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I haven't had much time or energy to read anything since I landed, or to finish my Lost Library assignment. I am, as Stephenie Meyer might say, chagrined by this situation. I did manage to watch Dead Man's Folly with David Suchet as Poirot, and I thought it was really well done. I enjoyed the book more for Ariadne Oliver than anything else, but the adaptation was visually rich and suspenseful and sad in its own right. I like Suchet's Poirot just a fraction more than book!Poirot.

(I'm curious to know if there's anyone who doesn't like David Suchet as Poirot. He seems to be the least controversial of all fictional detective casting choices, which is not surprising to me at all).

I've also been reading Lucky Jim, which is just ok so far, and I'm twenty pages from the end of The Once and Future King but feeling reluctant to finish it.

Not much, though. Mostly I've been going up and down a bunch of flights of stairs all day long, printing out the wrong thing and having to go back and print it again, moving boxes of tshirts from one room to another, and other miscellaneous tasks that don't seem like they would take up a lot of time, but do.


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Jul. 2nd, 2015 10:05 am (UTC)
I absolutely adored the adaptation of Dead Man's Folly. And I really don't think there is anyone who dislikes David Suchet as Poirot. I've never heard of even one person saying anything uncomplimentary about him ever. I bet even if you got a bunch of politicians from opposing political parties to sit down together & watch, they would have to agree with each other about David Suchet being the perfect Poirot. LOL!
Jul. 2nd, 2015 12:30 pm (UTC)
There must be someone! Maybe someone who has never read the books and just objects very strongly to the moustache, or someone who imprinted on one of the earlier adaptations and just can't make the mental shift. Or maybe not. Maybe liking David Suchet's Poirot is one of those rare constants. Anyway, it was terrific -- and Ariadne Oliver was in it! Her casting was also excellent. I love her stubborn slightly bewildered face.
Jul. 3rd, 2015 03:42 am (UTC)
Oh, I love it when Ariadne Oliver shows up! Zoe Wanamaker is fabulous, and I always prefer Poirot with friends around to Poirot on his own. (Not that I would turn down Poirot in any circumstance!)
Jul. 3rd, 2015 09:43 am (UTC)
Ariadne Oliver is my favorite! Poirot with friends is definitely better than Poirot without friends. I love Hastings, too. Some people like him only in TV form and are annoyed with him in the books, but I think he's adorable across all media.
Jul. 2nd, 2015 04:29 pm (UTC)
(I'm curious to know if there's anyone who doesn't like David Suchet as Poirot. He seems to be the least controversial of all fictional detective casting choices, which is not surprising to me at all).

I have this feeling I've met someone who doesn't like him, but even then I think it was just that they didn't like Poirot and not that they didn't think he was the best Poirot.

May you have more time and energy soon! ♥
Jul. 2nd, 2015 09:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I just made the mistake of taking on too much work at once -- a very common mistake in my life. And too much work + travel is a bad combination for getting anything done.

If I wanted to be contrarian, I could probably invent an eccentric Suchet-hating Poirot fan and come up with some plausible reasons to dislike Suchet as Poirot. But I don't really want to. He's just too likable.
Jul. 3rd, 2015 07:30 am (UTC)
I'm sure there are some devoted fans of Albert Finney or Peter Ustinov out there who worship them regardless, even as Poirot. Agatha Christie, though, did not like any Poirots she saw. She never saw David Suchet, however. Maybe she wouldn't have liked him either & the rest of the world would have baffled her by approving of him?

(It seems hard to imagine she wouldn't have liked him at least a bit, though.)
Jul. 3rd, 2015 09:40 am (UTC)
I just tried to imagine Agatha Christie not liking David Suchet and it hurt my brain a little. But you never know.

Some of the early illustrations of Poirot that I've seen are surprisingly seedy and Maurice Chevalier-looking. I wonder if my mental image was being subconsciously influenced by David Suchet before I had even seen David Suchet. But Poirot is pretty clearly described in the books, I think.

I love Peter Ustinov! The only roles I've seen him in are oily and disreputable Romans, but maybe he could work as Poirot.
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