Hurrah! Time for 6 Degrees again (albeit a tad late). Everyone starts with the same book and we can link to 6 other books in any way that we choose. Let’s see where we all end up this month!
This month we are starting with Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. I haven’t read this one, but I have seen the movie, so I do at least know what it’s all about. Fight Club starred Helena Bonham Carter who’s starred in many book adaptations, so for the first link I’m going to choose Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (she was Charlie’s mum). This film adaptation was altogether more faithful to the book than the 1971 version, and we didn’t have to watch Helena singing a god awful song whilst pretending to stir laundry, but somehow it just doesn’t seem right without Gene Wilder. Or maybe that’s just me.
Another great book with chocolate in the title is Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. It’s an odd story in which the main character is a talented cook and her strong emotions flow into her food, affecting everyone who eats it. The magic realism lifts the story from what would basically be a Mexican kitchen sink drama into something else entirely. It is full of passion, longing, violence and heartbreak. It’s disturbing, funny and moving. And weird.
The Tiny Wife is another masterpiece in magic realism book, by one of my favourite writers, Andrew Kaufman (not to be confused with Andy Kaufman from Taxi). A man robs a bank, but rather than stealing money, he takes the most prized possession of everyone in there. And then strange things happen to them all: one woman’s husband turns into a snowman, a man finds his office underwater, another woman’s lion tatoo comes to life. Should you just take all of this fantasy at face value or is it a metaphor for something more? Who knows, but either way it’s fresh, completely removed from what you normally read, and it’s great.
The Tiny Wife leads me to The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger. I distinctly remember reading this on a weekend break in Ambleside in the Lake District. The person I was with was unfortunately violently ill for the whole trip, and more or less confined to the B&B. I didn’t know anything about the book when I picked it up, but was extremely grateful that it turned out to be one I couldn’t put down, since it was a welcome distraction from a ruined trip. It’s a great book, although is it just me, or is it a teeny bit creepy, given that he basically goes back and ‘hangs out’ with his wife when she’s a child? Hmmm…
A famous resident of the Lake District was of course, Beatrix Potter. Everyone knows the standards (Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny) but I’ve always had a little soft spot for The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan, a funny little tale about manners and comeuppance. My boys used to listen to on car journeys. I now find it impossible to say the word ‘gammon’ without following it with Ha! Ha!
Which brings me to Peter Pan. This is one of those books I’m honestly not sure if I’ve read or not, as everyone knows the story and I’ve seen so many adaptations over the years. So maybe I have, maybe I haven’t, who knows? Peter Pan basically swanned around refusing to conform to society’s rules (by not growing up) and getting into fights (with Captain Hook). Which brings me back to Fight Club 🙂
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