It's time to launch The Great Christie Read 2012. I do this every couple of years. I was going to be all completionist as usual, and start with the first book,The Mysterious Affair at Styles, but as I get older, I become more laid back about that kind of thing. So I'm being a bit serendipitous with it, reading pre-WW2 and then post, just pulling a book from the shelf and going with it. Tonight, for the first book, I pulled out The Moving Finger.
The Moving Finger was published over 20 years into Agatha Christie's career, in 1942, and features Miss Marple in a supporting role. It's written in first person in the voice of recuperating war pilot Jerry Burton, and I enjoy subvocalizing it as I imagine his voice. I first read this one probably between 1976-1978, and it's still one of my favorites.
If you've seen a screen adaptation of this book, you might like to know that they are usually significantly altered from the original material. It's easy to understand why; they like to build in a bit of romance onscreen, and also need to conflate material into a short span of time. But I like how this book somehow roams through the telling of a story, yet remains tightly on schedule. Christie was good at that.
With some of my GCR entries, I'll be more descriptive about the book itself (and I will cover all of them this time, Anna,) but for this one, I'll just offer one of my favorite covers for it, which was printed in 1961.