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Jack The Ripper

The reading for this meeting will be "Jack The Ripper: The Definitive History" by Paul Begg. The book description follows.

England in the 1880s was a society in transition, shedding the skin of Victorianism and moving towards a more modern age. Promiscuity, moral decline, prostitution, unemployment, poverty, police inefficiency… all these things combined to create a feeling of uncertainty and fear. The East End of London became the focus of that fear. Here lived the uneducated, poverty-ridden and morally destitute masses. When Jack the Ripper walked onto the streets of the East End he came to represent everything that was wrong with the area and with society as a whole. He was fear in a human form, an unknown lurker in the shadows who could cross boundaries and kill. Jack the Ripper: The Definitive History is not yet another attempt to identify the culprit. Instead, the book sets the murders in their historical context, examining in depth what East London was like in 1888, how it came to be that way, and how events led to one of the most infamous and grisly episodes of the Victorian era.

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  • Jennifer M

    Very dry

    April 2, 2014

  • Claire

    So sorry I have been moving and am finally free to engage in the group I will read the next book and most definitely be at Aprils book discussion thanks claire

    March 30, 2014

    • Jennifer M

      No problem. No one has enjoyed this past Month's book anyway. April's book is definitely going to be a great one though. I saw the movie. Plenty to discuss about the case.

      March 30, 2014

  • Naomi B.

    This is the first book I purposely didn't finish. But I still want to go to our meetup group. I so enjoy you gals... (and one guy when he comes). One of the interesting things about our discussions is we talk about broader issues, and "big" picture stuff. So even if we all put down the book, let's still have a meetup, ok? OUR MAY MEETUP IS SCHEDULED FOR MEMORIAL DAY, SO MAYBE WE COULD CHANGE THE DATE FOR THAT ONE. THANKS.


    1 · March 26, 2014

    • Jennifer M

      I love you guys too even though this reading this book has been a most unpleasant experience. I remember you mentioning the Memorial Day meetup so I will change it now. Thanks.

      March 27, 2014

    • Lillie

      The book was disappointing, but our discussions never are! Which is why I like coming and chatting with you ladies.

      1 · March 29, 2014

  • chris

    Sorry to bail on this meetup, but I'm going to be down in North Carolina next week. On the plus side, I don't think I'll be finishing the book, which I was also not enjoying...

    March 16, 2014

    • Jennifer M

      Well, its disappointing that you won't be there but I can totally relate to your feelings about the book. Try to come for the next one though. I saw the movie about the case and it was very interesting.

      March 17, 2014

  • Jennifer M

    Be honest. Who is hating this book so far besides me?

    March 12, 2014

    • Jennifer M

      LOL. Sorry Kimberly. This is absolutely the WORST book we have ever read so far. I promise the other ones will be much better.

      March 13, 2014

    • Kimberly S.

      LOL! It's fine. And please, call me Kim.

      1 · March 13, 2014

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