BOOK CLUB: Good Night, Titan Arum, And Farewell

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By Liian Varus

There are many who live fragile lives and are at the deep end filled with complete darkness and despair. Then there is society that treats them like outcasts. Even as the discourse surrounding mental health and depression has improved over the years, there remains a larger lack of understanding about it.

People remain in denial and are oblivious, choosing to ignore symptoms out of the sheer lack of understanding of how such a disorder could be manifesting in their daily lives but Liian Varus bares all in this incredible book Good Night, Titan Arum, And Farewell.

This is a beautiful, heart-wrenching book filled with topics involving love, loss, hurt, self-perception, humour, and life. Included is stunning illustrations and poetry that will provoke intense emotion: joy, sorrow, anger, catharsis, love and heartbreak.  

While the poetry may not resonate in some people and it may be hard to understand you will get a sense of the struggle and the fight that people with mental health endure and you will sit and think how we connect with people on all different levels. 

In this book nature remains one of very few ongoing sources of certainty. It is the promise of new life and pockets of shadows and the author takes you on a journey of appreciation but also the struggle with self-worth. I feel as though Varus has given us his soul that has been ripped to shreds but it is also a wonderful reminder of what is around us all if we just take the time to look. 

A simple and beautifully written book that is honest and straight-forward yet heartbreaking.  I highly recommend it. 

Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Liian Varus for the chance to read and review.

ISBN: 9798552136544

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3 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Good Night, Titan Arum, And Farewell

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my book and for the wonderful review. It really means a lot. I’m so thrilled you enjoyed it that much. Shucks. Again, thank you so much, Melissa. Sincerely.

  2. How to describe how I felt about this book Good Night, Titan Arum, and Farewell? Well the analogy I will give is cheese. I absolutely love cheese and eat it most days. This book is like a deliciously smelly blue vein cheese. I love it but not everyday and only in small doses. So too it was with this book
    Generally I devour books and often stay up until the wee hours, bleary eyed to finish one. Not so with Good Night, Titan Arum and Farewell. It is too raw. It leaves your guts churning and emotions whirling and quite frankly it often made me want to shake the author or hug him
    I was expecting it to.get dark at times. We are warned of this. Early on though, and I can’t recall the exact words but Liian Varus says something along the lines of.” Maybe I should go back on my medication”. I wanted to scream ” hell yes” and drag him to the GP
    I nearly stopped reading then as there was a lot of despair. I was worried it.would.get darker. I am trying not.to be.
    condescending but as someone who has clinical depression I have experienced the spiralling downwards, the oh too real thoughts of suicide. To me my meds are as vital to.me as insulin is to a diabetic
    I am so grateful for hat I persevered. Yes there was darkness but there also was beauty. The poetry I liked but I absolutely loved the sketches (well most of them)
    . It is a unique format having the three different forms of expression. It works: In small doses
    Yes I recommend this book but only to a certain audience. I really don’t know who the audience is but it won’t be to everyone’s taste. But hey not everyone appreciates the bliss of a good blue vein cheese
    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and especially Liian Varus for the opportunity to step outside my comfort zone, I really enjoyed the format and content of this book and think down the track it is one I will revisit, just scrolling down randomly to see what meets me

  3. Thank you, Jacqui for giving my book a chance. You are right about the complexity of who the audience would be for. And if I were to guess I’d imagine it would be for anyone who just enjoys something a little dark and quirky. A demographic that may be hard to track down. But it was something I had to write and glad I’m did. Thank you again so much for the beautiful review, but more importantly your time.

    Liian

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