Six Degrees of Separation – from Memoirs of a Geisha to Howard’s End

It’s time for #6degrees. Start at the same place as other wonderful readers, add six books, and see where you end up!

This month we begin with Arthur Golden’s international bestseller, Memoirs of a Geisha. I took this book on holiday with me to Far North Queensland and have fond memories of sitting on the beach and by the pool, absorbed in Golden’s sumptuous story.

When I returned to FNQ a number of years later, my holiday reading was Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything Is Illuminated – somehow the romp around the Ukraine was at odds with my poolside location and I didn’t much enjoy this book.

I have one Foer book on my shelf that I’m yet to read – Tree of Codes. Which makes me automatically leap to Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees.

The Hidden Life of Trees examines how trees communicate with each other – some of the ideas described in the book were used to introduce the narrative in Donal Ryan’s latest novel, From a Low and Quiet Sea.

Ryan’s book is structured as three stand alone short stories, which are linked in a final, fourth chapter. It reminded me a little of Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, which also read like a collection of short stories.

Olive Kitteridge was made into a very good television series (I don’t often say that!). Another television series, based on a book, that I have enjoyed recently is Howard’s End (by E. M. Forster).

Where will other chains lead? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.

Next month (May 5, 2018), we’ll begin with Barbara Kingsolver’s bestselling novel, The Poisonwood Bible.

41 responses

  1. I’ve read some bizarre books poolside too – it could almost be a meme on it’s own!
    Olive was a tremendous TV series wasn’t it, which means you’ve now got me excited about Howards End….one day!

  2. I didn’t enjoy Everything Is Illuminated either although I liked Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I think I was expecting Illuminated to be similar. Have you read anything else by Foer?

    • I read Extremely Loud and loved it. Last year I read Here I Am and loved that as well, although with a few qualifiers (there were a couple of sections that were a little bit ranty about religion and politics but the good certainly outweighed that).

  3. I need to watch Howard’s End, too – I began recording them, but forgot to series link it, so will need to look them up on iview as well – but should I read the book first, as it’s one I never got to before now??

    • I think I read the book AFTER I had seen the Merchant Ivory movie version in the eighties and it didn’t ruin it either way. The BBC miniseries is really well done, I’d dive straight into that while it’s still on iview.

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  7. Woo hoo, another book I’ve read for next month – though my copy has gone AWOL. Here’s my Six Degrees:

    I enjoyed yours Kate, though I must say I remember liking Everything is illuminated. As I recollect it was one of those serious books with a light touch. I love authors who can do that, and I thought he did. I enjoyed the Howard’s End miniseries too – and I think it might result in my reading group deciding to do it later this year. In a way, I’d love to do A passage to India, but doing any Forster again would be a thrill.

    I still must read Olive Kittredge. I have it, but haven’t read it.

  8. The Poisonwood Bible! Is one of my favourite books and I nearly put in in this month’s chain – glad I didn’t! I loved Howard’s End, the book, but preferred it to the TV series.

  9. I also read Memoirs of a Geisha on the beach, in my case in Maui. I still haven’t read anything by Foer, although I do own a copy of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The Howards End miniseries was so good; I’m about to watch it for the third time! Great chain, and I look forward to next month’s!

  10. I haven’t read Memoirs of a Geisha although it’s been on my wishlist for ages. However, I read Olive Kitteridge recently and gradually, as the book progressed, grew very fond of that lady.

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  13. I’m late too, but not as late as usual. I enjoyed this one. Memoirs of a Geisha is one of my favourite books. I’ve strung together six books here

    I loved Everything is Illuminated but, yeah, it’s not really poolside reading. I also liked Howard’s End but haven’t watched the BBC adaptation yet. I didn’t like the film and it put me off the telly version. I’m intrigued by Olive Kitteridge – that’s a wonderful name.

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  15. I have the Howard’s End series recorded and ready to go. I didn’t know there was an Olive Kitteridge series – must hunt that one out. That said, I really want to read both books rather than take the easy option via the tv. I started Howard’s End once but didn’t get far. Time for another try perhaps. Fascinating chain, Kate. I’m imagining reading Geisha by a pool in Queensland….

    My chain is in the linky 🙂

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