Six degrees of separation: from The Road to Murmur

Hello May! Here we are again on the first Saturday of the month, so it is time for Six Degrees of Separation, hosted by Kate over at BooksAreMyFavouriteAndBest.

This month’s starting point is The Road by Cormack McCarthy, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2007. The following year’s winner is a book which I have just finished re-reading. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout is my favourite kind of read – brilliant, sensitive writing about the apparent blandness of everyday life concealing the turbulent under-currents of hidden realities. I rarely re-read books but wanted to pick this one up again prior to reading Strout’s sequel, Olive Again. Continue reading

Six Degrees of Separation: from How To Be Both to Fish Have No Feet

Arriving at the first Saturday in April provides another opportunity to participate in the Six Degrees of Separation meme, hosted by Kate over at BooksAreMyFavouriteAndBest.

This month we start with Ali Smith’s How To Be Both.  I have not yet read this book but I know that its format is unusual with two versions of the same story and the reader can choose where to begin. Another book that has different starting points is Carol Shields’ Happenstance. This is a single story about a marriage which is split into two parts, each told from the husband’s and wife’s perspective.

My lovely husband bought this book for me when it was originally published in 1994. Somewhere over the years, with house moves and much sorting of shelves, I sadly managed to loose his copy. So I recently spent time hunting down a good copy of that original edition and am pleased to have it back in my collection.

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