Six Degrees of Separation: from one long coastal walk to another!

Six Degrees of Separation is the brain child of Kate over at Books Are My Favourite and Best where we all start with the same book and see where our links take us!

This month we begin with Cormac McCarthy’s laugh-a-minute apocalyptic road trip The Road.

 

The Road features the journey of a father and son over several months across a ravaged America as they try and reach the coast following an undisclosed apocalypse.

In Robert M Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, another father and son journey across America, this time in the 1970’s, on motorbikes, with philosophy.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle maintenance is considered one of the classic works of fictionaised autobiography, as is Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson. In this thinly veiled work of autobiography, a young girl, Jeanette, rebels against her strict Evangelical upbringing when she begins a relationship with another girl.

 

Nathan Price is another evangelical who appears in The Poisonwoood Bible  by Barbara Kingsolver. The novel is narrated by his four daughters and his wife after he takes them on a mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959.

Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women also features four sisters – this time the intrepid March sisters – who, along with their mother, are trying to navigate life during the American Civil War.

Greta Gerwig’s recent screen adaptation of Little Women features Laura Dern as Marmee, the beloved matriarch of the March family. In 2014, Laura Dern played another beloved mother –  Bobbi – in Wild, the film version of Cheryl Strayed’s moving memoir of walking the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs along the West Coast of the United States.

So there we have it! From The Road to Wild in six easy steps. Where would your six take you?

Next month (June 6) the starting point is the ubiquitous Normal People by Sally Rooney!

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  1. you can throw Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts into the realm of fictionalized Autobiography. —- one of my favorite all-time reads… “this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature”.

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  2. In my extreme youth, I had a boyfriend who forced me to read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. In revenge, I forced him to read Sons and Lovers. Needless to say, we split up soon after… 😉

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