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For the first time in her life, Joan is forced to look inwards and examine her motives, her actions and the effect she has on others. Joan’s insistence on her views, her lack of sensitivity, compassion and insight have caused a lot of harm to her relationships, to which she is completely unaware. Because of train delays Joan unexpectedly finds herself held up at an isolated rest station in an area of the Middle Eastern desert. The crux of the story is that Joan's perception of herself and of the people around her are as much an illusion as the mirage she experiences when out walking in the desert.

it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wand'ring bark, Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. G. Wells Henry Williamson Herbert Jenkins historical fiction horror fiction Howard Spring Hugh Walpole humorous fiction J. This psychological tension is ratcheted tighter and tighter as Joan remembers past instances from her life. Anyway, Christie fabulously uses Joan's isolation to let her reflect on her life and ponder over her relationship with her husband and with her daughter. One can’t help wondering if Agatha felt something similar when her fist husband left her, turning her life upside down.Christie makes full use of dramatic irony as we’re led back through scenes from Joan’s earlier life and realize that she’s utterly clueless about what those closest to her want and think. I came away thinking: I wonder if Mrs Christy herself had experienced such an epiphany in her own life!

and suddenly she was in the midst of a waking nightmare, wed to a man she realised was a stranger ~ a man who dreamed of getting rid of her, by whatever means were necessary. By the time I came to read Absent in the Spring, in the spring of 2022, anonymity for the author was long gone. And so, Joan’s journey of self-discovery begins, as she finds herself thwarted by the weather and alone in a resting house in the desert with an abundance of time to contemplate her life and the choices she has made over the years and how they have affected her family. Paul on the way to Damascus"-type revelation that might jar readers' religious feelings, but it can be easily overcome, as it is neither an attempt to convert or offensive in any way. A middle aged woman stranded alone in the desert, while waiting for a train, faces herself for the first time and like a Saint has an epiphany about her true self, her husband and children.

In an earlier life, Philip was a leading mountain climber and made the first ascent of one of the seven summits of the seven continents, the Carstensz Pyramid. And now, stranded at a train station and all alone with her thoughts for the first time possibly ever, she must reflect on who she really is.

I have always loves Agatha Christie and have gone through a recent kick of rereading all the Marple and Poirot mysteries so I thought I would try this - so far Absent in the Spring was fairly good. Christie’s depiction of Joan’s marriage, and interactions with her husband and each of her children, provides clear clues that were all missed by Joan at the time but which are immediately and heartbreakingly clear to the reader, and, indeed to all the other characters in the story. But having teased the reader with the possibility of life-or-death melodrama, Christie jerks the rug from under our feet, restoring Joan to the rest house and to her disturbing thoughts.El final me dejó algo molesta, tenía esperanzas y quería otro final, pero mientras más lo pienso más creo que es el final perfecto.

Can Joan come face to face with herself and realize how little she is truly loved or cared for since she herself has chosen to restrict her interpersonal relations in such a circumscribed and impersonal degree? The more her unease grows, the more she realizes that her idea of perfect might have done more harm than good.

In this telling scene, it is Joan, not the author, who believes the question is ‘quite natural’, that the reaction to it is ‘ludicrous’ and William’s voice ‘odd’ when replying. She runs out of reading materials, and has no diversions whatsoever, and thus is forced to spend some quality time in reflection.

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