Six Degrees of Separation from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to The Mysterious Affair at Styles…

It’s the first Saturday of the month which means a new round of #6degrees and this month’s starting book is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

You can find the details and rules of the #6degrees meme at booksaremyfavouriteandbest, but in a nutshell, everyone has the same starting book and from there, you connect to other books. Some of the connections made are so impressive, it’s a lot of fun to follow.

My first link is the easiest and most obvious: Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, which is of course, the second Alice book. While modern editions almost always have the novels combined, they were originally published six years apart. 1871 was the year Through the Looking Glass was published, which is the same year as another second book: Little Men by Louisa May Alcott. It’s technically the second book as Good Wives (next link) was published as a second volume of the first book, Little Women (and there’s another link), and is now, for the most part, considered as the second half of Little Women. 1868 was the year Little Women was published, along with another notable release: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, which is known as the first modern English detective novel. Which brings me to my last link: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, the first novel by Agatha Christie, the Queen of English detective novels. Published in 1920, it introduced the detective Hercule Poirot, who we all know, popped up many more times over the course of her writing career.

And that’s my chain: from Alice to Poirot – I didn’t pick that one when I first sat down to put this together!

Until next month’s #6degrees…

21 thoughts on “Six Degrees of Separation from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to The Mysterious Affair at Styles…

  1. Didn’t know that about Little Women/ Good Wives etc – probably classics I should revisit. Read them all decades ago but my ‘refreshers’ have all been via movie versions 😐

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  2. I didn’t know that The Moonstone was known as the first modern English detective novel. Given my love of English detective novels, I probably ought to read it, to see how it all started!

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  3. Some great connections there, it’s always interesting to see exactly where these book chains end up. Good luck to you and Stargazer with the Moonstone if you get around to it. I read it years ago when I was going through a crime fiction phase, and although long, is worth sticking with.

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