Absolute must reads: Day 2

Posted: June 20, 2010 in Absolute must reads, Questions & answers

DAY 2 : AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

SYNOPSIS

Ten people of different social classes have been invited to a mansion on the fictional Soldier Island. Upon arriving, they are told that their hosts, a Mr. and Mrs. U.N.Owen (Ulick Norman Owen and Una Nancy Owen ), are currently away, but that the guests will be attended to by Thomas and Ethel Rogers. Each guest finds in his or her room an odd bit of bric-a-brac and a framed copy of the nursery rhyme “Ten Little Soldiers” hanging on the wall.

Before dinner that evening, the guests notice ten soldier boy figurines on the dining room table. During the meal, a gramophone record plays, accusing each of the ten of murder. Each guest acknowledges an awareness of (and, in some cases, involvement with) the deaths of the persons mentioned, but denies either malice and/or legal culpability.

The guests realize they have been tricked into coming to the island, but find that they cannot leave: the boat which regularly delivers supplies has stopped arriving. They are murdered one by one, each murder paralleling a verse of the nursery rhyme, with one of the ten figurines being removed after each murder.

BEST PARTS:

-The rhyme on the wall:

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.

(…)

-Fear: It is the center theme of the book and you can taste it as you turn the pages…

-The way characters behave & react

NOT THE BEST:

-Descriptions: General descriptions are not in the same style as the rest of the ACh books, still gripping though!

IN GENERAL:

Terrifying!!! Psychological horror and suspense from beginning to end. An absolute must read book written by the queen of crime!!!

Author

Agatha Christie

Original title

Ten Little chiggers

Cover artist

Not known

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Genre(s)

Crime novel

Publisher

Collins Crime Club

Publication date

6 November 1939

ISBN

978-0-00-713683-4

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