Six Degrees of Separation – from Vanity Fair to You Think It, I’ll Say It

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 William Makepeace Thackeray’s classic, Vanity Fair.

When I was in high school I won a book prize – the books I selected were Vanity Fair and Come in Spinner by Dymphna Cusack .

I suspect I was keen to read Come in Spinner because I’d seen the movie. I discovered another Australian classic the same way – Sumner Locke Elliott’s Careful He Might Hear You.

Elliot’s book is accepted as a fictionalized autobiographical novel, as is Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.

Winterson has said that she wrote the story as a novel as a way of distancing herself from the immense trauma of her childhood. However, when her mother died many years later, Winterson published her memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Authors revealing their traumatic childhoods in memoir? I automatically think of one that’s on my TBR list – Rose Tremain’s Rosie.

Tremain has published a number of short story collections as well as novels, as has Curtis Sittenfeld. I thought Sittenfeld’s short story collection, You Think It, I’ll Say It was extraordinarily good.

As always, I end up in a place I didn’t expect! Where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.

Next month (December 1, 2018), we’ll begin with A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

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    • Characters you love to hate? Or “I’m the only reader who loves Becky Sharp and another character I love that everyone hates is…” Or books that have been made into lavish BBC productions? Hopefully those prompts get you started!

    • Same re: childhood. I work in counselling and have often wondered whether my very ordinary childhood is an advantage or a disadvantage (because I haven’t experienced what they have) – my supervisors assure me that it’s an advantage!

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  2. I read extracts from Oranges are not the only Fruit when I was at uni, but you’ve got me interested enough to want to read it from start to finish now! I haven’t read Come in Spinner, although I loved the movie, although for some reason my memory thought it had been a television series (my memory is clearly wrong because I just checked whether it had been both). It was one of the first soundtracks I bought for myself, too.

  3. I’ve bought a Sumner Locke Elliot (Fairyland) on Kim’s recommendation at Reading Matters. Have you read that one? Loved both Why Be Happy… and You Think It I’ll Say It.

    It’ll be bah humbug for me next month then!

  4. Great chain, I’ve never read Rose Tremain’s Rosie but enjoyed Merivel so I’ll have to give it a go. I’m a newbie blogger and it’s the first time I’ve stumbled over this meme. Looks like a lot of fun!

  5. All of these are new to me, although I had at least heard of Vanity Fair. Still, I am always happy to discover new-to-me books, and these all sound like ones I should take a closer look at. It’s so interesting to see where we end up in the end. I love how you have connected your list of books. Thank you for sharing and hosting! Have a great weekend.

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  8. I’ve been meaning to read Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit for ages! I must get round to it soon. Ditto Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? They sound rather difficult to read from an emotional point of view.

  9. I always love seeing where the chains end up. I haven’t read a single book on your list, though I remember seeing the covers of couple of them. And I love next month’s starting point – maybe just Christmas all around…l’ll think on it.

  10. Loved this – I’ve been meaning to join in Six Degrees for ages 🙂 I went from Vanity Fair to the Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale in Canterbury Tales. Looking forward to Christmas Carol!

    Love Jeanette Winterson too – Why Be Happy is one of my favourites by her.

  11. My first time participating and I had so much fun putting together my list! Hope I did it right.

    I love your connections — all of them are books I haven’t read, so I’ve got a few more titles for my endless TBR list. Thanks for hosting this!

    • I guess that once I’ve read a book, it does become quite personal… If a book makes an impression on me, I have strong memories of where and when I read it.

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  13. Interesting links! I ended up at Phantom Tollbooth this month, so at a very different point than your chain. It’s fascinating to see what direction everyone goes with these!

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