My Favourite English Writer


It’s said that none of the British writers
of our age enjoyed such popularity all
over the world as Agatha Christie did.
Her works were translated into many
languages, and scores of films were
made using them as the script. The name of Agatha Christie is a
synonym for high-class detective story,
as well as Pele is a symbol of football,
and Marilyn Monroe is an embodiment
of femininity. According to Agatha
Christie herself, she began to write just to imitate her sister whose stories had
already been published in magazines. And suddenly Agatha Christie became
famous as if by miracle. Having lost her
father at an early age, the prospective
writer didn’t receive even fairly good
education. During the First World War
she was a nurse, then she studied pharmacology. Twenty years later she
worked in a military hospital at the
beginning of the Second World War. The favourite personages of the «queen
of detective story» are the detective
Hercules Poirot and the sedate Miss
Marple who carry out investigations in
noisy London and delusive quiet
countryside. The composition of her stories is very simple: a comparatively
closed space with a limited number of
characters, who are often plane or train
passengers, tourists, hotel guests or
residents of a cosy old village. Everyone is suspected! Murders in the
books of Agatha Christie are committed
in most unsuitable places: in the vicar’s
garden or in an old abbey; corpses are
found in someone’s libraries being
murdered with the help of tropical fishes, a poker, candelabra, a dagger or
poison. Once Agatha Christie wrote:
«Some ten years will pass after my
death, and nobody will even remember
me…». The writer was mistaken. Agatha Christie’s novels are very
popular now. People of all continents
read and reread «The Oriental Express»,
«Ten Little Negroes», «The Bertram
Hotel», «The Corpse in the library» and
other of her novels time and again, enjoy films made by her works, and
one can hardly find a country where
people do not know her name.


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