Day 1154: Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie

Cover for AgathaI occasionally read a graphic novel, but I am not at all attracted to the superhero kind. Although they generally have very polished illustrations, I don’t find them imaginative and am more attracted to unusual subjects.

Agatha is a biography in graphic novel form of Agatha Christie. It begins with her mysterious disappearance of 1926, something that has never been fully explained. (I confess, I prefer the Dr. Who explanation, in which she was off with the doctor fighting a giant alien wasp.) Then it covers the major events of her life from a girl. To add a touch of whimsy, her major detective characters appear occasionally to talk with her.

I’ve noticed that some graphic novels use the illustrations to tell parts of the story, while others depend heavily on the text. This novel is one of the latter. I would also comment that the illustrations are more workmanlike than beautiful. But they are interesting, colorful, and convey the story.

It’s difficult for me to rate a graphic novel as a book. This one, for example, makes no effort to build up to a climax as fiction would. It is more like a biography without the depth and without the effort to be accurate about details of the times. For example, when Christie is a nurse during World War I, they have her introducing herself to the patients, something that would not have been allowed.

All in all, I appreciate the subject matter, but I have been more impressed by some other graphic novels in terms of beauty of artwork and effectiveness of story line. So far, Hannah Berry is my favorite.

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4 thoughts on “Day 1154: Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie

  1. Naomi November 30, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    I still haven’t been able to get into graphic novels. I even see the good ones all the time now that I work at the library… and I still don’t have an urge to bring them home. (Unless for one of my kids!)

    • whatmeread December 2, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      It not really sure myself if they’re my genre.

  2. Davida Chazan December 2, 2017 / 7:27 am

    I’ve only read one graphic novel – which was actually a collection of graphic short stories. I like the subject matter of this book but…. I don’t think this one is for me, to tell the truth. Thanks all the same!

    • whatmeread December 2, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      I’ve only read a few, but my favorite was Britten and Brulightly, a noir mystery.

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