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- Verlag: BBC Physical Audio; Auflage: Unabridged (7. März 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0563510013
- ISBN-13: 978-0563510017
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 1 x 15,2 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 143.416 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot.
BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring John Moffat as Hercule Poirot. Mrs Farrars is found dead of an apparent overdose one year after the death of her husband. The villagers of King's Abbot are suspicious. The rumour is that she poisoned her husband and was in love with Roger Ackroyd. When he is found murdered the following day, there is little to go on. Luckily one of the newest residents who has retired to this normally quiet village is none other than Monsieur Hercule Poirot.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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My edition is from May 2016 – a ‘facsimile edition‘ to reproduce the original „The Detective Club‘ look and feel to commemorate the 90th birthday of this novel (though it would have been only the 80th of the Detective Club layout, but, fine); a very nice and inexpensive hardcover re-edition indeed with an extra introduction (though I rather recommend to read that after the actual story).
Same as with Sherlock Holmes and same as with the very first novel written by AC, ‘The missing link‘, the starting point is that the story comes as a written report, this time, not from Hastings (who is reported to live in the Argentine), but from Doctor Shepard. The Doctor tells the story as first-person narrator and soon finds himself to in the role normally embodied by Hastings – aide to the great master detective Hercule Poirot. He is to notice more than once ‘It occurred to me there was not much which escaped Hercule Poirot.’ p. 195
Up to the murder of wealthy Roger Ackroyd, Hercule Poirot had been quietly enjoying retirement in the small (fictional) village of King’s Abbot . Now he is summoned back to business by Flora, Ackroyd’s niece, who hopes to take suspicion off her fiancé Ralph. The young man happens to be both Ackroyd’s stepson and adopted son – and potential heir. The reader learns that there are suspects in abundance and most persons involved have something to hide for a variety of reasons. There are Flora and her mother, widow to Ackroyd’s late brother, both as much in lack of money as is Ralph. Guest and big-game hunter Hector Blunt probably had his issues as did the other members of the household – why was Ackroyd angry with Ursula Bourne, the maid? And what is the story behind Ackroyd’s secretary Raymond or his butler Parker? Did not the housekeeper Miss Russel have a special interest in him? Is there any link to Mrs Ferrar’s death? And what is the connection to a wedding ring, a quill, a phone call and a mysterious stranger?
I admit to enjoy the Christie-touch with the classical gathering of suspects at the end – in this case, with some extras. Ninety years and this classic detective novel is still - rightfully! - considered a masterpiece. For a Poirot novel, there might yet be more entertaining ones (I admit to generally preferring Miss Marple over Hercule Poirot). What makes this book stand out still:
First, this marks Christie’s real breakthrough.
Second, its solution and ending were at that time both, controversial and still rather innovative – even today, one cannot help to experience the effect. It even contradicted to the self-imposed rules of ‘The Detective Club‘ and thus stirred some alienation between the club and Christie (no, I will NOT spoil how and why…)
Well, 90 years show, but surprisingly little. The vocabulary includes wireless for radio, mail coming in more than once a day and at predictable hours (I would love that) and some old-fashioned wording the likes of ‘bunkum‘ – and one sentence that would not pass editing today, made by Doctor Sheppard and concerning Mrs Ackroyd’s debtors ‘They are usually Scotch gentleman, but I suspect a Semitic strain in their ancestry.” p 135 Do not forget, this is 1926 - Christie wrote another novel that was first called 'Ten Little Nig*ers'. [* added as this would not pass Amazon's guidelines]
Trivia (taken from Wikipedia)
The novel was voted the best crime novel of all time in 2013.
Due to the relatively innovative ending, the novel is considered to be one of Christie's best known and most controversial ones, and had quite an impact on the genre.
According to Christie’s 1977 autobiography, the original idea of the novel came from her brother-in-law, James Watts of Abney Hall, who brought up the basic idea of the role of the murderer (sorry, any further explanation of mine would go to far).
The novel followed a first publication as a multi-part serialisation in newspapers in the year before with slightly different chapters and some minor amends (mostly due the character of serialisation; what starts in the novel like ‘he said’ would have been specified in the serialisation as e.g. ‘Poirot said’, of course).
The dedication “To Punkie, who likes an orthodox detective story, murder, inquest, and suspicion falling on every one in turn!” is directed to Christie’s eldest sibling Margaret (Madge) ‘Punkie’ who had once challenged her younger sister to not being able to write a classic detective story – indeed, Margaret even wrote a play herself.
So, despite for some lengthier portions to the novel, it still IS highly entertaining, off-standard in its solutions even today – and simply mandatory to read in its importance to both the genre in general and the works and success of Agatha Christie in particular.
Der Plot ist typisch Christie: In einem englischen Landhaus wird ein wohlhabender Mann umgebracht, kurz nachdem die Frau, die er heiraten wollte, Selbstmord begangen hat und die ihrerseits früher ihren Mann mit Gift ins Jenseits befördert hat. Verdächtig sind ein Adoptivsohn, ein Sekretär, ein Butler (sic!), ein unbekannter Fremder und diverse andere. Alle stehen irgendwie in Beziehung zu dem Opfer, alle waren am fraglichen Abend im Haus der Tat.
Es gibt die üblichen zahlreichen und gelegentlich überraschenden Beziehungen zwischen den Akteuren (auch wenn sich heimliche Lieben und unbekannte Kinder doch ein bisschen wiederholen), neu auftauchende Indizien, spritzige Ideen von Poirot und Poirots vertraute und gemoche Manierismen. So ist das Buch eines der typischen unterhaltsamen Christie-Bücher. Es ist aber für mich keines der ganz herausragenden, das es mir dafür einen Tick zu lang(atmig) ist und die Auflösung zwar stimmig, aber wie in so manch anderen Büchern die Tatausführung so auf die Spitze getrieben konstruiert ist (v.a. da sie nicht wochenlang geplant wurde), dass ein leicht schaler Geschmack zurückbleibt. Auf jeden Fall aber gute Krimikunst!
Christie's conventional and deceptively simple writing style (almost cliche) can easily be construed as a work of pulp fiction, but her careful pacing, effective use of humor, and keen psychological insights makes the book more than just a standard mystery.
"Roger Ackroyd" is foremost a Poirot mystery. Here, Christie shows us an unusually introspective Poirot. We understand some of Poirot's pathos as he mournfully reflects on his retirement, "The chains of habit. We work to attain an object and the object gained, we find that what we miss is the daily toll."
Even her minor characters come alive. For example, Caroline Sheppard, the narrator's noisy spinster sister, is drawn as a believable and easily recognizable person, a person we've all known. And unlike the Sherlock Holmes stories, which are almost unsolvable, Christie gives us all the clues needed to solve the mystery. Once the murderer is uncovered, we understand the book's originality.
Critics of the book have accused Christie of cheating, and to some extent, she did. "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" violates many of the unwritten rules of the mystery-writing genre; yet, we don't care. Christie has created such an original book that its ending still surprises eighty-seven years after its publication.
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A definitively great reading, for any time of the year!