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Six Degrees of Separation // Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

extremely-loudThe idea behind this exercise is to connect books in any way that’s meaningful to use, from the profound to the inane. Although Kevin Bacon is typically behind the six degrees came, books are just a bit more fun.

This month’s choice: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Surprisingly enough, I have not read this book. In general, I struggle to read fiction of recent tragic events, so I haven’t touched this one (or the movie) yet. So my first connection is of a rather superficial nature – title.

Both Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson both have long, flowing titles. The latter is a modern take on the French folktale Bluebeard and although it is not fantastic, it is solid (and set in Mississippi).

Another solid retelling is Margaret Atwood’s recent novel Hag-Seed, based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Sometimes the modern take is based on already excellent material (like Hag-Seed), and sometimes the adaptation improves on the source material, which is absolutely the case with Kass Morgan’s The 100, a teenage love triangle masquerading as sci-fi (which was turned into a surprisingly enjoyable television show).

Conversely, a space opera absolutely worth reading is Rachel Bach’s Fortune’s Pawn. It’s the first in the trilogy and an all around enthralling read. One of my next sci-fi reads is likely to be Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Coreybased on Carolyn’s review. I love when a fellow reader points me in the direction of a great book, which happened just recently with Maria Helena’s recommendation for James Thompson’s Snow Angel, a crime novel set in northern Finland.

From New York to the deep south to rural Finland, I managed to make an entire chain without including Stephen King or Bob Dylan. Weird. Who have I become?!

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  • Debbie Rodgers

    And a beautiful chain it is, Rory. You got me right away, linking up two ‘flowing’ titles. And you did indeed go all over the world. Loved it!

  • http://rosemaryandreadingglasses.com/ Carolyn O

    Thanks Rory! What a nice thing to say!

  • http://dimthelightsfilmblog.com Brian @ Dim The Lights

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a fantastic film. I’ve never read the book, but the film is definitely an emotionally draining journey. Its worth it to watch at least once.

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