And Then There Were None– Book Review

Morning readers!

Here’s a little review of something that was quite the challenge for me; hope you like it!

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 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 himself

And then there were None.

—Frank Green, 1869

“Books” in general, brim me up with all sort of conflicting emotions. I cry, I laugh, I get angry etc.

But to be honest, not a single book has driven me MAD before. “Mad” as in insane and utterly speechless.

But when you read a novel written by the Queen Of Crime herself, Agatha Christie, you are bound to lose your mind. Especially, if it’s this book.

Ten unrelated people are brought—rather lured— to an island with their host not present; with an excuse of the host being busy whatsoever.

The factor is, they are murdered, one by one, all in an equivalent method mentioned in a nursery poem; and the murderer is not found. They are the only people there and the culprit HAS to be one of them.

What do you say when all 10 pass away then?

Who. Killed. Them?

How?

Why?

All those questions drove me to quite the corner really, but it was intriguing, interesting, wonderfully engaging, and I enjoyed every bit of it. (I even solved the mystery before it was revealed; quite proud! )

The author’s style is not in the least bit shy of wonder. However, you get to fully get to know each and every character, hear their voices and tones clearly and the setting has been described in a way that evidentially projected a very clear image of the place in my head. Honestly, in my opinion, only a few authors can build up a fortress surrounding a case but describing it well enough to give you a chance to hack your way through it; and Agatha Christie has, most definitely, done us, readers, justice in that case.

One of the novels that take the top of my long list of favs.~

Signed,

Midnight Ranter

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