Friday, September 15, 2006

It's Agatha Christie's Birthday

Agatha Christie was born on Sept. 15, 1890 and died on Jan. 12, 1976. It was just by a change that I had picked up a copy of "Murder on the Orient Express" on the Warren County Library's twenty-five cent discard shelf. What a delight to relaxedly stroll again on board the snowbound train with Hercule Poirot and try to solve the murder in which every possible suspect has an alibi. The description is spare and the dialog a bit forced, but soon it sucks you in. Even with little glimmers of the movie and Albert Finney and the BBC Poirot (David Suchet) the book remains a classic of the whodunnit genre. I also recall that a snowstorm figures importantly in another of her classics--"The Mousetrap". The play version will be celebrating the 55th year of its run in 2007 having opened in Nov. of 1952 at the Ambassador Theatre in London. Need more on dear Agatha just check here.

1 comment:

Arthur Greisiger said...

It's a pleasure to have the remeberance of one of the worlds great writers brought to mind. As a writer myself, I am in awe at her achievments. As a performer, I was proud to have walked the boards as Mr. Paravincini and as a Technical Director, Lighting & Set Designer, I had the distinct honor to have designed & implemented one of my better sets for her most wonderful show. I surely would have liked to have met the woman.