Book club choice and wasnt sure what i would make of this book but very quickly in it had me intrigued and wanting to know more. When it comes to a selecting a great book, we dont discriminate here at. I think a lot of gone girl had to do with themes related to female empowerment, marriage, and family. Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 shades of grey in their monthly book club. The thrilling gone girl by gillian flynn is our book club book of the. Sep 11, 2019 the perfect book club is made up of three key things. But far from just being a mindless thriller, gone girl is a literary pageturner that is smart and witty. Oct 08, 2014 the book version of gone girl, so ive heard, is a crime novel. Feb 08, 2015 the other major theme in gone girl is the media, the digital age and its role in serious crime cases. Gone girl is deserving of all the praise and trill. Gone girl, published in the us in june 2012 and out in paperback in the. Gillian flynns name has been placarding book stores all over the world for a while now and pretty soon, its going to take a tour around the silver screens as well. Earlier this year, many fans of gillian flynns 2012 thriller gone girl were dismayed to learn that the author had changed the storys ending for the film adaptation.
While the novel already received the bigscreen treatment and youve probably read the next gone girl a. Perhaps the most effective deployment of the unreliable narrator in modern publishing, gillian flynns gone girl is a true global phenomenon alternating between the presentday narrative of husband nick dunne and the past diary entries of his wife amy, we learn their previously perfect marriage has come undone following a move from new york to semirural missouri. Sharply written with twists and turns, it will please fans of gone girl, the girl on the train, or luckiest girl. Gone girl is a 2014 american psychological thriller film directed by david fincher and with a screenplay by gillian flynn based on her 2012 novel of the same title.
Gone girl study guide contains a biography of gillian flynn, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. The novel is told from the alternating viewpoints of nick and amy. Sep 07, 2012 in true gone girl formi did a little quiz in the invitation. With a screenplay by the novelist herself, david finchers film of gone girl, gillian flynn s twisty, nasty and sensational bestseller, is a sharply made, perfectly cast and unfailingly. Each of their sections are narrated in the first person. Go one step beyond the usual wine, cheese and crackers with a menu that matches the theme of your book clubs latest selection. The story of gone girl pits a feminist psychopath against a misogynist jerk in what might be the worlds most twisted marriage. I categorized it as an airport read, fun and forgettable. Aug 21, 2017 ive been in a lot of book clubs, and i know its not always easy to get a conversation going on a book. Just finished reading this book for book club this friday, which i am unfortunately going to miss. Hes no stranger to satire fight club or technology the social network whats interesting about the media satire in gone girl is it how relevant it is.
Book club is a nationally recognized, notforprofit organization that supports authors of the black african diaspora by choosing one book per month for all club members to read. These book club discussion questions will help your reading group explore the plot, themes, and ideas raised in the novel. The girl on the train, here are twelve novels to pick up next. Gone girl by gillian flynn was one of the big suspense novels of 2012.
The first two things are easy to accomplish just read anything by. In addition to the couples journey there are other various players, neighbors, parents, exes, and small insights into their perspectiv. Whether you are discussing characters and their actions, setting, theme, or images, having a guide to questions that will. Gone girl is an example of mystery, suspense, and crime genres. The novel gone girl spins a web of lies and duplicity. In true gone girl formi did a little quiz in the invitation. Decades ago, a group of millwood students vanished after a collapse in the cave they were exploring.
Nick and amy manipulate each other with savage, merciless and often darkly witty dexterity. However, be careful of letting your common sense tell you any of the book club ideas are too youthful for grownup book clubs, if thats what youre dealing with. Gone girl gillian flynn, 2012 crown publishing 432 pp. My current book club group is much more casual, but perhaps too much so. The story follows a married couple, nick dunne and amy elliott dunne, from the time they meet and up until amy goes missing under suspicious circumstances. Gillian flynns gone girl is, at its heart, a novel about marriage. Spoiler page for gone girl by gillian flynn book journey. A great glass of wine and a good book have gone together almost as long as there have been words to read. Oct 03, 2014 20th century fox the first rule of gone girl is you dont reveal spoilers about gone girl. Content includes books from bestselling, midlist and debut authors.
Dark places, in particular, drew attention from mystery aficionados, but gone girl is. Sep 27, 2014 finchers 10th feature, gone girl shows no softening in the filmmaker once labelled the prince of darkness. I didnt really get anything about feminism but i did notice other themes. She was the coolest girl aroundfunny, fabulously wealthy, and feminine, all while still being one of the boys. In the first section of the novel, the chapters told from amys point of view are diary entries which are later revealed to have been fabricated by her to give a false impression of events and of her personality. For thriller readers, jewells latest will not disappoint. Gone girl book club wrap party living blogs martha. Go ahead and take that train ride in disguise with your adult history book club, or pass secret notes at the coffee house without anyone seeing with other grownups of your spy novel club. May 19, 2012 gone girl switches between nicks narrative, as the hunt for the beautiful, blond amy consumes the attention of americas media, and amys diary, as she writes about the early days of their. Offering a carafe of wine or two on the bar is a must for any book club meeting. Ive been in a lot of book clubs, and i know its not always easy to get a conversation going on a book. Gone girl is a thriller novel in the mystery and crime genres, by the american writer gillian flynn.
Gone girl summary from litcharts the creators of sparknotes. Through her two ultimately unreliable narrators, flynn masterfully weaves the slow trickle of critical details with 90degree plot turns. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. A deep, dark thread of misogynydislike of, contempt for, or prejudice against womenruns through the pages of gone girl the way the mississippi river winds through nick s hometown of carthage, missouri. First of all, i wanna talk about why i think that feminism is not a theme in this book. Your book club may encounter many types of characters. Years later, they show up in town, having not aged a dayand with an.
Before other elements of the book, such as the setting, plot, and theme, the characters who inhabit the book will either infuse the work with life or drag it down to dull reading. One of the bestselling books of 2012, recipient of multiple awards from critics and readers alike, across genres and categories. Gone girl is also the title of a lew archer story, in the 1955 collection the name is archer, by ross macdonald, who flynn has also cited as a favorite author. Gone girl s premise, frankly, didnt do much for me. With half of the first part of the book taking the form of diary entries by the gone girl, it took me a while to really realise that everything i had read in the first part of the book was not as it seemed and. From an essential fall bestseller, to novels by latinx authors, and every single read on oprahs book club list, our approach to finding a riveting pageturner is to have an open mind. Dark places, is the thrilling equal of her later book, gone girl it might be even better. The perfect book club is made up of three key things. A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy. Gillian flynns latest novel, with a rumored huge twist somewhere in its 500 pages.
To add another dramatic chapter to the wine selection, make some mixed wine drinks as well. Gone girl summary and study guide supersummary, a modern alternative to sparknotes and cliffsnotes, offers highquality study guides for challenging works of literature. The complexity of human behavior promotional still for the upcoming gone girl film adaptation. In the book, when desi has amy trapped in his house he feeds her a few items while they watch nick on tv. With diane keaton, jane fonda, candice bergen, mary steenburgen. She is the source of inspiration for her parents amazing amy book series. I love planning parties and had a blast deciding what id serve at our book club meeting. The themes are relationships, trust, fidelity, manipulation and control. Gone girl by gillian flynn book club discussion questions. Gone girl by gillian flynn, chatelaine book club pick of the month. Discussion of themes and motifs in gillian flynns gone girl. Gone girl is one of the best and most frightening portraits of psychopathy ive ever read. Judy book club and, less predictably, last week saw its inclusion on.
The sense of suspense in the novel comes from whether or not nick dunne is involved in the disappearance of his wife amy. The novel became quite popular and soon made the new york times best seller list. From strange disappearances to troubled husbandandwife relationships, these books like gone girl are sure to keep you in suspense until the very last page. Gone girl by gillian flynn, chatelaine book club pick of the month as gillian flynns runawayhit thriller opens, husband nick wakes up to a world that seems perfect. Not just literally, as in the sicko punch and judy puppets amy gets nick for their anniversary, but metaphorically. Sep 24, 2015 10 books that could be the next gone girl. It is inseparable from the thoughts and actions of many of the characters, and it defines the relationshipsromantic, familial, platonicthroughout the novel. Members read a book each month, meet to discuss it, and then write the author of the book to express their opinions about the work. Find all the books, read about the author, and more.
It was published by crown publishing group in june 2012. Ive found that the best book club discussion questions are ones that are openended and that get people to share their personal opinions. The book version of gone girl, so ive heard, is a crime novel. Gone girl by gillian flynn, chatelaine book club pick of the. Jun 24, 20 gone girl book club wrap party living blogs martha stewart. As a member or leader of a book club, you are likely to be reading books on a wide variety of topics, both fiction and nonfiction. The novel soon made the new york times best seller list. How to make gone girl desserts this month, for our bookthemed cupcake series that we collaborate on with book expo americas blog, bookbliss, we made cupcakes in honor of one of our favorite summer thrillers from last year, gillian flynns gone girl. If you havent yet read gone girl, or if you care about spoilers, please dont read further than this sentence, because im about to give the whole ending of this book away.
Described as fight club meets heathers, dare me is. Media manipulation the media is depicted as a doubleedged sword in this novel. General book club questions for study and discussion. On one hand, the media disseminates vital information to the public, including soliciting the public to come forward and assist police investigations, but it also intrudes into the legal processes at work in the investigation of amys disappearance, perhaps even preventing justice. For years, camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the halfsister she barely knows. This is a wonderful and terrifying book about how the happy surface normality and the underlying darkness can become too closely interwoven to separate. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, new york times bestseller gillian flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong.
Gone girls themes include dishonesty, the devious media, the unhappiness that. T he film version of gone girl, which hit theaters this weekend, follows the novel closely. Gone girl is this authors third novel, after sharp objects and dark places. Gone girl introduction once upon a time, there was a beautiful woman named amy, who was practically perfect in every way, just like mary poppins. Mouse over the previous sentence to reveal the spoiler manchego cheese and a single. Skillfully told by several narrators some of them ghostly, jewells gripping novel is an emotionally resonant story of loss, grief, and renewal. At least not without warning or proper cover for where those spoilers might be found.
A majority of the characters have ulterior motives and are trying to use each other to serve their own selfish ends, though of course amy takes the cake when it comes to disingenuousness. The film stars ben affleck, rosamund pike, neil patrick harris, and tyler perry. If youre ready to start a book club, heres 40 of the best book club questions, for fiction. Dec 05, 20 i expected to enjoy gone girl, but i wasnt expecting to admire it. Clearly that was a theme throughout the book, as amy, nick, and desi all. I expected to enjoy gone girl, but i wasnt expecting to admire it. Dec 14, 2017 in one of my past book clubs, we literally only read books that included discussion questions at the end of the book because we wanted to be certain wed have a meaningful discussion. The chicago tribune proclaimed that flynns work draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter camille preaker faces a troubling assignment.1153 1549 1557 72 1490 1286 299 569 1141 953 243 278 1580 387 203 100 1301 881 830 221 41 40 1090 1183 794 837 656 863 1370 1481 1099 1306 120 1102 562 24 802 577 1055 937 482 360 1294 884 982 277 1363 1054