Does anyone know the origianl title of 'Ten Little INDIANS', or later it was changed for the second time to 'And Then There Were None '!!!!??
Well the copy I've got (For over thirty years now) is a British book Fontana Books on the cover there's what we as children used to call Golliwogs,
(back then we in our innocence did not know that it was a an extremely derogatory name there was even a an ice cream of the same name, very nice it was too!!.);
on the cover there's a "rag-like doll" of the Golliwog HUNG, hanging by a string. Behind this horrible exhibit there's a blood splattered support beam.
Here see for your self. And apologies for the n & G word.
And I think a very early edition it's got the same name.
To me it's Christie's very BEST as both Thriller and chiller , your literally guessing till the bitter end and it IS BITTER. The thing that really pissed me off about the films was there were one or two suvivours...THERE WASN'T.
Here's a quick synopsis of a really great book.
"TEN LITTLE NIGGERS
US title: AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
Other titles: TEN LITTLE INDIANS (in US reprint, Pocket Books, 1965, and all subsequent editions)
UK publication: 1939 (Collins)
US publication: 1939 (Dodd, Mead)
Plot summary and comments: A very famous novel, based on the old-fashioned nursery rhyme. Ten characters are marooned in a house built by an eccentric millionaire on a tiny island off the coast of Devon; they die, one at a time, in a way prescribed by the nursery rhyme, which hangs over each fireplace. [When the book was written, the word 'nigger' was much less offensive in Britain than in the U.S.; the title and rhyme have been changed in all modern edtions.] As the murderer intended, all ten people have died by the end of the story; one of them must be the murderer, but his identity is adroitly concealed even after the last death. An epilogue, found by the police upon their eventual arrival, lays out the secret. Christie adapted the story into a play, produced in 1943, from which at least four movies have been made."