- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; UK ed. edition (27 August 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 000748724X
- ISBN-13: 978-0007487240
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,52,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Come, Tell Me How You Live: Memories from archaeological expeditions in the mysterious Middle East Paperback – 27 Aug 2015
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‘Perfectly delightful… colourful, lively and occasionally touching and thought-provoking’
Charles Osborne, Books & Bookmen
‘Good and enjoyable… she has a delightfully light touch’
Marghanita Laski, Country Life
‘Agatha Christie has provided entertainment, suspense, and temporary relief from the anxieties and traumas of life both in peace and war for millions throughout the world.’
P. D. James
‘Christie’s witty account of her yearly expeditions in Syria in the 1930s … is at once a captivating depiction of quotidian life at archaeological digs and a romantic portrait of adventurers and scholars in the interwar Middle East. Her relaxed narrative of the organization and effort in archaeological investigation and of the landscape and people in the region is engrossing―but what makes this book bewitching is the nostalgic glamour that infuses it.” The Atlantic (US)
About the Author
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.
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I read this at the same time I was reading "They Came To Baghdad" (also by Agatha Christie), and that made both books extra enjoyable.
She read this quickly and kept remarking with excitement through it about little points to me, and has told me that I ought to read it. There may be a few other people who would like to share once I am done as well. I have heard it's a great book, even though it's about a short period of her life it's still a nice snapshot of Mrs. Christie Mallowan. The historical value is also noteworthy, not only for the record of the time, people and place where the digs were, the same for the periods they were excavating, but also the world climate during her writing in the 1930s. Imagine the archaeologists of the future unearthing our WWII remains and trying to piece together what kind of people we were from the evidence.
This small book is a result of that trip. Afer the WAR it was a gift to Max. Paints a human
side of their expedition and of the people lives.
Elizabeth Monroe said in 1946-- the book is a contribution to literature on the Middle East.
It contains descriptions of the profusion of the mounds that mark by gone lives and the silence
that surrounds them now. If you arrive at the right time in Spring you will see the marigolds
that cover them.
It is like a letter to a close friend. Some call it a biography. It is nothing of the sort.
Agatha says she loves that gentle fertile country and its simple people, who know how to laugh
and how to enjoy life..who are idle and gay. who have dignity, good manners and a great sense
of humor, and to whom death is not terrible.
She says--INSHALLAH, I shall go there again, and the things that I love shall not have perished
from this earth.
Agatha gives warning--this is not a profound book. She says it is like a small glass of beer.
The book was in good shape, a great price and arrived quickly. AG 15 sept 1890 .. 12 jan 1976.
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This is a report by a non professional who lived with a professional about the reality of being a working archeologist. There is the reality of local employees, local attitudes, local customs that are antithetical to those of imperial england. This is the story of accommodation to and with reality. Accommodation reached with good humor and good sense.
The stories of the personalities are very entertaining. You get a full flavor of the hard work involved by everyone in the expedition. And you have a good time.
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