Monday, January 9, 2017

Saint Barbara's Book Club

Not only does Sister Elegance of Saint Teresa's Carmelites have a few opinions on the size of railway station benches, she's managed to take control of Saint Barbara's Book Club. There's some mumbling amongst Barbarians around the monopolistic tendencies of the Carmelite calling and some astonishment. The book club has long been the purview of Saint Barbara's Militia, its reading list devoted to the campaigns of Julius Caesar, Napoleon and Rommel, occasionally interrupted by a little light romance from the one eyed Lothar-Gunther Buchheim.

Regular visitors to these pages can imagine the alarm bells that tolled through your writer of pulp when Sister Elegance announced that next month's topic for the book club would be "The Meaning of the Pillars of Pharaoh in The Rabbit of Usk." Granted the series is a ripping yarn of monumental proportions, but of all possible areas to tear into why I ask has Sister Elegance chosen the Pillars of Pharaoh. I guess it probably has something to do with the earthly sin of kings, queens and presidents who get all pissed off if they're not worshipped as a God.

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