Giant’s Bread by Agatha Christie
Giant’s Bread by Agatha Christie is the first book of the 6 written under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, but the last I read. I gave this one 4 stars, because, unfortunately, the ending is incredibly stupid. Out of the 6, Absent in the Spring was the best one, with a fantastic ending, realistic, believable. The rest were mostly let down by their endings, as this one. For the first 200 pages Giant’s Bread worth 5 stars, even 5+ stars. The following 200-ish pages were a solid 4.5-5 stars, but the last part of the book was a bit meh, until the grand finale of the last 10 pages when it was 100% stupid. I will not give out any spoilers, so I will not talk about the ending.
The first part of the book is mostly about young Vernon, showing beautifully how a little boy sees the world. I was left asking what happened to that character, but for a little boy it didn’t matter, so it was realistic. I enjoyed that part so much. It goes on to him as a young man, falling in love. I also liked Nell a lot, I think she was my favourite character.
I think it’s so disappointing that a book which started so nicely and intriguingly, had such a bad ending. I’m still happy I read it though, because I liked the first part so much. I would suggest reading it, maybe you might like the ending better or just skip the last pages and imagine your preferred version of an ending.
Books under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott (links to reviews):
Giant’s Bread (1930)
Unfinished Portrait (1934) – 4 Stars
Absent in the Spring (1944) – 5 Stars
The Rose and the Yew Tree (1948) – 3 Stars
A Daughter’s a Daughter (1952) – 3 Stars
The Burden (1956) – 3 Stars
A Daughter’s a Daughter by Agatha Christie
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My rating: 4/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: HarperCollins
Year it was published: 2014 (first published in 1930)
About the author: Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, as the youngest of three. Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches. During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse; later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison. During the Second World War, she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, acquiring a good knowledge of poisons which feature in many of her novels.
Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920. During her first marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines. In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan (Sir Max from 1968) after joining him in an archaeological dig. Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie’s death in 1976.
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