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Come, Tell Me How You Live

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,768 Ratings  ·  169 Reviews
Agatha Christie was already a celebrated writer of mysteries in 1930 when she married archaeologist Max Mallowan. She enthusiastically joined him on archaeological expeditions in the Middle East, providing backgrounds for novels and "everyday doings and happenings". Pre-war Syria years are remembered here, not chronologically, but in a cluster of vignettes about servants a ...more
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Published March 3rd 1981 by Pocket Books (first published 1946)
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Hannah
Dec 10, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating Clarification: 4.5 Stars

I wasn't sure what to expect when I casually picked this memoir up at the library, but it certainly exceeded any expectations I might have had about Agatha Christie's personality, sense of humor, and joie de vivre.

Recently read biographies and/or memoirs of Daphne duMaurier and Georgette Heyer left me with a great respect for these women as writers, but didn't do much to endear them to me as women I'd personally want to know or be friends with. Not so with Dame Aga
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Shovelmonkey1
Jul 12, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: aspiring archaeologists and arm chair travellers
Come, Tell me how you live is Agatha Christie's invitation to the world to experience elements of her life after she married the famous archaeologist Max Mallowan. The title is a play on the word "Tell" which also means a man-made mound or hill constructed by the occupation of ancient civilisations (in Turkey we call them hoyuks). Christie, famed for her murder-mystery novels was greatly influenced by the ancient and modern cultures of the Middle East and a number of her literary set pieces were ...more
Jad
Jan 03, 2013 Jad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was quite surprised to find this little-known work (at least to me) when browsing my university library's collection of books on Syria. A great book by the wonderful Agatha Christie, but not at all like her usual murder mysteries. This is a work of non-fiction about her life and times in Syria alongside her husband the archaeologist. Leave it to the lady of mystery to write about the experiences of the every-day life!

This book was like polite dinner conversation with one of the most interestin
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Susan
Sep 07, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie wrote this charming memoir in answer to questions about what exactly she did, and how she lived, during trips to the Middle East with her archeologist husband Max Mallowan. Instantly you are struck by her humour and humility - the snobbish shop assistants she had to deal with when buying clothes for the more ample form, the fact that her husband scoffs at the amount of shoes she wants to take and yet needs to pack a 'million' books and the difficulties of travelling abroad. It is ...more
Shaikha Alkhaldi
تعالَ قُل لي كيف تعيش؟
ذلك السؤال الذي طرحته أغاثا كريستي وهي تتأمل أمام التل.
السؤال الذي يُطرح لعالم الآثار عن الماضي، ويُعثر على الإجابة باستخدام المعاول والمجارف والسلال.
أنه في الواقع مجرد كتاب دونت فيه أغاثا كريستي الأعمال والأحداث اليومية خلال مرافقتها لزوجها أثناء رحلة التنقيب للقرى السورية على الحدود التركية والعراق، دون التطرق لعلم الآثار ولا للتاريخ.

ستشعر وأنت تقرأ هذا الكتاب أنه كُتب بقلب حنون ورقيق.
Julie Davis
Dec 12, 2013 Julie Davis rated it it was amazing
This engaging memoir covers Agatha Christie's time on archaeological digs with her husband, archaeologist Max Mallowan. Having just read They Came to Baghdad, I was struck by how many of the heroine's realizations of what archaeology teaches us were already familiar because they were Christie's own. Her love of the ordinary people and their lives comes through strong and clear. This is a wonderful look at the Middle East in a time gone by from a unique perspective. I can't recommend this highly ...more
Suvi
Two of my favorite things come together here in perfect harmony: archaeology and Agatha Christie. She wrote about her travels around Syria and Iraq with her second husband, Max Mallowan, as an "answer to a question that is asked me very often". That is the charm, because her archaeological memoir felt like we were sipping tea and munching cookies in one of her country village locations, enjoying our afternoon with stories from a hotter climate, and stretching our grey brain cells while waiting f ...more
Trisha
Aug 29, 2015 Trisha rated it really liked it
Agatha Christie wasn’t simply a bestselling writer of mystery novels. As the wife of a famous archeologist she frequently accompanied her husband to the mid-east during the thirties and helped out with digs in what is now present day Syria, Turkey and Iraq. This book was written well after the fact – during the second world war -- in response to friends who kept asking her about her archeological adventures.

Christie used her diary entries and notes to string together a highly readable and often
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JoEllen
Jun 23, 2012 JoEllen rated it really liked it
Goodreads skips the proper authorship: Agatha Christie Mallowan. One of only two books where she included her husband's surname in her byline, I love this book as much for what it isn't as for what it is. Begun in the mid-1930's, this is the tale of an English archaeologist's wife trekking across Europe, through "Beyroot", to Syria, where they more than set up camp, they build a household. Returning annually, she entertains (slyly educating) the reader with tales of Kurds and Armenians and Moham ...more
VeganMedusa
Jun 27, 2011 VeganMedusa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bc-copy, non-fiction
Not knowing much about Agatha Christie, I enjoyed this insight into her. I read every one of her books that my library had when I was 10-11 and haven't read one since. I often think I'd like to, just don't get around to it. I would especially like to read the two mentioned on the blurb as having been influenced by her travels, Murder in Mesopotamia and Appointment with Death.
I liked all the characters she worked with: Michel with his 'economia' (buying 200 moulding oranges because they were so c
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Majdahalmazroei
Jan 10, 2016 Majdahalmazroei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب تعال قل ليّ كيف تعيش، للروائية صديقة الأغلبية من القُرّاء، أغاثا كريستي
نشرته دار المدى، الطبعة الأولى
صفحة.
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الكتاب أو المذكرات جاءت كجواب يوجه للمؤلفة بوصفها زوجة باحث آثار ورفيقة له في رحلاته البحثية..
الكتاب وصفي أكثر منه معلومات وإن كان لا يخلو منها..
أكثر ما نال على إعجابي في الكتاب أسلوب أغاثا "وخفة دمها" وأسلوبها الساخر من نفسها قبل الآخرين من حولها.. طيبة قلبها وتواضعها أيضاً..
الكتاب يتضمن ذكرياتها مع زوجها في قرى سورية على الحدود التركية، كثير منها أصبحت مألوفة لنا بعد الحرب!
أحبت
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Malak Al-juborry
تجيب اجاثا كرستي في هذا الكتاب عن طبيعة عمل منقبوا الاثار وتتحدث عن المناطق التي زارتها خلال رحلتها في الوطن العربي مع زوجها ماكس عالم الاثار
تتحدث عن طبيعة الحياة والناس هناك في قرى سوريا ولبنان .. الكتاب كما ذكرت هي ( ليس عميقا ) وحتى نظرتها لطبيعة الناس ليست بالعمق الذي تصورته .
اعجبني مقارنتها بين المراة العربية والكردية

"في هذا الجزء من العالم، نجد العديد من القرى الكوردية والعربية القريبة من بعضها. فكلا الشعبين له نمط الحياة نفسه، والدين نفسه، ولكن في جميع الاوقات والظروف يمكن ان نميزالنساء
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Lyn
Aug 15, 2015 Lyn rated it it was amazing
I have long enjoyed Dame Agatha Christie's cozy mysteries. Love Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. But now Dame Agatha has parted the veil for a peek into her life with her second husband, the archeologist.

In case you don't know, Dame Agatha's first husband turned out to be a mistake and after their divorce, she married Max Mallowan, a man 17 years her junior. But I believe he was her soulmate.

The most amazing part of this book is a glimpse into a world long gone! The book was begun in the mid
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Jill
Apr 06, 2013 Jill rated it it was amazing
This book is a gem if you are interested in reading memoirs, history and/or reading about Agatha Christie’s life in general. Set in Syria during the early 1930s, it’s an account of her life there while she accompanied her husband Max Mallowan on his archaeological excavations.

A simpler time when archaeology wasn’t weighed down with science and techniques. All you had to do, it seems, is catch a steam train at Victoria Station in London, transfer to the Orient Express in Calais and continue your
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Julie
Reminded me of another 1930s piece of travel writing that I love: Anne Morrow Lindbergh's North to the Orient. Both feature a smart, fearless, fascinating couple setting out on an expedition to explore something new. In both cases, the wife documents the adventure but is still a full participant. Despite a slightly jarring touch of colonialism, Christie clearly loved Syria and found something fresh and exciting about the country in each subsequent dig. She loves the people she describes and reli ...more
Kathryn
Dec 07, 2012 Kathryn marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stalled
And another library book meets the sad fate of having to be returned before I am finished with it. Not sure if I'll return to finish this one; I did enjoy it in its way, but after awhile it seemed all their scouting for just the right tell for an archeology dig got a bit redundant. Still, it was fun to catch a glimpse of Miss Christie as "Mrs Mallowan" (as she was known) in a role other than that of top-selling mystery book writer and instead one who travels through the mid-East looking for shar ...more
Val
Jun 03, 2016 Val rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: byt-main, non-fiction
Agatha Christie, Mrs. Max Mallowan, has a pleasant chatty style in this book. It is based on notes and observations she made at the time and written up later. She very wisely has not tidied them up too much, so they keep their freshness (and the copious exclamation marks). The observations are often humorous, sometimes at her own expense. They also give an interesting insight into the day to day business of an archaeological dig in an under-developed area.
When I was at school one of the first su
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Ola
Jun 27, 2016 Ola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
يكشف لنا الكتاب أسرار من رحلة أغاثا إلى سوريا على وجه التحديد وماهي العقبات والصعوبات التي واجهتهم في طريقهم إلى العمل

لم أستمتع بحياتي بقراءة يوميات أو بالاصح النوع المتعارف عليه باليوغرافيا كما فعلت مع أغاثا
إن نقراء لاغاثا خارج إطار الغموض فهي تجربة مشوقة وفيها نوع من الخوف بإن يخيب الظن بإسلوبها المعتاد
لكن دائما هنالك إستثناء فهي لاتملك قلم سحر في سرد الروايات دون غيره من الأنواع الأدبية الأخرى
فلحظاتها في سوريا كانت ممتعة مشوقة مليئة بطابع كوميدي هزلي معتاد منها
Ryan
Dec 25, 2012 Ryan rated it liked it
I enjoyed Christie's diary of adventures in daily life during a few seasons in Syria with her husband. The tone is familiar from her novels set in the area, and as colonial in attitude, but I liked it anyway. I know I'm not supposed to, but can't find it in me to be ashamed of liking her novels or her attitude, though I do see how its not been terribly helpful to the present. Despite the attitude, she does seem to love the area and I like very much her descriptions of the lovely Kurdish women, c ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Published just after the war, this memoir purports to describe the years that Christie and her second husband, Max Mallowan, worked on archaelogical digs in Syria. Christie herself tells the reader that it is an "inconsequential" memoir, and it certainly is. If you're looking for sweeping descriptions of epic countryside so beloved of certain of Christie's travel-writing contemporaries, you'll be disappointed. (I wasn't; I can't visualise places I've never seen anyway, so detailed descriptions p ...more
Ross
May 30, 2016 Ross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First Edition with 16 illustrations and a map. Agatha Christie was already a renowned writer of mysteries in 1930 when she married archaeologist Max Mallowan. She joined him on archaeological expeditions in the Middle East. She describes the book, in her foreword, as "small beer-a very little book, full of everyday doings and happenings". Small it may be, but it is a gem. The pre-WW2 Syrian years are remembered, more-or-less chronologically, in a string of frequently amusing vignettes about the ...more
David Edmonds
May 11, 2016 David Edmonds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Come, Tell Me How You Live is Agatha Christie's memoir of her time spent with her husband while he was on an archaeological dig in Syria. Christie proves she is just as capable of writing about her everyday life as she is her murder mysteries. And she's surprisingly funny, too! There was more than one occasion where I laughed out loud at some of her descriptions of her adventures.

What surprised me most was how adaptable she was to her surroundings. I think I've been carrying around a inaccurate
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Melissa Embry
Jan 29, 2016 Melissa Embry rated it liked it
So you think you know Agatha Christie? Just as we can't know the famously private mystery writer without reading the romantic novels she wrote under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, we also can't know her playful side until we read her sole comic work, Come, Tell Me How You Live. This short memoir cum travel book is the record of the years Christie spent with her second husband, archaeologist Max Mallowan while sifting happily (more or less) through the sands covering ancient cities of Iraq and Sy ...more
Raquel Curvacheiro
Depois do divórcio do primeiro marido, Agatha Christie viria a casar-se novamente, com um homem bastante mais novo, de seu nome Max Mallowan e de profissão arqueólogo. Após o casamento, Agatha acompanhá-lo-ia amiúde aos sítios das escavações (deduzo que seja essa a justificação pelo aparecimento desses cenários em romances como A Morte no Nilo e Morrer Não é o Fim), com a curiosidade e excitação de uma leiga que vive uma aventura pela primeira vez. Neste livro, Agatha relata, com o humor com que ...more
Clara Vale
Jan 02, 2015 Clara Vale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Comprei este livro há muitos anos, numa edição dos Livros de Brasil e iniciei a sua leitura. Numa visita a casa dos meus pais em que levei o livro, a minha avó de empréstimo achou que o gostaria de ler e eu acabei por deixar o livro e interromper a sua leitura. E com isso se deve ter passado quase uma década de interrupção.
Já depois do seu falecimento o livro voltou às minhas mãos e retomei a leitura, já terminada na edição da Tinta da China entretanto oferecida pela minha filha.
O livro tocou-me
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Jane Hoppe
Nov 04, 2014 Jane Hoppe rated it really liked it
In her Foreword, Agatha Christie Mallowan cautions the reader not to expect grand revelations in her archaeological travel journals, which have been compiled into the book Come, Tell Me How You Live. She says it is only “everyday doings and happenings.” Grand revelations they may not be, but what fascinating, delightful stories! When I finished reading this book, I just wanted to read it all again.

Although Christie’s husband, archaeologist Max Mallowan, and his crew sought artifacts from 4000 B.
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Johanna Lilas
Mar 03, 2016 Johanna Lilas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Agatha Christie précise dès les premières pages que son livre n'a pas pour thème l'archéologie mais la vie quotidienne sur les chantiers de fouilles en Orient.


L'effervescence de la préparation du voyage décrite par l'auteur parlera à de nombreux voyageurs. Que mettre dans la valise ? Combien de livres emmener en voyage ? Qu'est ce qu'on va oublier ? Elle raconte également son trajet entre l'Angleterre, la France puis de la France à Istanbul en Orient-Express et enfin l'arrivée à destination en
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Dinusha
Sep 29, 2015 Dinusha rated it really liked it
I'm really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Like she says in the introduction, it's not a story about a great adventure (although it sure reads like one!) but one of just how she and her husband lived during their archaeological expeditions. It's a simple tale, but very lively because of her many humorous anecdotes, descriptions, and stories. After having read Poirot and Me by David Suchet and being thoroughly disappointed by it, this book proved just what I needed to lift my spirits. ...more
Amy
This is 3.5 stars.

Agatha Christie is the best. This is a memoir of her time accompanying her husband on archaeological digs in Syria. Agatha is hilarious and sensible. She is upfront about the fact that this is not a very serious memoir and will not have insightful, in depth descriptions of a antiquities, history, politics or economic problems; rather it will contain passages like this:

I stand looking over the rail. How lovely it is, this coast with the mountains of the Lebanon standing up dim
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Musaad AlBassam
مذكرات الكاتبة في سوريا والعراق
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

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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