Six Degrees of Separation (2)

Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly meme hosted by Books Are My Favourite andBest. The idea is to start with the book that Kate gives us and then create a chain of six books, each suggested by the one before.

It’s time for #6degrees. Join in and see where your book chain takes you.

 

This month the book chain begins with a book that generated a lot of debate when it was published in 1990 – The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf.

I have not read The Beauty Myth and was originally planning to link to a book by Virginia Woolf but as the spelling of the names is different, I decided to link instead to Beauty and the Beast but a retelling of it by talented, independent author, K.M Shea.

Another fairly tale retelling by Shea is Cinderella and the Colonel. In which Cinderella is much more a master of her destiny.

As I am a fan of Cinderella and its reimaginations, especially where the heroine is far more fiesty, I jumped at the chance to be an advanced reader for another talented independent author Chauncey Rogers and his latest book Happily.

Almost every time I read Chauncey’s name my mind jumps to the medieval writer and poet Geoffrey Chaucer.  I suffered through read Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for Literature class when I was in school.  I don’t regret reading it but it was tough.

Another, but far more enjoyable, book that I studied for English Literature is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

Finally, Jane Eyre brings me to Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, which is both a response and a prequel to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, set in the Caribbean and imagining the lives of Bertha Mason and her family.  It’s the first Mrs. Rochester’s side of the story.

 

 

From a book that questions our definition of a woman’s beauty to fairy tale retellings featuring fierce heroines and ending with a post-colonial response to Jane Eyre, this month’s #6degrees was another thrilling ride.

Try it, if you haven’t before.  The link is open all month.  Link me so I can follow your journey too!

 

Next month (April 7, 2018), the journey begins with Arthur Golden’s bestseller, Memoirs of A Geisha.

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24 thoughts on “Six Degrees of Separation (2)

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  1. Ah yes, the old Chaucer connection. I’m afraid this isn’t the first time my name has been tied to that guy, but I suppose I’m okay with it–especially if it also means having one of my books included in the chain! This is a pretty clever meme. Great choice!

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  2. Disney fairy tales have evolved with the times which I really like. I do still enjoy the traditional ones as they reflect the time periods from traditional princesses. I had to Google “six degrees of separation” as I’ve always heard it but never fully understood it. Learned somethin’ new.

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  3. I really enjoyed reading this post. Such fun and now I have a new book and author to watch for. I am not as creative as you so probably won’t try this meme but will look forward to reading your posts.

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