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Subjective, one sided portrayal
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2021
This book is incredibly one-sided. I have read a much better, thoroughly researched biography of Agatha Christie's life. She was not the docile, suppressed, self-effacing wife portrayed in this book. Far from it. She became financially successful long before her husband, whose financial woes she openly disdained. Her money belonged to her and she refused to help.her husband out when he was financially distressed. In her idea of a happy marriage, couples argued often and loudly in order to.proclaim their love. Violent arguments in which objects were thrown at the beloved (by Agatha, not Archie) were healthy. Archie was no great catch, being an average self-absorbed man of mediocre abilities who fell for a much younger woman. Agatha's harebrained pretend disappearance occurred as a form.of revenge for her discovery of the affair, but quickly spiraled out of her control as the nation became frenzied in looking for her and as Archie became desperate in trying to.protect the reputation of his mistress.
The book's author is certainly not objective, portraying her heroine as suffering and blighted and Archie as selfish and brutal. But really, what mother of a supposed beloved child would carefully stage a disappearance in which murder seems the likeliest outcome? She had family and lifelong friends. What were they to believe?
Agatha Christie refused to mention the lost days in her own autobiography, as if to pretend that this incident didn't exist would make it so. Her personal life continued to be marred by marital unhappiness. Her second marriage to a much younger man lasted until.her death. She poured out financial resources to make her new archeologist husband successful and famous. He rewarded her enormous support by engaging in an affair that lasted decades, and which Agatha tolerated in order to avoid a second divorce. Really very sad.