Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly meme hosted by Books Are My Favourite and Best. 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 chain begins with The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. This story is told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.
I haven’t read The Poisonwood Bible but I have read another much acclaimed example of postcolonial literature, The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. This novel is set in a modern world filled with both mayhem and miracles. The story opens dramatically with the terrorist bombing of a London-bound jet in midflight. Two Indian actors of opposing sensibilities fall to earth, transformed into living symbols of what is angelic and evil.
I must admit I was lost for much of that story, which merges the actual with the imagined and spans different eras. The beginning of the novel, however, is a bit similar to The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw, which also opens with a terrorist bombing in London. Main character, Lorna, isn’t in London at the time of the attacks but she is killed while crossing her street and is transported to heaven, which is really a broken-down spaceship captained by God.
Another book that takes an interesting take on the afterlife is An Artisan Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson (I’ll be participating in the blog tour in July). In this novel, the loved ones of two lonely individuals negotiate with Death for them to get a second chance.
No one really negotiates with Death. Ask the Grimlocks who as grim reapers shuttle souls off to the afterlife. The latest book in this Amanda M Lee paranormal cozy mystery series is Grim Tempest.
Speaking of a tempest, The Tempest by William Shakespeare is one of my favourites by the bard. Some experts suggest that the island on which Prospero and Miranda are marooned is a Caribbean island.
To end the chain, I’ll stay in the Caribbean. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe is an 18th century classic about a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical desert island encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers, before ultimately being rescued.
From a family saga set in a post-colonial African country, to India, Pakistan and London. My 6 degrees journey also explored aspects of the afterlife and ended on deserted tropical islands. Wow, what a trip!
Try this meme, if you haven’t before. The link is open all month. Although, I am a bit late this time around!
Next month (June 2, 2018), we’ll begin with Malcolm Gladwell’s debut (and best seller), The Tipping Point.