It’s time for #6degrees. Start at the same place as other wonderful readers, add six books, and see where you end up!
This month we begin with Arthur Golden’s international bestseller, Memoirs of a Geisha. I took this book on holiday with me to Far North Queensland and have fond memories of sitting on the beach and by the pool, absorbed in Golden’s sumptuous story.
When I returned to FNQ a number of years later, my holiday reading was Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything Is Illuminated – somehow the romp around the Ukraine was at odds with my poolside location and I didn’t much enjoy this book.
I have one Foer book on my shelf that I’m yet to read – Tree of Codes. Which makes me automatically leap to Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees.
The Hidden Life of Trees examines how trees communicate with each other – some of the ideas described in the book were used to introduce the narrative in Donal Ryan’s latest novel, From a Low and Quiet Sea.
Ryan’s book is structured as three stand alone short stories, which are linked in a final, fourth chapter. It reminded me a little of Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, which also read like a collection of short stories.
Olive Kitteridge was made into a very good television series (I don’t often say that!). Another television series, based on a book, that I have enjoyed recently is Howard’s End (by E. M. Forster).
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Next month (May 5, 2018), we’ll begin with Barbara Kingsolver’s bestselling novel, The Poisonwood Bible.