#6degrees – A Gentleman in Moscow To…

This month’s #6 Degrees of Separation chain kicks off with A Gentleman in Moscow.

 

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I have not read this book, nor to be honest, even heard of it. I don’t know a thing about it. I’m guessing it is some sappy piece of crap about a bloke who is feeling lost with his life and goes to Moscow and gets drunk, has numerous affairs and suddenly his life has meaning. Or more likely, he’s french and has already done all that before and realizes his life has no meaning and kills himself. My goodness, glad I never read THAT book 😉

 

 

 

oblomov

 

The word “Moscow” makes me think Russia, like I hope it would all good educated people of the world. A jolly good Russian book is Oblomov.  Happy go lucky, full of spirit and pluck, Oblomov is everything you’d expect from a Russian novelist.

 

 

 

 

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Ok, so while I might have been joking just a teeny bit about a Russian novelist writing an inspirational and happy character, this next selection makes even Pollyanna look like a sad sack of glumness. Gandhi. Now there was a man who knew how to party and have a good time! If anyone was going to Rock the Casbah, Gandhi was that man.  He wasn’t going to let The Man get him down.

 

 

 

coronet (Custom)

Now, I live in the United States. Back in Gandhi’s day you couldn’t travel from the United States to India on airplanes because they didn’t exist. You had to sail, on a boat, like The Coronet.  Shockingly enough, this book was also non-fiction. Two non-fiction books in a row? Sounds like a conspiracy to me! (almost like those “facts” I made up about airplanes!)

 

 

 

 

soundandfury (Custom)

 

A book filled with conspiracies is the Sound and the Furry.  Little alien teddy bears that think our literature is real and act out our books, all the while possessing greater intelligence than humanity? It takes every ounce of conspiratorial’ness that the main character has to sidetrack the Hoka from going on some galactic jihad, like in Dune.

 

 

 

lastjihad (Custom)

 

When I think of jihads, I think of the Last Jihad. A political thriller about Saddam Hussein getting a hold of some nukes. It was a fun read even while not aging well.

 

 

 

 

 

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you go from an (imaginary french) gentleman to Saddam Hussein.  Talk about worlds apart! If you’d like to participate in the #6degrees series of posts, head over to #6Degrees Meme to find out the starting point for each month. They’re not always punctual, so sometimes you have to wait until a week into the month.

 

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ps,

on a side note, I can’t use the #6degree tag, it automatically just goes to 6degrees. Anyone have any ideas why that might be?

33 thoughts on “#6degrees – A Gentleman in Moscow To…

  1. Mischenko says:

    This is such a cool meme. I have to admit, I don’t think I’ve ever read one as funny as yours though. 😂 Awesome job. A Gentlemen in Moscow was a pretty good book. It’s the only one I’ve read in your list. Have a great weekend!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      So you’ve read Gentleman? How close was my take on it? I’m curious 😀

      I really like doing this meme because it allows me free reign to go through old books I’ve read and make up stuff (like airplanes not being invented during Gandhi’s time). Question & Answer tags are fun, but this is a bit more free wheeling…

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      • Mischenko says:

        Yeah, I liked it. The setting is like post revolution Russia and an aristocrat (Count Rostov) is sentenced to house arrest in a hotel he’s living in. The book is basically all of his interactions with the people in the hotel over a large portion of time. The book stayed with me for some time after reading it. It’s a good book and one worth checking out.

        I’m going to try this meme eventually. I’ve shied away from it because it seems like it would be hard, but I’m gonna try it. You make it seem really fun. You’ve inspired me! 😉

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        • Bookstooge says:

          Ahhh, no frenchy? Oh well 😉

          This meme is as fun as you make it. Have your kids get involved, use devilreads for cover associations (I use my calibre library, as I have nice high quality pictures and it’s fun to just scroll through them), anything to break up your normal routine of doing things. For me, that’s what is fun. If I had to do it straight from my head, yeah, I couldn’t do this either…

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          • Mischenko says:

            Lol 😆 That’s a great idea! See, I always thought you had to go by books you’ve read and I always worried I’d run out. I do use calibre, but mainly just to convert ebooks if I need to. May have to use devilreads 😂😂

            You have some great ideas. Excited to try it out now. Thx

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            • Bookstooge says:

              Well, you’are supposed to use books you’ve read, but when it comes to this kind of thing, throw those rules out the window. Mind you, I do use books I’ve read, but without Calibre being my backup memory, I couldn’t bring half of these to mind on my own.

              You’re welcome.

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  2. I love that cover for The Sound and the Furry and it sounds a bit different and fun!

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  3. Watch out for those non-fiction books! Like the monsters in Aliens they come out of the damned walls!!!!!! 😀

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  4. I just looked at a Gentleman in Moscow and it actually looks like a good book.

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  5. So to torture you we could force you to read A Gentleman in Moscow? 😉 That book intrigues me but there are too many other unreads for me to swerve off my focus. Right now I’m up to my flippers in whales and the sea and Moby Dick.

    I love Gandhi. He was such an unusual spirit. Flawed like us all but continually trying to make himself better. I remember reading his biography …. your post brought back some good memories!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Well, after Mischenko’s comment, I suspect it wouldn’t be torture. Now Hardy on the other hand…

      I lost all respect for Gandhi when I read that book. It was not a good read for me at all 😦

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      • Oh yes, I remember now. I know you put comments on my blog about him but they aren’t under by biography review and I can’t remember where they are so I can’t completely remember what you objected to other than you feel he abandoned his kids …? I think I remember that correctly …?? I found him rather human and like many great figures, sometimes their families come secondary to a cause.

        I put this in my review:

        “What really spoke to me in this biography is that Gandhi, in spite of claiming a natural affinity with all races, also worked hard to develop traits within himself that would foster unity, empathy, patience and love towards others.”

        I like the work he did on himself. Most of us look at others and want them to change and think of changing ourselves last if we think of it at all. Gandhi was more farsighted than that, something I can respect. But definitely, he was also flawed.

        Just let me know when you’re reading A Gentleman in Moscow! 😉

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        • Bookstooge says:

          I linked to my Gandhi review in this post. But generally, his treatment of his family really put me off.

          I don’t think I’ll be reading Gentleman any time soon. I just looked at my tbr and with some quick calculations, it’s over 2 years long now 😀

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  6. Ola G says:

    Love those twists and turns 🙂 And as I only through this learned of A Gentleman in Moscow, all the better 😀

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  7. The Sound and the Furry does sound amusing!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      The first book that collected a bunch of short stories was fantastic. The second, made up a novella or 2, wasn’t as good. Not sure if the authors ran out of steam or the subject matter just lent itself to the short story format. First one WAS really fun though 😀

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  8. Ha! That description of the first book really got me. 😛

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  9. I have actually seen A Gentleman in Moscow before and was intrigued by it but your thoughts on it without knowing what it is made me laugh hahaha

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  10. […] my (hopefully) monthly rendition of the #6degrees post and went from a gentleman to Saddam Hussein. Ha! I just love where these posts take me […]

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  11. hahaha your description of gentleman in Moscow was hilarious- I have read it- I think it’s a pretty good book (well written and as Mischenko pointed out, it has some interesting subject matter) it didn’t quite grab me as much as I wanted it to though. hehe yeah you did end up worlds apart with this one!

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