XERXES



 


That's not me.  (I'm over here.)  It's Xerxes in her best Sunday dress.
This week she has been reading Mervyn Peake's Titus Alone.
 
 
She fully understands why these three Gormenghast novels have been
regarded by so many as neglected masterpieces, but she had a bit of a hard time
appreciating this last one, and she's not willing to quote from the third when
her mind keeps drifting back to a passage from the second.
 
"And the days move on and the names of the months change and the four seasons
bury one another and the field-mice draw upon their granaries . . . and every day
the myriad happenings.  A loosened stone falls from a high tower.  A fly drops
lifeless from a broken pane.  A sparrow twitters in a cave of ivy . . . the days
wear out the months and the months wear out the years, and a flux of moments,
like an unquiet tide, eats at the black coast of futurity.
 
And Titus Groan is wading through his boyhood."
 
 
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Any comments you might have for Xerxes
can be sent to Hud[dot]Hudson[at]wwu[dot]edu.
I will see to it that she receives them.

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