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So. What is there to say about this?

I've always rather enjoyed this book of Miss Marple short stories, although some of them don't hold up quite as well under the magnifying glass that we put them under. Marple doesn't have the perfect personality, and is a bit too omniscient, but I tend to like her all the same and this is a nice way to see her abilities and personality on display, in a pretty nice variety of cases.

I am finding myself hyper-aware though of the whole class thing as I go through and read more Christie now - mostly the whole dismissal of the servants as "our people," and the way they're easily shuffled off-screen as not valid characters if the story doesn't choose one of them to be the culprit. I mean seriously, it seems to be either "the butler/cook/parlourmaid done it" or "well, except for the servants, who we can't seriously suspect in this case" (and no real reason given for that), one or the other.

Anyhow, I'd have to say that given my conscious druthers, I prefer the non-omniscient detectives, although that said, I'm drawn to Miss Marple, Poirot, and Sherlock Holmes, which kinda flies in the face of that. Well, I guess each character type has their charms, if they're done well.

Any other comments/things I forgot to mention/discussion? Anyone?


I hope everyone else also enjoyed reading along, and remember we start Understanding Comics on Monday the 6th.

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stormfeather
Sep. 5th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
re: the class stuff, agreed, although I somewhat view it as reading Mark Twain in the present day: it's more a sign of the times. (Although these times weren't THAT long ago and people should have known better but oh well.)

And yes, Sir Henry is made of The Awesome. I wish maybe we'd seen him as the protagonist of some of Christie's stories, rather than just showing up in a supporting role here and there. And I'm pretty sure Miss Marple is supposed to be mostly a sweet old lady, given her role in the many other books with her, but yeah, it occasionally falls flat.

And Poirot, oo, yeah, I'd be up for that. I figure I'll throw it back on the list then, and we can figure out if we want a short story collection, or a full-length novel, or what. I'll probably wait a bit though since I guess there's no use dipping into the same well twice in rapid succession.
khedron
Sep. 8th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
I have a mental disconnect w/ Marple, where I really can't buy into her "sweet old lady" act, even though the text seems to really want me to think it's genuine.

It's almost too bad that the overall plot structure means she can't be pulling a Jessica Fletcher, i.e. secretly murdering people in the places she travels to. (Not that they ever *said* that's how "Murder, She Wrote" worked, but things happened around her far too often to be coincidence.) But, with some of these stories being years old, I just can't claim that.


In general: I enjoyed reading the stories! I'll have to watch some BBC Miss Marple movies to see how they portray her.
khedron
Sep. 16th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
Google says Happy Birthday to Agatha Christie!
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