Kate of booksaremyfavouriteandbest hosts a monthly meme called “6 Degrees of Separation.” She writes, “On the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.”
This month, the starting book is The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles. I haven’t read this book but I did see the movie adaptation, which starred Meryl Streep.
Meryl Streep also starred in The Hours, an adaptation of the novel by Michael Cunningham. The Hours explores one day in the lives of three women. One of these women is Virginia Woolf, who is writing the novel Mrs. Dalloway, the novel on which The Hours is based.
The main character of Mrs. Dalloway is a woman named Clarissa. The novel also features a character named Septimus, a veteran of World War I who is suffering from shell shock. Septimus’s doctor plans to send him to an asylum for the mentally ill.
Veterans suffering from mental illnesses stemming from World War I are also featured in Regeneration by Pat Barker. Rivers, the doctor, is portrayed as a complex and sympathetic character.
Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a novel with a much more critical portrayal of a mental asylum. The movie version of Cuckoo’s Nest starred Jack Nicolson.
Nicholson also starred in the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining. That novel scared the bejesus out of me when I read it back in the 1970s.
Another book which scared me when I was younger is Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca.
I travelled from The French Lieutenant’s Woman to Rebecca. They seem like good companion novels to me. Both feature lonely young women, and both are set on the southern coast of England.
Now it’s your turn to try! Post a link to your Six Degrees of Separation in the comments section.