5061Re: SHSI Re:: Re: Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot!
- Apr 29, 2016Hi all,I agree completely with Mr. Ganguly. With Poirot, it's always been "Wow, he's pretty cool!", but with Holmes, it's always been, "Holy * (add your favourite expletive of surprise)! How does he do that?!"With Poirot, it's always been, "What a character!", whereas with Holmes, even when re-reading an adventure for the umpteenth time, my first thought sometimes is, "I wonder what case he is working on right now," before my second thought intervenes with a reminder that he was the creation of another man and not real. Of course, all this happens within a fraction of a second.Regards,C. SridharAll that is gold does not glitter,Not all those who wander are lost;The old that is strong does not wither,Deep roots are not reached by the frost.On Friday, April 29, 2016 12:54 PM, "Jay Ganguly ruling_jay@... [SherlockHolmesSocietyofIndia]" <SherlockHolmesSocietyofIndia@...> wrote:We usually hear references to "Agatha Christie" and "Sherlock Holmes" - and there lies the difference. A human writer and a character outside the confines of reality.Besides, Poirot is a genial, avuncular character ("Papa Poirot" as he sometimes calls himself) while Sherlock grows with us - the attraction of youth should not be underestimated. Agatha Christie has better plots, well-constructed characters and proper whodunits. She understands people. We like Poirot (or Miss Marple) but we'll never be in love with either.Sherlock, on the other hand, (often almost instantly) captures the hearts of a certain type of people - and this is probably why Sherlockians, regardless of race, location, language etc, tend to get along pretty well generally. He's attractive and addictive and overshadows his creator. We love him because he's perfectly situated on that fine line between human and superhuman. He is a hero who doesn't fit in. The character is more important than the plots/stories; they're not whodunits, they're adventures!!Well, that's what I think...Cheers
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