I’m not sure how I have never read a Hercule Poirot mystery until now. (I have read Giant’s Bread written under Agatha Christie’s Mary Westmacott pen-name.) After watching the 2017 version of Murder on the Orient Express, I decided I was missing out. I was right. Agatha Christie weaves a well-written story of intrigue with nearly every character as a possible suspect. Even with all the clues on the page, Poirot doesn’t “play his hand” until the end when the solution to the crime is revealed. I am excited to read another…and another.
My favorite part about The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is the exquisite poetic cadence of the prose. This nuance does make for a slower read. But, this book is one to fully understand, so reading carefully is crucial. In genre, it reminds me of Fahrenheit 451. There is a similar prophetic quality in some of the mores–current issues in our society that could only be predicted or assumed at the time of the book’s original publication–that set up the dystopian model for Atwood’s world. Perhaps that is why there has been a resurgence in readership along with increased publicity from the popularity of the current TV drama. Whatever the reason, I believe it to be a modern classic that will be used as a literary example for future readers and writers.