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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
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May 17, 08

bookshelves: mysteries
Read in October, 1996

While it's a brilliant mystery novel that breaks all the humdrum middle class conventions, And Then There Were None is also a stinging social critique of the period. The cruel, coldblooded efficiency of the silent murderer deeply undermines the sense of security and civilization evidenced by the British characters, and mirrors the state of fear and collapse in a Britain on the verge of a Second World War. More important is her treatment of rigid class hierarchy; as the murder kills indiscriminately, the servants refuse to leave their social roles, and no one questions the unequal status of the "downstairs serving class." Brilliant book. Vera Claythorne is a first class character.
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Somyaiyer Social roles observation is spot on! I could not figure out either why the butler did not stop buttling! He knew by then he was not getting the weekly envelope. Why not just put his feet up like the rest of them?


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