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Endless Night (1967)

de Agatha Christie

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Agatha Christie's disturbing 1960s mystery thriller, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. Gipsy's Acre was a truly beautiful upland site with views out to sea - and in Michael Rogers it stirred a child-like fantasy. There, amongst the dark fir trees, he planned to build a house, find a girl and live happily ever after. Yet, as he left the village, a shadow of menace hung over the land. For this was the place where accidents happened. Perhaps Michael should have heeded the locals' warnings: 'There's no luck for them as meddles with Gipsy's Acre.' Michael Rogers is a man who is about to learn the true meaning of the old saying 'In my end is my beginning...'… (més)
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Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

A stand alone novel that is more psychological study than mystery. This is one of Agatha Christie's favorites and I can see why. What starts out as a sort of analysis of class dynamics and the psychology of privilege turns into a very chilling exploration of madness.

5 stars. ( )
  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
A pair of newlyweds, from vastly different class backgrounds, take up residence at their new estate – only to find that the past is coming back to haunt them…

"Endless Night" is Agatha Christie’s most haunting novel, and one that has remained in my mind since I first read it many, many years ago. A young man of limited means meets a young heiress, and the two marry and attempt to settle down. But rumblings from the past, mysterious and potentially supernatural occurrences and, ultimately, murder, contrive to ruin their love. All of this is set amidst an atmosphere of fear and foreboding on their estate.

Outside of the early Hastings stories (which were a self-conscious nod to the Sherlock Holmes books), Christie rarely used first-person narration. Here, though, there’s a powerful melancholy to our narrator’s tale from day one which reminds me of Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca. This ominous tinge in narrative voice is echoed tenfold by the creepy atmosphere that pervades every scene and moment, setting "Endless Night" apart from the rest of Christie’s canon (except, perhaps from "And Then There Were None", although I can’t really explain why the two novels’ vibes feel similar to me.)

To my mind, "Endless Night" is the best Christie work of the 1960s. Perhaps, freed from the agile plotting required for a Poirot or Marple novel (a task at which she was slightly struggling in her later years), Christie could use the character-building skills that had matured over five decades of writing. Dame Agatha plays around considerably with mystery tropes in this work, and her red herrings here are exquisitely positioned. Even the ‘nursery rhyme’ technique (here a William Blake poem) plays both subtly and powerfully. Christie had used variations on this novel’s twist in the past but – as with all her better works – you still won’t see it coming. ( )
  therebelprince | Nov 15, 2020 |
An easy, fun read - had Christie been watching Hitchcock?

Heightened, early-1960s dialogue and all the tropes of the chiller-thriller help to make for a page-turning and ultimately gut-wrenching experience - though quite incredible, of course! ( )
  jtck121166 | Jun 9, 2020 |
This is a very creepy book. ( )
  mirihawk | May 21, 2020 |
Endless Night (1967) by Agatha Christie. I don’t quite know what to think about this novel. It is a good story and well written, with rather different main characters than Miss Agatha’s usual menu. But t is not a detective story by a long shot and when I think of Christie, I think detection.
This is a tale of a neer-do-well but attractive young man who wants money, a grand house and a beautiful wife. He manages to get all three without too much effort. But once he has them, he wants other things as well, things he should not be going after, things he doesn’t need, but things that are iresistably calling to him.
What’s a poor boy to do?
This is a dark, smartly written novel. The characters are fleshed out to a greater degree than most of those in Dame Agatha’s writing, but the main character just creeped me out. In the past I’ve met a person and felt the bad vibe they gave off. You might have had the same experience. You aren’t certain what is wrong with them, just that something is and your instinct is to stay away.
I got that feeling from this book and I most say Ms. Christie managed to convey that sense almost too well.
You might be able to get through this in one, long, sitting. I made the mistake of putting it down for a weekend and I had difficulty getting myself to pick it up again. This was entirely based on the main character, Michael Rogers. Even though I knew after only a few pages he would be a heel, I was surprised to the degree of my reaction.
I suppose all this makes it inevitable that I would have to say I did like this outing of the master. ( )
  TomDonaghey | May 19, 2020 |
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Christie, Agathaautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
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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.


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Agatha Christie's disturbing 1960s mystery thriller, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. Gipsy's Acre was a truly beautiful upland site with views out to sea - and in Michael Rogers it stirred a child-like fantasy. There, amongst the dark fir trees, he planned to build a house, find a girl and live happily ever after. Yet, as he left the village, a shadow of menace hung over the land. For this was the place where accidents happened. Perhaps Michael should have heeded the locals' warnings: 'There's no luck for them as meddles with Gipsy's Acre.' Michael Rogers is a man who is about to learn the true meaning of the old saying 'In my end is my beginning...'

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