Six Degrees of Separation

A novel idea from The Broken Spine, for today’s blog challenge. Starting with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, I will link my way through six books and see where I end up.

The Bad Begining:

Having never read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian or any of the other books The Broken Spine suggested as a starting point, I was at a loss, to begin with. Then I remembered that my friend had read this book and had recommended it to me – though I never took him up on the offer. However, he did lend me the Series of Unfortunate Events Series by Lemony Snicket. Unsure of which one to pick, the title of the first aptly summed up my start to this challenge, so here it is.

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The Hamilton Affair:

As a big fan of Hamilton: An American Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, I was lucky enough to get tickets for my birthday and saw the show in January. When watching it, I couldn’t help feeling that the character James Madison resembled Mr Poe from A Series of Unfortunate Events. When reading The Hamiton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs, the image of the character kept on popping into my mind whenever Madison was mentioned.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:

Not only have I been fortunate enough to see Hamilton, I have also seen Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London. It only seemed right to link the two productions together.

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The Importance of Being Earnest:

While the Cursed Child is my favourite play in terms of the stage wizardry that makes it such a delight to watch, this is a book blog. Now we are dancing along a theatrical path, I have to present you with my favourite play of all time. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Having seen the play twice in theatre, once in the cinema as a National Theatre Live broadcast, and having seen the film, I am in LOVE with the way the plot unfolds. Everything seems so silly and trivial until all the pieces fall together at the end to create a stunning conclusion.

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Nineteen Eighty-Four:

You have to love a good old orange Penguin Classic. The charm which the radiate adds so much to the reading experience. I own two such books, and they are my favourites in their respective forms. One is the Importance of Being Earnest, and the other is Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. I don’t know why I love it so much, but the dystopian world trapped within its yellowing pages is one of my favourites.

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Blind Faith:

While I admit that this book is a blatant copy of Nineteen Eighty-Four, I read this before the previous one and loved it. The variation it takes with the dystopian world lines up with my personal political and worldviews, so I found it quite entertaining. I am also aware that is not a serious book, and nor is it very high quality. Still, I love it as the book that brought me into the world of adult dystopia.

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