Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

Paperback - 1940
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Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 1940, c1960 (1977 printing).
ISBN: 9780671800185
0671800183
Characteristics: viii, 198 pages ;,18 cm.
Alternative Title: Murder in the Calais Coach.

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PrimVictorian
Oct 09, 2019

Murder on the orient express was a raises a interesting moral question and makes for a decent read. However I found it at times rather difficult to place who was where in the train (if it didn't provide a map I would have been rather vexed) so it sometimes broke me out of the novel. I was also unimpressed with the pacing of the book as I found it rather slow. The characters are decent but can be rather lackluster when trying to understand their motives. I know some have complained about how racist, sexist, and classist it is but I found that to be rather interesting. Police work in the early half of the 20th century was rife with these issues and I am fascinated by how it affected how detectives and investigated operated. While these issues are not pleasant it gives it a very authentic and grimly realistic view of the world during that period. So read it if you wish although I personally think the tv version (David Suchet) is a better way to take it in albeit they give it a religious slant (Avoid the new movie version it was terrible).

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Joeybiomaster
Sep 26, 2019

Warning to parents: this book contains blatant racism and parents should discuss the faulty views that were pandemic to pre-WWII. Example: "Assuredly," said Poirot. "Especially in the heat of a quarrel. But this- this is a different type of crime. I have the little idea, my friend, that this is a crime very carefully planned and staged. It is a far-sighted, long-headed crime. It is not, how shall I express it?, a Latin [Italian] crime. It is a crime that shows traces of a cool, resourceful, deliberate brain- I think an Anglo-Saxon brain."
I do not think this book has any value in 2018; the logic was faulty, there was no science involved, and the book is filled with stereotypes, racism, and misogyny. The value of the book comes from Poirot and the humor associated with his mustache; a great and interesting character.

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jonathan1972
Aug 23, 2019

This was a wonderful book. The ending was unexpected and the whole story was really intriguing. I loved reading this book and discovering the ending. The book inspired me to look for more of Agatha Christie’s books because the plot was so vivid and fascinating. I would definitely suggest this book to my friends and peers. I was unsure about reading this book before, but I’m so glad that I did because the story is so striking.

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naphadeam
Jul 01, 2019

This was my Agatha novel, I liked the plot and characters but ending was not quite good ,I think it would have been better

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Ahanjha
Jun 24, 2019

Agatha Christie has a definite bestseller! I have had a great time reading this book! Too much sophisticated language at times though, but it still rocks!

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blue_dog_17792
May 30, 2019

Hercule takes the case. Great mystery.

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Helen101
Mar 26, 2019

I loved this book!! The ending surprised me and was something I didn’t expect.

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Juliakucharek
Mar 13, 2019

I watch the movie!!!!!!

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Logovore
Jan 29, 2019

The one thing that has to be borne in mind when reading Christie is that her writing is very much of its time, place and class--though I suppose the same could be said of any author. This means that some characterizations which would likely have passed uncommented on by her readers at publication are now deeply offensive. This means that while the central mystery is well-plotted and the book well-executed overall, it's impossible to give it unqualified or total approval.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 22, 2018

Murder on the Orient Express was my introduction to Agatha Christie (to mystery novels in general, actually). I was a bit apprehensive going into it, and I would still recommend that if you consider yourself a nervous person, read it in the light of day. However, this book was the perfect blend of sinister, folksy, and artistic. It felt familiar, but it was also just brilliant in its use of character building and ethical development. Not to mention the ending. The ending, though I won’t spoil it for you, was a stroke of genius that makes me understand why this is such a timeless read. It depicts its time period in a easy-to-visualize way, creates colourful characters that are easy to sympathize with, and like any good mystery novel (as I’ve recently learned), keeps you on your toes at all times. There was never a restful moment, never a moment where someone wasn’t a suspect or a motive wasn’t in question. I couldn’t put it down. @freckleface675 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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PrimVictorian
Oct 09, 2019

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Ahanjha
Jun 24, 2019

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May 28, 2019

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Ahanjha
Jun 24, 2019

“The murder is with us... on the train now”

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lisahiggs
May 16, 2010

From the cast of characters:

"Antonio Foscarelli: Information gushed out of this swarthy, menacing Italian like the blood from the victim.

Edward Henry Masterman: a spare, neat, noncommunicative valet who has the haughtily disapproving face of the well-trained English servant."

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Ahanjha
Jun 24, 2019

Join Poirot on a book that will keep you reading till morning, a book that you can’t take your eyes off of. Is there such a story? Yup! This book will be suitable for ages 13+. So, basically:

Syria; 2:00am
It is cold outside, and Hercule Poirot climbs aboard the Taurus Express to go to a hotel. He meets with a friend and then they go for Poirot’s house. They climb aboard the famous Orient express, a train that actually ran through Europe. 🚂. When Poirot wakes, the train is stuck in a snowdrift, and a man who was responsible for 3 deaths was murdered. How? Join Poirot and be hooked on Murder On The Orient Express

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