Six Degrees of Separation- Memoirs of a Geisha

The 6 Degrees of Separation meme is a monthly meme hosted at booksaremyfavoriteandbest, that explores the ways in which a chosen book can be linked to six other books.

The April 2018 book is: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

My chain features sisters, visits to authors’ homes, unfinished classics, and seashells.

I really loved the historical details, characters, and setting of Memoirs of a Geisha, and I’d love to re-read it again soon. Another novel set in Japan in the late 1930’s is…

 

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The Makioka Sisters by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

Like Memoirs of a Geisha, The Makioka Sisters centers around young women trying to find their way in a changing world. I look forward to reading this beautifully written and engrossing story of four sisters.

 

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 

Speaking of books about four sisters, is there one more beloved than Little Women? The time I spent with Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy created some of my favorite childhood reading memories. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to visit Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, which was a dream come true.

 

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The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton, Marion Mainwaring

During the same trip, I also made a literary pilgrimage to Edith Wharton’s stunning home in Lenox, MA. After touring The Mount and its grounds, I bought a copy of The Buccaneers in the gift shop. Sadly, this was Wharton’s final novel, and was left unfinished at the time of her death. It was later completed by another writer, as was…

 

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Sanditon: Jane Austen’s Last Novel Completed by Jane Austen, Anne Telscombe, Marie Dobbs

Sandition, but for an Austen continuation this one is very good. Set in a  fictional seaside resort town, the completed novel features comedic secondary characters, sea bathing, tea rooms, and a lovely romance.

 

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The Fossil Hunter: Dinosaurs, Evolution, and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World by Shelley Emling

Staying at the seaside during the Regency era, this nonfiction work looks at the remarkable life of Mary Anning, who discovered the first dinosaur fossil in 1811 along the cliffs of Lyme Regis. The popular tongue-twister “She sells seashells by the seashore” was inspired by Mary and her findings that captured the attention of the world. Speaking of shells…

 

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The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

The Shell Seekers is a generational saga whose title stems from an inherited painting that sparks lots of family drama. I can’t wait to escape to Cornwall and experience what many consider to be Rosamunde Pilcher’s best novel.

 

Where did your #6Degrees chain take you this month? Have you read any of these books? 

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  1. This was a great chain! I’ve read the Geisha book several years ago and I had fully intended to read The Makioka Sisters at one time. Then, kind of forgot about it. And The Shell Seekers – such a lovely book. Another that I read many years ago and loved. I ought reread that one. Enjoyed this!

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  2. Great list Jessie. I loved The Makioka Sisters when I read it, and of course love Little women. I’m also an Edith Wharton fan and liked The buccaneers. Nice link from it to Sanditon. I haven’t read The fossil hunter but have read Tracey Chevalier’s Remarkable creatures about Mary Anning …

    BTW I’m pretty sure The buccaneers was made into a miniseries many moon ago. Have you seen it.

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  3. I’ve added The Marioka Sisters to my wishlist – thank you.
    I’ve been meaning to read a book about mary Anning ever since my trip to Lyme 10 yrs ago. That visit was all about Jane Austen and The French Lieutenant’s Woman though….next time it will be all about the fossils 🙂

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  4. I read The Shell Seekers decades ago (truly!) and although I can’t remember the detail, I do recall how much I loved it at the time, and the fact that reading it was so thoroughly enjoyable.

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  5. What a great chain! The Makioka Sisters is now on my tbr, along with the Mary Anning books. I’m hoping to get to Lyme later this year so they will be in the suitcase. I am already in Cornwall, and will get around to a reread of The Shell Seekers eventually. (There are so many books set in Cornwall.)

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  6. I also loved The Makioka Sisters — some people describe it as a Japanese Pride & Prejudice but that’s a bit of a stretch for me. It’s long but not a difficult read. I’m also an Edith Wharton fan and I definitely want to visit The Mount someday. I loved The Buccaneers but I definitely preferred the first 2/3 written by Wharton, I could really see the change in the quality of the writing after the other author took over. I appreciate knowing how the story ended but it just wasn’t the same!

    I also recommend Remarkable Creatures and I’m hoping to visit Lyme Regis this summer!

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    1. I agree about The Buccaneers, Karen! I wish Wharton had lived long enough to finish it herself, but I’m grateful we at least know how she would’ve ended things. I hope you can make it to the Mount in the near future, and Lyme Regis this summer!

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