Hercule Poirot - Agatha Christie's Little Froggy Detective
Hercule Poirot My Favorite Agatha Christie's Character
Hercule Poirot is a detective of Belgian nationality created by the famous mystery author, Agatha Christie. What does he look like? Well, he is a "little man" with an egg-shaped head and dark hair. He also has a unique moustache that he takes pride in and makes sure it's well groomed.
A funny line from Murder on the Orient Express I always remember is a comment by a man at the ferry station saying this famous detective "looks like a frog!"
Hercule Poirot is always very well dressed and pays extreme attention to neatness. Thanks to the turnip pocket watch he always carries, Poirot is extremely punctual.
Despite his diminutive stature and eccentricities, Hercule Poirot is very intelligent and has a sharp brain he refers to as the little gray cells. Needless to say, Poirot always pays great attention to details. He would pick up on seemingly insignificant stuff (clues) that his partner and best friend, Captain Arthur Hastings, and even the police would either disregard or completely miss.
The picture shown here is of an alley in Belgium. The scene hasn't changed much since the days of Hercule Poirot.
Image source: Morgue File
Why I love Hercule Poirot
First of all, Hercule Poirot is a likable character. He is an interesting fellow to say the least. His unique physical appearance and idiosyncrasies actually make him attractive (well, to me at least).
As I said, he's also very intelligent and very detail oriented. I find it amusing how Poirot often makes others (including the police) look dumb by pointing various clues to them that were right under their noses, yet were missed or ignored. Nevertheless, Poirot is a very kind man who cares about others and can also be quite funny sometimes. I like the way he addresses Hastings as mon ami (my friend).
Last but not least, I love the way Hercule Poirot solves his cases. He takes you through twists and turns that always leads to a surprising, if not shocking ending! The guilty party is always someone that I least suspected. Honestly, I have never been able to guess who the murderer was in any of his cases. Well, to be fair, the credit should go to Agatha Christie :)
People often ask is Hercule Poirot similar to Sherlock Holmes? Well, they're both detectives :) I like Sherlock Holmes too but most of his stories don't have a shocking ending since we already know who the bad guy is. The detective just demonstrates his wit in catching the criminal. I prefer reading Hercule Poirot novels where I'm kept in suspense till the very end.
Hercule Poirot Books (Novels)
Here are some of my favorite Hercule Poirot books. The stories are so intriguing, and I couldn't wait to get to the end to find out who the guilty one is. I was never able to guess correctly, though. How about you?
My journey with Hercule Poirot
I first heard about Hercule Poirot from watching the movie Murder on the Orient Express starring Albert Finney as the famous Belgian detective. I really liked the movie but at the time I didn't know there were other adventures of Hercule Poirot.
One day my English teacher was discussing Agatha Christie's works and of course, Poirot was mentioned. Immediately I thought of that "frog" from the movie I saw (note: I like frogs by the way, so it's not derogatory for me to think of my favorite detective as such :) ). I was excited to learn there were other Hercule Poirot stories. And you know what? He was also referred to as "frog" or "froggy" in a couple of other movies. Even he addressed himself as froggy one time and I almost fell off my chair :)
My best friend in school happened to have quite a number of Agatha Christie's novels, and so I borrowed those of Hercule Poirot. The first one I read was The Mysterious Affair at Styles which also happens to be Poirot's very first adventure. I was really thrilled by the story and its shocking ending.
Because of that I was enticed to read more of his other stories. After I finished reading all that my friend had, I went and bought some of my own. I can say I loved every single one of them. I also read Curtain, Poirot's last adventure. It saddened me when my favorite detective died. I wished Agatha Christie had not killed him!
Then I also watched a couple movies starring Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot: Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun. While the stories were great, I didn't like Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. Not that he wasn't a good actor but simply because he didn't look like Poirot at all! If you've seen the movies I'm sure you'll agree with me.
Then along came David Suchet as Hercule Poirot in a series of PBS TV films. I love David Suchet because besides Albert Finney, he's the best actor to portray Poirot so far.
As you can see from the list below (Plexo) there are still a few Hercule Poirot stories that I have yet to read. There are also a few upcoming David Suchet's Hercule Poirot movies. So although I've read Curtain, my journey with Poirot isn't over yet. I still have a few things to look forward to :)
Update: after creating this page I purchased the DVD of "Murder on The Orient Express" at Amazon.com. Watching it again certainly brought back a lot of memories. If you're interested in it or other Hercule Poirot movies and books, just check out the items below.
David Suchet talks about Poirot
Hercule Poirot Movies - Hercule Poirot on DVD's
Murder on the Orient Express is one of my all time favorite Poirot movies. I would often watch it again every now and then even though I already know the ending. There are plenty of other movies as well. Do you have a favorite? Share it with us.
Hercule Poirot Collectibles - Rare and interesting items
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So what do you think of Hercule Poirot?
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