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Are you over Shakespearean celebrations yet? Sorry if you are because we begin this month’s #6Degrees chain with one of his most well-known plays, Romeo and Juliet.
Like many, I studied Romeo and Juliet at school. I also studied a modern version of the age-old story, Across the Barricades by Joan Lingard.
Across the Barricades is a teen love story set during a tumultuous political time in one city – the Troubles in Belfast. Similar is Red Love by Maxim Leo – it’s a story about love, set in Berlin before the Wall came down.
From Red Love and the Berlin of decades ago, I hop to a contemporary story set in the same city – A Guide to Berlin by Gail Jones.
A Guide to Berlin made the Stella Prize 2016 longlist, as did The Women’s Pages by Debra Adelaide. Coincidentally, both books used literature as the central theme – Jones used the work of Vladimir Nabokov and The Women’s Pages tells the story of a woman and her experience reading Wuthering Heights.
From my high school literature studies, to Belfast and Berlin, and back again to literature – I wonder where other chains will lead?
Next month (July 2nd, 2016) the chain will begin with Salman Rushdie’s prize winning novel, Midnight’s Children*.
*as picked by Jenny. Any suggestions for starter books are appreciated.