Absent in the Spring, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A striking novel of truth and soul-searching. Returning from a visit to her daughter in Iraq, Joan Scudamore finds herself unexpectedly alone and stranded in an isolated rest house by flooding of the railway tracks. Looking back over the years, Joan painfully re-examines her attitudes, relationships and actions and becomes increasingly uneasy about the person who is revealed to her...Famous for her ingenious crime books and plays, Agatha Christie also wrote about crimes of the heart, six bittersweet and very personal novels, as compelling and memorable as the best of her work.




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I read it in both Japanese and original version! Great description of a frustrated woman in her midlife crises.I loved the stream of consciousness though I would have expected a cleverer ending. It is saddening that the heroine did not come to her senses.

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If you'd nothing to think about but yourself for days on end I wonder what you'd find out about yourself? Joan finds out when she's stranded in the desert for a couple of days.<br/><br/>I thought Agatha Christie used this name to write romances so it wasn't what I was expecting. I read it in one sitting and found it a bit unsettling, what do you know about yourself? Having said that, I would recommend it. For a quick read there's a lot to make you think.

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