Poirot and Me Paperback – 22 May 2014
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This is an excellent book about the psychopathology of an exceptional actor... (Roger Lewis Daily Mail)
David Suchet writes with tremendous warmth and sincerity about his most famous alter ego... (Paul Whitelaw Metro)
As he films the final episode, actor David Suchet recalls his experience of playing Agatha Christie's world-famous detective, Hercule Poirot, for almost a quarter of a century.See all Product Description
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Anyone who loves Agatha Christie's quirky creation and the superb acting and diction of David Suchet will find the book a great pleasure.
He has given viewers so much joy and rich entertainment over 25 years, and the stories and anecdotes surrounding the series make interesting reading.
Particularly notable is the list of Poirot's characteristics that David researched and wrote out by hand as a constant reminder to be true to character. There are, in addition, a number of coloured plates in the book.
I recommend it to one and all. Suchet has an informal, warm, friendly style and the book is a good read.
Christie herself grew to dislike Poirot and wrote the final novel - Curtain - probably in 1940. Her publishers wouldn't let him die however and the book wasn't published until 1975 shortly before Christie herself died.
We are given an account of all Suchet's acting (and not all of it Poirot by any means) in the 25 years it took to complete the Poirot canon. There were long periods when he wasn't sure if he would be asked to play the part again, but he had an ambition to film every Poirot story that Christie wrote. When he did finally finish (and Curtain was deliberately not the last to be filmed) it was clearly very difficult for him finally saying farewell to a fictional character who nevertheless had become a firm friend ... cher ami.
I would have given five stars but I'm afraid a number of fairly crass grammatical solecisms (which really should have been picked up by the subeditors or his ghost writer) make it just four. Maybe this is what happens if they just run spell checker instead of doing proper proof reading ... ah well. Possibly a retirement job for me?
This book is about the love and perhaps sometime hate relationship between Suchet and that little Belgian detective who has graced our screens for 25 years and been in the written form for nearly 100.
The book opens ironically enough with the end, the end of the character Poirot in the filming of Curtain. (He actually went and filmed three more after this so as not to end on the end). Suchet goes back to the beginning and explains how he was chosen to be Christie's most famous creation and how he inhabited his world with equal obsession and passion from the beginning. We are getting a glimpse into this world as well as the world of making television dramas on the scale that sometimes we would only expect to see in a cinematic form.
There are plenty of interesting things in this book, the unswerving support of his wife is quite clear and it is obvious that he probably could not have done the role without her. The fact that at any point Suchet could have been disregarded for another actor, he was not actually contracted to play him in subsequent series from series 2. The thought of that now seems unimaginable. The immense detail that Suchet went into to make sure the Poirot was portrayed as Christie envisaged him, led to some disagreements on set. Throughout the book, Suchet was concerned that he did not want this great detective to be laughed at. With him but not at him. I cannot think of any point when I have wanted to laugh at him - I hope others feel the same. Suchet is Poirot and Poirot for me will always be Suchet.Read more ›
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Love the book. It gave me insight into the actor's life as Poirot! Enjoy!Published 3 months ago by M. Wolsh
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