the local "witch/gypsy" Esther Lee and others, who are more or less quite boring characters. The plot itself is satisfying with at least two neat twists near the end, which completely catches the reader off-guard. Agatha Christie's strength as a writer is based almost entirely on her ingenious plots. On publication, the newspaper "The Guardian" commented, "the crashing, not to say horrific suspense at the end is perhaps the most devastating that this 'surpriseful' author has ever brought off." However the literary critic James Zemboy, in his analysis of Agatha Christie's detective novels in 2008, says she was "by then seventy-seven years old and clearly in steep decline as a writer... "Endless Night" is a silly story filled with unlikely events and dull characters... not typical of Agatha Christie... [it is] rather embarrassing." Strong words indeed, about quite an enjoyable book. There are deliberate weird scenes, with the cursed land of "Gipsy's Acre" and the old woman Mrs Lee, with her suspicion of sure doom. The land is thought to be unlucky, because several accidents have taken place there, particularly on the dangerous curved road approaching the house. Overall the talk of superstitious villagers, resentful gypsies, Mrs. Lee, with her warnings, line, "Doesn't like the insides of houses. Them as has got gipsy blood don't." The young couple could never being happy, the threats against them and "their kind", the evil site which should never be built on; all these are themes which run throughout the story, unsettling the reader and giving a sort of 'bad-vibe' to the story. It is all pure nonsense, and the reader feels this is the author's deliberate intention, but it is entertaining and fun. "I'd always known that I'd meet one day a beautiful woman. I had met her. I'd seen her and she'd seen me. We'd come together. A wonderful woman. I'd known the moment I saw her that I belonged to her, belonged to her absolutely and for always. I was hers." Little would you know the irony of these few sentences unless you go read the book. ---------------------------------------- (A/N: A penny for your thoughts?)
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