Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks

On her blog, Sarah Weinman linked to her recent Barnes & Noble review of a book called AGATHA CHRISTIE'S SECRET NOTEBOOKS, which Weinman noted is "as self-explanatory a title as you're going to get," and in which she discussed various discoveries John Curran (the author) made about Christie's work and her writing habits.

The book not only provides an inside glimpse into Christie's writing process (in a word: disorganized) and Curran's commentary on her published work, but also reveals his discovery (a la Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot, perhaps?) of two hitherto unknown Christie short stories.

Noting that the book is more than just "catnip for hardcore fans," Weinman concludes: "The net effect of Curran's years-long project is a virtual pilgrimage to the Christie homestead, sweeping readers up in his quest for the secrets that underpin Agatha Christie's mysterious literary logic."

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