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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Six Degress of Separation: A Gentleman in Moscow to---

Six Degrees of Separation---A Gentleman in Moscow
We start with...
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Count Alexander Rostov is placed under house arrest and essentially becomes a hostage for life in a hotel in Moscow.
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Terrorists seize hostages at an embassy. 
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Another book by Patchett. A romantic encounter and tryst changes the trajectory of the lives of all the members of two families.
The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
An eleven -year old boy boards a ship from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) to England. While on board the trajectory of this boy's life changes forever.
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Pi and his family are moving their zoo from Asia to Canada when the ship they are on sinks. Only Pi and a few animals survive.
The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
A nonfiction account of a couple who helped save Jewish people during WWII in Warsaw by hiding them in their zoo. 
Schindler's List by Thomas Kenneally
A WWII novel about an actual historical character, Oskar Schindler, who saved thousands of Jews. For obvious reasons it reads as nonfiction. 
That brings us back to...
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Another novel that reads like nonfiction. In this case, Count Alexander Rostov is fictional.

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  1. That was a fun round trip with books. I have the first and last book on my to read list. I loved Bel Canto.

  2. A clever chain! I've watched Schindler's List - a remarkable film - but have yet to read the book.

  3. OMG, this is so so well done!! Loving your colored-coded chain. I have loved The Life of Pi, and Bel Canto, but hated Commonwealth!!

    1. We read Commonwealth in book club. I loved it but most gals didn't

  4. Great links! I enjoyed A Gentleman in Moscow and Life of Pi but haven't read any of the other books in your chain. I do want to read something by Ann Patchett though.

  5. Nicely done! You are so good at these and the one time I tried to do it, I failed miserably. My brain just doesn't work this way.

    1. I only publish them if I feel like I'm onto something. Believe me I've made several I never finished or published.

  6. Fun! A Gentleman in Moscow is one of my all-time favorites.


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