Day 14: Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie
Summary From Goodreads:
In the airport lounge at Frankfurt a British diplomat meets a beautiful young woman in fear for her life, and together they enter a sinister world of intrigue and death…
My first foray into the world of Agatha Christie, Passenger to Frankfurt was like stepping into a time machine back to a completely different style of writing and perhaps way of thinking as well. I found a few of Christie’s books in a book sale at a library nearby a few months back and decided that now was as good a time as any to read one. I have of course heard of how amazing she is, and being a character in Doctor Who is always a plus in my book, so I knew that I should find out for myself what her books are like.
I have no doubt that I started that journey in the right place with Passenger to Frankfurt as I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It took me a bit initially to get used to the different style of writing, one clear example being the back and forth of character dialogue without always specifying who was the speaker, but after I did I found myself in a fantastic tale. Though some scenes were a bit unrealistic (the car coming around the bend comes to mind) the overall story was thrilling. I haven’t read a good old-fashioned “spy novel” in quite some time and it certainly was refreshing.
The book does something with the way it was written, it actually assumes the reader can think for themselves. It forces you to both in figuring out parts in the plot, inserting other languages with no translations, and as I mentioned earlier, not specifying who is speaking at every turn. In short, it actually makes you comprehend what you are reading while you are reading it. There is no “re-reading” involved here, in order to understand sometimes you need to really think about what Christie is writing, and that art form is something lost in most books of today. To understand the plot, and the idiosyncrasies of the characters you have to focus and really pay attention, something that, again, seems to be lost on today’s generation of readers, most notably younger ones.
The book is fascinating, the characters engaging, especially Mary Ann who I found particularly intriguing. Though I’ve stressed this already I don’t know that I can enough, it is the writing that makes this amazing, the style, the word choice, everything. You just don’t see books like this anymore. I can’t wait to read another of hers soon. As always, thanks for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 15! ^.^