Talk:Elephants Can Remember
|WikiProject Novels / Crime||(Rated B-class, Low-importance)|
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I'm going through all the Christie novel pages and making them similar in format, will get to this one shortly.
Daydream believer2 18:22, July 24, 2005 (UTC)
Daydream believer2 18:38, July 24, 2005 (UTC)
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In section Literary significance and reception it reads ; Elephants Can Remember has been criticized as of lower quality than the bulk of Christie's output. According to The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English, this novel is one of the "execrable last novels" where Christie "loses her grip altogether". Exactly the same paragraph appears in the corresponding dsection of Postern of Fate. Nedim Ardoğa (talk) 21:23, 27 June 2012 (UTC)
Not sure if the above matters terribly. What does matter is that I always find the story rather better than the orthodox view of it, stated by Robert Barnard. It adapts well, but the book of course does ramble. The biggest problem is that she perversely gives the wife's age as 35, then (rather than making something of the huge age gap, for instance in the "did she have a lover?" plotline) seems to forget that she is not of retirement age. Possibly A.C. is showing her own age in that 35 was a much greater age to her generation than to us, but you would expect this might be balanced out by 35 probably seeming rather young to a writer in her 80s! Rogersansom (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 14:37, 15 June 2013 (UTC)