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What we are reading

The UHS Book Club is now reading Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.

Here is some background information that should shed some for light on the setting.

The chief protagonist of the story is the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot who had previously appeared in several other of Christie’s stories.  As a Belgian, it is common for him to move freely between speaking French and other languages such as English.  While French phrases appear throughout the novel, it is not important to go back and look up their translations.   You won’t miss out on any hidden clues or details.

One thing to know is that M. = Monsieur (the French equivalent of Mr.), which is used extensively in the book.

The Orient Express is a generic term for a series of train routes running from Istanbul to Paris and Calais in France.  The Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (International Sleeping Car Company), which operated the train, was considered the best in the business.

Another reoccurring term that is important to be aware of is Wagon Lit Conductor, which means sleeping car conductor.  These are employees of the company which tend to the needs of travelers in the sleeping car (much like room service in a hotel).

The beautiful thing about the novel is that it is a true mystery story.  There are no cheap surprise plots twists.  By the closing chapter you will have all the information to solve the case on your own.