Just after midnight, a snowstorm stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks in the middle of Yugoslavia. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for this time of year. But by morning there is one passenger less. A 'respectable American gentleman' lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside . . . Hercule Poirot is also aboard, having arrived in the nick of time to claim a second-class compartment -- and the most astounding case of his illustrious career.
Topics: Istanbul, 1930s, Series, Adventurous, Suspenseful, Crime, Murder, Trains, Journeys, Private Investigators, Made into a Movie, Revenge, Tense, 20th Century, Female Author, and British Author
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Even though the beginning was slightly dragging (which I had to understand, because the author needed to establish the mystery and the red herrings first), the ending made up for it a hundred percent. No wonder Orient Express is up there among Christie's best.
Okay, who would have thought that everyone was in on it. *Mind-fucked*
I mean, in murder mysteries, you expect that there will only be one murderer. So, yeah, I greatly appreciated Christie's different take on the murder mystery, by making all the suspects guilty of the crime.
Update: I found the 1974 movie version for this, and I'm surprised it's so star-studded. Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Perkins, and I don't know any of the actors, but they do look glamorous. Already I'm thinking up my own version of a 2013 adaptation for this.
It was bit slow to start, but then it took off and it was pretty good. As the mystery came to light I was thinking, "This is impossible. How can all these people be on the train at the same time and have this one connection?" I forced myself to keep on reading and then it all made sense. I thought Christie wrapped it up nicely.more
A well planned and executed story I had picked up bits and pieces as it went but I hadn't guessed the ending. I really enjoyed this book and if her other works are as good I can see why her works are so loved.
The only issue I had with the book was the belief that all readers are fluent in French. It annoyed me a lot (and is the reason it is only 4 stars) to be reading a sentence that suddenly has a French word in it. Or somebody be saying something, and we know they're already speaking French, and midsentence it changes language. I had to keep a translation app beside me. Overall it's a minor thing but it kept pulling me out of the story to find out what it was they said.
But I still very much look forward to reading more Agatha Christie novels in time.more
Il più famoso omicidio su un treno e uno dei titoli più noti con protagonista Poirot.
Il romanzo è pura indagine: c'è l'omicidio, ci sono le prove e le testimonianze e c'è una conclusione spettacolare (l'avevo già letto ma per fortuna l'avevo dimenticata).
Il lettore per molti aspetti può sfidare Poirot, anche se molti dettagli dipendono da una conoscenza della società dell'epoca.
Questi come nessun altro sono gialli di puro ragionamento ed è un piacere seguire Poirot nelle sue elucubrazioni fino alla soluzione.
The most famous murder on a train and one of the best known adventure starring Hercule Poirot.
The novel is the investigation: there is a murder, there are evidences and there is an amazing conclusion (I had previously read this novel but luckily I forgot about it).
The reader can challenge Poirot for various deductions, however some derives from a deep knowledge of that society.
These novels are based on the pure reasoning and it's a pleasure following Poirot in his deep thinking until the solution.more
I do still recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and fun read, but I do not hold this novel in the high esteem that so many others seem to.more
But it's a very short and entertaining book. Any longer and the above criticism would have made it seem unwelcome. But I recommend it to anyone even remotely interested in mystery.more
I am not a mystery reader in general. I've tried a few mystery books in the past and I've just never been all that interested. They just make me feel too impatient, or else they're terribly predictable. So, it certainly came as a surprise how much I enjoyed this one! Christie's writing is so intelligent and witty; I found it hard to look away and was completely drawn into the story and very intrigued by all the characters.
I think it takes great skill to write a book that takes place entirely inside one carriage on a train and to still make it entertaining and compelling. Christie created a whole little world inside that train and made it seem much more interesting than you'd think. The story itself was fascinating and I was so eager to find out who did it. The ending was not a disappointment and it was wrapped up brilliantly. I liked all the characters- they were well developed and seem very realistic. Poirot is well written and incredibly entertaining.
Overall, it was very good. A bit slow/repetitive at parts but other than that, I can't find many faults. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by Christie and I'm delighted that she wrote so many books.