Six Degrees of Separation: from The Lottery to …

Time again for Six Degrees, the only thing keeping this blog alive for the moment. Grateful thanks to Kate at booksaremyfavouriteandbest who does all the organising for this monthly feature.  The background can be found here.

I have not read The Lottery (1948), the starter book this month.  Had I been asked a few weeks ago I would have said with confidence that I’m unlikely to pick up anything by Shirley Jackson despite her work appearing regularly on my bookish radar.  A sweeping and unfair dismissal I accept, but what I hear of her work has never appealed. 

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Six Degrees of Separation: from Second Place to …

Six degrees again and again I am late.  I didn’t quite get the post written before we headed off on a road trip around the country, catching up with family.  But better late than never.  Thanks as usual to Kate at booksaremyfavouriteandbest who does all the organising for this monthly feature.  The background can be found here.

We are beginning this month with Second Place (2021) by Rachel Cusk.   It is one of thirteen titles on this year’s longlist for the Booker Prize.  Unusually for me, I would happily read the majority of them this year but prior to the longlist announcement, I had read just one and that’s where I’m starting.

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Six Degrees of Separation: from Postcards from the Edge to…

(Thanks as usual to Kate, at booksaremyfavouriteand best, who does all the organising for this monthly feature.  The background can be found here.)

We begin this month with Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher.  Variously described as a ‘cult classic’ and ‘a wickedly black-humour riff on the horrors of rehab and the hollows of Hollywood life…’, I don’t anticipate reading it in this lifetime despite it being a well-reviewed debut.  And I’m not a Star Wars fan, so there’s no link lurking there. Instead, I’m going for a chain more suited to the season.

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Six Degrees of Separation: from Eats, Shoots and Leaves to …

Will July be the second consecutive month in which I have my chain listed and partly written and then the end of the month arrives before it gets any further?  I hope not.  I did manage an alternative post in June so it wasn’t an entirely barren month on the blogging front.  And there’s plenty of July left.  Let’s see what happens.

Thanks as usual to Kate, at booksaremyfavouriteand best, who does all the organising.  The background can be found here.  I’m always astonished that no matter how varied the chains and with the vast numbers of books to choose from, there is invariably at least one book from mine which appears in someone else’s. This month I share a title with Kate herself, albeit one that we arrived at by very different routes.

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The Silver Darlings by Neil Gunn (1941)

As I’ve been such a sporadic member of the blogging community this past year, it was by happy accident that I learned of the review-a-long organised by FictionFan and friends for The Silver Darlings by Neil Gunn.  An even more fortunate accident from my perspective meant that Rose’s copy of the book was lost at sea for a while which delayed the original date for posting reviews and enabled me to have almost finished reading when the new date was announced.  That date was Monday last, and here – better late than never – is my contribution.

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Six Degrees of Separation: from Shuggie Bain to …

Six Degrees of Separation is organised by Kate and the background can be found here.  Our starter book this month is Shuggie Bain, by Douglas Stuart.

Shuggie Bain won the 2020 Booker prize.  I’m sure it was a worthy winner but the back cover quotes mean I won’t be reading it.  “… as intense and excruciating to read as any novel I have ever held in my hand..”  Not for me right now.  Probably never would have been.

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The Seasoning by Manon Steffan Ros

Wanting to read at least one book for this year’s Dewithon, hosted by Paula on Book Jotter, I cast around for something that might work at this time when my normal reading patterns remain fragile. I settled on The Seasoning by Manon Steffan Ros.  Blasu, to use its original title, was written in Welsh and published in 2013 when it won the fiction prize of the Wales Book of the Year awards.  Ros’s English translation was published in 2015 as The Seasoning.

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Six Degrees of Separation: from Phosphorescence to …

It’s been a while.  Six months, I see.  I’m a bit rusty. Attempts to fill the space in between have amounted to naught so – having ended on a six degrees in September, with autumn beckoning and the dark difficult winter ahead – I’ll pick up as if I’ve never been away with another six degrees.  I note in my September preamble that I gave warning of a darker chain than usual.  A portent perhaps?  But if so, I give notice now that this next chain is light and bright and filled with good things.  Spring is calling, and on its back flies hope of easier times for everyone.

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Six Degrees of Separation: from Rodham to …

Six Degrees has come around very quickly as always, with very little to see on A Corner of Cornwall between this chain and the previous one.  Hopefully I’ll get some non-book related posts up this month!  Meanwhile, Six Degrees of Separation is organised by Kate and the background can be found here.  After a hesitant start I found my stride.  The finished chain is darker than usual for me.  A reflection of the changing seasons perhaps? Maybe I’m preparing for those dark autumnal reads…

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