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3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable Christmas read, 2 Jan 2014
This review is from: Poirot and Me (Hardcover)
Any Christie or Poirot fan will be satisfied with David Suchet's book as the account of his experiences and memories of twenty-five years spent working on Agatha Christie's best known and perhaps best loved character. To anyone who expected some `behind-the-scenes' gossip and trivia, the book may prove to be slightly disappointing. However, for general Christie fans' community this is a good guide to the twenty-five years and thirteen series spent doing an evidently enjoyable job. The book is rather encyclopaedic, providing a step-by-step chronology of adapting the stories, complemented with Suchet's own personal thoughts and impressions on the one hand, while on the other giving his innermost doubts and anxieties both about the future of the series, as well as his own career. This might prove a bit of a shortcoming, actually, as specifically the first part of the book is more about Suchet's fears of being out of work and not being able to feed his family, as well as of the uncertainties concerning the continuation of the otherwise successful series. On the other hand, it can also serve as an insight into the insecure life of an actor and the inherent hardships of the job in which nothing can be taken for granted, thus allowing the readers to correct their often confused views. The otherwise well written and carefully prepared book also suffers from editorial errors as specifically towards the end it begins to show the signs of haste and time pressure which took its toll in the form of multiple mistakes (misprints?) which, however, don't diminish its literary quality.
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