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The Big Four (1927)

de Agatha Christie

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A ruthless international cartel seeks world domination... Framed in the doorway of Poirot's bedroom stood an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man's gaunt face stared for a moment, then he swayed and fell. Who was he? Was he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what was the significance of the figure 4, scribbled over and over again on a sheet of paper? Poirot finds himself plunged into a world of international intrigue, risking his life to uncover the truth about 'Number Four'.… (mais)
Adicionado recentemente pormezufall, ZambranoM, fannyprice, smik, Smith.erin71, reneeg, AGift, cheshire11
Bibliotecas HistóricasAyn Rand, Carl Sandburg
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    Destination Unknown de Agatha Christie (Ludi_Ling)
    Ludi_Ling: Some 30 years may separate them, but both feature the same slightly inane global conspiracy theory plot.
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I had forgotten the unusual structure of this novel.

Hastings returns from Argentina without warning Poirot that he is coming. He arrives to find Poirot about to leave to sail to South America. He had decided to surprise Hastings with his arrival.

Plans are thrown into disarray by the uninvited guest who comes into Poirot's bedroom, collapses, and then dies. Poirot realises that he is being warned not to embark for South America.

This 18 chapter novel focusses on 4 people who threaten world security with catastrophe and destruction. At first the identity of just two people are known, then the third is revealed, but Number 4 is like a chameleon, able to take on many disguises and then leave no lasting impression of his face. All 4 are self-centred, and have world domination as their individual goal.

The novel was written originally as 11 or 12 short stories with the central theme of Poirot's search for these arch villains. The stories are presented sequentially and take place over a period of 10 or so months. The stories were published separately in Sketch magazine from 1924 under the sub-heading of The Man who was No. 4, then amalgamated into one narrative. The stories test Hercule Poirot's abilities as a detective. In fact he wishes to establish himself as the pre-eminent brain in the world.

The idea of evil powers trying to control world politics and economies is not confined to Agatha Christie, nor to this one "novel". We see it for example in the James Bond stories, in Christie's Tommy and Tuppence stories, in Superman, Batman and so on. It seems particularly to crop up in the 1920s and 1930s when the Western Powers felt threatened by the rise of China, of Russia, and when the old order had been brought down during World War One.

Once you realise the structure of the novel you begin to see other things. Some of the stories in THE BIG FOUR appear at first to have nothing to do with the central theme, but Poirot plucks 4s out of nothing. ( )
  smik | Apr 12, 2021 |
What a strange book this is. But then, so far I've found all of Christie's "international intrigue" plot lines strange. I do enjoy the relationship between Hastings and Poirot, but this one is hindered by an anti-Asian bias that, while probably true to the time and location, is still jarring and unpleasant to read, especially the accent/pidgin Christie has her Chinese characters speak. Or I guess maybe one could argue that it's Hastings's bias? ( )
1 vote ImperfectCJ | Apr 4, 2021 |
I wasn't as much a fan of this one. It wasn't much of a mystery -- it felt more like an Ian Fleming novel, but with a bit more racism and a lot less sex appeal. ( )
  poirotketchup | Mar 18, 2021 |
What a long list of characters and Agatha Christie gives vivid descriptions of each person. And so many stories with each of these characters. Hercule Poirot explains to Inspector Japp “and yet you drag the red kipper across the trail,” exactly as Agatha Christie drags the red kippers in the story. The story centers on “The Big Four” which is a group of four powerful individuals: Li Chang Yen from China, a dollar sign from America, a French woman, and “The Destroyer” England. Poirot races to identify and stop this deadly team. The mystery remains how Arthur Hastings spends so much time assisting Poirot in this lengthy hunt and ignoring his wife. Again, Agatha Christie explores the mistaken identity theme. The Destroyer, a master of disguise, approaches Poirot as an asylum keeper, a young butcher, a doctor, and a manservant. Poirot discovers each of the Big Four members and rushes to stop them. Agatha Christie plants hints of Poirot’s brother, Achille as resembling Sherlock Holmes’s brother Mycroft. This story borders on issues happening today. ( )
  delphimo | Feb 25, 2021 |
Not impressed. Maybe the least good Hercule Poirot book I've read. It looks like a collection of short stories in a thriller environment. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
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Christie, Agathaautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Adams, TomArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Fraser, Hughautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Laine, Anna-LiisaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Pike, KarlEditorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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A ruthless international cartel seeks world domination... Framed in the doorway of Poirot's bedroom stood an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man's gaunt face stared for a moment, then he swayed and fell. Who was he? Was he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what was the significance of the figure 4, scribbled over and over again on a sheet of paper? Poirot finds himself plunged into a world of international intrigue, risking his life to uncover the truth about 'Number Four'.

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