Six Degrees of Separation – from Tales of the City to Wolf Hall

I spotted this meme on the outstanding blogs of Susan at A Life in Books and Marina at Finding Time to Write. If you haven’t visited their blogs I’d recommend you do for insightful reviews, bookish observations and original poetry. The meme was created by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best.

From what I can gather each month starts from a different book and the aim is to move from the initial book to the sixth book with one link from the previous title. The books don’t have to be linked to each other, just the one before.

This month’s starter book is Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. I’ve never read the stories of a group of flatmates and their landlady living in San Francisco in 1972. ( No surprise there, it appears I am very under read!)

Of course we can’t have Tales from the City without mentioning  A Tale of Two Cities. Dicken’s classic novel, with the oft quoted opening sentence, tells the tale of two men and their love for the same woman, and the two cities of the title, London and revolutionary Paris.

A different century and a different Paris, Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan sees Leah transport herself and her two girls from the US to Paris and a crumbling book shop as Leah searches the streets of Paris for her missing husband.

Another story set in and around a bookshop is The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin . Over on a small island in the US, AJ Fikry reluctantly sells books, and reluctantly lives his life. Until one day a little girl is left in his bookshop and his life changes forever.

A life of a different kind in Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Pi is left stranded on a life boat. His companions include a hyena, a zebra, an oranguatan and a Bengal tiger.

A metaphopircal tiger prowls the pages of The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. The Booker Prize winner tells the tale of Balram who tries to rise the ranks of Indian society and comes to the realisation the only way to do is to murder his master.

Another Booker prize winner is Wolf Hall. Hilary Mantel managed to do what no other woman author has done, and claimed first prize twice, having also subseqently won for the sequal to Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies.  Both heafty tomes revolve around the Tudors, the court of Henry VIII and Cromwell.

From 20th Century San Fransico to 16th Century England in six tenuous links. I’ve managed to include one book I’ve read and three other books I actually own, a rare occurance! Where would your links take you?


3 Comments Add yours

  1. MarinaSofia says:

    Welcome and thanks for joining in – and a very diverse, interesting set of links you have here! Of course Tale of Two Cities was an obvious contender, how did I not think of that?!


  2. The Quiet Knitter says:

    Nicely done Janet 👍


  3. Very smoothly done, Janet. I think you’d enjoy the Maupins.


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