And Then There Were None Mass Market Paperback – Mar 29 2011
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Considered the best mystery novel ever written by many readers, And Then There Were None is the story of 10 strangers, each lured to Indian Island by a mysterious host. Once his guests have arrived, the host accuses each person of murder. Unable to leave the island, the guests begin to share their darkest secrets--until they begin to die. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“The whole thing is utterly impossible and utterly fascinating. It is the most baffling mystery Agatha Christie has ever written.” (New York Times)
“One of the most ingenious thrillers in many a day.” (Time magazine)
“One of the very best, most genuinely bewildering Christies.” (The Observer (UK))
“There is no cheating; the reader is just bamboozled in a straightforward way from first to last….The most colossal achievement of a colossal career. The book must rank with Mrs. Christie’s previous beston the top notch of detection.” (New Statesman (UK))
“The most astonishingly impudent, ingenious and altogether successful mystery story since The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.” (Daily Herald (UK))
“What Agatha Christie taught me was all about the delicate placement of the red herring. She was the ultimate genius behind ‘by indirections shall we find directions out.’ ” (Elizabeth George, New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Lynley novels)
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DO NOT READ IF YOU'RE SEVERELY PARANOID
Because the machinations at the heart of this novel is that there are no secrets, even between strangers. And who knows, maybe one day, someone very evil and demented will happen upon the very thread that linked them all and pull at it. With devastating consequences.
Strangers stranded on an island is nothing new in the literature world, but strangers on a comfy island and getting nicked one by one is new, not to mention when after a while, no one else is left!
Toying with this plot, which Agatha Christie claimed to be the most taxing plot of them all, the story unfolds with a very energetic, very handsome man speeding down a road in a new shiny car with the women swooning after him. A few chapters later we see him choking on his drink while dining, and seconds later died. The first line of the nursery rhyme has been realised, and there are nine more to follow...
Christie's toying with the rhyme is very delightful, albeit cruel and frightening. There was a moment where the characters were discussing about the rhyme and wondering where in the world would their demented tormentor find a red herring or a bear, as suggested in these lines:
Four Little Indian boys going out to sea
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three Little Indian boys walking to the zoo
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Without giving anything away, suffice to say that Agatha Christie got her bear and red herring just the way she wanted them. And the ending is simply haunting and depressive. Not your usual Christie, but her best ever.
Now in high school, I look back on a year where I have made quite a dent into Agatha Christie's mysteries. I have been literally gobbling them up and enjoying each and every one. Some I like better than others, and this one will always be at the top of that list. It was my first and it is my favorite.
And then there were none has had an abundance of titles. From 10 Little Indians and something even less appropriate, the title has gradually changed until it settled on this. The story is of ten people, gathered on an island by someone they don't know. One by one they are done away with according to the nursery rhyme Ten Little Indians. (That was the part that really creeped me out but Christie uses the nursery rhyme plot device in quite a few of her mysteries.) The first dies at dinner the first day and everyone else slowly follows suit (according to the rhyme of course). The murders are sometimes quite gruesome. A search of the island reveals that the killer is one of the ten, and tensions mount as ten becomes nine, then eight, then seven...and then there were none.
My favorite character from the beginning was Vera, so I was able to stick with the book until the end. It seems slow at some parts, especially in the beginning, but soon it has you hooked as the murders come faster and closer together. Overall, it is a total masterpiece, and I still don't understand how Christie managed it.Read more ›
How many will survive by the end? One, two, or none? Could the killer be one of them? Be the mysterious U N Owen who owns the Indian island they are now stuck in.
Soon panic adds to their suffering as they have to survive each other's suspicions.
Leaving to me a story so memorable that I had to reread it again, to see how well my appreciation of that story survived after all these years.
Which I shall settle once for all by saying that..
I still love this novel.
Even after all these years, I have nothing but praise and respect for such a well-written mystery that displays a strong level of psychological oppression. Either through the ominous narrator who dives into the characters' minds or through their personal confessions, Agatha Christie offers us the chance to have either empathy or disgust as some guests reveal more of their real nature. Whether it's the old spinster, the reckless driver, the all-high-and-mighty-judge, the cop who takes the law into his own hands, the irresponsible doctor, and other guilty culprits. Persons whom we start wondering which ones are really guilty from those that aren't. How much of their guilt comes from them or their attacker's mind games and his personal belief as criminals.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Agatha Christie will forever be my favorite author and so this review is partial to that fact. "And Then There Were None" is a story that I first read when I was 9 years... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Melissa Greenberg
This is an amazing story. It is a masterpiece. Anyone remotely interested in mystery must pick up this book!Published 6 months ago by JL
Never read until I turned 73 and retired. Amazing sales record of over 100 million. On reading it, I realize how often her ideas are plagiarized, that is, adapted by modern... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Klaus Kaufmann