Sunday, April 8, 2018

Six Degrees of Separation from Memoir of a Geisha to Medicine Walk

Memoir of a Geisha by Arthur Golden -  published in 1997, It is the only novel he published.  Mr. Golden studied Japanese Art in his undergraduate studies at Harvard an M.A. in Japanese history at Columbia. 

The first connection is to Japan and the link to this country. The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd - published in 1977 it is a story about an Scottish woman who scandalized the European community in Asia.  Mr. Wynd was a Scottish novelist born in Japan. He grew up speaking both English and Japanese.  

Staying with the theme of connections by country our next book is The Prime of Miss Jean Brodieby Scottish novelist Muriel Spark.  This novel, about a teacher in a private girls’ school is about coming of age and betrayal. 

The are many stories about coming of age but the most endearing is Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  An orphan girl full of spunk, imagination and wanting so much to be part of a family. As we all know, Ms. Montgomery is  an internationally known Canadian author. And skipping back to the beginning of this chain, Anne of Green Gables is wildly popular in Japan.  Japanese tourists, after the Americans, are the most frequent visitors of Green Gables in Prince Edward Island. 

Anne of Green Gables, considered a classic in Canadian literature, our next connection is to another Canadian classic, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler, a book about morality, materialism, alienation and greed among other themes.  It is a book about a Jewish boy as he grows up and his relationships with his family members. 


The Chosen by Chaim Potok is a story of a Jewish boy Reveun, his family and friends and his relationship with his father and friend Danny.  The pursuit of dreams and goals, father/son relationships and the strength of friendship are strong themes in this book.

Going back to a Canadian author, Richard Wagamese, an indigenous author wrote a beautiful novel Medicine Walk about a father/son relationship and despite conflict, the bond of family.

From Memoirs of a Geisha based in Japan, to Scotland, the U.S.A. and then to our native land Canada with Medicine Walk.  

 So there is our meme for this month.  This is our 12th contribution to Six Degrees of Separation (click on the link to see what others have contributed) and we are still using only books we have read.  Michèle is responsible for this month's work.