Thursday, October 3, 2019

Six Degrees of Separation from Three Women to Blood Letting and Miraculous Cures

Three Women 
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Far From the Madding Crowd The Woman in White Perfume: The Story of a Murderer The High Mountains of Portugal Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures

Starter Book – Three Women by Lisa Taddeo is the true story of the sex lives of three American women within long-term and short-term relationships, some as short as one night of passion.

Our first link will have to be Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray. This is a non-fiction account of how women and men view relationships (very differently) and the importance of sex in a relationship. 

If we continue on the theme of sexual relationships, we find a classic, Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, the story of Bathsheba Everdene, a woman farmer, and the three suitors she attracts from neighbouring estates and villages – the farmer, the soldier and the devoted shepherd. Hardy describes the rural life and passionate sexual relationships between Miss Everdene and her suitors.

Going from a very modern book, to a ‘guide on relationships’, to a classic, we stick with classics and link next with The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, a classic gothic horror story, including madness and intrigue.

Many who have read Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind see it also as a horror story and a descent into madness. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born in the slums of Paris with the gift of a sublime sense of smell. As he learns the trade of perfumer he becomes obsessed in finding the ‘ultimate perfume’ created from the scent of a young virgin. Perfume can be seen as a story far from reality - Grenouille was born under a stall at a market, spent part of his life in a cave in France’s deserted Cévennes region, then his search and obsession for the ultimate scent. 

Yann Martel’s The High Mountains of Portugal with three incredulous stories is also far from reality. Three linked stories, each told separately almost like novellas, take us through Portugal in the 1930’s to modern day Portugal in the 1980’s. Written as fables, you must suspend your search for logic and reality to fully appreciate these stories.

Going to another book of linked stories, this one well grounded in reality, is Vincent Lam’s Blood Letting and Miraculous Cures which takes the reader through twelve interconnected stories following four young doctors through the challenges of medical school and the world of practice and hospitals.

This meme has been quite a challenge since the list of books read by Muse & Views Book Club that have not been used is getting shorter and shorter! 

If you would like to see how others have composed the Six Degrees go to Books are my Favourite .


  1. How good is Perfume? Well done for finding new links to it given that it was the starter book one month.

  2. A good list and I understand your struggle to find new books. I am in the same boat and haven't completed the challenge for a couple of months as I keep circling back to the same books. However I still enjoy reading everyone's posts and finding new, to me, books.

  3. There are interesting books in your chain. I’m curious about Perfume, and I believe Blood Letting and Miraculous Cures was made into a short lived tv series and is on my towatch list.
    Thanks for sharing.


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