I was on the fence about participating in the Six Degrees of Separation meme (hosted by Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman) this month because the starting point is a book I haven’t read, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Boosted by the fact that April created her post not having read the book either, I figured I could go ahead and play along. I do so love this meme!
1. I don’t know a whole lot about The Luminaries other than it’s a book that’s won a lot of awards. I’m not good with award winning books, I tend to find them a bit stodgy. Highbrow literary fiction and I don’t always get along, which brings me to my first book in the chain, 1Q84 by Hakuri Murakami. I took this book out from the library thinking it was something else and I simply couldn’t make it through (it’s a big ass book!) I’ve been put off on reading his work since then.
2. Which brings me to book number two, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. When I ended up with that Murakami, I only did so because I am a HORRIBLE PERSON. We had recently read Never Let Me Go in book club and I LOVED it, but I couldn’t remember the author’s name, only that it was Japanese. Hence, the Murakami I wasn’t prepared for.
3. Since we’re talking about Japanese names, why don’t we just stick with the Japan theme and head to book number three, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. You know I can’t get enough hooker books! I don’t know what it is, but the varied and fascinating tales of prostitution always draw me in.
4. Ladies of the night, you say? Let’s talk about Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue. Holy cats, this book BLEW ME AWAY. The underworld of 18th Century London? How exactly does one find themselves in such a profession? Then there’s the class system. “The Quality.” I can’t even.
5. If anybody would slip through the proverbial cracks in society, it would be a prostitute working the Seven Dials in the 18th Century, which leads me to book number five, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Gaiman’s dark and twisty imagination created an elaborate underground London that exists in the famed subway tunnels under the city. Magical!
6. Speaking of dark and twisty and magical, how’s about we finish this out with Erin Morgenstern’s gorgeous novel, The Night Circus? What a glorious tale of magic and whimsy and love!
Any of you Bookworms read The Luminaries? Should I give it a go?