Six Degrees of Separation – from Alice to Carrie

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 the Lewis Carroll classic, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, a book that I’m sure will send bloggers in all sorts of directions.

I have multiple copies of Alice – different illustrators, different bindings, different formats. The other book I have multiple copies of is The Great Gatsby.

Coincidentally, a friend told me yesterday that Gatsby is her daughter’s school text next year, along with Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and The Secret River by Kate Grenville.

The Secret River was performed as a stage play in Melbourne last year. Alas, I couldn’t fit it into my theatre schedule, but I did manage to see another book-to-play, The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett.

I’ve read a few of Bennett’s stories and so far, the one that I loved the most is The Uncommon Reader.

In The Uncommon Reader, the Queen makes her feelings about Harry Potter perfectly clear –

There were many who hoped for a similar meeting of minds by saying they were reading Harry Potter, but to this the Queen (who had no time for fantasy) invariably said briskly, ‘Yes. One is saving that for a rainy day,’ and passed swiftly on.

I have to say, I’m with the Queen on this one… (I realise the book-blogging interwebs may go into meltdown after that statement). But it’s true, I have zero interest in reading about wizards. I also don’t like reading horror, mostly because I attempted (not sure I finished it) Carrie by Stephen King and it scarred me for life.

From one girl’s strange adventures to a strange girl! Where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.

I’m throwing a curve ball for next month (December 7, 2019) – we’ll begin with Jane Austen’s unfinished manuscript, Sanditon.

52 responses

    • Did you get to see the movie version of Lady Susan that came out a couple of years ago (called Love & Friendship)? It was terrific.

      I read Sanditon (along with her other unfinished books) a long time ago and will probably need to revisit before next month.

      • Yes, I saw it pretty recently, actually – when it came on TV. It was… okay. I think the story was a bit weak to begin with so the movie wasn’t so great either. I’ve just bought a copy of Sanditon and since it is short, I’ll try to read it before next month’s post!

    • Sorry Davida, but Lady Susan wasn’t an unfinished novel, but an unpublished one. It was the last of her juvenilia. As far as I know there are only two unfinished novels, The Watsons and Sanditon. Lady Susan doesn’t have the polish of her later novels but for Austen fans it’s a treasure because it points to her development.

      Hmmm, I suppose you COULD call it unfinished in the sense that she never prepared/edited it for publication, but it is finished in the sense that the whole story is there. Does that make sense?

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  2. Great chain, as ever, Kate! I have sold more copies of Harry Potter than I’ve eaten pieces of toast but I’ve never read it and have no inclination to do so. I understand that this puts me on the outer fringes of society but so be it.

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  4. Great chain Kate! Carrie also scarred me for life and I don’t read horror at all. The one I haven’t read in your chain is the Grenville but its been in the TBR forever… That’s an interesting curriculum your friend’s daughter has, I wish my school had been so broadminded!

  5. Great chain, Kate! I really enjoyed The Uncommon Reader too and love that quote about Harry Potter. I’m looking forward to starting with Sanditon next month – I can already think of some possibilities for my first link 🙂

  6. This was a fun one! Here is my chain: https://perfectretort.blogspot.com/2019/11/six-degrees-of-separation-from-alice-to.html

    I think you (or someone) must have recommended Kate Grenville before because I just got The Secret River from the library. I read Sanditon when I was in high school, as I recall, but I know the miniseries is going to be shown in the US in January so I should reread it (probably not before December, however; I have two papers to write first).

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  8. Here’s how to get from Adventures in Wonderland to the Sherlock Holmes Canonhttps://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/2019/11/six-degrees-of-separation-alices.html

  9. This is my first time participating, but this was fun! I get what you’re saying about HP, and honestly, I felt the same way, until someone gave me a copy of the first book and told me to give it a try. Then I was hooked. :-).
    You can see how I did the six degrees from Alice to the Twilight series HERE.

  10. Love that quote from Uncommon Reader. I might try that next time someone tries to push a fantasy novel my way….
    Lady in the Van is a fantastic play – I saw it when Maggie Smith played Mrs Shepherd. (back in the days when a trip to London to see a theatre show didn’t require a bank loan). What a brilliant actress she is.

  11. I wrote my post, and then forgot to link to it! Oops.

    I love seeing how the different chains all go in different directions. I agree with your comment on Carrie, though: I haven’t read it, but I suspect it would scar me for life, too.

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