Sunday, 24 June 2012

Our June Selection

I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer. My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music. It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips. -Violette Leduc


Dear Members,

There's nothing like spending our days under the sun doing what we love, whether it's spending time with family and friends, picking a destination to travel, or curling up with a good read under a tree or at the beach. Days are longer, temperatures are high, and our spirits are bright.

This month's theme, Lumière, reflects this light and carefree mood of the season, which our selection for this month The Song of Achilles, will carry an epic tone and sweep us off to Greece in the golden age of heroes.

I want to thank each and every one of you for coming out to our meeting on the 23rd. It was perfect weather to have our large group meet outdoors at The Beaches. However, I failed to mention one very important thing during the meeting (and I wanted to kick myself for it): this month marks the Matchbook Book Club's one year anniversary. My, my, look how far we've come- time certainly flies!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you all for believing in the book club from the very start, sharing your wonderful thoughts and inspirations during our meetings, and made this book club a reality. Thank you to those who took a chance to join the book club in the later months, which not only helped to make the book club grow, but enlighten us with a diverse range of ideas. Looking back at our selections, we certainly have dabbled in reads that have made an impact on us and allowed the opportunity to try titles we would normally have overlooked.

So here's to many more years of wonderful Matchbook Book Club moments!

Our June book club pick:

Summary: The legend begins...

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.

Make sure to check out the author's website for all things "The Song of Achilles"!

Happy reading!

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