Old image alert – Kate @Books Are My Favourite & Best now hosts #6Degrees but this is a good refresh of the rules.
Now I could simply pick another book about twins as my next link.
Too easy! I cry rashly!
Did you know that the title of Her Fearful Symmetry was based on a poem by William Blake?
It is and I’m sure there are oodles of books out there based on or named after famous lines in poems, but the stand out based-on-poetry story for me is Steven Carroll’s The Lost Life.
I adored everything about this story – the language, the love and the poem.
However the other two books in the proposed quartet haven’t grabbed me quite as much.
I’m still hopeful for the fourth.
Which is a similar experience that I had with the Elena Ferrante tetralogy.
The first book was intriguing, but I struggled to finish the set.
My energy and care factor fizzled out.
Sadly I also failed to care about or connect to Lorena Hickok in Amy Bloom’s White Houses (review to come shortly).
I wanted to, but I felt like I was kept at arms length the whole time.
My next leap combines several links from the books above.
The Monkey’s Mask by Dorothy Porter includes a degree of poetry, LGBTQ and glorious language.
It also still haunts me to this day.
So my final link is to another book/author that also continues to haunt/obsess me years after reading her.
Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber really got under my skin.
I dreamt about her stories and ‘researched the shit out of’ each and every one (thank you Matt Damon & The Martian).
Who would have though way back there at the beginning of this post, that A Christmas Carol would end with us being marooned on Mars with Matt Damon!
From ghosts to twins, poems to tetralogy’s, lesbians to fairy tales, with a final nod to popular movie culture (& one of my most used in real life movie quotes), we have another exciting month of #6degrees.
Where did you end up this month?