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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 best—on 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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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 ›
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.
That chilling premise is all there is of "And Then There Were None," Agatha Christie's classic novel that completely subverted all ideas of what a murder mystery was like. There's no detectives. No innocent people. No clues. There are only people accused of terrible crimes, alone on an island.... and slowly being killed off as they descend into a cold, clammy mire of paranoia and terror, before blindsiding the audience with a truly shocking ending.
Eight strangers are called to the remote Soldier Island (the original name is unprintably offensive now): a former governess, a callous soldier of fortune, an elderly judge, an alcoholic doctor, a prim spinster, a former soldier, a playboy and a disguised private investigator. Two servants -- who seem to have their own skeletons in the closet -- are already waiting in the mansion to serve them. All were summoned here for various reasons by the mysterious Mr. and Mrs. U. N. Owen (GET IT?), who are oddly absent during the first night's dinner.
And we soon learn why, as a recorded message addresses them all, and lists the murders they have committed. Each one is a killer, ranging from vehicular manslaughter to the murder of African tribesman, from drowning a child to condemning an innocent man to death. Even the servants are guilty.
And almost immediately, people start dying in the same way as the "Ten Little Soldier Boys" poem, which is posted in every bedroom. With every death, one of the ten china figurines on the table goes missing.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is a fantastic read. I used it for a book club session and everyone loved it!
Will keep you guessing until the very end. Absolutely perfect.
Gripping story....amazing plot and last but not the least Agatha Christie at her best...this is my all time favourite... Love itPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A classic and fantastic one! When I read it in the midnight, I can even feel the fear they felt. That's why I like this novel, well-written and it actually can get you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J.F
No Poirot, no Miss Marple. Bought this to read because they had previously released a tv version of this dark novel. Enjoyed the book, then watched the tv version. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Relaxed One