Friday, October 12, 2012
FFB: "Sanctuary" by Agatha Christie (1954); briefly: SPY: THE FUNNY YEARS edited by Graydon Carter & Kurt Andersen (Miramax Books/Hyperion 2006)
This story otherwise is entertaining, and demonstrates Marple's network of relations and friends who both rely on her and aid her in her sleuthing...Marple's goddaughter, the protagonist of this one, is married to a small town vicar and goes by the nickname "Bunch," which Christie suggests is for obvious reasons, and I shall have to look into whether there are implications in English slang, particularly in the past century, that are less obvious now, beyond reasons why such a tag would be obvious now...cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb goes by "Bunch" informally, too, but I suspect for different reasons...
which I've also written about too briefly) for National Lampoon, similarly half-assed and credited for the full delivery in the decade previous...while similar incomplete, but less overrated and less well-remembered, successes such as Help! and Monocle are too-often overlooked, to say nothing of the less overlooked but less popular, and rather more consistently on-target, The Realist. So it goes, as more than one relevant writer enjoyed noting.
Patti Abbott's blog.