The Gormenghast Novels
A doomed lord, an emergent hero, and a dazzling array of bizarre creatures inhabit the magical world of the Gormenghast novels which, along with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, reign as one of the undisputed fantasy classics of all time. At the center of it all is the seventy-seventh Earl, Titus... show more
A doomed lord, an emergent hero, and a dazzling array of bizarre creatures inhabit the magical world of the Gormenghast novels which, along with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, reign as one of the undisputed fantasy classics of all time. At the center of it all is the seventy-seventh Earl, Titus Groan, who stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle and its kingdom, unless the conniving Steerpike, who is determined to rise above his menial position and control the House of Groan, has his way. In these extraordinary novels, Peake has created a world where all is like a dream--lush, fantastical, and vivid. Accompanying the text are Peake's own drawings, illustrating the whole assembly of strange and marvelous creatures that inhabit Gormenghast. Introductory Essays by Anthony Burgess and Quentin Crisp Twelve critical essays Fragment of the unpublished novel, Titus Awakes "Mervyn Peake is a finer poet than Edgar Allan Poe, and he is therefore able to maintain his world of fantasy brilliantly through three novels. It is a very, very great work . . . a classic of our age."-- Robertson Davies"[Peake's books] are actual additions to life; they give, like certain rare dreams, sensations we never had before, and enlarge our conception of the range of possible experience."-- C. S. Lewis"This extravagant epic about a labyrinthine castle populated with conniving Dickensian grotesques is the true fantasy classic of our time."-- The Washington Post Book World
Publish date: December 1st 1995
Publisher: Overlook Press
Pages no: 1173
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...