Six Degrees of Separation – The End of the Affair to Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Six Degrees of Separation is a meme hosted by Kate over at Books Are My Favourite and Best. It works like this: each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six others to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the titles on the list, only to the one next to it in the chain.

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This month we’re starting with Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair which I read many years ago but it’s the film that comes to mind. I remember weeping at Michael Nyman’s soundtrack which I still can’t hear without snivelling.

Same goes for the 1967 adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s tragic love story, Far from the Madding Crowd. Just the opening credits are enough to set me off.

Quite apart from the music, the sad end met by many sheep added to my tearfulness leading me to Haruki Murakami’s A Wild Sheep Chase which features a very different sort of sheep.

In Auđur Ava Ólafsdóttir’s somewhat surreal Butterflies in November, our unnamed narrator wrestles a dead sheep into the front seat of her car. The novel includes several recipes for roadkill which you really wouldn’t want to try.

Unlike the recipes in Nora Ephron’s classic Heartburn, about a cookery writer breaking up with her husband, which are quite tempting.

Ephron’s humorous collection of essays on ageing is entitled I Feel Bad About my Neck leading me to Alan Brown’s Audrey Hepburn’s Neck about an America teacher living in Tokyo which, sadly, now seems to be out of print.

Unsurprisingly, mention of Audrey Hepburn leads me to Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s which I loved both as a film and a book

This month’s Six Degrees has taken me from a novel about a devastating affair to a classic featuring one of American literature’s favourite heroines, taking in a few sheep on the way. Part of the fun of this meme is comparing the very different routes other bloggers take from each month’s starting point. If you’re interested, you can follow it on Twitter with the hashtag #6Degrees, check out the links over at Kate’s blog or perhaps even join in.

41 thoughts on “Six Degrees of Separation – The End of the Affair to Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

  1. Mareli Thalwitzer

    Wow, that’s really an interesting chain with books I have never even heard of. Audrey Hepburn’s Neck, what a strange title. Lovely list!

    Have a good weekend!

    Elza Reads

  2. I’ll agree with you on the book and film versions of Madding Crowd and End of the Affair. I loved the book Breakfast at Tiffany’s but tried to watch the film this week and had to give up after 40 minutes. Hepburn is wonderful but the lesser characters were so so irritating

  3. Love your “sheep” link Susan, and also that you did a movie-related link albeit on music, not scriptwriters, like I did. I’ve read or heard of most of the books, but not the essays on ageing which intrigue me.

  4. I loved the bit about the roadkill recipes, although I’m not tempted to seek them out. Here the roadkill is mainly kangaroos and wallabies. Enjoyed your chain!

  5. Oh, I like this chain! I’ve read. I’m not one for reading classics but I make an exception for Thomas Hardy, who I love, and Far From the Madding Crowd has been languishing on my TBR for quite some time. It’s one of the small handful of books I packed in my suitcase when I repatriated in 2019. I must try to read it this year! I have read the Ephron and the Capote — and loved both.

  6. I might need to take a look at the roadkill recipes. We were on holidays last week and decided that our destination should have been called the roadkill island as there was so much.

    I enjoyed your chain.

  7. I’m reading Far From at the moment. Such a great book. And I’m thinking of going on to The Go-Between and Dr Zhivago so that I can then wallow in the three brilliant Christie film adaptions. I don’t think I’ve seen the film of The End of the Affair so will look out for that. I did, however, weep while listening to the audiobook narrated with absolute perfection by Colin Firth.

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