It’s time for #6Degrees, the easiest and, without question, most fun book meme (because there aren’t any rules). Join in! Link Up!
We begin this month’s chain with the Richard Yates classic, Revolutionary Road. I love Yates – he’s so goddamn depressing but he gets to the nitty-gritty of feelings. Although books brimming with feelings don’t always make the best movies, Revolutionary Road is an exception. The 2008 movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, is brilliant.
I’m using Leonardo to link to Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr Ripley (he starred in the movie version of that book as well). ***Tracey has pointed out that it was Matt Damon who starred in the movie, not Leonardo… Arghhhh! Those two are interchangeable in my mind…. What was I saying about no rules for this meme?***
Patricia Highsmith is the subject of the play Switzerland, written by Joanna Murray-Smith. I saw this play a few months ago and I can’t praise it enough – I loved the sharp dialogue and the character of Highsmith. Of course, it wouldn’t be Highsmith/Murray-Smith without a twist or two and the fact that Melbourne Theatre Company sent an email after the performance asking audience members to ‘keep the secrets of Switzerland‘ added to the experience.
Murray-Smith’s play is set in Switzerland, as is part of Stefan Zweig’s dark, wonderful novel, The Post Office Girl.
The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig has been sitting in my TBR stack for some time – acquired after reading The Post Office Girl.
The North Water isn’t a book that immediately attracted me however I will read it based on Heather’s recommendation (and that of the ABC Book Club). The story focuses on the whaling industry, as does Shirley Barrett’s delightful Rush Oh!.
From urban America to the Swiss Alps and whaling boats – all about as far apart as you can get! Where will other chains lead?
Next month (January 7, 2017), the chain will begin with a book that I suspect everyone in the world has read but me – Stieg Larsson’s Nordic thriller, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (thanks to Maria Helena for the suggestion).