If I’ve read the book during this blogging life, then I include my review, otherwise, you just have to take my word for it!
|Old image alert – Kate @Books Are My Favourite & Best now hosts #6Degrees but this is a good refresh of the rules.|
Room by Emma Donoghue was one of those books that I read when this blog was still mostly about kids book, so my review was very quick and simple and combined with several other books.
The back blurb about a young woman and her child being locked away in a room by an unknown abductor, kept me at bay initially. However, when it was shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, I decided to read it.
And I loved it – in a sad, horrified, tragic kind of way.
While I understood completely why it didn’t win the Booker that year, I preferred it (by far) to the book that did win (The Finkler Question).
The same thing happened in 2002.
I loved and adored Tim Winton’s Dirt Music. Yes, it was flawed (especially the cheesy, OTT ending) but Dirt Music is probably my favourite Winton to date.
And I far preferred Dirt Music to the ultimate Man Booker winner for 2002 – The Life of Pi – which I have never been able to read, even though I’ve tried several times.
I simply cannot get past page 2.
But I did love the movie.
It’s not often that I prefer the movie to the book. The only other one I can think of was Out of Africa.
I tried to read the book a couple of times in my younger years, but Meryl Streep and Robert Redford kept getting in the way. However, I am now reading Out of Africa for my latest #CCspin.
Obviously, for me, this was a book that I needed to be a more mature reader to appreciate properly.
It’s gentle pace and many descriptions of the people and places in Kenya didn’t appeal to my younger self.
Meryl Streep is my next link to another movie /book combo that had a big impact on me.
The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles.
Helen Fielding used Austen as her template when she created Bridget Jones’s Diary – the story of a young, single London woman trying to find love in all the wrong places.
Where did your #6degrees chain take you?
Next month the starting book will be The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas.