George Saunder’s debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, took the literary world by storm last year, though sadly I was underwhelmed and couldn’t stick with it; the cacophony of voices swirling around while Lincoln was spending time with his dead son was just too much.
No such noise in Arnaldur Indridrason’s Silence of the Grave. If anything, too much silence – the grave and the dead forgotten for decades. This is the second in Indridason’s Erlendur series. The first, Jar City, renamed for who knows what reasons – marketability, most likely – with a title that gives far too much away.
The renaming of Susan Fletcher’s magnificent 5-star historical novel, Corrag, into something designed to appeal to a young adult audience still angers me. And I’m only referring to its second title – Witch Light – so that you can find it to read for yourselves. I refuse to display the romanticised and completely inappropriate book cover though. I’m sticking to the first edition.
There be much wandering around the glens of Scotland in Corrag. The same is true in James Robinson’s satiric view of life in post-referendum Scotland in To Be Continued. Much quaffing of bootlegged amber liquid too. Which means that the next link to Compton Mackenzie’s Whisky Galore requires little, if any, explanation.
How do you like your scotch? On the rocks – as in Mackenzie’s novel (sorry) – or would you prefer a cocktail with an American literary twist to return us to where we began. Can I offer you A Confederacy of Ounces or maybe The Rye in the Catcher? Bona fide whisky cocktails, recipes available in this month’s final link in the chain, Tequila Mockingbird.
(Six Degrees of Separation is a Monthly Meme hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best.)