4.50 to nowhere

2 January 2005 at 13:14 Leave a comment

I’ve read another Agatha Christie.

Clearly I’m going to have to read a lot more. I really enjoyed them when I was young, but so far I’m not having much luck.

I didn’t care for 4.50 from Paddington. Especially the ending (not the solution, but the means of its discovery). But what disturbed me more were the results of the discovery of an envelope and some plot problems that it created that remained (to my mind) unresolved. Why was it delivered? How was it picked up?

But, again, with the mention of ‘taxation’ by no fewer than three characters, clearly Christie’s fear of change and conservatism are as important an element here as they were in Tommy and Tuppence.

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What I’ve been reading:

  • James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. (London, 14 King William Street, Strand: William P. Nimmo, 1876). 4 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 3, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985). 4 years ago
  • Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988). 4 years ago
  • Stephanie Kallos, Broken for You (New York: Grove Press, 2004). 5 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 2, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985) 5 years ago

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