And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie

Find in catalogSpurred on by watching a BBC production of this book, I wanted to read the source material. Ten strangers are lured to a deserted island, and one by one picked off in the same method of “ten little Indian boys” of a nursery rhyme (One of the deaths in the novel depends on very specific timing and circumstances; I found it very unrealistic. Also, a significant plot detail depends on people being very unobservant; also unrealistic. The BBC TV adaptation dealt with these more realistically.) The book portrays a great sense of menace with often a very simple, almost childlike sentence structure (fitting with the nursery rhyme, I suppose.) Being written in 1939, and by Agatha Christie who tends to drop some real racist clunkers, there are a few times I cringed at the wording and ideas, but the mystery–the best selling crime novel of all time–still intrigues and satisfies.

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