Curtain

Curtain

Poirot's Last Case

Book - 1975
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A wheelchair-bound Poirot returns to Styles, the venue of his first investigation, where he knows another murder is going to take place...

The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly pleasant to Captain Hastings; there was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara , Nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife, Daisy, and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington.

So Hastings was shocked to learn from Hercule Poirot's declaration that one of them was a five-times murderer. True, the ageing detective was crippled with arthritis, but had his deductive instincts finally deserted him'...

Publisher: London : Collins, 1975.
ISBN: 9780002316194
0002316196
Characteristics: 221 pages ;,22 cm.

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janerf
Mar 09, 2020

Poirot’s suicide by omission (not commission) is still a mortal sin according to Catholic rules, and it doesn’t sit well with Christie’s portrayal of him as a fastidious Catholic, persistently following all the rules and disapproving of murder. (Did he ever go to Mass on Sunday? Ah, more mortal sins for poor Poirot...)
Why the terrible contrivance of Poirot pretending to be bound to a wheelchair? Seems totally unnecessary.
Poor Hastings. A bumbling nice guy, foggy brained and without insight or goals for himself.
Judith is a nasty little piece. Trust her? For heaven sake, why?
It seems to me that Agatha indeed was fed up with her miserable little Poirot and thoroughly despised him. She threw every insult at him!
Christie wrote this book sometime in the 40s - good thing - by the 1950s she was deep into dementia. Have you read “An Elephant Can Remember?” Horrible little piece, total nonsense. There was an analysis of it and even simple things such as breadth of vocabulary and sentence length were all markedly decreased from her usual writing.
So Agatha lowered the boom on Poirot in the 40s, and her publisher wouldn’t publish it until 1975. That in itself is quite a story, eh?
In spite of the conundrums of the wheelchair and nasty Judith and inexplicable suicide, I loved the story. Loved it.

“In a review titled "The last labour of Hercules", Matthew Coady in The Guardian, on 9 October 1975, wrote that the book was both "a curiosity and a triumph". He repeated the tale of the book being written some thirty years before and then stated that, "through it, Dame Agatha, whose recent work has shown a decline, is seen once more at the peak of her ingenuity." Coady called Captain Hastings the "densest of Dr Watsons [but]... never has the stupidity of the faithful companion-chronicler been so cunningly exploited as it is here." Coady summarised the absolute basics of the plot and the questions raised within it and then said,” wikipedia, “Curtain”

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georgiashaws
Nov 08, 2019

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blue_dog_17792
Jun 01, 2019

Great mystery story.

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AndLib1
Mar 29, 2019

Christie at her best, she brings Hercule Poirot' life full circle, but the ending is not what I expected and its a bit uncomfortable. But I want to find the 2013 movie adatation.

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Bookafterbook
Nov 24, 2015

And so passes Hercule Poirot. So Sad. This was a lovely read and had all the suspense and surprises Agatha Christie is known for. I found the characters a particularly interesting mix of the many who have populated her books over the years.

theorbys Aug 11, 2013

Despite the sadness of this being the end of Poirot, the work is fine, fine vintage Christie that creates an interesting mystery tale, and deconstructs the genre. Poirot + the villain are the mystery writer and Hastings the mystery reader. Christie apparently came to really dislike Poirot but was always fair to her readers in writing Christie did not like Poirot, thought he was "an egotistical little creep" and she lets it all out in Poirot's final, rather nasty, missive to Hastings.

larrydu822 Nov 06, 2012

Great ending to the Poirot series. Definatey another Christie gem. Really deep and mind boggling. Quick read.

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unix2000z
Sep 03, 2011

A fantastic read, and a fantastic ending for M. Poirot in his last and most stunning case. Dame Christie really did save the best for last, and this one is a shocker.

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blue_dog_17792
May 28, 2019

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AndLib1
Mar 29, 2019

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aprilavy
Jun 29, 2016

Poirot is old now
Once again, he wanted to
'go hunting"
He called his old friend, Hastings.
They tried to find the murder - killer-X
Poirot killed that murderer
Poirot suicide

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