About the author
‘And Then There Were None’ was written by Agatha Christie were published in the year 1939. Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and died in 1976. Christie was the first recipient who was awarded by the Grand Master Award. Some of her major mystery novels are ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’, ‘The Murder at the Vicarage’, ‘The Secret Adversary’, ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, ‘Death on the Nile’ and more.
‘And Then There Were None’ making it the world’s best-selling mystery novel ever, and one of the bestselling book of all time.
Characters in story
The following figures are some of the Major characters’ player in this book.
Mr. Justice Wargrave: an old Judge, Vera Claythorne: Mrs. Owen’s secretary, General Macarthur an old soldier, Mr. Blore Ex inspector, Mr.& Mrs. Rogers as housekeepers of Owen’s house, Philip Lombard, Miss Emily Brent, Dr. Armstrong, Fred Narracott, U.N.Owen, and Tony Marston
The plot opens up when 10 People totally unknown to each other from different places were invited to a mysterious island named ‘Soldier Island’ through a letter by a couple called Mr. & Mrs. U.N. Owen. All the arrangements were made by the Owen and the guest was traveling by train or by car to dock. From dock to soldier island by a boat which was already been waiting for them. On 8th August all guest gathers up at the dock as per details mentioned in the letter. Two guests Mr. & Mrs. Rogers reached two days earlier than others as they were hired as housekeepers. Vera Claythorne who received a job letter to be a secretary of Mrs. Owen was also considered as an employee. Mr. Justice Wargrave, General Macarthur, Mr. Blore, Philip Lombard, Miss Emily Brent, Dr. Armstrong, and Fred Narracott as their main guest. As they travel towards the island, each has a brief moment of remembering a traumatic experience from their past. When they arrive at the island, the character realized that they have not actually met Mr. and Mrs. Owen and the servant had only been hired a few weeks ago. After that Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, the house’s servants, escort them to their rooms. Vera discovered an old piece of rhyme which talk about actions and deaths of Ten Little Indian Boys. Each of them is killed until there were none.
Ten little soldier boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were Nine.
Nine little soldier boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were Eight.
Eight little Soldier boys traveling in Devon;
One said he’d stay there and then there were Seven.
Seven little soldier boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself and then there were Six.
Six little Soldier boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were Five.
Five little soldier boys going in for law;
One got in Chancery and then there were Four.
Four little soldier boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were Three.
Three little soldier boys walking in the Zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were Two.
Two little soldier boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there were One.
One little soldier boy left all alone;
He went and hanged himself
And then there were None.
At the dinner time, suddenly a booming voice echoes through the room. That voice charges all the guest with the list of indictments. Each guest is named under implicated in the murder of a person. Mrs. Rogers fainted upon hearing the indictments the voice made. There was a panic, sudden anxiety, and terror in the guest voices. In the next room, the guests find a gramophone with a record on it. Everyone begins to doubt Mr. Rogers. As he had been the one to play the record, but he swears he had only done in on the instructions of Mr. Owen. Each guest then begins to gives their story of how they were invited to this island.
According to the judge, they all may be called by a homicidal lunatic to this island.
The group then begins to explain the circumstances behind the acts of murder for which they are accused. Each guest has a reasonable explanation, though it is obvious some are wracked with guilt over the incidence. The first victim in the novel was Anthony Marston. Rogers told the group that it will be morning before the boat returns with supplies for the island so we just need to stay here till morning to get out of this island. As he says this, Anthony Marston takes a sip of his fresh drink and starts to choke. He falls to the floor and dies. In the meantime, Rogers goes to the dining room and suddenly notice that one of the china dolls of Ten Little Indian statuettes is missing.
At the morning time, Armstrong is awakened by Rogers, who tells him that his wife will not wake up. Armstrong checks on her to find that she is dead, likely poisoned by a lethal dose of sleeping medicine. In the house, Rogers discovers that another Indian china figure is missing and he got frightened about it.
The guests end up to accuse each other of conspiring in the crimes or partner with U.N. Owen. In the morning, they awake late to discover that Rogers has not woken them up. In the unlocked dining room, they discover that another of the Indian figures has been broken. Soon they discovered that Rogers is dead too.
The final chapter of the novel is a confession letter signed by the killer. He explains that he motivates to killing the guests. He tells them that he had always had a keen sense of justice. So he had wanted his act of murder to be a grand piece of art and for the world an unsolved mystery. He had killed the guests in order of their guilt, using the nursery rhyme as best as he can.
The killer tells them that Armstrong ends up trusting him. Armstrong had helped him fake his own death so that he could then spy on the other guests and determine who the killer really was. In the end, Vera Claythorne eventually took her own life and it was with great pleasure that the killer watch. He had written this confession first, stuffed it in a bottle, and thrown it out to sea. The letter is signed by Lawrence Wargrave. The killer then set up a method to kill himself with a gunshot to the head.
My thoughts on the book:
This book is an amazing piece of work to read especially for the book lovers who love to read mystery thrill and crime novels. This book is one of my favorite book of all time to read which is elegantly describe how a killer killed all the guests by using an old nursery rhyme.
Netflix’s Parfume TV Series Review: A Scent of Psychopaths
Parfume TV Series 2018 (Season 1 | Netflix)
Cast: Friederike Becht, Natalia Belitski, Ken Duken, August Diehl, Christian Friedel, Trystan Putter
Director: Philipp Kadelbach
What do you think, when the classic book you read has turned into a mainstream cinema? Disappointment, perhaps. But not this time, the Netflix German Original Perfume is a not an adaption of the Classic novel “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” by German writer Patrick Suskind but it’s rather loosely inspired by the idea of Perfume itself. The Six episodes narration of reimagined and modernized Perfume, is, indeed a spectacular TV.
The series unfolds with a gruesome murder of women; Katharina Laufer, which makes five of her former classmates reunite at her funeral. The murder is further investigated by troubled detective Nadja Simon played by Friederike Becht, who’s good in her job but equally disturbed with her secret relationship. All the characters are troubled and are dealing with situations in their own way while the series juggles through their childhood flashbacks. As the series goes further, everyone’s sinister secrets are revealed making all friends countable for the murder of not just Katharina but two other women, who have also been murdered in an identical style. The more flashback the more secrets are revealed and ultimately connecting the dots of the creation of the final perfume ‘A Perfume that makes everyone love you’, Now, that is something that I wanted from a series inspired by Suskind character Grenouille.
This is a series for people, who like dark gritty dramas and have an appetite for twists and unsettling characters. Cinematography and production design have done a striking job that does justice to the theme. How strong and week a character is, every character has an earth-shattering moment, which makes you question their honesty and cruelty simultaneously.
There are not many series that can deliver this much of thrill in an equally disturbed tone, there is this certain gore nature in this series that makes it stand sundry. Director Philipp Kadelbach and writer Eva Kranenburg have played with the Perfume the Story of Murderer so well that this series has its own ominous trail that makes it a finest inspired version of the original story.
I think this is probably the second German series that I watched and liked after Dark. As I said, Perfume has its own trail, a kind of trail that lingers you and stick with you like your own odour. I’ll go with 4.5 stars out of 5 for this series, the disturbing scent of the ultimate Perfume will definitely leave you awestruck.
Book Review: To Kill A Mockingbird-Harper Lee
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was written by an American novelist Harper Lee and published in the 1960s. In, 1961 Harper Lee won Pulitzer Prize and become a classic of modern American literature. In 2007 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The characterization and storyline are lightly influenced by the author’s childhood observations and memories of her neighborhood and family in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.
Characters in story
The following figures are some of the main characters in the novel.
The protagonist and narrator of the novel Jean Louise Finch (Scout). Jean older brother Jeremy Finch (Jem). Atticus Finch Jean (Scout) father who is a respected attorney of the town. The mysterious person Arthur “Boo” Radley who stays hidden in his home.
The story is narrated by a Jean Louise Finch a young girl who was usually called by her nickname, Scout. The little six-year-old girl is a bit rebellious girl who has a tomboy’s appearance. Jean Louise Finch (Scout) lives with her father Atticus and her older brother Jem at Maycomb town, Alabama. Maycomb is a small town. Atticus is a successful lawyer makes a solid living in Maycomb. Atticus raises his children by himself with the help of Calpurnia (her black housekeeper). Atticus’s wife died when Jean (scout) was only two-year-old and her brother Jem was four-year-old so she does not remember her mother well but in Jem memories, their mother was always there.
In the summertime, a boy named Charles Baker Harris moves in next house at the neighborhood. The boy Charles like to call himself Dill, come to spend summer with his aunt Miss Rachel Haverford. When Scout almost turn to six and Jem is nearly ten-year-old. In no time Dill becomes a good close friend of Jem and Scout. The only neighbor who is still a mystery to these three kids is Arthur Radley, they have given Arthur a nickname ‘Boo’ who stayed inside his house only and never comes out.
One-day Jean (Scout) recounts how Boo got into trouble when he was a boy and his father imprisoned him in the house as punishment. People had suggested that Boo was crazy and should send to the medical asylum. But old Mr. Radley refused to send his younger son to admitted into the asylum. Nevertheless, Boo continued to stay inside the house only. Now, it’s been fifteen years nobody heard from him. Dill is completely fascinated by Boo’s story. Dill tries to convince Jem and scout to help him lure the Boo beast to the outside. Then Jem and Dill played a little game they gather up their courage and run towards the Boo Radley’s house to touch it but there was no sign of any movement from the inside. It seems like Scout little eyes have caught a movement she thinks that she sees a shutter move slightly as if someone were peeking out.
Jean (Scout) goes to school for the first time and she totally hates this idea. Scout hates school, she likes to gain her education on her own way at the streets and from her Father. The following summer Dill returns back to his aunt place. Dill, Jem, and Scout being to act and play dram out of the Boo’s story. However, Atticus finds out about this and puts a stop to it. Atticus tried to explain the children to try to see life from another person’s perspective before making any kind of judgments towards them. While walking Back towards their home Jem and scout find gifts apparently left for them in the hole of a tree at the Boo’s place. The next winter Jem and her sister scout find more presents in the tree hole. But to stop this Nathan Radley (Boo’s older brother) eventually plugs the tree hole with cement.
A few days later, a fire breaks out in another neighbor’s house. During the fire, someone puts a blanket on Scout’s shoulders. Scout was pretty sure that it was Boo who helped her. Shortly, after this incident, Jem told Atticus about the presents they have got from Boo.
Soon after this incident, Jem and Scout find out that their father is going to represent a case of a black man named Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson who is accused of raping and beating a white woman. He trial begins and the black man is put behind the bars. A night before the trail, Atticus had a showdown with the mob who gathers up to lynch him. After hearing the noise Jem and Scout come out of the house to join their father.
At the trail, the Finch children sit in the colored balcony among the town’s black citizens. Suddenly Finch children have to face a difficult time, a barrage of racial slurs and insult because Atticus was defending a black man. During the trial, Atticus proves the innocence of the Tom but in this process, Atticus unintentionally offend the accuser father Bob Ewell who was a lazy drunk and a nasty person. But unfortunately in the end judge gave the order in favor of Bob Ewell. All three children were upset by the decision to convict.
Bob Ewell was not happy with Atticus so he decides to take revenge on him. Scout has to play a role at the school on Halloween pageant but Atticus and scout’s aunt were too tried to attend it. So Jem has to take her young sister Scout to the school by himself. While coming back from the school they were attacked from the behind. Jem was badly injured and breaks his arm. However, Boo Radley manage to save both the Finch children and end up stabbing Bob Ewell. Boo, help Jem by carrying wounded Jem on his back to the Atticus’s house. In order to protect Boo, Radley Sheriff noted the statement that while attacking the kids Bob Ewell tripped over a tree root and fell on the knife he was carrying with him. After that Boo disappears again into the Radley’s house.
My thoughts on the book:
To sum up the story I would like to say that Judgement was the major theme in this book as there was racism between the white skin and black skin. Were a black was accused despite being proved innocent with evidence yet end up in the jail and in the end he was shot by the cops. The decision was made by being biased on racism between the white skin and black skin. Overall the book is amazingly written by Author Harper Lee.
Book Review: Life Is What You Make It,by Preeti Shenoy
About The Author:
‘Life is what you make it’ is a book written by an Indian author Preeti Shenoy. The Indian author received the Indian of the Year award by Brands Academy. She is the writer of the bestselling novel ’34 Bubblegums and Candies’ also.
This novel has a female main character. The leading role of the story is Ankita Sharma, who is a smart, sweet, attractive and ambitious girl born into a conservative middle-class family.
The story revolves around protagonist Ankita Sharma who is in her 20s. The story began with a series of conversation between Ankita and his childhood friend Vaibhav in Kerala in the 1980s. She makes friends with many girls in her college. She was diligent and also all-rounder of her college.
Meanwhile, in college cultural festivals events, she got cosy with another guy named Abhishek. She started liking him, and her attraction for Vaibhav began fading away.
She was in a dilemma but ended up getting in a relationship with Abhishek. After three years, Ankita manages to get into a premier management school for her MBA and dump Abhishek. Her parents find out about the secret letters written by Abhishek. Her parents gave Ankita warming and burned those letters in front of her.
Ankita, along with her family, moved from Cochin to Mumbai. In the story, twist arises when Abhishek dies. He was heartbroken and committed suicide. Ankita starts her MBA course. She starts working hard again and becomes very competitive at her college. Anyways she feels guilt towards Vaibhav and Abhishek.
She becomes too much excited about studying, painting, writing poems etc. but her excitement doesn’t last long. The story takes another turning point from here. Ankita now suffers from Bipolar disorder. The author perfectly describes her mental breakdown, depression and how she loses all her interest in life.
The motto of the novel is to spread awareness related to young people living as well as to enlighten people about the mental breakdown and its cure. On the other hand, if you are your thirties or forties, then it will remind you of your old days.
The story ends with the rebirth of Ankita into a person who celebrates every day for being alive.
My thoughts on the book:
This book holds something which will change your thought process regarding life. ‘Life is what you make it’ gives a profound message regarding our experience. Whatever we choose, the decision we take and the choices we made in our life. It’s all depends on you whether to fight back for your survival or get carried away by the situation. It was an enjoyable novel.
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