It’s time again. Booking Through Thursday.

Almost everyone can name at least one author that you would love just ONE more book from. Either because they’re dead, not being published any more, not writing more, not producing new work for whatever reason…or they’ve aged and aren’t writing to their old standards any more…For whatever reason, there just hasn’t been anything new (or worth reading) of theirs and isn’t likely to be.

If you could have just ONE more book from an author you love…a book that would be as good any of their best (while we’re dreaming)…something that would round out a series, or finish their last work, or just be something NEW…Who would the author be, and why? Jane Austen? Shakespeare? Laurie Colwin? Kurt Vonnegut?

Agatha Christie, when she was at her Appointment with Death, Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, Ten Little Indians, Murder at the Vicarage best. There’s just something very conforting about a group of strangers gathered in a secluded country manor, only to have one (or more) of them turn up dead. There’s also something very nostalgic about her works. I suspect that even when she was writing in the 30s and 40s, the world she was writing about was already mostly gone. Her post-WWII novels suffered, I think, because she tried too hard to be up-to-date. She began introducing younger characters and including more James-Bond-like action. Those attempts fell flat for me a little. I’d like just one more gathering of all the suspects in the library for the shocking revealation of the murderer’s identity.

3 thoughts on “Encore

  1. Daisy Cat June 7, 2007 / 1:22 pm

    I really have not read much Agatha Christie, I only really watch the tv adaptations. Must try reading some, tv/film versions of books usually suffer so badly! Happy BTT

  2. saundejm June 7, 2007 / 1:38 pm

    TV and film versions of Agatha Christie suffer especially badly. Despite attracting some high-powered actors (Peter Ustinov, Ingrid Bergman, Mia Farrow, Sean Connery), they usually have to change the plot to fit the demands of the medium, and it just doesn’t work as well.

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