Hello, hello! Time for another round-up of the highlights from our latest book club meeting. This month we discussed Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, the best-selling mystery novel of all time. It’s one of those books that I had been meaning to read for a loooooong time, so I’m really glad we finally got to it in book club. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, it’s about a group of strangers who are all invited to a mysterious island off the coast of Britain — but once they arrive, they learn that they’ve fallen straight into *someone’s* murderous trap, and the guests start falling like dominoes. Also, bizarre side note: there were 10 strangers in the book and EXACTLY TEN PEOPLE AT OUR BOOK CLUB MEETING. Eeerriieeee.
This was the first Agatha Christie book I’ve read, and I have to say it lived up to expectations. I worried that I might be bored by it (and, admittedly, it wasn’t as gruesome or as graphic as I thought it would be), but Christie certainly knew how to build up the suspense. There were some great passages in the book that were just bits of internal dialogue from all the characters, jumbled together, so even though one of the characters was saying things like “I think I’ll get him next…” you never really knew who the killer was until the big reveal. If you’ve already read this one and you’re looking for another AC book to read, I’d recommend Murder on the Orient Express, which I believe is her second best-selling book. AND IT HAPPENS ON A TRAIN! Don’t see many of those around anymore.
Also, one of my favorite films of all time is “Clue” and I could not get over the resemblance between the two. A house full of crazy people who quickly fall victim to paranoia? Obviously, the film is much more (intentionally) humorous, but I felt like Christie placed a few funnies in her book for readers, too. Like, there’s a scene where one of the characters reveals that he brought a gun to the island, and another character is all “WHAT??!! YOU HAVE A GUN?!!! WHO BRINGS A GUN ON VACATION?!! THIS KINDA STUFF ONLY HAPPENS IN BOOKS.” Which is a wonderfully self-aware statement, if I do say so myself.
As far as our next book goes, we had some fantastic recommendations but the victor was Slaughterhouse V by Kurt Vonnegut. Perhaps his best-known novel and one of the most accessable, too. I haven’t read anything else by him, but I’m excited to re-read Slaughterhouse. I think it will get me interested in the rest of his work. Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, August 24th at 6pm — feel free to call and reserve your copy of the August book club pick, or stop in and grab one. See yinz soon!