Six Degrees of Separation – from Wolfe Island to From Here to Eternity

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 Lucy Treloar’s Wolfe Island. I picked this as the starter book because I thought it might make the Stella Prize longlist. It didn’t, but The Weekend by Charlotte Wood did.

I read two outstanding books at the end of last year that I did not write reviews for (I will) – The Weekend and Heimat by Nora Krug.

Heimat is a graphic memoir – I have very few graphic novels on my shelf and even fewer graphic memoirs. In fact, I have only one other – Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart.

I haven’t read all of Rosalie Lightning yet because it is just so sad (note that it is about the death of the author’s child). Plus, in terms of grief-lit, I think I’m still recovering from The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs.

Some people think I read too much grief-lit. Perhaps, but I’m fascinated by the uniqueness of every grief experience. Caitlin Doughty’s From Here to Eternity examines the death rituals unique to different cultures.

My final link is on name alone – the James Jones classic, From Here to Eternity – I haven’t read it but have seen bits of the movie!

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

Next month (April 4, 2020), we’ll begin with Anna Funder’s ‘classic on tyranny and resistance’ – Stasiland.

36 responses

  1. I’ve never read From Here to Eternity (the last one), despite having seen the film several times. I think I’d forgotten there was a book…

    It was a film adaptation that led me to only graphic memoir I’ve ever read – Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, which I thought was excellent, I don’t know why I’ve never picked up another one. I’ll await your review of Heimat with interest!

    • I’d never really thought about graphic memoirs as a genre until Heimat. The odd thing was that I assumed it would be a quick read – it wasn’t because I was reading in such a different way.

  2. Fun to spot two books I’ve read here — the death ones, of course 😉 I love a good graphic memoir as well. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel and Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast are two of my favourites. Funnily enough, they both have a death theme, too. I bet you’d also enjoy Let Me Be Frank by Sarah Laing (a New Zealander).

    I’ve got my Six Degrees all queued up for Monday 🙂 And I’ve been reading Stasiland off and on recently — how’s that for a coincidence?

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  4. I do like the sound of From Here to Eternity – Doughty’s rather than Hemingway’s. I went to an exhibition may years ago which focussed on the Mexican Day of the Dead and found it fascinating.

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