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Elephants Can Remember: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) Paperback – October 25, 2011
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Elephants Can Remember is Agatha Christie's next to last work of detection and the author shows clearly signs of age, which is understandable since she was eighty-two years old and in failing health.
Elephants Can Remember is a "murder in retrospect" mystery. Although Christie has proven to fully master this format -see Sparkling Cyanide and Five Little Pigs- she now quickly looses touch with the story. She is forced to sow the narrative together with vague memories of a series of old spinsters and suddenly even events that should easily be remembered are covered by the veil of forgetfulness. No surprise that the plot is total confusion. It is less a mystery than a scrapbook of memories. Action is less important than atmosphere, which makes the story quite tedious and difficult to hang on to. Nevertheless, the experienced reader will figure out the solution to this not too mysterious mystery halfway through the book.
In this one, Poirot and Mrs. Oliver are trying to figure out what happened to the parents of one of Mrs. Oliver's god children. They were found shot to death in the woods, but what happened? Did the father shoot the mother or vice versa? Was it a suicide pact? Mrs. Oliver is asked to investigate by a woman she meets at a luncheon, then proceeds to go about interviewing a lot of people she hasn't seen in many years, to ask questions about what was happening in the family, to try and put the pieces together with Poirot, who is busy talking to the police. It's quite similar to Five Little Pigs (Also published as Murder In Retrospect), another Poirot murder in retrospect. The difference is that you'll be able to spot the solution to this one miles off, as I was.Read more ›
In this case, Christie is -- as in 'Five Little Pigs' -- reaching far into the past. She aims to reconstruct the circumstances surrounding the tragic and shocking deaths of an apparently happy married man and woman while they are out taking their afternoon walk. Fifteen years later, the ever-delightful Avatar of Christie, Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, is rudely asked to look into the matter. Together with Poirot, she goes hunting for 'big game' in the form of critical bits of the past that the humans who have elephantine memories have not forgotten. If you are long-experienced with the doyenne of death, you may be able to hazard a pretty good guess at the answer to this puzzle. But you won't ferret out all the really interesting details. I greatly enjoyed this satisfying read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a dissapointment...
This was one of the last published workd by the grat British writer, berfore she passed away in 1974. Read more
Typical Christie writing. Had me wondering through most of the book, Of course, some of the language is dated, but still good plot/Published 2 months ago by Lucy Brown
Agatha Christie is my favorite author. I was happy to add this to my collection.Published 3 months ago by Denise M. Baets
Has it's dark moments as do most of Agatha's. as they deal with some dark soulsPublished 3 months ago by Mary Jo Wood
An interesting mystery where the clues to the mystery are all in the for of recollection from all of the characters involved in the murder many years before. Read morePublished 4 months ago by @GroupOfFour
I have always enjoy Agatha Christies misteries. Hercule Poirot is a great character. I recommend this book entirely. Liked it a lot.Published 6 months ago by Darkwillow
Unfortunately, I have to agree with the majority here. This is absolutely not her best work. I have read about a dozen of the queen of mystery's books and, while her title is... Read morePublished 6 months ago by John Pross