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text 2019-03-04 14:23
Reading progress update: I've read 74 out of 259 pages.
Collected Poems - Robert W. Maslen,Mervyn Peake

I'm always impressed when an an author makes me like a poem about love or the moon!

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text 2019-01-18 12:53
Reading progress update: I've read 68 out of 259 pages.
Collected Poems - Robert W. Maslen,Mervyn Peake

A couple of poems about fame and ambition - unexpected themes!

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text 2018-12-19 16:20
Reading progress update: I've read 62 out of 259 pages.
Collected Poems - Robert W. Maslen,Mervyn Peake

Shocking! A poem about the Moon that I like! Rhyming "frightening" with "brightening" is almost as good as "intellectual/hen pecked you all." (Can't remember who wrote the latter, or the name of the poem but it's stuck with me since I was ~15 yo in an English lesson.)

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review 2018-08-23 19:23
Painting in Text: "The Gormenghast Trilogy" by Marvin Peake
The Gormenghast Novels - Quentin Crisp,Anthony Burgess,Mervyn Peake


I consider it pointless to compare Tolkien and Peake; you might as well argue whether Raymond Chandler is better than Ivy Compton-Burnett. I would only point out, since I believe no one has so far, that in Gormenghast, unlike Middle Earth, Sex exists. I also think Peake fits into the Gothic tradition in literature – it is surprising that a book containing no magic or mythological creatures or supernatural events is so reflexively categorized as “fantasy”, but perhaps, without that classification, one would have to consider it “sui generis”. I agree too with the comment about Peake’s writing being pictorial; at times when reading Titus Groan or Gormenghast, it is like allowing ones eye to wander into a large detailed canvas by Bosch or Breughel, filled with grotesque and amusing details scattered throughout a fantastic landscape.

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-06-02 00:00
The Craft of the Lead Pencil
The Craft of the Lead Pencil - Mervyn Peake Very brief and, frustratingly, contains all you really need to learn and improve. Don't believe me though - go off and suffer instead.
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