Yaaaaaay, BOOKS!!!! I hope some of you at least finished this and can join in the conversation with me.
Stuff to talk about!
That was crazy racist/classist, right? I especially like when the stakes are established as “if this gets out, we could have a Labour government (horrors!)”. And of course, the constant descriptions of people as “looking” working class, or Irish, or Polish or whatever, based on jaw line and skull shape. And yet, somehow, I don’t mind it. Maybe because it is so old-fashioned, so ridiculous that no one could possibly be affected by it today? Maybe just because it is British and I am American, so it isn’t my prejudice? Or maybe something else? Did it bother you?
How great is it that Tuppence is established as smarter and braver and better than Tommy and everyone knows it? Would be even greater if she was offered the job at the end and he had to stay home, but it’s still pretty darn good the way it is. No one ever says “come come little woman, don’t interfere with Men’s Business”.
Tommy and Tuppence, a couple for the ages! Or is it just me? He is stolid and reliable and sticks it out. She is bright and a little crazy and always happy. They balance each other, and they also sincerely enjoy what the other brings to the table. They never even have a real fight, and yet I also didn’t find them dull to read about. I just like them.
The actual mystery! I find it delightfully unbelievable that Jane Finn managed to speak French and pretend to have amnesia for FIVE YEARS. On the other hand, I love all the red herrings on the path to the final reveal. Christie had the perfect balance of showing us enough to keep us happy, but hiding enough to keep us reading to the end.
The American. Are we really like that? Super rich and friendly but also a little bit too enthusiastic and go-getter? And with weird ethnic names? Probably, I just think of it as “normal” I guess.
UPDATE: Casting, real quick. Julius and Jane, Abhishek and Aish. Sir James Peel, Amitabh. Tommy and Tuppence, ayushmann and sanya.