Come, tell me how you live by Agatha Christie Mallowan
New York : Dodd, Mead & Co., 1974. Hardcover. 192 pages ; photographic illustrations ; 22 cm. $8.95 dust jacket with a large tear to rear. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding firm.
COME, TELL ME HOW YOU LIVE
Agatha Christie Mallowan
Illustrated with photographs
For many years before World War II, Agatha Christie accompanied her archaeologist husband, Sir Max Mallowan, on his expeditions in Iraq and Syria. Here, in a most unusual kind of travel book, she has written an informal and witty description of how you lived when digging up the past in the Middle East.
The book is full of anecdotes which give an amusing picture of excavating ancient cities with primitive native labor. There was, for instance, the foreman who was unable to believe that the authoress did not want to attend a local hanging. "But it is a woman who has poisoned three husbands. Surely you do not want to miss that!"
Throughout the story there runs a thread: it is the unchanging way of life led by the simple folk in Western Asia for more than 6000 years.
Readers who know Lady Mallowan as Agatha Christie will find particular interest in this delightful chronicle which was begun before the war, then laid aside to be resumed after four years spent in war-time London.
First published in 1946, Come, Tell Me How You Live is reissued by popular demand, for, as Agatha Christie said then and says now: "It seems good to remember there were such places. I know what a very good life that was, and it has been a joy and refreshment to me to live those days again."
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