Six Degrees of Separation #2: Saturday 3rd May 2014
I read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath in my final year of high school.
Villette by Charlotte Bronte is a gentle 19th century classic about Englishwoman Lucy Snowe who sails to the small Belgium town of Villette to work in a girls’ boarding school.
In The Last Boat Home Dea Brovig includes the character Valentin who also left his homeland of Bulgaria to find work as a circus strongman. The Last Boat Home has an isolated setting….
(read my review of The Last Boat Home here)
As does The Light Between Oceans by ML Steadman. If the town of Point Partageuse on the Western Australian mainland isn’t remote enough for you, journey over to Janus Island!
I’m sure this comparison has been done to death but Bereft by Chris Womersley sits alongside The Light Between Oceans as another beautifully engaging novel set in the aftermath of WW1. The main character in Bereft passes through the influenza fumigation upon returning to Australia after service in Europe, avoiding having to enter the quarantine station.
Quarantine stations are also used in The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh to halt the spread of smallpox. In The Fever Tree the Reitz family speak Dutch…
(Read my review of The Fever Tree here)
History of a Pleasure Seeker by Richard Mason is an absorbing and authentic historical novel set in 19th century Amsterdam.
Click here to see my previous offerings for this meme.