Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Book Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie


And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Rating: 3/5

Hailed as the world's best-selling mystery novel I've been eager to read this book for some time now (even though I'm not a big mystery/thriller fan). Written in 1939 Agatha Christie set the standard for many mystery novels, her innovation and story telling has now become cliche in modern times and often duplicated.

This novel, which I learned was originally titled "Ten Little Niggers", then retitled, "Ten Little Indians" and finally "And Then There Were None" (oh, how the times have evolved, eh?)... anyway, is about ten strangers invited to an island where their unknown host reveals secrets from their past and meticulously kills each one... until there was none! (ha - I don't think that's a spoiler).

This book amused me with the antiqued conversations (those Brits are always entertaining) and the sexist and racist points of view. One character explained how the "savages" weren't human and at one point a woman was going "hysterical" and a man walked up and slapped her to calm her down (very old-hollywood style), then SHE said, "Thank you… I’m all right now." Yes, very funny stuff.

This book is a classic and I recommend reading to see how Ms. Christie set the bar for mystery novels.

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