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While the light lasts di Agatha Christie
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While the light lasts (edizione 2010)

di Agatha Christie

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Some of Agatha Christie's earliest stories - including her very first - which show the Queen of Crime in the making... A macabre recurring dream ... revenge against a blackmailer ... jealousy, infidelity and a tortured conscience ... a stolen gemstone ... the haunting attraction of an ancient relic ... a race against time ... a tragic love triangle ... a body in a box ... an unexpected visitor from beyond the grave... Nine quintessential examples of Agatha Christie's brilliance are contained in this new collection of early short stories - including the very first one she ever wrote - and provide a unique glimpse of the Queen of Crime in the making.… (altro)
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Titolo:While the light lasts
Autori:Agatha Christie
Info:Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins e-books, c2010.
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A macabre recurring dream... revenge against a blackmailer... jealousy, infidelity and a tortured conscience... a stolen gemstone... the haunting attraction of an ancient relic... a rece against time... a tragic love triangle... a body in a box... an unexpected visitor from beyond the grave...
Nine quintessential examples of Agatha Christie's brilliance are contained in this new collection of early short stories - including the very first one she ever wrote - and provide a unique glimpse of the Queen of Crime in the making
  Daniel464 | Oct 6, 2021 |
This is another collection of short stories which were re-issued in this particular collection published in 1997, so not a compilation that Dame Agatha would have had a hand in compiling.

Nevertheless, there are some real gems amongst the stories. My personal favourites, the eponymous While the Light Lasts, The Edge and The Actress, are where AC shows some of the darker aspects of life, and she does it well.

The stories do not follow the usual formula of the who-dunnit and if that is what you are looking for you may as well pick one of her Marple or Poirot short stories. However, there are a couple that were later re-worked into Poirot adventures.

The stories contained in this volume are:

- The House of Dreams (first published in January 1926)

- The Actress (first published in May 1923 under the title of A Trap for the Unwary)

- The Edge (first published February 1927)

- Christmas Adventure (first published on 11 December 1923). This story was later expanded into novella form and was printed as The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (Poirot).

- The Lonely God (first published in July 1926)

- Within a Wall (first published in October 1925)

- The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest (first published in January 1932). The story was later expanded into The Mystery of the Spanish Chest.

- While the Light Lasts (first published in April 1924)

- Manx Gold (first published in May 1930)

3.5* really, but not quite 4*. ( )
  BrokenTune | Aug 21, 2016 |
Interesting collection of short stories including a couple where Poirot makes an appearance. ( )
  rosiezbanks | Jul 30, 2015 |
Indeholder "1. Drømmenes hus", "2. Skuespillerinden", "3. Kanten", "4. Juleeventyr", "5. Den ensomme gud", "6. Manx-guld", "7. Inden i en mur", "8. Baghdad-kistens mysterium", "9. I mørket skal jeg ikke glemme".

"1. Drømmenes hus" handler om et hus som en mand drømmer om men som er en allegori over en sindssyg kvinde han er forelsket i - i en dødelig feberdrøm når han målet.
"2. Skuespillerinden" handler om Jack Levitt, der forsøger at afpresse Olga Stormen - tidligere kendt som Nancy Taylor - men hun iscenesætter en lille mordscene og anbringer ham i midten af den.
"3. Kanten" handler om et trekantsdrame hvor de to rivalinder ender med at tilintetgøre hinanden.
"4. Juleeventyr" handler om Herkules Poirot, der er inviteret til juleselskab hos Mr Endicott og indrullerer nogle børn til at hjælpe med at genskaffe en stjålen rubin samtidig med at tyvene Oscar Levering og søster får lov at stikke af med en efterligning.
"5. Den ensomme gud" handler om en gudefigur på British Museum og to ensomme mennesker som finder hinanden via gudefiguren.
"6. Manx-guld" handler om Juan og Fenalla - Tommy og Tuppence op ad dage - der finder 4 gemte snustobaksdåser som del af en arv - lige for næsen af to andre arvinger - Ewan Corjeag og dr Fayll - Fayll myrder Corjeag og bliver fanget.
"7. Inden i en mur" handler om maleren Alan Everard gift med Isobel Loring men elsket af Jane Haworth - Jane giver penge til Isobel så Alan kan male - hvilket Alan aner men først får vished for da Jane dør.
"8. Baghdad-kistens mysterium" handler om Poirot og et mord hvor Mr Clayton er blevet stukket ihjel og gemt i en kiste - Poirot finder ud af at det er omvendt - Curtiss har fået Clayton til at skjule sig i kisten og så kan Curtiss myrde Clayton uden at blive mistænkt.
"9. I mørket skal jeg ikke glemme" handler om Deirdre Crozier gift med George efter at hendes første mand Tim Nugent blev dræbt i krigen - men han blev kun hårdt såret og vender nu tilbage - hun narrer ham til at tro at hun venter barn med George og Tim begår selvmord i en tobakslade - hvilket hun nu bliver mindet om hver gang hun lugter tobak "mens lyset var ved, så skal jeg huske. og i mørket skal jeg ikke glemme".

Glimrende små noveller. ( )
  bnielsen | Dec 29, 2010 |
A short story collection by Agatha Christie first published in the UK on August 4 1997 by HarperCollins. It contains nine short stories, all published much earlier.
The narration is dramatic and makes it very easy listening. The stories were mainly written early in Christie's career, and include a couple of Poirot stories.
They all contain "eternal" themes of romance betrayed, buried treasure, and deception, which Christie was to explore further in later stories and novels. I find it interesting that most of these survived the initial test of time, about 70 years, to be put into this collection, and then another 20 for me to listen to them today.

The collection comprises the following stories

The House of Dreams
John Seagrove, a young city clerk, awakes early one morning in his London bedsit desperately clinging to a dream that has just transformed his life. The next day at dinner at his boss’s house he meets the enigmatic Allegra Kerr. Falling in love with her at first sight John instantly realises this is the overwhelming joy his dream had foreshadowed but could darker forces be at work? 1926

The Actress (aka A Trap for the Unwary)Jake Levitt can’t believe his luck when one evening at the theatre he recognises the lead actress as Nancy Taylor, a girl he knows a lot about. A story of blackmail and murder ensue! 1923

# The Edge see previous blog post
Claire Halliwell lives a quiet country life with her dogs. A conscientious and popular parish worker, she takes everything in her stride even when Sir Gerald Lee, the man she loves, marries Vivien a glamorous city girl. When Claire learns that Vivien is having an affair, her sense of duty to Gerald is stretched to the limit! 1927

# Christmas Adventure (aka The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding)
When a priceless ruby, belonging to a Far Eastern prince, is stolen from him whilst he is on a visit to England, Poirot is asked to make a quiet investigation. The ruby was destined for the prince’s bride-to-be and a scandal must be avoided. 1923

# The Lonely God
Frank Oliver returns to England from years of overseas service only to realise he no longer knows anyone there. On visiting the British Museum he encounters ‘the lonely god’ who seems to be experiencing the same sense of isolation that he is. Will this strange deity help relieve him of his loneliness? 1926

# Manx Gold
Two cousins, Fenella Mylecharane and Juan Faraker, are engaged. When their eccentric Uncle dies they eagerly return to the Isle of Man for the reading of the will. Having grown up hearing tales of buried treasure on the island they are excited when the Will reveals their Uncle had found it. But where? 1930

# Within a Wall
Alan Everard, a successful modernist painter, is married to the beautiful society girl Isobel Loring who eagerly promotes her husband’s work. At one of her tea parties, to which she invites the London art critics, she unveils her husband’s latest masterpiece, a portrait of herself but Alan realises the picture is lifeless. However a sketch he has done of his daughter's godmother, Jane Haworth, is full of life and honesty. Alan soon discovers that the real contribution Jane has made to their life is not just her artistic judgement.1925

# The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest
Bewitching Mrs. Clayton appeals to Poirot to help exonerate her lover Major Rich, indicted for her husband’s murder. Mr. Clayton’s body had been found in a chest, but who put it there? 1932

# While the Light Lasts:
In the excruciating heat of the African sun George Crozier is travelling with his new wife, Deidre. They have not been married long and George is aware his wife’s thoughts are with her first husband who was killed in this part of Africa during the war. In this hauntingly beautiful tale, Deidre is forced to confront the reality of her circumstances: “While the light lasts I shall remember, and in the darkness I shall not forget”. 1924 ( )
  smik | Oct 12, 2010 |
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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Christie, Agathaautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Medawar, TonyPostfazioneautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Blair, IslaNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Bockting, IngridIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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This is the story of John Segrave – of his life, which was unsatisfactory; of his love, which was unsatisfied; of his dreams, and of his death; and if in the two latter he found what was denied in the two former, then his life may, after all, be taken as a success. (The House of Dreams)
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In addition to detailed notes by the renowned Christie scholar Tony Medawar, the collection comprises the following stories and should not be combined with any of the individual short stories:

The House of Dreams
The Actress
The Edge
Christmas Adventure
The Lonely God
Manx Gold
Within a Wall
The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest
While the Light Lasts
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Some of Agatha Christie's earliest stories - including her very first - which show the Queen of Crime in the making... A macabre recurring dream ... revenge against a blackmailer ... jealousy, infidelity and a tortured conscience ... a stolen gemstone ... the haunting attraction of an ancient relic ... a race against time ... a tragic love triangle ... a body in a box ... an unexpected visitor from beyond the grave... Nine quintessential examples of Agatha Christie's brilliance are contained in this new collection of early short stories - including the very first one she ever wrote - and provide a unique glimpse of the Queen of Crime in the making.

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