The Agatha Christie Obsession


I've grown up surrounded by books, making friends with beings formed of dust and ink. Some of these beings have faded from my mind, and some remain dormant, whilst others I encounter regularly, greeting them with open arms and a steaming cup of tea. Two of these said beings are Christie's idiosyncratic Belgian detective, and her elderly, more-than-she-seems female detective. Across the darkening winter noons, they whisper to me, their voices muffled by the weight of words, and I know a myriad of adventures lie ahead. For me, these books are my Narnia; reality can wait.

I won't pretend Christie's novels have stunning prose or astounding character development, because, if I'm honest, they don't. However, they're bustling with ideas and thoughts, they're engaging and they're structurally flawless. Not to mention, Poirot and Miss Marple are timeless.

“Poirot," I said. "I have been thinking."
"An admirable exercise my friend. Continue it.”

This morning I rekindled my love for Christie's work through a delightful (albeit morbid) collection of Miss Marple short stories. And, as I glanced out the frosted window, and the warmth of my tea rouged my cheeks, I asked myself: why would I want to spend this day doing anything else?!

So yes, I love anything and everything about Christie's work. Perhaps her books aren't life-altering, but I enjoy them – and sometimes that's more worthwhile.

Do you have an author you constantly return to (aside from JKR)? Have you read any Agatha Christie books? If so, which is your favourite (mine's And Then There Were None)? Also, there was no November wrap-up due to a pesky case of time devourers (a.k.a mock exams) but I'll soon be done with these. :)

20 comments:

  1. Do you write? Your writing here was so eloquent.
    I always go back to this children's book - A Week in the Woods. I cherish it (:
    I also love The Grimm Sisters. I haven't read any Agatha Christie books unfortunately. I really should get on that.

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    1. Thank you – that's so lovely to hear! I write a bit in my spare time, but not a lot given school work etc. The Grimm Sisters sounds like such a sweet series. :) You should definitely try some Agatha Christie!

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  2. Oh, I love Agatha Christie! I've been meaning to read more of her work this year...alas, I haven't succeeded. I'm actually taking part in the 2015 Decades Genre Reading Challenge next year, and as part of that it's my goal to read 6 Poirot books, so I'm really looking forward to that! An author I always return to (besides JKR) is Enid Blyton. Growing up, I LOVED her stories, and my favourites (The Book of Brownies. The Faraway Tree, The Naughtiest Girl in School) are always comforting. Beautiful writing in this post!

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    1. Oooh that sounds like such a great challenge! And yep – I was an Enid Blyton fan too hehe! :)

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  3. I've never read an Agatha Christie, but have wanted to for a long time - I guess I'm just waiting for the right moment.
    The author I always go back to is Roald Dahl. I've spent so many years of my life re-reading his marvellous creations - Matilda and Esio Trot being my favourites. There is something comforting about the way his mind worked that makes me appreciate reading and writing more every day.

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    1. I used to love Roald Dahl! With Fantastic Mr Fox being my favourite ehehe. :) And yep, there's something incredibly comforting and nostalgic about his work!

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  4. I LOVE POIROT OH MY GOSH CAN WE BE FRIENDS??? *squeals* Have you watched the Poirot TV adaptation? And Poirots Last Case oh my gosh. What a shocker!! Ok, I've finished ranting :) I haven't read Mrs Marple though I should get my hands on !!

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    1. YES! POIROT IS MY FAVOURITE! I've seen a couple of the TV episodes, but not enough! :)

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  5. Oh, why did I not know you were a fellow Christie fan?!

    I feel the same way. I grew up reading her stories (my mum has most of them so I was intrigued why she loves them so much) and I've loved them ever since. There's something about the way she writes that makes you forget everything else. I've read And Then There Were None five times before and it still does that to me. Not many authors would be able to have such an effect on me.

    And Then There Were None is my favourite as well, but I really enjoyed A Murder is Announced and Murder is Easy as well.

    Good luck with all your exams, I'm sure you'll do great! <3

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    1. I know, I should talk about Christie more often!

      And Then There Were None is insanely good. I also really enjoyed Murder is Easy. I've yet to read A Murder Is Announced!

      And thank you so much Vicky!

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  6. Enid Blyton. Enough said. She was my true childhood author.

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  7. My favourites are The Man in the Brown Suit - an early one which has some lovely, playful writing in it. And Sleeping Murder - one of her last, which has a brilliantly creepy beginning. I love Agatha Christie's plots - they're sooo clever. And the stories are weirdly cosy and comforting considering they're full of murders. BUT just when I'm enjoying the story, one of the characters will suddenly say something so horribly racist I have to put the book down and - occasionally - consider burning it. I'm still not completely sure whether it's OK to overlook this - so I'd love to know what you think. One book I bought from a charity shop had some very offensive words gouged out with a biro - so someone else was clearly upset too!

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    1. Sleeping Murder is brilliant. And yes, her plots are wonderful!

      I definitely see what you mean here, and it's incredibly difficult to overlook in many cases. I think her novels are very much "of the time", and whilst that delivers great plots, there are some incredibly offensive lines used, which are difficult for a modern audience to digest. For instance, my favourite is And Then There Were None… but the original title of that… well, let's not go there. I have modern editions which have altered these racist phrases/words, but I agree that this is definitely the elephant in room when reading them. Very frustrating when I adore the plots so much!

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  8. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE AGATHA CHRISTIE!! The first book I read of hers was Murder on the Orient Express and it blew my mind!! The ending was incredible! Since then, I love diving into one of her books knowing that it will always be completely unpredictable. Miss Marple is great too, and I think Agatha Christie really is the queen of crime! Loved this post, Ruby! xx

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    1. YAY! She 100% is the queen of crime. Thank you Rita!

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  9. Great post I feel the same way about books. I tagged in the tis the season book tag
    http://www.booksfromafangirl.com/2014/12/tis-season-book-tag.html

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  10. I'm with you I just love Agatha Christie. But I didn't read them when I was younger, I only discovered them about a year ago which is fantastic as I have so many still to discover. Like you my favourite so far is And Then There Were None, I just loved the plot and carefully it was all planned out and executed. Happy reading :)

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  11. I'm not the only one! I discovered Agatha Christie when I was 13 and for about two years I steadily made my way through just over 40 of her book. I haven't read anything by her in about a year now but I've been meaning to finish off the Poirot books for some time (I only have nine left!)

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  12. I was never a huge Marple fan but man alive I loved Poirot!! The first Christie book I read was Murder On The Orient Express and I still love to think about it, it was so unlike anything else I had ever read! I agree with And Then There Were None being a favourite, one hundred per cent. :)

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