Original Title: Ten Little Niggers
Author: Agatha Christie (England)
First published on: 1939
Language: Indonesia (translated)
Original Language: English
Publisher: PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Genre: Mystery, crime, psychological, thriller
“I don’t know. I don’t know at all. And that’s what’s frightening the life out of me. To have no idea….”
About the Book:
First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.
This is my first time reading Agatha Christie’s work. I know it’s late but it’s better late than never, I guess. I always saw her books in the bookshelf but did not have enough will to take one until I watch “Murder on The Orient Express” movie last month on cinema. Why I pick this book over many other Agatha Christie’s books? Because of the title and the premise that was written on the cover. I chose this one and never regret.
Just like when I watched “Murder on The Orient Express” 2017 movie, when I read “And Then There Were None” my head is always filled with question and wonder. In a pleasant way. And I really love how she tells about every single character in the story, making it very personal but also different for each figure. This story makes me think about how sometimes we, as human, do something without even thinking and even after a huge mess happened, we thought to ourselves ”no, we did not do anything wrong” just to ran away from the guilt. While your heart knows that those deep down buried guilt can eat you up alive until you die with it.
I also love the fact that Agatha Christie does not even make me feel disgust about the murderer and about all the characters. You know there always a character that you hate and the character that you disgust or even a villain in typical stories. But not with this one. For me personally, I can feel empathy with all the characters. Maybe the least with the handsome rich guy, Anthony James Marston.
I will definitely read Christie’s other works and I hope I can feel the same passion and awe on other stories. Do you have any recommended books of Agatha Christie’s that I should read after this one? And have you watched the series of “And Then There Were None”? Is it yay or is it nay? I already asked my sister and brother to get that series for me so I can watch. Very excited.