The Labours of Hercules (Hercule Poirot #26)
So, in the period leading up to his retirement, Poirot made up his mind to accept just twelve more cases: his self-imposed 'Labours'. Each would go down n the annals of crime as a h ...more
2.5 stars. For Poirot completists only.
I've liked a good deal of what I've read, but for the most part little of it seems to end up on my list of favorite mystery stories or she on my list of favorite mystery writers.
But every once in a while, I'll admit something about a Christie mystery or story captures my attention and I'm inclined to pick it up. In this case, it's the hook for this collect ...more
The Nemean Lion. Hercule Poirot is outraged, insulted. Miss Lemon has suggested that he investigate the kidnapping of a Pekinese dog. How utterly beneath him! And yet, when he reads the owner’s letter, it is int ...more
These stories also mark appearances of not only the always faithful Georges (Poirot's valet), but Miss Lemon and Chief Inspector Japp, and Countess Vera Rosakoff appeared in a few of these stories. (I really don't like her- though I guess that's just the jealous fangirl in me talking).
But anyway ...more
The premise is that Hercule has made a pact with himself to take on only twelve more cases before he retires to take up gardening. Not just any case but one that simulates the twelve labors of the Greek hero Hercules... not by brute strength but by the little gray cells!
So twelve entertaining short stories follow.
Obviously Hercule did not retire at volume 26, for there are a total of 41 volumes under Poirot's mon ...more
Congratulations to Agatha Christie for convincingly giving practical instances, explaining the allegory in the 12 labours of Hercules!
She has grasped the crux of it and has beautifully narrated the 12 stories to show how the labours weren't really insane or fantastical.
Is there a more unusual book in the Christie canon? "The Labours" are some of the last short stories Christie wrote (possibly the last?) and she brings a consummate skill – in both prose and construction – that wasn’t always present in the early days. Without Hastings, or indeed any narrator, we get to see Poirot at his most arrogant. It’s pleasant that Christie would let her charac ...more
Likewise, I have never been particularly fond of Christie, and this set of tales reminded me of why. I like a story which works its way to a conclusion, inviting the reader along with a subtle touch, allowing said reader to say "Aha! I know who did it and why" even as the story's detective comes to the same conclusions.
These stories don't do that for the mo ...more
The Nemean Lion: The case of a missi ...more
That doesn't prevent some of the stories involving these ...more
I think I have finally reached a point where I am outgrowing AC novels. There is a marked difference in the quality of writing between Poirot and non-Poirot stories. I just read The Mirror Cracked which was actually a good mystery but not well written. I found it so tiring to get thr ...more
The Nemean Lion: There is a series of dognappings, in the form of P ...more
Un giorno l'impareggiabile Hercule Poirot apprende che un eroe della mitologia classica ha avuto l'impertinenza non soltanto di chiamarsi come lui, Poirot, ma di compiere imprese che un amabile professore universitario sembra giudicare superiori a quelle compiute da lui.
Ma chi è mai questo mitico Ercole se non un omone tutto muscoli, privo di eleganza, buone maniere, e soprattutto degli ineguagliabili baffetti di Poirot? E come paragonare le imprese di Hercule, frutto dell'impeccabile funzionam
My rating 5 stars
Someone suggests that people should be careful when it comes to giving names to thier children, here Hercule Poirot realeses the resemblence of his name to this of Hercules. Then a thought comes to his head: There should be, once again, THE LABOURS OF HERCULES.. in a modern way, before his final retirement.
I enjoyed this book especially because it contains shorter murder mysteries with Hercule Poirot that are real ...more
Ketemu lagi dengan Hercule Poirot...:)
Buku ini berisi kumpulan cerita pendek tentang petualangan Hercule Poirot dalam memecahkan masalah menjelang masa pensiun sebagai detektif.
M Poirot (seperti biasanya :D) berencana untuk memasuki masa pensiun. Ketika sedang memperbincangkan tentang masa pensiunnya dengan seorang teman lama yaitu Dr. Burton, tiba-tiba Dr. Burton menanyakan kenapa ayahnya memberi nama Hercule, menurut dia Hercule Poirot sama sekali tidak mirip dengan Hercules dalam cerita klasi ...more
However, I think the stories were too short: I never had time to form any sort of ideas about or feelings for any characters, which made the results seem flat. I also disliked ...more
I was surprised to have multiple references to India, including a servant named Abdul, multiple references to "henna dyed hair", and at least one dropping of the word "wallah".
This brings me to a side-bar. How much of books do we just pass over and not understand? How many peo ...more
"The Labours of Hercules... Mais oui, c' est une idée, ça"
I find Christie's idea of great ingenuity. Hercule Poirot, the Belgian neat detective, takes on twelve cases that resemble the Labours of Hercules, his great predecessor, but they are modernised. I must admit that the idea was good but the stories themselves were fairly "queer" because there was no time for the case to be developed and, as a result, the end was very strange for the reader. Nevertheless, it is a rather good collection of ...more
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880 ...more