Saturday, May 30, 2015

Storyline Serendipity: King Arthur


The Lyre of Orpheus by Roberson Davies  (1988 book by a Canadian author)

The Cornish Foundation embarks on an ambitious project -- to finance the completion of an opera about King Arthur left unfinished by the death, in 1822, of the original composer. The lives of the characters in the book start to parallel the opera's plot in this brainy conclusion to Davies's Cornish Trilogy.

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (2015 book by a British author)

In days of yore, elderly Britons Axl and Beatriceres encounter ogres, imps, dragons, and deadly monks when they wander from their misty hamlet in search of their son. Along their journey, they are aided by a Saxon warrior and Sir Gawain, King Arthur's now stooped and rusty knight of the Round Table.


Have you had the experience of something coming up in a book -- an event, place, idea, historical character, or even an unusual word -- and then shortly after, the same thing comes up in a different book completely by coincidence? I call this Storyline Serendipity.

I don't mean like when you take a class in Russian history and read two books about the Tsar. Or when you read two mysteries and there are dead bodies in each.

I mean random coincidence between two books. I like it when this happens because it makes me slow down and pay more attention to how the event or idea, place or character was treated in each book. I get a little more out of each book than I would have if the universe hadn't paired them on my reading list.

If you experience Storyline Serendipity, feel free to grab the button and play along. If you want to, please leave the link to your post in a comment. Or leave the link to your post on the Rose City Reader facebook page. If you want to participate but don't have a blog or don't feel like posting, please share your serendipity in a comment.

This is a once-in-a-while blog event that I'll post as I come across Storyline Serendipity. If you want to participate, post whenever you want and leave a comment back here on my latest Storyline Serendipity post. If it ever catches on, we can make it a monthly event.

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