#6Degrees of Separation – From The End of the Affair to A Streetcar Named Desire


Six Degrees of Separation
 is a monthly meme hosted by Kate over at Books Are My Favourite and Best. Each month a new book is chosen as a starting point and you have to try to link six other books to form a chain. There could be any reason for the link, be it same genre, author or something that this reminded you of!

Here are her rules:

Join in by posting your own six degrees chain on your blog and adding the link in the Linky section (or comments) of each month’s post. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your chain in the comments section. You can also check out links to posts on Twitter using the hashtag #6Degrees

March – From The End of the Affair by Graham Greene to A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

One day I will have read the starting book for #6Degrees! The End of the Affair is, as the title would suggest, about an affair so let’s start with that as a point. The book that springs to mind with an illicit relationship is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood as I think about Offred’s relationship with Nick. I was introduced to The Handmaid’s Tale by my A Level English Literature teacher and my studies in English Literature helped me discover Regeneration.

Regeneration by Pat Barker follows a series of men, including Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, who are convalescing from shell-shock during WWI. Mental illness is one that has not been well-understood throughout history which leads me to think of One Flew Over The Cookoo’s Nest.

Ken Kesey’s novel takes place within a ward for the mentally ill, with some of the “patients” there being people who decided to plea insanity to not go to jail. I could appreciate the book for its place in the literary canon, but it didn’t grab me. I much enjoyed the film with Jack Nicholson which makes me think of another film feature him that’s based on a book: The Shining.

I still have not read Stephen King’s The Shining. The film absolutely terrified me but I do find films scarier than books. Horror is a genre that I’ve started to explore, and one horror novel that I did enjoy was The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires.

I listened to the audiobook adaptation of Grady Hendrix’s novel as I’d seen so many people on Book Twitter talking about it and I loved it much more than I thought I would! I think this was due to the characters. The book, as the name suggests, takes place in the south of the USA, which makes me think of Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward.

A book I chose for our book club pick, Sing, Unburied, Sing talks of family ties, racism and the impact of history on the present day. Let’s deviate from novels to plays while retaining the setting of the Deep South – A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. Set in New Orleans, and another piece of literature I studies at school, I absolutely adore this play!

Where will your #6Degrees take you?

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