We will be meeting to discuss the novel. The only requirement is to have read the book and be ready to participate! The discussion will be entirely in English.
Ten strangers find themselves being invited to a remote island off the British Coast for a weekend retreat. Unbeknownst to them, they have all been invited there by an absentee host who goes by the name “Mr. Owen”. After a lovely dinner, the guests are forced to listen to a Voice accusing each and every single one of them of murder. Unable to leave the island, the guests begin to share their darkest secrets…
This is an astonishing mystery, a tale of ten guests, who like the famous poem “Ten Little Indians”, find themselves disappearing one by one in the middle of nowhere.
And Then There Were None (published in 1939, as Ten Little Niggers, after the British blackface song, which serves as a major plot point) is Christie’s best-selling novel, with 100 million sales to date, making it the world’s best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time. In some american editions appeared under the title Ten Little Indians.
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, ( 1890 – 1976) was an English writer. She is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Christie also wrote the world’s longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap, and, under the pen name Mary Westmacott, six romances. In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her contribution to literature.
Christie was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon. Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches. She was initially an unsuccessful writer with six consecutive rejections, but this changed when The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring Hercule Poirot, was published in 1920. During the Second World War, she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, acquiring a good knowledge of poisons which feature in many of her novels.
Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world’s most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare’s works and the Bible. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author, having been translated into at least 103 languages.
Book Discussion: And then there were none, by Agatha Christie
When: Sunday 17th February 2019 at 18:00 (6pm Madrid local time)
Where: Residencia de Estudiantes, Pinar, 21, Madrid
Language: English (we’ll debate in English)
Organizer: Elena Kordon
Contact: +34 668853320
Mandatory: Read the book
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