Saturday, January 1, 2022

Six Degrees of Separation

The #6degrees meme is hosted at Books are my Favourite and Best

This month the chain begins with 
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. This amazing novel begins in a gallery where a photography exhibit is going on. Another of my favorite novels features a photography exhibit towards the end: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. I also loved Makkai's novel The Hundred-Year House which is about family and is told through the lens of the family house. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett also uses a house as a way to frame the tale of a family. Bel Canto is a very different kind of novel--it focuses on a hostage situation in a South American country--and was my introduction to Patchett's work. Another novel with a South American setting (Columbia specifically) is Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I listened to this novel which was a good call because I think all the Spanish names would have been tough going for me but the audio version was beautiful and easy for me to follow. Another book that I enjoyed as an audiobook because it eliminated a language barrier for me is Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon. This is the first of her Guido Brunetti books and I have listened to most of them on audio which is a wonderful way to experience these fabulous mysteries set in Venice. It also has an opera theme which connects back to Bel Canto.


  1. This is a great chain with straightforward links, which I sometimes have difficulty with. Both The Hundred Year House and the Dutch House sound good. I have only read Bel Canto by Patchett, and I enjoyed that one, so I got The Dutch House at the book sale in September. I haven't read anything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

  2. Nice links! I enjoyed a lot Bel Canto, and the opera (you know it was made into an opera, premiered in Chicago) is great as well, unique with all the languages included in it.
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  3. The only one of your books I have read (so far!) is the Donna Leon. I enjoy her Brunetti books as much for the settings and the details of daily life in Venice, as for the plots. I also appreciate the way that Brunetti has a happy family life - a real contrast to the numerous miserable/alcoholic/grumpy detectives we see in so many novels. I have never thought of listening to them on audio, but that's a great idea and no doubt gives one an excellent feel for the locations.


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