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This review is from: Poirot and Me (Hardcover)
I borrowed this from my local library just after "Curtain" (the last Poirot) was shown on ITV. I've ended up buying it for my mother for Christmas.
It's an excellent read, and an excellent swansong for the character that Suchet has created. Though Hercule Poirot was (obviously) written by someone else David Suchet's has become the definitive Poirot, knocking depictions by talented actors such as Ustinov and Finney into a cocked hat, and this book explains how. Suchet explains his motivation, which was to remain true in every detail to the Poirot written by Christie, down to the way he brushes his hat or the way he eats toast. Suchet's list of Poirot's characteristics is in itself fascinating.
More than this, though, he goes into the mechanics of playing Poirot while remaining a respected actor playing other parts. Who knew, for instance, that most of the time Suchet didn't know whether another Poirot series would be scheduled and would have to decide on very short notice whether to commit to another Poirot series or take other stage work?
A very minor criticism is that though Suchet says he's not a "luvvie" (and in general he appears not to be) every other actor he mentions is always "talented", "great", "marvellous"... Mr Suchet, surely there's *somebody* you feel at least ambivalent about? I'm also disappointed about Poirot's eyes. The books often mention his "cat-like green eyes", and the list of characteristics also says "Green eyes". I suppose expecting Suchet to wear green contact lenses for 70-odd episodes might have been a bit much, but was it really never discussed? Ah well - Poirot still 'as a leetle mystery, mes amis.
Regarding delivery: I placed the order early in the morning on 28th November and it was delivered (giftwrapped - thanks, Amazon) on 29th. The price isn't bad, either. At £20 RRP Amazon's £10.68 plus delivery isn't to be sneezed at.