#6 degrees July 2017
- Brona’s Books religiously posts her
- …#6degree meme (read her post here)
- and I always promise I will try to
- write a post as well….I never do.
- I hate to make the connections, have no talent for it.
- So, I will join Brona this month because I know that interaction with bloggers
- is important to keep the ‘writing’ juices to flowing!
- I let her do the hard work (connections)
- …and I’ll just add my 2-cents.
- PS – #6degrees is a monthly meme hosted by Kate Books Are My Favourite
Picnic #1 – eponymous play by W. Inge ‘Picnic’
- I have it on my TBR list.
- I was swept off my feet by the movie version (1955).
- The hot and steamy chemistry between Madge (the ravishing Kim Novak)
- and William Holden (Hollywood 1950’s hunk) fogged up my glasses!
- The dance scene at the picnic is my absolute favorite.
- If you watch femme fatale Madge and drifter tough guy Hal
- sashaying and listen to the movie’s theme song
- …Moonglow by De Lange (words), Hudson and Mills (music).
- I dare you not to get skin shivers…it is so good!
Picnic #2 – Sound of Music…. based ‘The Story of The Trapp Family Singers”.
- If you haven’t seen this or read the story….you’re from another planet!
The Gilded Age NY society – That will have to be Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
- This was very popular in the 1970’s but I had just shipped off to The
- Netherlands and landed into a world very distant from the NYTimes best sellers list.
- I was in survival mode…no time for books yet!
- It won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 1975.
- Not really a Pulitzer….but close enough.
Pulitzer connection: – Angle of Repose
This book surprised me.
- Many readers love this book and I keep asking myself why?
- I too was drawn into the book in the first pages…but soon lost interest.
- The writing was not ‘powerful’….it was seductive.
- Stegener uses pathos that appeals to emotion to ‘bamboozle’ me.
- I was not impressed.
Forgotten classic: – The African Queen by C.S. Forester
- My mother did not like movies but I was addicted to them.
- There was one film she would watch with me…and we watched it a zillion times!
- This was ‘our’ movie.
- I decided to read the book….just for old times sake!
- Charlie: free-spirited libertine; drunk; loner.
- Rose: well-educated, snobbish; head-strong; bossy; devout tea-teetotaler
- This combination was explosive….and yet a very tender love story.
- …another ‘classic’ movie from the 1950’s with Oscar winning Bogart and Hepburn.
Existential hero – The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
- The existential despair and determinism (fate) was dripping off every page!
- This book review will be posted soon…but take it from me
- …this was an exhausting read!
Road trip – Walking the Nile by Levison Wood.
- You probably know I love to travel and learn about the world
- …but I hate to leave home.
- #WorldFromMyArmchair started by Paul Halfbook, Halfman was just
- …what the doctor ordered!
- This walk with phython snakes, croc’s an hippo’s, red mites, insects and feral dogs
- …was an adventure pur sang!
- Now there you have it….my #6degree connections
- …with a little bit of help from a friend, Brona…who really travels!
- Have a look at her second blog Four Seasons!
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