- Publisher: Harper; Latest edition (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007282311
- ISBN-13: 978-0007282319
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1,262 customer reviews
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And Then There Were None Paperback – 2007
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Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie was a very popular bestselling English novelist, playwright and short story writer. She is widely known for her crime novels. She has also written 6 romance novels under the name of Mary Westmacott. She was married to Archibald Christie, with whom she had a daughter Rosalind. After a divorce, she married Max Mallowan. Apart from this book, Agatha Christie has also authored The ABC Murders, The Mysterious Affair at Styles and The Murder on the Orient Express.
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The premise, I am sure you know, is this: ten people end up cut off from the world on a tiny island. One of them is a murderer and people keep dying as in the nursery rhyme. Every person on the island has a secret and is guilty of a murder. It's the kind of murder where law is helpless. Nothing can be proven. This is why they found themselves on that island, at the mercy of a prototype 'Jigsaw' madman who decided justice must be done.
The premise requires the structure of the novel to be very organised and clean cut. I felt that it was only right for me to approach the reading of it in an equally disciplined way. I took five sheets of papers and divide each in half, thus ending up with ten cards, one for each character.
I grew to like two of the characters - the sentiment, I think, I shared with Christie as she liked them so, she killed them last.
This was my second Christie, and the first proper one. The first one I read was a bit of a mishap spy novel, so Christie's brilliance wasn't as apparent as it was in 'And Then There Were none .
And Then There Were None is a grim but riveting mystery. One of the darkest aspects of the novel is the fact there's no "good guy" here -- all of the characters appear equally guilty in more ways than one. This is an exciting book -- however grisly -- that is to be enjoyed for its page-turning plot and Christie's masterful construction around the spooky nursery rhyme.
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I think I had placed my expectations too high on this book before I'd started it. Hence the four-star rating.
Compelling narration, very tense and scary in the second half of the book. I did not like the significantly italicized sentences all over the book. Ms Christie exhibits that thread which seems to unravel several corners of the book when it starts getting pulled, but then ends up unravelling a totally unexpected row of stitches!
I loved that one-sitting read which the book begged for! That's the most important part of this genre, as far as I know.
The story begins with eight strangers being invited to an isolated island called the Soldier Island under different pretext. None of them have ever met their host and when these reach the Soldier Island, their hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Owen, are not present to receive them. Instead they are greeted by the butler and his wife. The huge mansion, is well furnished and is stocked with all the things required for these guests. All these people, at some point in their life, were guilty of such act that resulted in the death of some person. These were such actions - cases of deliberate murder - and all quite untouchable by the law.
This person knows about the dark secrets of these guests. And there is this old nursery thyme framed and mounted on the walls of all the bedrooms. And all the murders are committed in the same order following this rhyme. First killing is considered as an suicide. But as the killings proceeds, it becomes clear that there is a person with a well planned agenda to commit there murders. But who is he/she? And what is the motive? These ten people are now stuck in this isolated island. There is no chance to escape from here. The characters keep guessing, as the suspicion moves from one person to another. As the suspicion becomes strong on a particular person, that person is murdered. So again the guessing game begin with the persons left alive. After the end of novel, it's difficult to find who is the person behind all there murders and why would someone want to kill these guests for the crime that are now forgotten and could not even be proved guilty for committing these crimes.
This is one enthralling mystery that will keep you hooked. You will find answers to all your questions only after reading the manuscript document at the end of the story.
"When the sea goes down, there will come from the mainland boats and men. And they will find ten dead bodies and an unsolved problem on Soldier Island."
I would suggest everyone to read "Murder on Orient Express". That is so much better than this book. Also has best and most satisfying ending possible. Also her other Hercule Poirot books are wort reading
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