Viajando pelo Nilo como Poirot

O Templo de Karnak

O Templo de Karnak

Um artigo de Marcel Berlins para o Times, em seu relato de viagem pelo Nilo a bordo do navio SS Sudan, traz algumas informações interessantes a respeito da escritora Agatha Christie, seu romance policial Morte no Nilo e os dois filmes adaptados do livro, que no Brasil receberam o título Morte sobre o Nilo.

LET’S get one important fact out of the way. Of all my two dozen fellow voyagers on the SS Sudan, plying the Nile between Aswan and Luxor, not a single one was murdered.

This was in sharp contrast to the experience of five passengers who undertook a trip on the very same boat more than 70 years ago, and were all shot dead. That’s a death rate of one in four.

There was only one essential difference between the two voyages: the 1936 one was fictional. It is, though, well known to millions of readers of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile.

Many more who have not read the book have seen at least one of the two films of it, with Peter Ustinov and David Suchet playing the ill-moustached Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The steamship played itself, rather more convincingly.

The idea for the novel came to Christie when, during an Egyptian winter holiday, she went on the same journey that she made Poirot take a year later. That voyage is no longer available; the building of the Aswan Dam in the 1960s made it impossible.
If the Agatha Christie connection had long been forgotten in the awe and excitement of meeting Ancient Egypt, it was briefly revived at Luxor’s Old Winter Palace hotel, where I stayed the evening after leaving the cruise. Built in 1886, the year after the SS Sudan, the opulent colonial-style hotel, with its lush gardens, has been host to countless crowned heads and leaders of nations as well as the Queen of Crime. (Times Online)