Month: NOVEMBER | Date: 11/20/16 Genre: MYSTERY NOVEL Book: AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by AGATHA CHRISTIE
Attendance: Linda (host), Anna, & Taja
Not In Attendance: Celeste, Stephanie, Jonetta, Christina, Amanda, & Amy (new)
This month’s book was a classic mystery novel. Agatha Christie’s storytelling is believed to be the mother of stories like Clue and the common dinner murder mystery. There were only 3 of us there today, and only 2 had finished the book. Anna & Linda both agreed that the story wasn’t very immersive and you really never care about the characters, though they both somewhat enjoyed the read. They also brought up an interesting point. A mystery book is often fun because the clues are all presented to the reader and then the reader has the ability to often guess at the ending or at the killer in this case. But because of the way the plot twists, this is not possible. The final clue was never given which makes the reader feel less gratified by the ending. The author cheated in a way, having never revealed anything that could have made the ending make sense. The other thing that is interesting about this book is that the title had been changed a few times. Censorship aside, the strangeness of this fact makes the book itself fairly interesting. The original title (per Wikipedia) was only printed in the UK and is called “Ten Little Ni**ers”. Originally the title was taken after a popular singalong which included wearing blackface, and was sung to the tune of “Michael Finnegan” -an Irish folk song. The US even in the 30s was not about to publish a book with that title, so they changed the title and the poem within the book to “Ten Little Indians”. That was soon also made inappropriate and the book title was then changed to “And Then There Were None” which is the last line of the poem. The poem in the book was also changed yet a 3rd time, to “Ten Little Soldiers”.
December’s Book Poll Winner
December Meeting – 3rd Annual Holiday Book Swap
For December, as usual, we will be doing a holiday book swap. Bring a book that you have read and loved (which we haven’t already read or gifted in previous swaps) wrapped in fun any-holiday paper, concealed for gifting. If you don’t want to participate, you aren’t obligated no worries. For more info on the gift swap see here: Annual Holiday Book Swap
I (Taja) will be hosting December as I did last year.
For January, we will be reading an unknown author’s most recent book Eye of the Storm
Remember, we need to make a more concerted effort to finish this one. The deal is that we read them, and review them on Goodreads (and also on Amazon if possible). The author sent them to me directly, and signed each copy. I have all of the paperback copies for those who weren’t at the November meeting. I can get them to you any time or you can pick it up at the December meeting.
For February, we will poll the books swapped in December’s gift swap to read one of them as a group.