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[the murderer] had risen. His handsome face was transformed, suffused with blood, blind with rage. It was the face of a killer - of a tiger. He yelled: “You damned interfering murdering lousy little worm!”
He hurled himself forward, his fingers stretching and curling, his voice raving curses, as he fastened his fingers round Hercule Poirot's throat...
I found this Christie story really disappointing, to the extent that I am going to curtail my Agatha reading project. The murder takes place in an isolated location, and there's a locked-room element in the sense that it takes place on a deserted and inaccessible beach. There is some nice character stuff, particularly the victim's troubled step-daughter. But the solution depends on crucial misdirection of the reader by the author, and the motivation for the crime is pretty obscure. Enough Agatha for me for the time being.


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Sep. 29th, 2013 12:40 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you've ever seen Murder by Death (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_By_Death) which has characters that parody Miss Marple and Poirot but one of the characters goes off on a rant that every Christie reader I know has agreed with at one point or another - "You've tricked and fooled your readers for years. You've tortured us all with surprise endings that made no sense. You've introduced characters in the last five pages that were never in the book before. You've withheld clues and information that made it impossible for us to guess who did it."
Sep. 30th, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC)
I was about to say that that film is *hilarious*, and then remembered I was probably about 14 when I saw it...
Sep. 30th, 2013 01:29 pm (UTC)
I think it's still probably funny, even if it's more of a rainy Sunday afternoon film than a must-watch.
Sep. 29th, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
And now, the view from in front of the tv screen. I tried the books long ago, but never got into them. They seemed thin, too much of their time, for their contemporaries and compatriates. To become real, they had to be filmed from hindsight as lush period pieces.

The Ustinov version was one of my favorite Christies; the wonderful score carried it, if nothing else. And those long sequences of nothing but music and hill climbing showed the 'locked terrain', and Poirot's musing about sunbathers was prominent enough, memorable enough, then left behind long enough.
Oct. 1st, 2013 05:42 am (UTC)
Author misdirection
Yes - I found this with her too. Annoying.
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