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Have you read the detective novel "And There Were None" ?

Asked by partyrock (3865 points ) March 21st, 2012

What did you think of it ? Who do you think was the killer? Did the book or story freak you out in any way?

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DaphneT's avatar

This is the Agatha Christie novel “And Then There Were None?”, right? If so, I’ve read it two or three times, seen the movie. Sometime in the past 6 months, and it was still as freaky now as ever. I don’t know why I was surprised at the ending, yet again, it still ends the same way. I always ask myself, why? I still don’t get the kind of thinking that she describes, but I wouldn’t want to be trapped in that kind of environment, with no obvious way out.

dappled_leaves's avatar

No, only the original title freaks me out. :O

tranquilsea's avatar

I read it a few years back. I can’t remember the ending lol. I remember thinking it was a good short read.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I went to the library to charge it out. There were supposed to be three copies, but two had been checked out. I grabbed mine off the shelf.

And then there were none.

Bent's avatar

I read Agatha Christie a lot when I was a kid, but I haven’t read any of them since I was at school, and I can’t remember what this one was about. You’ve inspired me to try to track it down in my local library though.

lloydbird's avatar

10 little what?

fundevogel's avatar

It was Little Indians in the movie. I never read the book.

yankeetooter's avatar

Yes, I have…and the end of the book explains all. But I won’t say…no spoilers!

Jeruba's avatar

Yes, I did, as a teenager. I loved it. I didn’t guess the killer or the outcome. I still think of it as absorbing and clever and ultimately satisfying in the genre, even though I last read it probably when Kennedy was president.

From there I went on to others by Agatha Christie and John Dickson Carr and Rex Stout. I’d already read all of Sherlock Holmes more than once. I still love a good mystery, one that keeps me guessing even while the author plays fair with the reader and then gives a completely logical explanation. Crime fiction is crime-and-solution (and, implicitly, punishment) fiction and lets us imagine that the world is a just and orderly place.

El_Cadejo's avatar

That was one of the only books i had to read for school that I really liked. Its a nice short novel and I pick it up from time to time to reread it.

King_Pariah's avatar

No, but I did read 10 Little Niggers. Okay, so I did read And Then There Were None, I loved it, I did catch onto the red herring clue and was 100% certain that only the judge’s death was possibly fake and thus it had to be the judge by the time that the doctor’s body was found. All in all, I enjoyed this book very much. I found it to be very engaging, and I loved the judge’s letter at the end. Bravo.

Jeruba's avatar

Anybody here care about spoilers? ^^^

King_Pariah's avatar

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P

partyrock's avatar

I haven’t read the book yet but I’m very interested to….. I read the plot summary of it and it really scared me. I have the black and white movie but I haven’t watched that either yet. I’m excited to see/read both.

partyrock's avatar

@uberbatman – They let you read the book in school? Isn’t the content too macabre to be for kids? The whole… people dying one by one thing?

King_Pariah's avatar

I don’t recommend looking into the play. I found the attempt of a feel good ending sort of… cliche and bleh.

ddude1116's avatar

I read it when I was twelve or thirteen. I remember liking it, even though I didn’t fare well as a detective.

GracieT's avatar

I read it in high school. I remember liking it, but unfortunately I haven’t gotten into any of her other books. I have a problem. There are WAY to many other books that catch my eye. My pile of it looks interesting is alive. It is always growing.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

I thought it was a pretty good book. It kept me intrigued and I thought it was suspenseful enough. It had great plot twists. I give it an A!
I thought the way the murderer executed everything was pretty damn clever.
The thing that kind of disturbed me was how everyone, especially Vera, remained so entirely calm. I don’t think that would be the initial human reaction….
Vera disturbed me the most. It was so odd when she killed herself, like she was in a weird, demon-possessed-like trance or something.
I initially thought the killer was the doctor, but then he was killed, and then I thought it was Lombard because he was so cold.

partyrock's avatar

No one has said who the killer was yet and I want to know but going to just see the movie first.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@partyrock None of the other classes in my school read it but I got lucky and had a cool english teacher :)

partyrock's avatar

@uberbatman – Lucky you :) hehe

DaphneT's avatar

Seeing the movie won’t be like reading the book.

partyrock's avatar

@DaphneT – Obviously not, I’ll do both anyway, I’ll read the book first.

Coloma's avatar

Yes, I am familiar with that story, great book!

I also have always liked the old Hitchcock and Ellery Queen short mystery stories. 2 of my favorites involved a woman who clubbed her husband to death with a frozen leg of lamb, then made sure she was seen out and about in the village market purchasing items to go with the leg o’ lamb dinner. When she got home and “discovered” her dead husband and called the authorities she then served the detectives the murder weapon under the pretense of what a shame it would be to let such a nice dinner go to waste. lol

The other was a woman who killed her rich and highly allergic old uncle by knitting him a sweater with dog hair woven in. haha
I love a good, creative mystery!

dappled_leaves's avatar

@Coloma I remember those! So good. Reminds me of Roald Dahl’s mystery series, Tales of the Unexpected.

Coloma's avatar

@dappled_leaves I know, I should look into subscribing to those mags. again, I miss them. I wonder if they are still in publication. (?)

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