6° Degrees of Separation: From Fire to Family Secrets to Murder

Six Degrees of Separation is hosted by Kate over at Books are My Favorite and Best. The rules are simple. A book is announced and you link it by author, genre, themes, settings, etc.

This six degrees of separation takes us on a journey through fire, banned books, forbidden love, family secrets and murder.

As our jumping off point we were given The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire by Chloe Hooper. From what I gather from the title it’s about an arsonist. And after reading the synopsis I do believe I have to add this to my TBR.

I immediately thought of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Unlike The Arsonist where firefighters are attempting to put out fires, but in 451 they intentionally start fires; but not just any fires. They are burning books and houses that hide them. What the what?

Fahrenheit 451 led me to another science fiction book that has been on my TBR forever – 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. I had a hard time with this one because some classify it as science fiction others put it the dystopian category and others magical realism.

This next jump takes us down the road to banned books. Although 1Q84 was not banned in the United States it was in China. Not for anything other than it was written by a Japanese author.

Anyway, on to a book often challenged. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. In 1977 parents in one school district challenged it calling it “pornographic and obscene”. Um. Okay.

The next jump takes us to forbidden love. After all nothing says forbidden love than bearing a man’s child in Puritan times and wearing a scarlet letter bedazzled smack dab in the middle of your chest for the man you love; who, by the way, is too much of a coward to step up and take responsibility.

Anywho, off my tangent and on the book I chose for this forbidden love jump. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I don’t necessarily think that Jane and Rochester’s love is forbidden per se. It’s more that Jane doesn’t believe she deserves to be loved.

And, now we’re heading into the final stretch.

The next jump is family secrets. And what’s more secretive than Rochester keeping your mentally unstable wife hidden away in the attic. Maybe being the sole survivor of your family having been murdered and your brother in jail for said murders. There seems to be more family secrets and drama here than one book should have.

And this last jump is all about murder. I’m not sure how I came about Journey Under the Midnight Sun by Keigo Higashino, I just found it interesting that it was serialized in short stories. A man is murdered and two young people are inextricably connected. The murdered man’s son and the daughter of the primary suspect.

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