Updated: Jan 20, 2020

Петък: Рубрика Books/Films

Където Радослав Балев говори.

And Тhen Тhere Were None is the world’s best-selling mystery novel written by the queen of the genre, Her Majesty Agatha Christie. Because of the engrossing plot, strong character arcs and larger than life themes, it is considered by many a pure classic and a must-read for everyone longing for a book to chill them to the bone and at the same time provoke an outburst of thoughts in their head.

Set in the late 1930s, it tells the story of ten perfect strangers, apparently with very little in common, lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by a mysterious host, each promised a certain job. Over dinner, a record plays and a voice accuses every one of them of hiding a guilty secret – a crime for which it’s time to pay. That very evening, one of the guests is found poisoned, but the tension really escalates as they realise the killer is not only among them but is about to strike again…and again.

Although young people are not much likely to relate to similar situations, themes such as the effects of guilt on one’s conscience and the administration of justice are present in every society. The novel bends the formula by making the victims of murder people who committed murder themselves and explores the line that divides those who act unjustly from those who seek to restore justice. Throughout the whole story, it is suggested that just because someone has gone against the law doesn´t automatically make them bad and that enforcing justice isn´t always for good. Furthermore, the reader feels the guilt of the characters who publicly and self-righteously deny their crimes but are tormented by them in private. Many of us are quite familiar with this sort of feeling and its heavy burden.

Whilst the plot isn’t the everyday case, the complex connection between the characters’ past and present, and the universal themes are definitely a thing for the youth to relate to.