Many of these ancient houses have survived the trials of time, flood and war, and can today be visited as part of Hoi An’s ticket scheme. Just across the Thu Bồn River river from Hoi An, Cam Kim is an island known for its traditional crafts and quiet way of life.
We spent a morning biking around the island, enjoying the escape from Hoi An’s crowds.
The classic example is Edmund Wilson's essay "Who Cares Who Killed Roger Ackroyd", one of his three diatribes against detective fiction that appeared in the New Yorker during the 1940s.
He concludes that Agatha Christie's work is sub-literary, best considered as something between a trivial pursuit and a mildly shameful addiction.
Nor is it difficult to explain their enduring influence on the genre. She really is the odd one out among these influential crime writers - and not just because she is the only woman among them.
For a start, so many people go out of their way to make clear their dislike of her work.
In Thanksgiving ’06, viewers see Denise come out to her mother, and in Thanksgiving ’15, she finally brings a date home.
There are dishes here which you can’t find anywhere else in Vietnam, and an abundance of great restaurants and street stalls in which to try them.
If in doubt, head to the central market, where a delirious hall of food stands is […] Hoi An began life as a port for Chinese traders, the more successful of whom built stately city homes for their families.
The curious case of Agatha Christie remains the great unsolved mystery of crime fiction.
It is relatively easy to understand why we continue to read the work of Edgar Allan Poe or Arthur Conan Doyle, or for that matter Wilkie Collins, Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. And, in the process, how has a shy, upper-middle class lady, born in Torquay in 1890, become (almost certainly) the most widely read novelist in the world today?