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First, there were ten - a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a 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. OnFirst, there were ten - a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a 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. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion....

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  • Mohammed Arabey
    2019-03-23 01:01

    يجب أن أعترف أن ضيق أفقي هو مامنعني من دخول عالم أجاثا كريستيفمنذ صغري لم تبهرني أغلفة قصصها المترجمة للعربيةكما أن معرفة والدي لافلامها وقراءة والدتي لروايتها منذ الصغر جعلني أشعر أن الغموض بهذه القصص "موضة قديمة" وألغازها ستكون مكشوفة ليناهيك عن مقولة "لابد أن الخادم هو من فعلها كقصص أجاثا كريستي" جعلتني متشككا أن الحل دائما نمطيافلماذا أقرأ لها؟..لم يعد هناك شئعشر عساكر صغار ذهبوا الي العشاءاختنق احدهم ..ثم تبقي تسعةالي ان جائتني دعوة..دعوه لقراءة احد كتب اجاثا كريستي لانها في قائمة أعلي الكتب مبيعا في العالم متفوقة علي الالاف كتب التشويق والجريمة!!! مما جعلني متشوقا لمعرفه السببتلك الدعوة كانت في ويكابيديا..قائمة اعلي الكتب مبيعا في التاريختسع عساكر صغار سهروا لوقت متاخرنام احدهم طويلا..ثم تبقي ثمانيةهذا ما جعلني متشوقا لمعرفه سر هذه الرواية..التي تفوقت في اثارتها وتشويقها علي الكثير من أقرانها في المبيعات..وحتي تفوقها علي كل روايات اجاثا كريستيوأن تظل محتفظة بغموضها وتشويقها كل هذه السنواتوقد كان...وبدأت في الكتابثماني عساكر صغار سافروا لديفونقرر احدهم البقاء..ثم تبقي سبعةكنت مصمما اولا ألا اقرأ اي ريفيو عن الرواية ولا ألمح حتي صفحات الافلام المبنية عنهافقد كنت مصمما ان اعرف اللغز وأحله بنفسي قبل انتهاء صفحات الروايةسبع عساكر صغار يشطرون الاخشابشطر احدهم نفسه نصفين..ثم تبقي ستةومنذ الفصل الاول وجدت نفسي في رواية متعددة الشخصيات..متعددة وجهات النظر..ثماني اشخاص لا يعرفون بعضهم بعضا..متجهون نحو قصر بجزيرة..غامض صاحبه..وغامض السبب الحقيقي وراء ذهابهم او دعوتهم.. غامض دعواتهم للقصر شيئا ما..الا انهم قرروا الذهاب ايا كانمتباينين..غير متناسقين عمريا ولا فكريا ولا كمستوي اجتماعي او مادي او حتي وطيفي...مشتركين في غموض ماضيهم..غموض دوافعهمليذهبوا ويقابلوا زوجين من الخدم غامضين ايضا..لايعرفون شيئا عن سيدهم ولم يروه حتي الان..بل ويكادوا يجزمون بينهم وبين انفسهم بغرابة ذلك الحشد الغريب الغير متناسق,الغير متجانس بين الشخصيات امامهميبدأ العشاء علي مائده يزينها تماثيل صغيرة لعشر عساكر..وتبدأ الاحداث الغريبة في البدء منذ اوائل الفصولست عساكر صغار يلعبون جوار خلية نحللسعت نحلة غاضبة احدهم..ثم تبقي خمسةاتهامات غريبة يسمعونها بعد العشاء من جهاز تسجيل تم تشغيلهإتهامات تخص ماضي كل شخصية من العشر شخصياتوالمفترض انهم وحدهم بالجزيرةمن قام بتسجيل تلك الأتهامات؟ونعم..كما تقول الاسطورة بعد العشاء الاول مباشرة..يختنق احدهم..كحادث مدبر؟ انتحار؟ جريمه قتل؟ثم يتبقي تسعة..ليتفكروا في الامرخمس عساكر صغار يذهبون للحكمتحفظ علي حكم احدهم..ثم تبقي اربعةثم ينام أحدهم طويلا ... ولا يستيقظ أبدابالضبط كأغنية "عشر عساكر صغار"..فهل سيتناقص عدد المدعوين العشر كالعساكر في الأغنية؟تتوالي الاحداث..في ترقب..من صاحب الدعوة؟ ماحقيقة الاتهامات؟كان هناك 10 تماثيل عساكر في وسط مائدة الطعام..لماذا صار فقط تسع بعد وفاه احدهم؟اربع عساكر صغار يذهبون لبحرتخدع سمكه حمراء احدهم..ثم تبقي ثلاثةحتي وان تبقي ثلاثة..لن تعرف من يقوم بهذاهل هو احدهم؟ هل هناك احد غيرهم العشرة مختبئ في مكان ما؟هذا لا يمكن ان يكون صحيحا..لقد فتشنا المكان جيدا.حتي الجثث ..اهو حلم؟عذرا ..كابوس؟؟ثلاث عساكر صغار يذهبون لحديقة الحيواناتاخذ الدب احدهم..ثم تبقي أثنان وتتغلغل الرواية بعبقرية داخل نفس الانسان ..وغريزته الحيوانية في البقاء..والدفاع عن نفسهفبمجرد تناقص عدد الشخصيات تبدأ تصرفاتهم في الريبة والشك والخوف وكانهم فعلا حيوانات مفترسةستشعر كم برعت اجاثا كريستي ملكة الجريمة في تصوير باختصار موجز رعب وهلع النفس البشرية في مواجهه المجهول..وفي الشك في الغرباء حتي تصل لدرجه البارانويافي قصر بجزيرة منعزلة, لدرجة تجعلك تشعر فعلا كأنك أنعزلت عن العالم وصرت حبيسا بتلك الجزيرةبل ستجعلك في لحظات في اواخر الرواية تشعر بنفس البرانويا والترقب والفزع كانك التالي في دور القتل والاختفاءلقد كنت "بدون مبالغة" احبس انفاسي في بعض الاجزاء الاخيرة فعلااثنان عساكر صغار جلسا في الشمساصيب احدهم بضربه شمس..ثم تبقي واحدروايه واحدة نالت كل التقديرات المتميزة لاجاثا كريستي..رفعت لها القبعات منذ اول صدورها في الثلاثينات من القرن الماضي وحتي الانوبالرغم من ان انتاج افلام عن الرواية لم يحدث من فترة طويلة الا انه صدرت لعبة "فيديوجيم" للكمبيوتر في 2004رواية واحدة ستجعلك تتوحد في قراءتها مع الابطال..ستظن انك عرفت شيئا ما -وبصعوبه- وسيتضح خطأك بعد بضع صفحاتحتي تأتي النهاية المكتوبة بحرفية اجاثا كريستي المتوجه عالميا كملكة الجريمةرواية واحدة التي اثنت مؤلفتها علي حرفيتها بنفسها في مقدمة الرواية لمجهودها في جعل جرائم القتل مقبوله وحل الجرائم مقنعوملاءم للاسطورةاسطورة العشر عساكر الصغارعسكري واحد صغير تبقي وحيدا..ذهب وشنق نفسهثم لم يتبق احدAnd Then There Were Noneنعم لم يتبق احد..ولكن تبقي لي تراث اجاثا كريستي لاقرأ فيه من وقت لاخرتراث يقرأ لاجيال..ليتعرف به علي افضل ماكتب في مجال التشويق والاثارة وعالم الجريمةمحمد العربيمن 17 سبتمبر 2013الي 23 سبتمبر 2013مقال أخترنا لك عن اعلي مبيعات الروايات منهم ثم لم يبق أحد

  • Nataliya
    2019-03-02 04:58

    This lovely mystery book is first and foremost about the administration of the long-overdue justice, right? At least that's what the mastermind behind it all believes.But the question is - who has the right to decide what justice is? And who is to decide what punishment serves the crime? And is perceived justice at all costs the ultimate goal, or is it the frequently pointless work of a maniac? As a matter of fact, what is justice after all?I think the story of this book (the one that may win the contest for the most offensive original title, after all) is familiar to most readers. It is a lovely and fascinating idea. Ten people are lured onto a remote island under false pretenses just to realize that they are all about to be punished by death for the 'crimes' that they have committed in the past and have gotten away with. Killed in a manner predicted by a silly yet ominous children's poem with the conclusion of "... and then there were none". What's more, they come to realize that the mastermind - or maniac? - has to be among them. And the (very polite, in the traditional British way) game of survival begins, complete with all the necessary societal rituals¹ and classism² that are not disposed of even under the threat of imminent demise.¹The politeness and overt show of respect to one another even in the face of imminent murder by someone in their midst - because, of course, you would not want to offend anyone. Continuing to socialize and take meals together. Insisting on chivalry when a woman could be the murderer just as well as a man ((view spoiler)[this viewing of women as shrinking violets was what cost Philip Lombard his life in the end! (hide spoiler)]) - these are just some of the examples.² Just think of everyone expecting the impeccable service by the butler even though HIS WIFE JUST DIED! Everyone deciding to stick together and be careful - but never including the servants in it. The belief by some that people of 'proper class' would be incapable of murder ((view spoiler)[Doctor Amstrong becomes a victim of just this reasoning (hide spoiler)]). The list can go on and on. And all of these assumptions prove to be wrong.And as, despite the precautions, the number of people trapped on the island continues to decline, the uneasy tension sets in, and the impeccable facades begin to crack."The oth­ers went up­stairs, a slow unwilling pro­ces­sion. If this had been an old house, with creak­ing wood, and dark shad­ows, and heav­ily pan­elled walls, there might have been an eerie feel­ing. But this house was the essence of moder­ni­ty. There were no dark corners - ​no possi­ble slid­ing pan­els - it was flood­ed with elec­tric light - everything was new and bright and shining. There was nothing hid­den in this house, noth­ing con­cealed. It had no at­mo­sphere about it. Some­how, that was the most fright­en­ing thing of all. They ex­changed good-​nights on the up­per land­ing. Each of them went in­to his or her own room, and each of them automatical­ly, al­most with­out con­scious thought, locked the door."The story is captivating and very smart, and the ending had me baffled for a bit the first time I read it. It has a neat resolution despite an obvious plot hole (view spoiler)[ - Wargrave's brains will be all over the bed on which he was NOT supposed to have died! (hide spoiler)]. It's an enjoyable read to say the least. But what made me unsettled both of the times I read it was the nagging question of justice, as I mentioned above. Yes, on one hand, it's almost poetic justice to punish the criminals who thought they got away with it. On the other hand, is eye-for-an-eye the best way to get even? And who's to judge, anyway? Who is either conceited enough or deranged enough to assume that he has the right and the moral authority to determine guilt and the extent of punishment just like that?Don't get me wrong - the people accused on the island are undeniably guilty (even though it's not necessarily murder as we think of for some of them - Vera Claythorne is really guilty of neglect, albeit with a desire to kill, and Emily Brent is pretty much guilty of being a judgmental über-righteous heartless prude). But the degree of their guilt varies quite significantly in my perception, and it does not always coincide with what their 'unknown' judge/executioner thinks (running two children over with a car and feeling no remorse is to me worse than firing a pregnant servant who then goes on to kill herself, for instance). And is arbitrarily and single-handedly determining their guilt and doling out punishments not just as much (or even much worse) or a crime than they have committed? Conceited, self-righteous crime? Decide for yourself. Speaking of guilt - this novel has quite a bit to say on this subject. You see, many of the characters have already been judged and condemned by their own selves. Vera Claythorne and General Macarthur both are tormented by their guilt (and (view spoiler)[Vera actually becomes a direct victim of it, after all, becoming her own executioner in the rather creepy and effective scene (hide spoiler)]). Interestingly, others, no less guilty, are not tormented by their conscience at all. But ultimately this does not matter at all for their survival; only the fact that they were deemed guilty ((view spoiler)[except for Vera, as I mentioned above. Remorseless Philip Lombard would not have cracked like she did, had he been the one holding the revolver a few minutes earlier (hide spoiler)]). So should being tormented by guilt versus a cold-blooded killer factor at all in the administration of justice?These are the thoughts that kept running through my head as I was reading this excellent non-traditional critically-acclaimed specimen of mystery literature. And therefore bravo to Miss Christie for making me think and care - and not just mindlessly flipping pages to get to the bottom of the whodunit. Because 'WHO' was much less important to me than 'HOW' and 'WHY' - especially 'WHY'. For all of this, I give it the unflinching guilt-free 4 stars.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Kinga
    2019-02-25 07:03

    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' (as it was still ok to call Native Americans Indians then).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'.This is the version that I read and I must say I am glad. I think I would be rather uncomfortable reading something called 'The Little Niggers', which takes place on 'Nigger Island' (how did Christie want to pull this off? 'Nigger Island' off the Devon coast? Really? How?).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 dilligently 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'. 4.5 starsPS> Thanks to karen I have just found this page - betterbooktitlesAnd here is their take on Ms Christie:

  • Emily May
    2019-03-04 04:20

    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.

  • James
    2019-03-14 03:58

    5 stars to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. This is the book that started my absolute love of the mystery genre. I was addicted and must have read it 3 or 4 times over the course of the year. Between the poem, the deserted island, the plot twist, the count-down, the pure clandestine suspense... it couldn't get any better.StoryTen people receive a mystery letter from someone they don't know that indicates they should come to a remote island. Why would they go????? After arriving, they try to figure out the connection between all of them while waiting for their mysterious host. After coming across a cute little poem about how ten little indians die, they decide they will wait it out until the next morning when the ferry comes back to take them home. But it will never come! Each guest suddenly dies matching the line from the poem... resulting in alliances and mistrust. Pure fun.In a masterful conclusion, the reader understands all the connections, learns why the killer chose them to die and develops a very distinct opinion on who was right and who was wrong in this story.Amazing!Strengths1. Plot - can you get any better than telling the reader that 10 people will die and then guessing the order and the weapon?2. Characters - All walks of life, all personalities. You'll love some and hate some!Weaknesses1. Only that there wasn't a follow-up... Final ThoughtsIf you are a mystery fan, you must read this. If you've never read Agatha Christie, this must be your first - before you tackle Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot. You must understand the master before getting hooked on any specific protagonist in one of her other series.

  • Anne
    2019-02-26 04:17

    Reread: 2015Because some Non-Crunchy Cool Classic Pantaloonless friends thought I read it wrong...Turns out, I did. This was a really good mystery!{insert long-winded apology with much groveling}Happy, guys?The story goes a bit like this:10 strangers each get invitations from someone they think they know, to stay on an island resort. Hells yeah! Sunshine & sea air!Well, resort is a bit of a misnomer. It's really a big house on an island. Still, it's famous for being a party place, and nobody in the group turns it down.BIG MISTAKE.Almost as soon as everyone is gathered together, a recorded voice booms out through the walls and accuses each of them of being a murderer. And not just...YOU'RE ALL MURDERERS! Nope, whoever it is appears to know specific details about each death, and why these particular people were responsible.Of course, everyone immediately starts proclaiming their innocence!Wha..? Noooo! That person died accidentally! I was never even a suspect! Who dares...?! Harrumph & bluster!However, within minutes one of them falls over dead.Suicide? Or something more nefarious?!As the body count rises, they have to face the facts that these aren't accidents. And with each new death coinciding with a children's rhyme that's tacked up in each room, all signs point to a self-appointed executioner in their midst.After they get organized and take a peek around, they realize that they are quite alone on this island. Their mysterious benefactor must be disguised as one of the guests, and is more than likely...the murderer.Dum, dum, duuuuum!The tension ratchets up with each body, and the guests start turning on each other in an attempt to ferret out the killer. Eventually, they decide they just need to calm down and survive till the police can get to the island. Good plan, right? But what if there isn't anyone left to tell the cops what happened?So whodunit? I ain't tellin'.Psst. The epilogue is really important.

  • Brina
    2019-02-25 06:02

    This year I have decided to take part in a women's century challenge in the group catching up on classics where the participants read a book written in ten consecutive decades. I chose to focus on the 20th century and my 1930s selection is And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Although I had previously read some of her Hercule Poirot cases, this is my first stand alone mystery of Christie's that I have read. A suspenseful premise for a case, And Then There Were None left me on edge for the duration of the book. Ten individuals who committed murder at one point in their lives have been invited to Soldier Island for a supposed holiday. Upon arrival, the participants note the quaintness of the island and the home which they are staying in. Yet, on top of the mantel in each bedroom is the poem "ten little Indians". In the communal dining room are ten salt shakers each representing a person and the same poem. As the group gathers for cocktail hour, a gramophone recording announces the crime each individual is guilty of committing. Shocked at first, each person comes to terms with the accusation and reveals what really happened to the group. Christie's participants represent a cross section of society including a judge, doctor, Scotland Yard police officer, retired general, mercenary, governess, and spinster. None of these primary participants believes themselves guilty of the crime because after all they were acquitted. Yet one of their party believes them all to be guilty, or they would not have been invited to Soldier Island. One by one the group is murdered, the island is searched, and the dwindling group realizes that there is a murderer in their midst. The death mirrors the poem on the wall, and as each person is killed, another salt shaker breaks. It is up to the remaining people to identify the murder. Unlike Hercule Poirot cases where Christie allows the reader to crack the case early on only to have Poirot peal back layers and layers to the case, in And Then There Were None, Dame Christie does not clue us as to who the murderer is. Even someone as myself who reads a fair number of mysteries was left captivated as to whodunit, allowing me to read quickly until the end of the book. The participants were also held in suspense, accusing each other of being the murderer. This lead to a revealing denouement, one that had me guessing until the last page. I have read many mysteries written by women, including many cases starring female private eyes and police detectives. Many of these mystery writers have Dame Agatha Christie to thank for paving their way as early as the 1920s. And Then There Were None first appeared in serial form, leaving its readers in suspense until the next installment appeared. A captivating mystery, I am open to reading more of Christie's stand alone cases, and rate this mystery 4 stars.

  • Alejandro
    2019-03-08 07:11

    Extraordinary and gripping novel!I knew that the best way to start reading the literary work by Agatha Christie was choosing her most known book. And There were none is the best-selling mystery novel of all time with 100 million of copies, and the fifth book in the list comprehending all genres. That is something to give to Agatha Christie the respect that she deserves.Initially this novel on UK was titled Ten Little Niggers, only because the original nursery rhyme was called that but it was obviously seen as racist, then in USA was decided to change the title to Ten Little Indians, but again obviously as seen as racist again, so at the end the title was changed to And There were none, and the nursery rhyme inside the book was changed to "Ten Little Soldiers", curiously enough none member of any army so far as pointed out as racist that final change. I mean, the title was just because a widely known nursery rhyme and none character on the book was afro-american or native-american. To this, I want to comment that it's lucky that not many children would had more nightmares since a lot of nursery rhymes have truly scary lyrics. No wonder in stuff like A Nightmare on Elm Street and Saphire and Steel were used nursery rhymes with truly scary effects.Returning to the novel, it was a remarkable reading. Great atmosphere where you feel as trapped as those people on that island.I want to comment that at some point I figured it out who was the murderer, don't worry, I won't tell it, and I have no doubt that some would say: "Oh, sure! I believe you Sherlock!". However I do indeed discovered it. This is not my first mystery story. I have read several books in the genre and I have watched a lot of TV shows like Murder, She Wrote, Columbo, Criminal Minds, CSI: Miami, etc... And while that doesn't turn me into a detective, in my defense, I knew who was only because I focused on the "why" and not the "how" that certainly I didn't know that. You can say that I did an amateur criminal profile and that helped me to have a suspect of my own that it resulted true. Also, I had some advantage for being Spanish speaking since there is a clue that only can be detected due that not matter that I read the novel on English, but taking in account the very detail that it's indeed a printed novel, I catched something and putting together some clues. Well, I figured it out. Believe or not. It doesn't matter.Anyway, I think that many of the fun of reading this kind of mystery novels is trying to figure out the culprit during the process of reading the book. Not matter if you guess right or not, always it's rewarding when the mystery is explained. A delicious way to make your neurons to exercise.Again, knowing who was, or at least thinking that I knew who was, since obviously I couldn't confirm it until reading the whole book, it didn't help me to know how everything was made until it was explained on the novel. Definitely, Agatha Christie is the queen of mystery!Certainly, this novel isn't only a marvellous detective mystery book but also a truly scary horror story. Priceless setting for a scenario and fantastic twisted character developing.Appendix: (July 23rd, 2014)The clue that I found thanks that I am a born Spanish-language speaker:WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!!Read ONLY if you already read the novel, since this is a mega-spoiler telling who the culprit is!I seldom put spoilers in my reviews, but I wrote this appendix basically since I was contacted by several readers asking me about the "big clue" and well, while I don't mind to share it, well, also I don't want to find out later that it was written down in some other review as theirs, taking in account that it seems that only me were the one who noticed that.(view spoiler)[Ok, the big fuzz about the clue that I found is that the first character that you find in the novel is Mr. Justice Wargrave on the chapter one, you may say: "So what?", well, the mysterious couple who invited to all guests, the initials of both names of them are U.N.O., in the imaginary woman is "Una Nancy Owen" and the supposed husband is "U.N. Owen. U.N.O. that in Spanish can be spelled just like "uno" which means "one" on English. Maybe that a coincidence, but with Agatha Christie nothing can be left to chance, so I think that may be a clue targeted to the readers with knowledge about Spanish language. (hide spoiler)]

  • Junta
    2019-03-08 00:11

    "Ten literary Goodreads reviewers chatting online;One bot was discovered and then there were Nine.Nine literary Goodreads reviewers on a thread until late;One lost his Wi-Fi signal and then there were Eight.Eight literary Goodreads reviewers groupreading Austen;One only read males and then there were Seven.Seven literary Goodreads reviewers averse to using pics;One blasphemed with GIFs and then there were Six.Six literary Goodreads reviewers booktubing live;One revealed too much and then there were Five.Five literary Goodreads reviewers trying out Coelho;One rushed back home and then there were Four.Four literary Goodreads reviewers adored Harper Lee;One sequel led to suicide and then there were Three.Three literary Goodreads reviewers re-reading Pooh;One thought it only for children and then there were Two.Two literary Goodreads reviewers engrossed in Hamsun;One died of hunger and then there was One.One literary Goodreads reviewer left all alone;He deleted his account and then there were None."Original:"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 travelling 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 in 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."Loved the idea of this novel.October 21, 2015

  • Kai
    2019-03-11 05:58

    “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.”My first Agatha Christie, and a good one indeed. And Then There Were None just recently came to my attention. Maybe it was the new mini series or the many people suddenly reading this, but I was intruiged immediately. I can't wait to watch the series!Agatha Christie totally tricked me. I thought I had figured it out, but I was wrong. This novel turned out to be exactly what it promised. A murder mystery, a mad psychothriller of a book. I would have liked a little more detail and character depth, but I have nothing to critizise in general. Would highly recommend.Find more of my books on Instagram

  • Mansuriah Hassan
    2019-03-26 02:23

    Wow! This is a masterpiece! Dame Agatha Christie's achievement is remarkable. She creates ten characters, all suspected of murder, who are lured to an island. She has them meet their deaths one by one as nominated in the nursery rhyme "Ten Little Indians" which is displayed in their rooms. She has each murder occur in a situation where almost all the other island guests might have had opportunity to commit it. Set on an isolated island without contact of the outside civilization, a group of ten strangers are invited for a long weekend on Indian Island, a mile off the Devon coast. They include a doctor, a games mistress, a soldier of fortune, a rich playboy, a retired policeman, a judge, a spinster, a retired general and a married couple who are to be the servants. They arrive on a bleak rocky island to a completely modern house with all the amenities. The fires are welcoming, there is an ample supply of food, the servants are impeccable, but their host is absent. In each of the bedrooms, the "Ten Little Indians" nursery rhyme is posted on a prominent wall.It's a great book and is very scary with loads of suspense. A thriller that will definitely keep your pulse pounding. I love the setting on the island, with no phone or transportation. Just think, getting stuck on an island with a mad man. That sounds pretty creepy. This is my favourite book of all time! And Then There Were None probably ranks among the BEST works of crime fiction ever written. I highly recommend everyone to get a copy of this book :)

  • Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum
    2019-03-23 05:17

    Η αξία και η γοητεία του κλασικού αστυνομικού μυστηρίου. Εκπληκτική πλοκή,εξαιρετική περιγραφή και σκιαγράφηση ηρώων καθώς η συναισθηματική τους φόρτιση μεταλλάσσεται απο στιγμή σε στιγμή. Όλες οι ανθρώπινες αδυναμίες και αρετές σε ακραία σημεία. Απο το πάθος στο λάθος. Απο τη χαρά στον πόνο. Απο την αθώωση στην παντοτινή ταπείνωση μέσω συνείδησης. Όλοι κρίθηκαν αθώοι για κάποια εγκλήματα. Σχεδόν όλοι ειναι ένοχοι όμως.Ανάμεσα σε δέκα άτομα που δέχονται πρόσκληση για το νησί του Νέγρου με σκοπό να περάσουν κάποιες μέρες ξεκούρασης ή να συνδυάσουν εργασία και διακοπές,όλοι ειναι εγκληματίες. Όλοι έχουν θάψει βαθιά μέσα τους τις τύψεις και προσπαθούν να συνεχίσουν τη ζωή τους αφού για την κοινωνία ειναι απαλλαγμένοι απο κάθε κατηγορία. Η συνείδηση όμως που υπάρχει σε όλους με διαφορετικό τρόπο βιωματικής συναίσθησης ειναι το χειρότερο δικαστήριο. Η επίγεια κόλαση του Δάντη. Σε κυνηγάει και σε πληγώνει συνεχώς και αδιαλείπτως,ακόμη και στα όνειρα που αναζητάς γαλήνη εκείνη υποσυνείδητα εργάζεται πυρετωδώς με σκοπό να σε κάψει στην κόλαση να σε τραβήξει στην άβυσσο των πεπραγμένων που ειναι περασμένα αλλά όχι ξεχασμένα. Όταν έρχεται ο πρώτος φόνος ο εφιάλτης ξεκινά. Ακολουθούν φόνοι με αλληλουχία και αλληγορία σε σχέση με ενα παιδικό τραγουδάκι που αναφέρεται σε δέκα μικρούς νέγρους. Στο τέλος; Όλοι νεκροί!! Ο φονιάς ανάμεσα στους νεκρούς ή και όχι,εφόσον δεν υπάρχει πρόσβαση σε αυτό το νησί απο κανέναν άλλον. Αυτό ειναι σίγουρο και αποδεδειγμένο. Τι συνέβη; Πως πέθαναν δέκα άτομα με κοινό παρονομαστή τα εγκλήματα που διέπραξαν και έμειναν ατιμώρητοι; Δεν υπάρχει λογική εξήγηση. Δεν υπάρχει όμως ουτε μεταφυσική ερμηνεία. Όλα ειναι τοσο αληθινά που δεν επιτρέπεται ουτε φαντασία να χρησιμοποιήσεις. Δεν χρειάζεται. Ο δολοφόνος υπήρχε ανάμεσα τους εξ αρχής. Δεν διέπραξε τα εγκλήματα και μετά ξέφυγε. Δεν ειναι ο τελευταίος που έζησε για να αποφασίσει μετα τι θα κάνει με τις δικές του ερινύες. Συνταρακτικό και απλό- επιεικώς τέλειο. Καλή ανάγνωση!Η αστυνομία δεν υπάρχει περίπτωση να βρει τη λύση.

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    2019-03-07 07:16

    SUCH a superb mystery. Wow.

  • Moira Russell
    2019-03-20 01:58

    I admit I am a late, reluctant and suspicious convert to Christie. I avoided her studiously as an adolescent, because dozens and dozens of her paperbacks were always on sale with equally cheap indistinguishable romances and other 'women's books,' and I wanted no part of those. I read Chandler, not Christie; Hammett, not Sayers; James, not Marsh. I even read a few Spillane books, for Chrissakes, at a friend's urging (UGH), but still no Christie. Those endless TV adaptations, with the dotty Miss Marple and dorky Poirot, didn't help either. I had her books written off - predictable - cozy - tricksy - unreal - feminine. I liked Patricia Cornwell and noir. Show me a grisly procedural and I'll sink into it like a warm bath.The result of this prejudice, of course, was that I never saw what was actually there and only cheated myself. But matters weren't helped when I took a (delightful) genre studies course in graduate school (The Singing Sands, Ashenden, Knight's Gambit, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, Poe, Doyle....) and we had to read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, about whom legendary snob Edmund Wilson famously asked: Who Cares? Not me. (Not that I cared for Wilson either.) I hated that book.But during that course I ran across something interesting. For my final topic I chose the work of P.D. James (and read all of her books published up til then - through Original Sin - in about a month; dizzying but v fun) and you couldn't miss emblazoned on all her paperbacks at the time, THE NEW QUEEN OF CRIME, SHE USURPS CHRISTIE'S THRONE, CAGEMATCH BETWEEN PHYLLIS AND AGATHA, TWO BITCHES ENTER ONE NOVELIST LEAVES, &c &c you get the picture. This was mainly very stupid marketing because James and Christie have almost nothing in common (even tho James's first, derivative novel had the classic locked-room scenario). But I read a lot of interviews with James, and while she was polite about Christie (well, she's British) I sensed something else: respect. Apparently her tone's changed a bit in her most recent nonfiction book about mysteries, but then she said something like: 'She is a conjurer with those cards, and each time you think you know which one she is turning face-up, and each time you are wrong.' Well, now that was interesting. Every time? And I discovered the answer is, yes, pretty much. Call it a trick, call it a gimmick, call it masterful puzzle-plotting, call it a kind of genius, whatever it is, it's frighteningly consistent. It is what Stephen King terms the 'gotta' in Misery raised almost to an art form. It is what Magnus Eisengrim describes in Robertson Davies' World of Wonders as what makes a great magician: 'A man who can stand stark naked in the middle of a crowd and keep it gaping for an hour while he manipulates a few coins, or cards, or billiard balls.'This would have been a far, far better book for me to read in that class that was almost fifteen years ago now (gosh). For one thing, it has a sharp, strong, original female central character (she's not quite a heroine); its gimmick is equally as good as Ackroyd's; and it is a dazzling distinctive example of the One-Of-Us-is-a-Murderer-But-Which-One plot. Even better, there is no trace of that horrific Socratic bore Hercule Poirot or any of his little grey cells. For all that critics harp on Christie's cardboard characters and outlandish setups, this book depends largely on characterization and atmosphere. Each of the ten people brought to a deserted, barren island is guilty to a greater or lesser degree of causing the death of another person, and the book becomes almost a meditation on - what is guilt? What is responsibility? The murderer isn't just randomly cutting people down, but manipulating them, and enjoying it. Even if they are all as guilty as she or he thinks they are, do they deserve to be picked off and psychologically tortured? What justifies passing sentence on someone else? These are not easy questions and Christie does not give easy answers.(Also trying to write a spoiler-free review of this is hard, yeesh.)

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    2019-02-28 03:05

    3.5

  • Iryna (Book and Sword)
    2019-03-27 00:24

    Ten little Indian boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine.​​No wonder this is considered to be the best book of Agatha Christie's ever - it is truly a masterpiece. Nine little Indian boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eightAnd I am not just saying it- I truly mean it. I didn't just discovered it and am not speaking on a high rush of that fresh new read feeling - this was a re-read for me. And I don't re-read books very often - only the BEST OF BEST makes my re-reads list. Eight little Indian boys travelling in Devon; One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.​If you have read anything of Agatha Christie before and wasn't a big fan - read this. This novel is completely stand alone and it doesn't feature Miss Marple or Poirot, like all of her other books do. Despite being first published in 1939 this novel is timeless, it reads extremely easily. It's an absolute CLASSIC without that heavy classic feel. Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.The book starts out with clever introductions to our 10 characters all of whom intertwine somehow on the way to the Soldier Island, to where they were all invited. And then - and then shit goes down! Six little Indian boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.Christie plays with human psyche and emotions wonderfully in this book. She brings out guilt, paranoia and distrust. It's so tangible you can almost feel it seeping through the pages. Five little Indian boys going in for law; One got in Chancery and then there were four.I have mentioned that this ia a re-read for me. I read this for the first time about 5 years ago (at least) and because of this I couldn't really remember what happened. So, reading it again felt new and exciting! BUT, I also feel like even if I remembered the ending I'd still have enjoyed it just as much. Because then I'd have just looked for clues, for giveaways and hints on how to solve the mystery. Four little Indian boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.This book is one of my all time favorites, and to be honest not many books can beat that. I always find something to dislike if I read books more than once (as the more I read the more critical I get). Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two.I found some things that I didn't think clear answers were given to in the book, but nothing major, and nothing that could have disappointed me. For this read focuses on atmosphere, on emotions and on quick pace of events that just don't give you time to catch your breath. Or to put the book away...Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was one.And because it is so atmospherically mysterious and creepy, it's a perfect October read! Highly, highly recommend! Bravo Agatha Christie, BRAVO!One little Indian boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were none.My WEBSITEMy INSTAGRAMMy WORDPRESS BLOG

  • Evgeny
    2019-03-12 03:19

    To talk about the plot of this book however briefly would give spoilers right away. For people who have not read them, spoilers kill Agatha Christie books. Basically there is a small isolated island bought by an American millionaire which was later sold to a mysterious party generating a lot of rumors about the latest buyer. A group of very different people ended up on the island.If you are familiar with the Dame of Mystery's writing you would guess there will be a murder. If you have read several books of her, you know she rarely stops at just one dead body. This is all. I insist that nobody comes anywhere close to Christie when it comes creating a complicated exciting and fair mystery - both before or after her, up to this day. British people seems to agree with me as they made her a Dame for her contribution to literature. I am sure quite a few readers from other countries fully agree. This book is considered to be her best by many. At this point I could just stop and would still consider my review to be complete and the reasons for my rating clearly explained. The images used are from the Soviet movie Desyat Negrityat (Десять негритят) which is still the only movie adaptation of the book which remain completely true to its source material. What is it about movie people insisting on making changes to a classic of mystery? Are they trying to improve the perfection? This is doomed to failure. The final conclusion: if you like mysteries or thrillers (this book successfully combines both) this one is a must read. Can you guess what is going on before the epilogue? It is actually quite simple if you think about it, but there are a lot of red herrings to hide the answer in the plain sight. My special thanks go to Erin for the book discussion.

  • Celeste
    2019-03-09 00:55

    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 bumble bee 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 himselfAnd then there were None.—Frank Green, 1869This is the poem that dictates all of the action of Christie’s novel. Ten strangers are invited to Soldier Island under mysterious circumstances. When their unknown benefactor doesn’t show, things on the island get crazy. The guests start dying off, one by one, in eerie accordance with the Ten Little Soldier Boys poem that is posted in nearly every room of the estate.And Then There Were None is only my second experience with Agatha Christie, and I wasn’t disappointed. Just as Murder on the Orient Express left me guessing until the final chapter, I had absolutely no idea who was responsible for the murder and mayhem in And Then There Were None. I was honestly afraid that I would never find out whodunnit when I reached the end of the epilogue and still wasn’t given any answers. Thankfully answers were provided right at the very end of the novel, and I was completely blindsided by those answers.I might only have two of her books under my belt, but I already understand why Christie is considered the queen of the mystery genre. She plays things so close to the chest that it’s nearly impossible to guess anything until she feeds you the information you need. It’s amazing to me that books written this long ago can still be so surprising and mysterious and feel so fresh. I might’ve found a new favorite author!For more of my reviews, as well as my own fiction and thoughts on life, check out my blog, Celestial Musings.

  • Manny
    2019-03-26 04:23

    My friend Amelie and I used this book as half of our corpus when we wrote our 1990 paper,An Implementable Semantics for Comparative Constructions . We spent several days combing through the text, extracting and categorizing every single occurrence of a comparative construction. So you'll appreciate that I know what I'm talking about when I say it's better than most murder mysteries.

  • mark monday
    2019-02-25 06:22

    You Chose Your Own Adventure!You are a man, you are a woman; you are judge, jury, and executioner. You are surrounded by murderers and assholes. Kill ‘em all! Then kill yourself. Your adventure is over.If you would like to start your life anew, choose http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    2019-03-23 02:04

    I'm a confirmed puzzle lover. Crosswords, sudoko, Scrabble, Clue, card games. I love them all. Puzzle love extends to my go-to lit genre. The way an author crafts a mystery with a surprise yet plausible ending is the best in my book (pun, intended). There is so much fun to be had in gathering clues and solving the puzzle the author has created.That is all the more reason the confession I have to make is deeply shameful. This is the first Agatha Christie book I have ever read in my life.I know. I know. Go ahead and scorn me. I've scorned myself for years over this glaring omission in my library of loves.I did try. Given I was about thirteen at the time, it was nothing more than an ambitious plan to read Murder on the Orient Express after seeing the movie. I got no further than the first chapter, struggling with the formal prose.The distaste stayed in my mind far longer than necessary and despite laboring over classical literature for years in college, I still lingered with my teenage opinion that Agatha Christie is just "too hard to read."BULLOCKS! (Excuse my English, but I'm feeling very British now.) As an adult reader, I still found the first 50 pages somewhat disorienting and slow to get started. After the story is set up and you settle into the quaint writing style, the pages fly and the spooky story is completely captivating.There are ten characters, of course, and they are all summoned by an unknown host to holiday on a small island. As the story unfolds, we see that each of the guests harbor a deep, dark guilty secret. This cast of quirky endearing characters is part of the story's charm.  The tale is told from an omniscient narrator. We get to know the characters from the outwardly image they present to the world. But, more importantly we are able to examine their deep-seated fears, panicky thoughts, and stubborn egos as their tender souls are laid wide open for the reader to examine.The Ten Little Soldiers nursery rhyme is prominently displayed both in the novel and in the vacation house the guests are secluded in. The tension ratchets up quickly. We all know what is coming. Murder. One by one. There are no outsiders on the island. Therefore, the murderer must be one of the ten.  A metaphorical time bomb starts ticking with the first murder because you know it is only a matter of time until everyone is dead. The dread and fear is palpable throughout the novel.The mystery seems absolutely impossible to solve as you read. After some of the crazy mysteries I've read over the years, I was all over the place trying to solve it. I had to keep reminding myself, this is not the best selling mystery in the world for nothing! There is no supernatural element here, it is not a dream, not a joke.It is a brilliantly constructed puzzle with one equally brilliant answer.Agatha Christie is a master puzzle crafter. The Best. Regarding the writing process for this novel, Dame Christie states, "...the person who was really pleased with it was myself, for I knew better than any critic how difficult it had been."She knew she was a genius. Love it!

  • Fernando
    2019-02-26 00:22

    ¡Qué genialidad este libro! Cómo me encanta leer novelas que me impactan y que quedan en mi mente durante mucho tiempo...No soy un asiduo lector de novelas policiales. Es más, para ser sincero he leído muy poco. Apenas los tres cuentos de Edgar Allan Poe (“Los crímenes de la calle Morgue”, “El misterio de Marie Rogêt” y “La carta robada”) que comenzaron con el género, “Estudio en escarlata” de Sir Arthur Conan Doyle y un volumen de 800 páginas llamado “De Poe a Simenon: Antología de cuentos policiacos y de misterio” (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) en los que aparecen cuentos de los más renombrados autores. Tengo pensado leer “La piedra lunar” de Wilkie Collins en breve. Pero reconozco que siempre estoy leyendo otro tipo de libros.Pero comencé a ver que muchos lectores reseñaban con grandes elogios a este libro de Agatha Christie y cuando mucha gente coincide en lo mismo es imposible estar en el camino incorrecto. Es más, buscando en internet encontré que para mucha gente éste es un de los tres mejores libros de las setenta y nueve novelas que escribió Agatha Christie y creo no me equivoqué en la elección.La forma en la que está planteada la novela, desde la invitación a cargo del enigmático Ulik Norman Owen (o Una Nancy Owen), que es una especie de aagrama, puesto que si reacomodamos las letras nos quedaríamos con la palabra “unknown”, pasando por la canción de cuna sobre la cual se basan los asesinatos de las diez personas que son invitadas a la moderna mansión de la Isla del Negro, hasta la desaparición de las pequeñas estatuitas de los negritos todo, absolutamente todo es controlado por la la mente criminal del anfitrión con la delicada precisión de un reloj suizo.Sumado a esto nos encontramos que cada uno de los diez personajes lleva a cuestas su propio crimen, ese mismo por el cual Owen los condena a muerte. Luego nos encontraremos con toda la trama de asesinatos en serie para desembocar en un final sorprendente, inesperado y perfecto. Otro punto sobresaliente de la novela es que en “Diez Negritos”, más allá de que hay un inspector de policía involucrado, no hay un afamado y experto detective para develar el misterio de los asesinatos sino que debe ser los mismos invitados los que tendrán que pensar y repensar en cómo salvarse. Simplemente brillante.No creo que siga incursionando en este género (más allá del libro de Collins) puesto que rápidamente cambio a otro tipo de literatura, pero reconozco que cuando leo este tipo de genialidades como la que pertrechó Agatha Christie en “Diez Negritos” solo puedo deshacerme en palabras de admiración para una mente tan brillante como la de esta gran escritora. Me saco un imaginario sombrero ante Agatha Christie, “La Reina del Crímen”, una verdadera genia.

  • Khadidja
    2019-03-11 05:07

    I LOVED IT !!!!! “Ten little Indian boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine.Nine little Indian boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight.Eight little Indian boys travelling in Devon; One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six. Six little Indian boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.Five little Indian boys going in for law; One got in Chancery and then there were four.Four little Indian boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three. Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two.Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was one.One little Indian boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were none.”

  • Apatt
    2019-03-22 05:59

    “It's the Final Countdown do do do doo do do dododo!”I've always wanted to start an Agatha Christie review with a bit of cheesy Swedish hair metal. And Then There Were None has been declaredthe world's favourite Agatha Christie novel, not to mention the bestselling crime novel of all time (same Guardian source). Considering she wrote hundreds of books, including iconic titles likeMurder on the Orient Express andMurder at the Vicarage, this is clearly the definitive Christie. Her ace detective Hercules Poirot does is not even in this one. The story is based on a morbid nursery rhyme which I have quoted after the review in case you want to refer to it (and can be conveniently ignored if you don't, positioning is everything). The setup is simple yet ingenious. Ten people from all walks of life (including a couple of service staff) receive an invitation from a mysterious U.N. Owen who claims to be a friend of a friend (or relative), to visit an Indian Island for a nice, all expenses paid holiday, or to do a job. The island is very pleasant but isolated. Just when a good time is about to be had by all, one of the guests drops dead, apparently a suicide. “OK…” they think, “that's weird, what's for dinner?” Then the next morning the butler's wife snuffs it. Something (besides the smoke salmon) is beginning to develop a piscine odor. Soon the guests are offed one by one, and their dwindling number is represented by the similarly dwindling number of figurines on the dining table. It's the Final Countdown! do do do doo (sorry)To make matters worse—or better, for the readers—there is nowhere to hide on the island so the murderer must be one of them! With this realization the remaining guests begin to give each other funny looks:“And all of them, suddenly, looked less like human beings. They were reverting to more bestial types.”(from the recent BBC adaptation)I tell you I almost guessed the identity of the murderer (a serial killer really, but the term hasn’t yet been coined during Christie’s time), but the lady’s sleight of hand threw me off the scent and led me up the garden path (to bark up the wrong tree). While there is no supernatural agency at work in And Then There Were None, the murderer does seem as if he/she has some unearthly abilities, teleporting especially.I have not read any Agatha Christie for decades, but I suspect most Goodreadsters, like myself, must have read a few during our formative years as readers. Her writing is always clear, smooth and elegant, also extremely accessible, I think I first read one of her books while I was around 13 or 14. Like in a lot of her books, characterization is somewhat perfunctory, while the plot reigns supreme. In the context of her books, this is quite understandable as they tend to be quite short and there are many plot twists and turns to navigate. With this book, it is better not to know too much about these characters, it makes the reveals at the end of all the more effective.If you think Agatha Christie is now old hat and too light weight you may want to consider this quote from Mathew Prichard, Ms. Christie's grandson:“It's just entertainment. There are so many things these days aiming to educate, provide a message. She is just aiming to give you a good time. It becomes its own little world.” The Indian Island is even more “its own little world” than most of her books. A world well worth visiting, as long as you are not in danger of pushing up the daisies.

  • Rehab
    2019-03-07 08:04

    لم يخطئ النقاد حين صنفوا هذه الرائعة من أكثر روايات أجاثا دقة وادهاشاً .. انهمكت في قراءتها وأنهيتها رغماً عني سريعا للفضول الشديد الذي ألم بي لمعرفة النهاية الغير متوقعه أبداً .. يدهشني في اجاثا دقتها في وصف المشاهد لدرجة أني أتخيل نفسي في موقع الحدث .. ان أردت أن تجرب قراءة الروايات البوليسية فهذه الرواية هي الأجدر بأن تكون البداية لك

  • Book of Secrets ☘
    2019-03-15 07:00

    Two things I can't believe: (1) That it's taken me sooo long to read this book (being that I'm a big mystery fan), and (2) that I've been able to avoid spoilers given how popular this book is (and has been for the past 78 years)! It's an amazing, complicated, intricate, puzzling mystery, and I enjoyed it very much. {Borrowed from the library.}

  • Erin
    2019-03-08 06:02

    Wow! I have been quite good at rationing out 5 stars this year, but this week I have been handing them to books like it is candy. But when a book literally grabs hold of you and you cannot do a thing, even when it means that you lay on your bed, wrapped only in a towel and your sweetie asks if you'll ever be ready to head out for brunch, the right response is always "Not until I solve the crime, dear." I was intrigued to read Agatha Christie based on my 2017 reading choices of " The Woman on the Orient Express" and the "Magpie Murders." Also, one of my grade nine English students told me that it was a "sin" that I could claim to love mysteries and never have picked up an AC. When a 15 year old questions my reading selections, I, as a teacher, feel the need to pick up the challenge. Premise: Ten people, all strangers, receive invitations to meet on an island. Cut off from the mainland, all from different classes and professions, the ten soon realize the reason they have been called to the island. They are all guilty of the same crime- murder! Will any of them get off the island?My feelings: Right from the beginning "And Then There Were None" had me hooked and I think time really stood still. Just when I thought I had my suspect, AC fooled me with a few more twists! This book truly was a roller coaster ride mystery!

  • Beatriz
    2019-03-18 07:13

    Lo comencé con mucha expectativa. Me encanta este género literario y la mayoría de los lectores de GR concuerda en que este libro es el mejor de Agatha Christie. Y así de bueno también lo estaba encontrando yo hasta… que llegó el desenlace.Sin duda, el atractivo de la novela es ir juntando las piezas para resolver el misterio que nos presenta, por lo que encontré bastante decepcionante darme cuenta, al llegar a las últimas páginas, que daba lo mismo quien fuera el asesino.Durante toda la historia, la autora va entregando pistas y desviando la atención hacia uno y otro personaje, pero se guarda algunas cartas bajo la manga que no desvela hasta el final y que da lo mismo a cuál de los personajes se las asignara, el resultado sería el mismo: ese sería el asesino. Porque a mi gusto, la conexión que une a las víctimas, y a éstas con el asesino, es bastante flojita, realmente esperaba más. Puede que en la época en que el libro se publicó por primera vez esos plot twist fueran desconcertantes, pero ahora… (sólo en consideración a eso lo valoro con 3 estrellas).Otro aspecto que me dejó más bien fría fueron los sentimientos de los personajes. A pesar que están descritos, nunca sentí esa angustia y desesperación ante la situación que estaban viviendo.Lo recomiendo sólo para conocer a la autora y una novela de misterio de la época en que está escrito.

  • *TANYA*
    2019-03-06 07:56

    Stupendous!!! I cannot believe this book was written back in 1939!! It truly is a timeless story. I will have to read more of Agatha's books.

  • James Thane
    2019-03-14 07:13

    This book, first published in 1939, and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926), are generally considered to be Agatha Christie's most outstanding achievements. Both are premier examples of the "locked room" mystery, and this book is perhaps the most elaborate puzzle mystery ever published. Christie noted later that it was the most difficult book she ever wrote and the one that pleased her the most.As the book opens, eight people who are all strangers to each other, accept an invitation to spend the weekend at an island house. None of them is really familiar with their hosts, a Mr. and Mrs. Owen, but they accept the invitation just the same. However, on arriving on the island, they discover that their host and hostess have been delayed and will not arrive until the following day.The guests are thus left in the care of the couple that runs the household. Oddly, they too have never met their employers and are carrying out instructions that were mailed to them when their services were retained. Counting the couple, there are now ten people effectively abandoned on the island, given that the boat that has brought them has returned to the mainland and will not be coming back to the island for several days due to rough seas.In each of the guest rooms there is a copy of a blackface song, written in the 1860s, and titled variously as "Ten Little Niggers," or "Ten Little Injuns." (Christie's novel was first published as Ten Little Niggers, but later editions of the book were sanitized, and the title changed to reflect the last line of the song. In current editions, the song is titled "Ten Little Soldiers," which presumably will not offend anyone's sensibilities.) The song describes the activities of the ten little individuals who die, one by one, in various misadventures until the last one expires, "and then there were none."As the ten people assemble on the first evening on the island, it is revealed that each of them has a dark secret. Each of them has effectively gotten away with causing the death of another person. And sure enough, the ten people begin to die, each in a way that reflects a death in the poem. After two or three deaths, panic sets in and the guests don't know what to do, whom to trust, or how to save themselves.The story is best read as a classic example of a style of British mystery that was once very popular. Needless to say, crime fiction has come a long way in the last eighty years, and readers accustomed to more contemporary novels may find this one more than a bit odd. It's fun to watch the puzzle unfold, though, and to see Agatha Christie at her best. In that sense, this is a book that should interest a large number of crime fiction fans.