Collins Destination Unknown (ELT Reader)[Paperback]
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date:
- 03 May 2012
- ELT Graded Readers
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Once again, Agatha Christie created a brilliantly complex thriller. It's a nice change from her straightforward mysteries, with some unique characters mixed in with all of her standard ones.
I very much enjoyed this book - not a typical Christie mystery at all! Think more spy, intrigue, suspense and adventure. Also add a touch of sci-fi and that is this book. It is best to go into this knowing as little as possible to truly enjoy the story. - Hillary wants to end her life then a strange man introduces himself and proposes an out of this world suggestion leading Hillary on an amazing adventure.
Is it just me, or is they a faint whiff presaging Ayn Rand....scientists disappearing to be able to work for the good of humanity? whether that be behind the iron curtain, in mid-america, or so other destination.
This is one of those books that I shouldn't even like, but happen to adore. And not just because it's a Christie book. It is very much a child of its times - it is diffuse with the paranoia of the 1950's Cold War, puts conspiracy theory in a fast car and runs away with it. Every twist and turn manages to outdo the next, becoming more and more incredible and nonsensical as the story progresses. There is no way a plot as convoluted and over-wrought as this could ever happen in real life. The plot holes are more gaping than the Grand Canyon.And yet... This is a book that I could read over and over and thoroughly enjoy it. Taken with just the right pinch of salt, a gung-ho attitude and a healthy suspension of disbelief, this is a rewarding romp of a book that makes no serious demands of its reader, nor does it take itself too seriously. Its characters are a pastiche of various noir B-movie types; its plot is eerily reminiscent of The Big Four, but with a tighter, more engaging plot. It does not pretend to be anything more than it is - a light, entertaining, if slightly fantastical read.
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