And Then There Were None

264 pages

English language

Published July 9, 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin.

ISBN:
978-0-312-33087-3
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4 stars (150 reviews)

And Then There Were None is a mystery novel by the English writer Agatha Christie, described by her as the most difficult of her books to write. It was first published in the United Kingdom by the Collins Crime Club on 6 November 1939, as Ten Little Niggers, after the children's counting rhyme and minstrel song, which serves as a major element of the plot. A US edition was released in January 1940 with the title And Then There Were None, which is taken from the last five words of the song. All successive American reprints and adaptations use that title, except for the Pocket Books paperbacks published between 1964 and 1986, which appeared under the title Ten Little Indians. The book is the world's best-selling mystery, and with over 100 million copies sold is one of the best-selling books of all time. Publications International lists the novel as the …

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3 stars

It's been a long time since I last read this book, and I remembered liking it. I don't think I caught all the ways in which the movie Clue either references it or uses it as a guide for their detective spoof before, and that was partially the reason for why I wanted to read it again.

I still very much like the idea that the point of the book is to target those who cannot be touched by the law or who haven't done something that can be considered "criminal." It really feels, particularly in an age where so many people in specific positions view themselves as untouchable because they're either "not doing something illegal" or the law refuses to do anything about them, like a concept we should be revisiting in our narrative fiction.

This novel is enough to bring me back to detective works, something which I've …

Review of 'Dieci piccoli indiani' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I'm pretty sure I've never read an Agatha Christie which hasn't been a solid 5 star. This was a reread, but it's been long enough since I last read it to have forgotten who did it. The copy I read is from my own collection of about 50 Agatha Christie books I have, all picked up from garage sales and second hand book shops over the years. This is a 1966 edition, with the original offensive name and rhyme, both pretty jarring to read. There was also a you're/your mispelling which amused me because I associate it with the the noughties and the rise of Internet use.

Review of 'And Then There Were None' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Agatha Christie, you've done it again.
This is my eighth Agatha Christie novel, and I still haven't been able to predict the ending.
What I think lifts this book above the others is how there are morals for each of the murderers' original crimes.
For example...
General Macarthur: takes revenge Send's his wife's lover unnecessarily into battle where he gets killed
Anthony Marston: little regard for human life Runs over two kids and has no regrets
Mr. & Mrs. Rogers: neglect Neglect to save their employer's life because they gain much money as inheritence
Once again, this book just has me amazed. She even threw in some wordplay! U. N. Owen (a.k.a. Unknown) invited them to the island
Definitely a five stars (I would do six, but there is no option!)

Review of 'Dieci piccoli indiani' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

10 people go to an island, and none come out alive. I think this is my favorite Agatha Christie novel out of all I have read. This is an amazingly plotted mystery, and it's easy to see why so many people love it. It's so interesting to see how each person is murdered and how it unfolds, and then to hear the how and why by the guilty party when you had no idea. The clues are cleverly laid out, but somehow you are kept guessing until the very end. You quickly find that no one is innocent, and everyone has their dark secrets. A true classic!

Review of 'Dieci piccoli indiani' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Ten people have been invited to have a holiday on Soldier Island; when they arrived they thought they had nothing in common. Soon they find out all of them have become complacent with the death (or deaths) of other human beings. One by one they all die, but who is the one that is there to seek revenge on the others?

And Then There Were None was originally titled Ten Little (I would rather not say) after the British nursery rhyme. The US edition used this title (which is also the last line of the rhyme) as well as changing the song to Ten Little Indians. Once again the novel was revived and now the song title has been changed to Ten Little Soldiers. Apart from the offensive name of the book originally, this novel was wildly successful and introduced a very common crime trope into the world. Ten people …

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