Six Degrees of Separation – from The Road to The Faculty of Dreams

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

If you’d told me a year ago that anything about Cormac McCarthy’s dystopian novel, The Road, would be even remotely relevant to real life in May 2020, I wouldn’t have believed you…. and yet, here we are.

The Road gets a mention in David Foster Wallace’s examination of global warming, The Uninhabitable Earth, when Wallace describes another book about climate existentialism as a cross between The Road and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Between the World and Me is still on my TBR list, as is the latest by Coates, The Water Dancer.

The cover of The Water Dancer immediately reminded me of the cover of The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel A. van der Kolk.

To stop this chain taking a traumatic turn, my next link is on title words alone – The Body by Bill Bryson.

The Body was included on the Not the Wellcome Prize Blog Tour, as was a book I reviewed for the Tour – The Faculty of Dreams by Sara Stridsberg (it was absolutely mad!).

Hmmm… that was all rather grim! I wonder where other chains will go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.

Next month (June 6, 2020), we’ll begin with Sally Rooney’s best seller (and now a TV series), Normal People.

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      • My husband is reading it now and keeps sharing bits. There’s an early section on how easy and extensively the common cold spreads – can’t help draw the connection to the current health crisis

    • As often the case, I haven’t read everything on my list (in fact, this month I’ve only read three (The Road, Earth, and Faculty). The Body Keeps the Score is the ‘go-to’ text on trauma – I’ve dipped in and out of it but it’s on my ‘lockdown’ reading list, so will read it from start to finish soon.

  1. Interesting selections, Kate, I’ve not read any apart from The Road and have been tempted to buy The Faculty of Dreams ever since it was longlisted for last year’s International Booker…

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  3. Thanks for mentioning the Not the Wellcome Prize! The Bryson is a terrific read, especially great for people who are new to medical themes or want an overview. I need to have a think about my chain — I had two different routes in mind — and will post later in the week.

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  7. It’s still Saturday where I am ! Of Kate’s books, I have only read the Coates, which I found convincing but very repetitious. I liked All the Pretty Horses, which actually reminds me of Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Giles, my last book; however, I was not in the mood for any more dystopia than what we are already experiencing so I tried to be more upbeat.

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  9. Thank you for hosting this meme. I’ve been meaning to participate and finally did it. So much fun! Loved seeing your links and haven’t read any of those books but some are definitely going on my TBR.

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  11. I read The Road just as the pandemic was beginning and for whatever reason I was mesmerized by it- not frightened. His writing is so beautiful. Like you, I have The Water Dancer, but could not stay with it when I started it. I hope I return to it later.

    These days almost all my reading is ‘mood’, which is not great for reviewing. I feel as if I’m being unduly harsh and DNFing a lot more than usual.

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