Book of the Week #26:

Murder on the Orient Express,

by Agatha Christie

So, this is the third time we are featuring Agatha Christie in this list.

Only third? That is quite surprising… When I began, I intended to feature at least 20-25 of her books. So many wonderful books, so little time…

What is even more surprising is the fact that this is the only book I read after I watched the movie.

Now, let me start off by saying that I intend to keep this one similar to my favourite fictional detective: slightly short.

A lot of what I need to say has already been said, or will be said, in the other Agatha Christie posts, anyway, so…

Okay, well, now we begin the discussion by first talking about this train. Running between Paris and Istanbul, or was it Constantinople at that time, Orient Express was the epitome of luxury in long-distance travel, in a time before civilian aircrafts became the norm. And, as one can expect, the route and the layout of the train does play a part in the story.

One of the things I love about Agatha Christie’s books is the way she incorporates the setting into the plot, and this book is an excellent example. Of course, I cannot go into any details, because, you know, spoilers.

Still, I can say that a blizzard is not entirely unexpected while travelling through Central Europe in December.

The one supreme theme to this book is that of Justice. This story does force one to reexamine one’s understanding of justice, and how it differs from vengeance. It also makes one wonder if all that is just is legal, and vice-versa.

The plot itself is pretty much classic Christie: seems implausible and inexplicable at first, only to be revealed to be extremely simple, once you can see through the usual trappings and red herrings.

In conclusion, if you haven’t read this book, you should. You can find it here:

And if you really do not want to read it, well, the movie is good enough.

Well, that is all for now.

Thank you…

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Yashas Mahajan

Author of Arrkaya: Origins, now available online... Increasingly being referred to as The Writer Guy...

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