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#AtoZChallenge: C for Curtain by Agatha Christie

April is here and with it the #AtoZChallenge is also here. This is my second time participating in this cool challenge where bloggers from around the world come together to participate in this challenge of 26 posts each corresponding to an alphabet. The themes can be different for each blogger but the motivation and cheer of joining in the A to Z challenge is the same!

This April I will be sharing with you my Top 26 Favourite Books that influenced my life in some way or the other. These are books that I strongly recommend and why I do that will be revealed as the books are revealed.

#AtoZChallenge: C for Curtain by Agatha Christie - Njkinny's Blog

#AtoZChallenge: C for Curtain by Agatha Christie

#AtoZChallenge: C for Curtain by Agatha Christie - Njkinny's Blog

For the letter 'C' I have chosen Hercule Poirot's last case, Curtain. This book is the prime example of a writer's hate for his/her character. Christie it is said got so fed up of her own creation, Hercule Poirot's arrogance and his tendency to inadvertently demean other people by showcasing himself as the best that she wrote a case where the great Hercule Poirot is wheelchair bound and not very majestic. This is the story where he dies a very undistinguished death while facing a serial killer who is a killer and yet not a killer. Confusing right! Read the book to know more and understand the complexities of crime and justice.

#AtoZChallenge: C for Curtain by Agatha Christie - Njkinny's Blog

In her own words, she describes the Belgian Detective, Hercule Poirot to be “detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep.”

She wrote this book as gift for her daughter during World War II in case she didn't survive the war. It was kept in a vault for thirty years and published when the author's health started failing. It is said that she wanted Poirot to die so he didn't reach the immortality like Sherlock Holmes.

When I read this book, I was saddened for Poirot and then empathetic to the author who saw her relationship with her own creation as a sort of shotgun wedding. After reading Curtain by Agatha Christie, I researched the book and the facts around it. I was surprised to read her essay “Why I got Fed Up with Poirot” where she talks of her fear of Poirot outliving her and cautions new writers of the detective fiction to take care when creating their characters because they have to live with them in a relationship as long as they keep writing about them.

This book changed my perception of a character who had always come across as prissy and arrogant and then showed himself to be so much more. If you read Curtain you will see the softer and an almost apologetic side to the great detective which I think somehow shows the apology from the author who was killing her most famous and illustrious creation.

My perception of justice also changed with this book. Sometimes the road to justice is unconventional and almost impossible.

“Everyone is a potential murderer-in everyone there arises from time to time the wish to kill-though not the will to kill.”  

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