SparkNotes: And Then There Were None: Study QuestionsThe mystery opens with ten strangers traveling to privately-owned Indian Island, a tiny piece of land situated near Devon, England. Upon arriving, a few things are amiss. For one, no one associated with Indian Island, including the boat guide who takes the guests to the island and the butler and his wife, have met Mr. Secondly, Mr. Owen is not present at his house when his guests arrive. Nor does he arrive in time for dinner.
Book Club Shmook Club 97: And Then There Were None - A Podcast Book Review
Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
A three-part series, cast to the gleaming hilt, begins on Boxing Day and the preview clips are promising. At last, perhaps, Agatha Christie's expressionist masterpiece will get the dramatic treatment that it deserves. For it has suffered grievously in the past. I first read it aged 12, and was frankly terrified by this tale of 10 people being systematically murdered on an island off a Devon coast. It is all in the telling, in the much-maligned Christie style. Always minimalist, here she is almost viciously spare, with a stark, iterative quality that is at one with the subject.
When my son was little, he wouldn't read. There were too many other exciting ways to absorb stories—including the endless escapades he would make up himself—so what was magical about reading? He rejected TV on the same basis, so points for the kid there. But, being as his mother was a big reader and Dad stayed up nights writing novels, we kind of wanted him in the club. We tried a couple of popular kiddie series, all assured to be addictive. Nothing grabbed him. One day, I discovered my son sitting silently, studying the suspect cards of the board game Clue.
Mar 05, AM. Mar 05, PM. And Then There Were None was my very first introduction to Agatha Christie in 8th grade, so it will forever have a special place in my heart. I really, really love her books. Though I don't think I'd read the book again since then, so it was nice to revisit it!
Talk about the characters—are any of them likable? Do you develop sympathy for anyone in particular: put another way, are some more sympathic than others? Why might Christie have put together such an unpleasant cast of characters? Was there any one individual you originally suspected? What about Dr. Armstrong, who goes off alone to find General Macarthur?
Post a Comment. They got more than they bargained for. Rain drummed the window pains like the bony fingers of a legion of persistent specters. Wind howled around the derelict mansion, and thunder bellowed in the ashen sky. Dearth Island was besieged by a tempest. We little book club girls were about to be tossed on the angry waves, set adrift into a nightmare fresh from the pages of our books.