The Gormenghast Trilogy
Gormenghast is the vast, crumbling castle to which the seventy-seventh Earl, Titus Groan, is lord and heir. Titus is expected to rule this gothic labyrinth of turrets and dungeons, and his eccentric and wayward subjects, according to strict age-old rituals, but things are changing in the castle.... show more
Gormenghast is the vast, crumbling castle to which the seventy-seventh Earl, Titus Groan, is lord and heir. Titus is expected to rule this gothic labyrinth of turrets and dungeons, and his eccentric and wayward subjects, according to strict age-old rituals, but things are changing in the castle. Titus must contend with treachery, manipulation and murder as well as his own longing for a life beyond the castle walls.
Publish date: April 12th 1999
Pages no: 953
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, European Literature
, British Literature
, 20th Century
, Speculative Fiction
Series: Gormenghast -3 (#1)
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 traditio...
How peculiar. A few days ago I typed a couple lines about getting close to finishing the trilogy and the BBC series. Um, where did it go? Has the Goodreads blue pencil swooped down from The Cloud and erased my insufficiently review-y review? /metaphor mixingWhat.The.Fuschia?
The Gormenghast Trilogy in its entirety is so vast that it's hard to give it a single review. But I'll do my best. It is the story of Titus Groan, heir to the vast and crumbling castle of Gormenghast, bound in ritual and ceremony. It is the story of the characters around him: the story of Steerpike...
These are deeply weird books that are difficult to describe or categorize. In the introduction, Anthony Burgess, who calls it a "modern classic," comparable to other celebrated British works of the 1940s such as those by Orwell or Waugh, says there "is no really close relative to it in all our prose...
So...guess who finally gave in and had to order this volume to read the rest of the novels when I heard about it. Thank you Kyle for reminding me...