Once again, just a horrible, horrible cover that seems to be completely disconnected from the story it contains. Ridiculous. They should hire me to choose the covers, because whoever’s been doing so far stinks.
Oh people, this book is delicious. Creepy and wonderful and deft and mysterious and just utterly and completely well done. The name comes from an unsettling poem of William Blake’s:
Every night and every morn
Some to misery are born,
Every morn and every night
Some are born to sweet delight.
Some are born to sweet delight,
Some are born to endless night.
Unfortunately there’s just really not much I can say about it without giving up the spectacular ending. The big action happens in the latter parts of the novel, and so the first 3/4 reads as a suspense novel with undertones of the otherworldly. What happened at Gypsy’s Acre? Why is it cursed, and has the curse really been called forth onto the young couple?
There’s that age old story of a poor young man and a pretty little rich girl, but something very sinister is at play. The one thing I will say is that I don’t really think there are many clues for the reader to find. This is not the type of book where you are meant to have a chance at puzzling out the solution before the end. It is supposed to take you completely by surprise, so that you feel a little shiver down your spine at how well it was all pulled off.
Read this one. Wikipedia says it was one of Christie’s favorites. If that’s true, I must say I completely understand why. It’s a total gem.
for next week:
THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES
by Agatha Christie
not exactly sure how this is going to work out since it’s actually a collection of all of the Marple short stories, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out!