Friday, June 27, 2014

Book Review 4. And Then There Were None

Book: And Then There Were None
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 256
Published: November 6th, 1939

Summary: Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to a lonely mansion on Indian Island by a host who fails to appear but leaves a recording accusing all of undetected murder. Cut off by his orders, one by one each die according to a nursery rhyme Ten Little Indians. A confession in a bottle solves how nobody remains alive.

★ ★ ★ ★ 

This book is a thrilling mystery that I had the pleasure of reading! Agatha Christie is known as the queen of mystery and she certainly lives up to that title! 

This chilling tale was based upon the famous poem, "Ten Little Indians" (I will post it below). Now this poem can be looked at in two ways. It either serves as a major spoiler or a helpful guide to the book. Whichever way you choose to look at it is truly up to you.
Personally I thought this made the book ten times more interesting and much more suspenseful! 

Since the text is so old it can at times be difficult to understand or even slow, but the ending is a HUGE payoff. It reminded me a lot of the board game (and movie), Clue. It's one of those books that is essential to read if you're an aspiring writer or just your everyday, avid reader. 

The character development is minimal for some characters like Anthony James Marston and others who, how shall I say, "left" the book early on. But for those characters that made it through a big chunk of the story, the reader really got to see what made them tic and why they were truly on the island in the first place.

The epilogue was satisfying yet unsatisfying. It wraps up some details, only to present us with more questions! I don't want to spoil too much but let's just say Agatha Christie has a way of making you question if this is really fiction. 

But overall, I am recommending this book to any Agatha Christie fan, mystery fanatic, or any interested reader or writer! 

Read it. Love it. Live it. 

- stELla 

(The poem as promised...) 

Ten little soldier boys went out to dine; 
One choked his little self and then there were Nine.

Nine little soldier boys sat up very late; 

One overslept himself and then there were Eight.

Eight little soldier boys traveling in Devon; 

One said he'd stay there and then there were Seven.

Seven little soldier boys chopping up sticks; 

One chopped himself in halves and then there were Six.

Six little soldier boys playing with a hive; 

A bumblebee stung one and then there were Five.

Five little soldier boys going in for law; 

One got into Chancery and then there were Four.

Four little soldier boys going out to sea; 

A red herring swallowed one and then there were Three.

Three little soldier boys walking in the Zoo; 

A big bear hugged one and then there were Two.

Two little soldier boys sitting in the sun; 

One got frizzled up and then there was One.

One little soldier boy left all alone; 

He went and hanged himself and then there were None.

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