Judul: Ten Little Niggers (1939)
Judul terjemahan: Sepuluh Anak Negro
Pengarang: Agatha Christie
Penerbit: PT Gramedia
Terbit: Cetakan ke-1, 1984
Tebal: 264 hlm
Genre: Suspense, Thriller & Mystery
‘Ten Little Niggers’ nursery rhyme hanged on each wall of all guest room. Eight people were invited to come to Nigger Island by a man named U. N. Owen—unknown—. In the island, there was a modern house and two assistants. Ten people on the Nigger Island, isolated and haunted by their past sins and death in front of their eye.
As I write this review, my hands still trembling, fearful, tense and amazed. There is absolutely no fault if this novel called as the best Agatha Christie’s novel.
This without-detective detective-novel offers incredible tension. I turn again and again to that rhyme page to know what happens next. Wondering who will died next, and every suspect someone—as UNO—precisely that person who died. And Agatha Christie was so good at tucking gripping feeling of the characters. Made the reader feel as go in the story, feel threatened, became one of the potential victims.
This case will probably continue to be the-cannot-solved-case if not because the culprit’s recognize. That crazy and romantic person tucking his/her recognition in a bottle that throwned into the sea.
Oh ya, maybe I have to repeat that I’ve read the edition that printed on 1984 ... I wondering how this book can still be in good condition after thirty years passed. Because the book is old edition, in this book, there still nigger porcelain doll, which makes the story more thrilling with the loss of one by one doll every casualties died. If I’m not wrong, in the new edition dolls are removed to reduce the racist atmosphere (which actually does not exist, it's just because of the poem)
This book actually reminds me of another Agatha’s book. Each character was a killer reminds me to the Cards on the Table, but of course this book is more extreme because all the characters are really killer, while the Cards on the Table there still Poirot. Then about ten porcelain doll, reminds me of The Seven Dials Mystery and it’s seven alarm clock. The idea of people who die one by one also made me think of the Death Comes at the End. But clearly, this book is no less exciting.
From the ten character, I’m most sympathetic to Vera Claythorne. A girl who is strong but brittle. It seems that after doing 'murder' in her past she became very careful and clever to set his feelings but it's made her depressed. After facing a lot of tension on the Nigger Island she became very hysterical and pathetic.
Meanwhile, the most frightening is Emily Brent. This old grandmother living in a very religious family. Hers view stodgy and she considers herself as a saint. Then, she was not afraid to death. She didn’t show anything when the people around her died, as if she knew that they did deserve it.
Yet her old-mind often make it say good things.
I am very sorry about the story of how I could finally met with this book. I borrowed this book from the school’s library of my sister, and my sister was still in elementary school. Already then she said there are still six other Agatha Christie’s book there. Elementary School!
Sepuluh anak Negro makan malam; Seorang tersedak, tinggal sembilan.Sembilan anak Negro begadang jauh malam; Seorang ketiduran, tinggal delapan.Delapan anak Negro berkeliling Devon; Seorang tak mau pulang, tinggal tujuh.Tujuh anak Negro mengapak kayu; Seorang terkapak, tinggal enam.Enam anak Negro bermain sarang lebah; Seorang tersengat, tinggal lima.