Six Degrees of Separation

March 2022 Edition

From The End of the Affair to The Chronicles of Narnia

Last month, Stargazer turned me on to the literary six degrees of separation.  How had I not known about this?  Kate W chooses the starting book on the first Saturday of the month, (how she decides, I’m not sure), then each blogger connects six other books to that starting point using whatever themes or connectors we choose.  Easy Peasy.

Follow along and let’s see where I wound up.

Kate chose The End of the Affair by Graham Greene.  I’ve never read this one, but in short, it’s a (supposedly) bitter account of his affair with Sarah Miles.

I wanted to link these by theme, and also to stick with books I’ve read, so in keeping with the theme of affairs, my first book is The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje.  It chronicles the ill-fated love affair of a burn patient at the end of WWII.

In keeping with the WWII/romance theme, I chose Atonement by Ian McGregor for #2.  This romance was also ill-fated, but more due to an unreliable narrator rather than a jealous husband.

Following the unreliable narrator theme, Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane may be one of the best I’ve ever read.  We move from romance to locked room mystery and what a creepy atmosphere, an insane asylum on a remote, rocky island.  

I nearly chose Murder on the Orient Express for #4, since all of my choices also happen to be movies.  But I haven’t actually read the book, so instead I went with The Guest List by Lucy Foley.  Also a locked room mystery set on a remote, rocky island but instead of a missing patient, this plot revolves around guests preparing for a wedding.

Keeping with the wedding theme, I don’t think there’s a better book that prominently features pre-mawwaige adventures than The Princess Bride by William Goldman.  One of my favorite books (and movies) of all times.

And for #6, another of my favorite fantasy books, one I wanted to be a character in when I was young, I went with The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.  A classic that no list is complete without and I could probably figure a way to work this one into any #6degrees list.

I didn’t start out trying to pick books that had also been made into movies but except for #4, that’s another common thread they all share.

If you have a #6degrees list, drop it below in the comments.  I’d love to see what you came up with!

Until next time, thank you for visiting.

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