An undisputed classic of epic fantasy, Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast novels represent one of the most brilliantly sustained flights of Gothic imagination. For the first time in years, Titus Groan, the first book in this timeless series, is available in an individual paperback volume, complete... show more
An undisputed classic of epic fantasy, Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast novels represent one of the most brilliantly sustained flights of Gothic imagination. For the first time in years, Titus Groan, the first book in this timeless series, is available in an individual paperback volume, complete with striking new packaging. As the novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born. He stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events are predetermined by a complex ritual whose origins are lost in history and the castle is peopled by dark characters in half-lit corridors. Dreamlike and macabre, Peake's extraordinary novel is one of the most astonishing and fantastic works in modern English fiction.
Publish date: June 26th 2007
Publisher: Overlook Press
Pages no: 396
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, High Fantasy
, European Literature
, British Literature
, 20th Century
, Speculative Fiction
Series: Gormenghast -3 (#1)
Tough going in places. I found myself skipping through some bits and rereading others. It's taken nearly a month - the longest time I've stuck with a book for ages.The story line is convoluted, with intrigue, rivalry and politics - like life then. I you stick with it then a good read. Having said th...
Titus Groan is considered by many to be a masterpiece of the literature of the fantastic. I don't think that I can argue with that assessment. However, I can say that it's a masterpiece that I certainly wasn't pleased to be reading for much of the time I was doing so. The primary reason for this was...
Few books leave a lasting impact on me. But this one, Titus Groan will stay with me for a long time. Mervyn Peake's writing style blew me away. Once I put the book down I could not stop thinking about it. If I had indeed some aspiration to become an author, Peake's writing style would be the one I w...
bookshelves: radio-4, published-1946, summer-2011, fantasy, gothic, kiddlewinks, play-dramatisation, classic Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Brazilliant Laura Recommended for: R4 listeners Read from July 07 to August 01, 2011 Sunday Classic Serial - this is like Dickens on a high dose of something ...
This is a deeply weird book it is 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 lit...