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Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Illustrations for Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile




Agent Triple P is not a habitual Agatha Christie reader but the film version of Death on the Nile (1978) is one of his great comfort films - ideal if he needs cheering up or is suffering from too much rainy weather.  We've actually looked at the leading ladies in this and the 2004 David Suchet TV version (also very good) a long time ago in the early years of this blog.  It is interesting to note how far Emily Blunt's career has advanced since we wrote that piece in 2007.




We have always wanted to go up the Nile on a steamer but, sadly, the current conditions in Egypt make this unlikely.  We had nearly got it organised a few years ago and even had a lady arranged to travel with on the very steamer used in the Suchet version of the story but then Egypt disintegrated.



Death on the Nile, was the first actual Christie book we read and it was interesting to note the differences between the two filmed versions and the book, particularly as regards the different characters who were or were not included from the original novel in the screen adaptions.




We noticed, in an article in the newspaper today that The Folio Society has just brought out deluxe versions of the four Hercule Poirot novels, including Death on the Nile.  They feature covers and interior illustrations by Andrew Davidson and they really are splendid.  In fact we liked the pictures so much we ordered both Death on the Nile and Murder on the Orient Express from The Folio Society today.  It's nice to see the continued publication of splendid print editions despite this age of the Kindle.  Davidson studied graphic design at the Royal College of Art and works in very traditional ways.  His pictures for Death on the Nile are particularly evocative.

2 comments:

  1. These are nice illustrations. I love this movie, but as a fan of Suchet's Poirot I also like the tv adaption. As you wrote, this is indeed comfort viewing. It doesn't even bother me that this version of the 1930s is very artificial.As a rule I am a bit critical concerning period pieces which seem to get ever more revisionist. But in everything Christie I have a high tolerance for this.

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  2. Yes, I think I like both screen versions equally.

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