May's book was Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake. It made my life! It was nominated for numerous Curious Endeavourances awards, gave Caitlin the member award for "Best Pick", and continued my reign of "Most Tweetable Comments". Am I performing for the camera? Ask the other members, I'm just as ridiculous in real life. I'm only surprised that I made it through the whole session without falling on my bum. The last time I sat in my wheely chair, I missed it and it was a very painful end for me.
Also, if you're wondering what's in the glass: Moo Wine. An inside joke since it's so fitting to have a glass of wine during a book club yet I don't drink at all. It was recommended that I have chocolate milk instead. I'm not too proud to drink chocolate milk out of a wine glass for all the world to see. Off camera I also have a cup of tealess tea. I am such a grown-up!
Could I love a book any more deeply than "Titus Groan"?
From the very first sentence Mervyn Peake's narration is a rich savoury dessert that demands to be shared. Upon reading the first page I immediately desired to reread it all again, only this time aloud, in front of an open fire, preferably in a large stone mead hall. The world of Gormenghast is beautiful in it's ominous spirit, and the characters grotesque and lovely. It is a fantastical world, dreary and almost lifeless - but in these rich images so much passion, so much life, and so much muchness!
The story introduces the world of Gormenghast, presents a roll-call of characters that you cannot help but take to heart, even the most despicable ones, and all over the course a year, all the hope of an unchanging ancient culture founded and thriving purely on its old and meaning-forgotten traditions lies in the birth of the newest Groan, Titus, son of the Earl of Gormenghast. This indeed is a year of change for a society that could not fear anything more - "No Change!" Meanwhile, the much abused kitchen-boy, Steerpike, finds this time to be the perfect opportunity to put his malicious cleverness to use. The world shall pay, starting with the Castle. Steerpike is only just beginning, the Castle of Groan, it seems, crumbling.
I cannot wait to begin the next book.