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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Reading Agatha Christie faster

Murder can now be solved in fewer pages, according to a story by Eric Pfanner in the International Herald Tribune.

Agatha Christie's whodunits, which have sold two billion copies, have been adapted into
films, television series, plays and even computer games. But she and her heirs have always viewed another kind of adaptation with suspicion, refusing to allow her novels to be abridged.

Until now, that is.

Thirty-two years after Christie's death, the first shortened version of one of the English writer's mysteries has appeared -- an 88-page Death on the Nile. It was published as part of the Penguin Readers series, which is intended for young adult readers, and students of English as a second language.

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