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While the Light Lasts (Hercule Poirot)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  1,621 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
A macabre recurring dream...revenge against a blackmailer...jealousy, infidelity and a tortured conscience ... a stolen gemstone ... the haunting attraction of an ancient relic ... a race against time... a tragic love triangle ... A body in a box ... an unexpected visitor from beyond the grave
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Published August 18th 1997 by HarperCollins Audio (first published August 4th 1997)
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Apr 26, 2015 BrokenTune rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is another collection of short stories which were re-issued in this particular collection published in 1997, so not a compilation that Dame Agatha would have had a hand in compiling.

Nevertheless, there are some real gems amongst the stories. My personal favourites, the eponymous While the Light Lasts, The Edge and The Actress, are where AC shows some of the darker aspects of life, and she does it well.

The stories do not follow the usual formula of the who-dunnit and if that is what you are
كنت قد قرأت قبل مدة كتابا من نفس هذه المجموعة ونفس الدار وغالبا لنفس المترجم، إلا أنني لا أذكر أنني كنت أعاني كل هذه المعاناة مع الترجمة

ترجمة سيئة ، حرفية في أغلب الوقت ومربكة حينما تجد الأسم وقد كتب بطريقتين ونطقين مختلفين فتظن بوجود شخصية مختلفة ثم بإعادة القراءة يتضح أنها غلطة ربما من المترجم أو مطبعية من الدار

مجموعة قصص قصيرة منها قصتين للمحقق هركيول بوارو ... رغم النبذة عن الكتاب والتي بدت لي مشوقة وجذابة إلا أنني لم أحب سوى قصة واحدة منها

في كتاب (داخل المكتبة خارج العالم) كان هناك نصا ي
Kısa kısa hikayelerden oluşuyordu ama iki Poirot hikayesinden başka diğerleri yavan geldi.
Jun 04, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only came across this when I saw one of my friends, Dawn, was reading it. Didn't even know it existed.

I'm a big fan of the late Dame Agatha Christie's short stories and this proved to be a delightful collection.

From crime stories to vaguely creepy stories, this one is a winner.

Highly recommended.
I will not pass any time on the two Poirot story included here, for one thing I have read them in other anthologies of Agatha Christie's work with different titles, but it is the same stories (or variations of, I'm not sure since I haven't read them right before and compared them). Update on first review : Curious as I am, I verified which versions they are and if they predated the other versions with other names. These included here are actually the originals : Christmas Adventure (the later ex ...more
Neneng Lestari

Buku ini adalah kumpulan cerita pendek yang di tulis Agatha dalam berbagai kesempatan. Ada tulisan yang pertama kali di muat di media cetak, ada yang ditulis saat ia sedang mendapat inspirasi di tengah pengerjaan novel-novelnya yang fenomenal. Buku ini menarik untuk dibaca bagi penggemar Agatha yang ingin mengetahui bagaimana Agatha apabila beliau menulis yang di luar genre kriminalnya.

Sinopsis di sampul b
[NOTE: despite title/description, this is NOT a Poirot novel, it's a collection of early Christie stories, only two of which are Poirot stories, one short story, one a novella; the remainder are not truly mysteries, they're sweet-but-spooky short stories]

WHILE THE LIGHT LASTS and other Stories, Agatha Christie
1997, Nine creepy/supernatural stories, all initially published in magazines in the 1920s and 1930s; This collection was only published in the UK but all the other stories except one were p
Sep 03, 2016 rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much! The short stories were all (apart from one) excellent and they were very different from one another. It was interesting to read some of her non-crime writing, but also fascinating to watch how she could make a masterful crime story in just a few pages.
There was one short story I didn't enjoy (I believe it was called Manx Gold). It just didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the short stories at all.
 ☆☽ Ruth ☆☽
2.5 stars. A collection of rather peculiar short stories and in my opinion not up to her usual standard; with the exception of the two involving Hercule Poirot, which I had read and enjoyed previously.
Hadi Wijaya
Mar 27, 2012 Hadi Wijaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
This book contains compilation of variety of Christie's novel. Not all of them are detective stories. Even there is a supernatural story and also a love story. All of them are still full of mystery. Some of them are also Christie's beginning works so they are very shallow (yes because they are short stories). But from these beginnings, a masterpiece is developed. Also there is always a description at back of each story, which tell us the history of writing and how this writing affect the style o ...more
Collection of stories published originally 1939 and prior.

I found several to be quite dark and depressive as stories of human interest. The Hercule Poirot mystery was what I'm used to in Christie's detective series and found this one well crafted. Clues kept close to his chest and not divulged til the reveal by M. Poirot.
Shorouq Abbadi
Mar 28, 2015 Shorouq Abbadi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I read for Agatha Christie, and I have to say she has a way of finding the most unexpected endings and making it happen. Even though they're short stories, I just loved the way that she gives them a feeling of being novels. The feeling of having known a lot and nothing in the same time from reading so few pages just kept me reading through the stories, and I fell in love with the depth of character she manages to portray in most of her stories which is just astonishing. I ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
While the Light Lasts (Hercule Poirot #41), Agatha Christie
The House of Dreams, The Actress, The Edge, Christmas Adventure, The Lonely God, Manx Gold, Within a Wall, The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest, While the Light Lasts.
Feb 13, 2014 Virpi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've been a true Christie fan in my younger years and decided to read this newly published collection now after all these years. not surprisingly I found myself most drawn to the Poirot stories of this collection. I guess they brought back memories... The rest of the collection was ok, but I must confess The foremst reason for finishing this book was my annoying compulsion of not quitting a book halfway through. And I must confess that I think I've also passed my murder mystery stage - I feel I' ...more
Jun 20, 2016 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Kind of a b-sides and rarities type deal for Christie, this book is a mixed bag of mystery, suspense, the supernatural, and romance. One of the things that always strikes me is Christie's knack for sketching out these intriguing little portraits of her characters. An example: "With his strangely sensitive mouth, and the long dark blue slits of eyes that suggested an elf or faun, something wild and of the woods, it was incongruous that he should be offered up, a sacrifice on the alter of Finance. ...more
Collection of short stories

The House of Dreams - 2 stars
The Actress - 3 stars
The Edge - 3 stars
Christmas Adventure: A Hercule Poirot Short Story - 4 stars
The Lonely God - 3 stars
Manx Gold - 2 stars
Within a Wall - 2 stars
The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest - 4 stars
While the Light Lasts - 3 stars

Agatha Christie was a great writer but her short stories are not a patch on her full-length novels and I much prefer her mystery stories to other genres that she attempted. Best of this collection were the t
Sheetal Dash
Sep 06, 2014 Sheetal Dash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection is of some of her earliest works, with commentary on the background of either the story itself or the circumstances around publication. Many of these have appeared reworked in other collections, some of them have appeared as-is, I don't believe any of them are not available elsewhere. The originals are interesting because they show some of the creative...The collection as a whole is of interest in showing Christie's development and her forays into romance and horror writing, but ...more
Apr 18, 2013 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One for Christie fans only

Being a big fan of Agatha Christie (even my cats are called Tommy & Tuppence!), I expected to enjoy this collection. However, I’m afraid I found it a little disappointing. While some of the stories were near to her usual standard, it seemed to me that some of the others had only been included as padding.

The stories contained in this collection are:-

The House of Dreams – a mild horror story
The Actress – a story about blackmail and revenge
The Edge – a story about tw
Dane Cobain
Nov 04, 2013 Dane Cobain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the Light Lasts is an excellent collection of some of Agatha Christie's finest short stories, all of which were previously published between 1923 and 1932, during one of Christie's most prolific and commercially successful periods. Each of these stories is worth reading on literary merit alone, but some are more interesting than others.

Manx Gold, in particular, stands out as one of Christie's more interesting pieces, written on commission for the Isle of Man. The story contains coded refer
Mochammad Bintang
Feb 02, 2013 Mochammad Bintang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christie
Can't believe that there were just a bunch of people who write the review about this masterpiece .first thing first i want to tell you the reason for why i could give five star for this book ,it is because i realy fell in love with the gloomy aura that was poured by christie in her 9 story this time.While you read this book you can't help but felt a mixture of feeling from sadness,anxious,pitty,and all of the gloomy tone that will pervaded your mind, a collection of story about life that you don ...more
Elvis Rodrigues
Coletânea britânica similar à americana Harlequin Tea Set, trazendo oito dos nove contos daquela, e trocando apenas o conto com o Sr. Quin por Christmas Adventure, conto com Poirot, conto este que foi expandido depois em A Aventura do Pudim de Natal.

A verdade é que só li para completar a lista de contos da Dama do Crime, com este eu fecho a conta. Li todos os publicados, acredito. Mas é a mesmíssima trama de Pudim de Natal, de forma mais resumida.
Aug 07, 2016 Marisol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Una recopilación de relatos cortos, todos de la época temprana de Agatha, y en muchos casos precursores de varias de sus novelas. Aquí nos muestran a una escritora que gustaba del género romántico, aunque su especialidad siempre fue el misterio. Un buen libro para los que hemos leído casi todo de ella.
Gláucia Renata
Jun 30, 2014 Gláucia Renata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esse livro reune nove contos de Agatha Christie antes dela ser grande, tendo sido publicados em revistas nas décadas de 20 a 30. Hercule Poirot aparece em dois deles e o conto que dá nome ao livro é interessante por se tratar de trama sobrenatural, terror, gênero não relacionado à autora.
Kora Kaos
Dec 28, 2015 Kora Kaos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An really quick and easy read. Interesting with the afterwords giving some background explanation of each short story. Also interesting that Mrs. Christie wrote pretty different kind of stories, not only Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple.
It was definitely a good read.
Apr 29, 2015 Faa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another 9 of Agatha's anthology. Although I like the title, but after reading the entire book, only 2 or 3 stories entertained me. The rest, had been featured in another books before and failed to induce me to give 5 stars to the book.
Feb 27, 2013 Flo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was really really good! Almost four stars good, but four stars seems like so many stars... But I liked the stories - some more than others - they were all wonderfully written. I must say I was expecting something completely different, more shady and difficult to comprehend, but it was a smooth read from beginning to finish, and some of the ideas are just really beautifully created and just yes. Agatha Christie is good. I recommend to absolutely everyone. I thought it would all be crime, but t ...more
Oct 06, 2016 Guguk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ternyata kelupaan didaptarin 'ni anak~ (^ ^;)>

Isinya beberapa cerita pendek, ada yang berupa kisah awal (yang kelak dikembangkan jadi novel), dan ada beberapa lagi yang bacanya bikin kesel (>..<)
Oct 10, 2015 Samia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of interesting, beautiful, light and tiny mystery stories... Recommending it for people who are on the run but loves to read mystery books in their little free time...
Dec 26, 2014 Nurlely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It feels like ages since I last read Agatha Christie's short stories.
While I love all her works, I prefer reading her novels most. Short stories are awesome nonetheless.
Aug 15, 2016 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice stories. Very much like an Agatha Christie's book.
Aghatha Christie's short stories can be as intelligently written as any other of her stories...
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Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t
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