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And Then There Were None First, there were ten a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a little private island off the coast of Devon Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they re unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate For each has been marked for murder A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion Ten little boys went out to dine One choked his little self and then there were nine Nine little boys sat up very late One overslept himself and then there were eight Eight little boys traveling in Devon One said he d stay there then there were seven Seven little boys chopping up sticks One chopped himself in half and then there were six Six little boys playing with a hive A bumblebee stung one and then there were five Five little boys going in for law One got in Chancery and then there were four Four little boys going out to sea A red herring swallowed one and then there were three Three little boys walking in the zoo A big bear hugged one and then there were two Two little boys sitting in the sun One got frizzled up and then there was one One little boy left all alone He went out and hanged himself and then there were none When they realize that murders are occurring as described in the rhyme, terror mounts One by one they fall prey Before the weekend is out, there will be none Who has choreographed this dastardly scheme And who will be left to tell the tale Only the dead are above suspicion Are you kidding me ALL OF THE STARS EVERY STAR Just brilliant There is scarcely any comfort to be found in this book, only an ancient, arcane horror The story is a vast underwater cavern, where nothing flows and nothing ebbs and all is as dark and still as the grave Even my most harrowing nightmares would have never conjured such a soul fearing tale And Then There Were None was uncomfortable as it lodged itself in the darkest corner of my mind The questions it asks and the implications it conceals are still twining up my legs like a barbed vine I like There is scarcely any comfort to be found in this book, only an ancient, arcane horror The story is a vast underwater cavern, where nothing flows and nothing ebbs and all is as dark and still as the grave Even my most harrowing nightmares would have never conjured such a soul fearing tale And Then There Were None was uncomfortable as it lodged itself in the darkest corner of my mind The questions it asks and the implications it conceals are still twining up my legs like a barbed vine I liked this book but it honestly isn t an experience I m keen on revisiting So, what s this book about In And Then There Were None s nightmarish tableau, ten people are summoned as house guests to a remote island by a Mr and Mrs U.N Owen The guests assembled trade stiff dialogue over dinner and cocktails while musing about the celebrity of the island and puzzling about their hosts tardiness.The whimsy of the moment, however, ebbs away when a disembodied message blaring from a gramophone tallies, in vivid and mordant detail, their unpunished crimes The house occupants astonishment quickly turns to horror their faces wheeling from the shallows to the depths of terror when shortly after, they all embark on the ghastly business of being murdered, one by one per the instructions of a horrid nursery rhyme.Memories of their misdeeds, which used to be a distant and blurry thing, suddenly come into a sharp, lurid focus Death runs rampant with his bloody scythe on Soldier Island Each creak and groan is a hunter stalking them, each flutter of wind its breath, close against their necks This is their sentence coming to retrieve them Be sure thy sin will find thee out Agatha Christie, an extraordinarily good writer, digs with bright, horrible relish into an exhilarating, unsettling and ingeniously constructed story that relentlessly yanks the brain as it pitilessly disorients the heart She plays the reader with the delicacy and finesse of an expert angler, and doesn t allow you a moment to dig in your heels and stop where you were, just for a while, just long enough to get a better idea of what s ahead The experience of reading this book is akin to walking through a nightmare I could not orient myself, did not know north from south My heart was a fistful of thunder, my mind a whirl pool of possibilities eachterrible than the last The not knowing was like a splinter in my mind And as I was tracing the implications of every new revelation, my small, sickly faith was eroding.And Then There Were None is not a light read it is, in fact, unrelentingly harrowing The hermetic, creepy atmosphere of Soldier Island makes a thriving black petri dish of foreboding and distortion And as each of the characters haunting pasts come to light and as their secrets swell to bursting, the book becomesandpage turning But what appears to be a thriller is something farperilous Christie imbues the story with a well observed psychological depth that holds its own fascination The surface, of course, is arresting, but the harder you think the further you go, and it keeps on gettingproductive The mind is an imperfect engine that does what it will with the information it receives But what happens when fear, true fear, takes hold of it and scours out all else When it becomes fractured and wild, crowded with the images of your most torturous evils What happens when your flimsy attempts at exonerating yourself and asserting some kind of spurious decency no longer stand up under the glaring attacks of guilt Each of the ten guests is a mirror, from which there s no escape, reflecting their monstrosity back at each other And this book is, in many senses, an invitation to take a long, hard look at one s own self in the mirror It is also a forensic examination of remorse the kind that is sharp enough to slice a man off his shadows The truth of it eventually draws blood, and when it does, it isn t a clean cut The truth of it hurts jagged Crime is terribly revealing Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions This is, further, a portrait of a psychopath whose beguiling trappings conceal a being watchful, capricious, and heartless They are the author of this horrendous drama a madman of the most blatant kind who suffers an unconquerable confederation of self righteousness and depravity But what is most frightening is not the depth of their evil, but how cold it runs Are humans really capable of being this infatuated with the blood and groaning of the theatrics of murder None of these characters are, of course, the kind of people you want to roll the red carpet for, but does anyone really deserve this The questions this book asks are grim and land too hard to catch but it doesn t make this book s dizzying journey less than worthwhile.If there s a flaw running through And Then There Were None, it s that Christie maintains a respectful distance from her characters, and at times, that distance runs toward dryness I think a bitpoison in the pen would have helped in drawing out the characters, some of whom don t entirely step into the page before, y know, they start dropping like flies.Overall, however, And Then There Were None is a highly readable murder mystery and a provocative, pitch black psychological thriller that will be hard to forget BLOG TWITTER INSTAGRAM TUMBLR This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Before I begin I would like to apologise for my use of the N word in this review It is necessary, I promise.This book was originally published in UK under a charming title of Ten Little Niggers When it came to the US version in the 40 s someone decided that Ten Little Niggers is not the most marketable title for a book so they changed it to Ten Little Indians still a highly questionable choice Only years after someone decided that neither Niggers , nor Indians is a fortunate choice Before I begin I would like to apologise for my use of the N word in this review It is necessary, I promise.This book was originally published in UK under a charming title of Ten Little Niggers When it came to the US version in the 40 s someone decided that Ten Little Niggers is not the most marketable title for a book so they changed it to Ten Little Indians still a highly questionable choice Only years after someone decided that neither Niggers , nor Indians is a fortunate choice of words for the title so it was changed to And Then There Were None the last line of the nursery rhyme which in this new version was called Ten Boy Soldiers.I m glad this is version we get to read now as it would make for an uncomfortable reading otherwise Christie originally made the setting to be the N Island how did Christie want to pull this off N Island off the Devon coast Really How Unlike, say Mark Twain, Christie s use of the word is completely gratuitous and unnecessary 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.And I continued to diligently fill them out with all the details I learnt about the characters until about halfway through the book when I became too engrossed, frightened and nervous I already had an inkling as to who the murderer was and was petrified I would be murdered in my sleep as well The situation was very serious and I had to invite all my teddy bears back to my bed, so they could protect me.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 UPDATE Now that I ve read a coupleChristie s books I realise that random casual racism and antisemitism was very much her trademark It s almost amazing she could sneak racism into books that have no black characters at all Really off putting and uncomfortable UPDATE 2 Only now, did I realise that there were 3 pages of comments under this review, discussing my use of the N word Many times as this review was gettingandvotes I considered changing it because with every vote it felt like I was saying it again Some people suggested I used this as an excuse to say the word, as if I was sitting repeating it with some glee I can t recall any other times in my life I ve used this word, and I suppose I would ve found some other reason if it was in fact bringing me as much joy as some commenters are implying Deleting this review or drastically changing it now would be disingenuous, though I appreciate it might make for an uncomfortable reading though I have changed most of the instances in this review Now as for Christie, as I said her casual racism and antisemitism is obvious in almost every book of hers, so I think I will just not read any 4.5 starsPS Thanks to karen I have just found this page betterbooktitlesAnd here is their take on Ms Christie I m a big lover of Agatha Christie, she has written some fantastic murder mysteries and her stories never get tiring But this is the one that just comes out on top every time.It partly, and quite amusingly, reminds me of that old American murder mystery in Sunset Beach Basically, they re the only ones on this island and someone is killing them off one by one in accordance with the Ten Little Indians rhyme And I swear I never saw it coming, and I m usually very good at it It s just a very cl I m a big lover of Agatha Christie, she has written some fantastic murder mysteries and her stories never get tiring But this is the one that just comes out on top every time.It partly, and quite amusingly, reminds me of that old American murder mystery in Sunset Beach Basically, they re the only ones on this island and someone is killing them off one by one in accordance with the Ten Little Indians rhyme And I swear I never saw it coming, and I m usually very good at it It s just a very clever novel, full of mystery and suspense and easily quite frightening at times.I like how Agatha Christie doesn t have to write a 500 page novel with a massive back story, her mysteries are very simply put together but always clever and hard to decipher I would recommend this book to everyone

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