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Death Comes As the End by Agatha Christie
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Jan 26, 13

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery
Read from August 02 to 06, 2012

Agatha Christie uses quote to echo the precepts of Ptha-hotep, from maybe the oldest known manuscripts.

"Men are made fools by the gleaming limbs of women, and lo, in a minute they are become discolored carnelians. A trifle, a little, the likeness of a dream, and death comes as the end"
(Hard to find in p88 Life magazine 1 Oct 1956, yet Christie published book first in 1944 - inside knowledge?)

Human nature - fear, envy, betrayal, love, hate - are every where and when. Family dysfunction, need to couple, motivation to murder. "Are you threatening me?" "I am warning you." p53. Expressions, attitudes and superstitions orient reader into 200 BC Egypt. Brother-sister means husband-wife. Concubines may be family. Isis, Osiris, Ra, spirits of dead relatives respond to prayers written or spoken, and ritual sacrifices, or act malevolently.

With toddler, new widow Renisenb returns to her Nile family home, seems unchanged after eight years, until hidden evil emerges. Father Imhotep fusses bossily over brothers submissive Yahmose, middle handsome indolent Sobek, youngest selfish arrogant Ipy. Malicious servant Henet gossips to stir trouble. Grandma Esa grows blind but sees clearest, and voices suspicions. Scribes - calm Hori who fixed her toys and dashing Kameni visiting from the north - both want Renisenb to wife.

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