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The Hollow [Hardcover]

Agatha Christie
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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September 2007 Hercule Poirot Mysteries
Lucy Angkatell invites Hercule Poirot to lunch. To tease the great detective, her guests stage a mock murder beside the pool. Unfortunately, the victim plays the scene for real.
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“A strange, poignant book; these are deep waters, with powerful undercurrents.” (Michel Houellebecq, award-winning international author)

“A grade-A plot—the best Christie in years.” (San Francisco Chronicle) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A far-from-warm welcome greets Hercule Poirotas he arrives for lunch at Lucy Angkatell’s countryhouse. A man lies dying by the swimming pool, hisblood dripping into the water. His wife stands overhim, holding a revolver.

As Poirot investigates, he begins to realize that beneaththe respectable surface lies a tangle of familysecrets and everyone becomes a suspect.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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At 6:13 A.M. on a Friday morning Lucy Angkatell's big blue eyes opened upon another day, and as always, she was at once wide awake and began immediately to deal with the problems conjured up by her incredibly active mind. Read the first page
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but.... July 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
OOh, this is actually a very good book to read. I have to agree with some other readers that the book started off very slow. What I like about the book, however, is that Agatha Christie used a very different approach to write this particular piece of work. Nice job.
Hercule Poirot actually isnt the spot light in the story. You will not find the usual Hercule Poirot, who like to use his "grey cell" to put the crime scene back together. If you are looking for a typical Poirot's advanture, you'll be disappointed. =)
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arrives in time to solve a murder.
Hercule Poirot has taken a weekend cottage in the country. Naturally his new neighbors, the Angkatells, Lucy and Henry, invite him to join their houseparty for luncheon. The other guests include Dr. John Christow, his adoring and boring wife Gerda, his mistress Henrietta Savernake, the renowned sculptor as well as Midge Hardcastle, a distant cousin, David Angkatell another distant cousin currently at Cambridge and Edward Angkatell, the current occupant of the family estate, Ainswick.
We are given background information on these characters and their relationships to one another in the opening chapters of the novel. By the time Poirot arrives on the scene the tension is so thick that it is almost a relief when the murder is committed! The story progresses in typical Christie fashion, all the clues are fairly laid out leaving the reader to sort through the red herrings to solve the crime.
This 1946 novel has worn well, it could be filmed today as either a period piece or updated and be enjoyed either way. Christie herself has questioned the appearance of Poirot in this story, Hercule is not pivotal to this one, although he does not detract from the book either. This is one of those books that could be enjoyed by non Christie detective fans as well as her devotees. In fact this one could even be enjoyed by those who are not particularly murder mystery fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars typical agatha christie's book May 4 2004
By ainil
Format:Mass Market Paperback
it seems that this mystery got a necessary flavour to become a good movie ever...full of melodramatic elements entangles with murder and the characters are all believable....a necessary ingredients to become a good movie..but the mystery is just so and so only....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grows on you May 6 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed it much more on the second reading. Poirot does fit into the story, as a perceptive and benevolent presence on the sidelines. I like the way the various characters find excuses to visit his cottage (a white, modern concrete box, of course). Another reviewer called the houseparty "cosy" - the whole point is that it was never going to be cosy. All the characters are anguished and have ambiguous relationships with each other, their lives and the past. You want to know what happens to them all after the book ends, especially the victim's son. Two flaws: Henrietta's sculptures sound awful, and it's a shame Christie's casual anti-Semitism wasn't edited out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Hollow Dec 10 2002
By K. Hill
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A group of friends meet at the Hollow for a weekend vacation. The expected victim is killed and Poirot is on the scene as a neighbor of the Angatells. It's not a bad mystery, but I found the characters to be the most compelling part of this story. I found Lady Angetell especially to be a very funny and fascinating character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really fine writing Nov. 13 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the best books of Christie's long and varied career has perhaps as well one of her most heartbreaking resolutions. You almost can't wait for the victim to be done away with at the same time, you feel for their murderer. Not easy to pull off ( making the killer sympathetic) but AC does it flawlessly. This ranks right up there in her top twenty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever written June 30 2002
By A Customer
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This book was beautiful. The characters are incredibly compelling and the relationship between them and their own inner-personality is so inspiring... you must read it... I'm at lost for words.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review Dec 5 2001
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Mrs. Christie set out to write a novel-and she succeeded. The characters who populate the typical country-house 'The Hollow' are vivid and believable, motivated by love, jealousy, hatred or despair-but handled in a unique manner. The most important character is the victim, Dr. John Christow, whose death is the centre point of the romantic triangles amongst the eccentric Angkatell family, and who is linked with three women, all in love with him, but in very different ways: his wife, Gerda; his mistress, Henrietta Savernake; and his former fiancée, Veronica Cray. Naturally, the motive is jealousy, but the themes of love and jealousy are superbly handled.
The detective story elements are not, however, Christie's best. The murder is quite simple-the murderer is obvious, but the circumstances, involving several guns and a painting of Ygdrasil, are inexplicable-and the entire thing is a reworking of LORD EDGWARE DIES. Poirot is very much in the background, acting only as a deus ex machina at the end-it was a mistake, Christie later felt, to have him in the book.
The result: a beautiful yet somewhat flawed masterpiece.
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