Tuesday, 13 October 2015

And Then There Were None - Book Review

I was trying to read through the novels of Agatha Christie in the order in which they were written and write a review on each one.


But then I heard that the World's Favourite Christie had been voted on and the winner was  

And Then There Were None. 

I was just so tempted to read it even though it was

Written in 1939  

and I was only up to 

1929

because it is the only one that I was really not sure that I had actually read before and I know I have never owned a paperback of it but I do have it now in hardback in my Heron Set of Christie Novels.

So my apologies for jumping ahead and doing this one out of order.



Shelfari Description


Ten people, each with something to hide, are invited to a lonely mansion on Indian Island by a host who, surprisingly, fails to appear. On the island they are cut off from everything but one another and the inescapable shadows of their own past lives. One by one, the guests fall victim to the dark secrets of their pasts. And one by one they start to die...

Alternate title: Ten Little Indians




My Thoughts

This is the 34th book by Agatha Christie and one of the few that do not involve one of her detectives.

Even though I cannot remember if I read this while a teenager I did know most  of the story.  Those who have ever read it could not fail to remember the plot (if not all the details) because it is, like her play "The Mousetrap", unique and unforgettable.

Anyone who is interested in Christie's books could not fail to have heard or read something pertaining to this classic especially around the 2 changes of title that have been made over the years.   Starting out life as "Ten Little Niggers" using an old rhyme of that name; then changing to "Ten Little Indians" which became as much a "no-no" as the original title and finally becoming "And Then There Were None" which actually tends to give away the storyline but is probably a good hook title.

A select guest list, a deserted location and a missing host will undoubtedly grab your interest as you read a synopsis or teaser for the book but when I read this book through in less than a day I can say that the first 2 pages had me hooked.

She very carefully introduces her characters so that we know something about them but not everything and she does it quickly through the actual characters themselves.  We have the superior feeling at this stage of being somewhat familiar with all the characters before they are introduced to each other.

I cannot imagine anyone who likes a murder mystery being disappointed with this one and so I agree that it is worthy of the title "The World's Favourite Christie" and it isn't even a Poirot or Marple story.

I hunted around on the internet to see if I could buy a dvd of any of the 3 films that have been made in 1945, 1965 & 1974  but was unsuccessful so ended up watching them on YouTube instead.
NOTE:  Why do filmmakers always want to change the endings?  If they think the book is good enough to make into a film then surely the ending is good enough?

But just today I have found out that there is a 3 part mini series being filmed for the BBC with some interesting actors for the roles and we should see this on our screens possibly at Christmas.


World's Favourite Christie - Book Review


However after saying it is very good and acknowledging why it has been chosen as the world's greatest Christie, I would say if you only read one Christie do not make it this one.  My reason for this is simply that this is not her usual style so you are best to pick a Poirot or a Marple to get the real Christie feel.


 Here is a link to a list of her novels on Shelfari
Books by Agatha Christie





8 comments:

  1. Read this book years ago. Loved it!

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  2. Good to know I shouldn't start with this one, funny how the writing style is different! thanks for sharing with #readwithme

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  3. Oh my husband loves Poirot but I don't think he's ever read this one. Will get him a copy! :) #readwithme

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  4. I've never read any Christie. I know! Terrible!

    I'll have to get started- thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. This is actually one of my favorite AC novels. And I can't help, but to think of the MANY MANY modern franchises that got the concept from it.

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  6. I've never read this one of Agatha Christie's but I thought there had been a movie once. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book in your review and linking up with #AnythingGoes

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  7. Not read this one but my husband has enjoyed many of her books. Maybe I need to try one. - Lori

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  8. One of my favorites! Thanks for linking up with us!

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