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This massive paperback contains the restored 3 Gormenghast novels, i.e. Titus groan. Gormenghast and Titus alone. In addition, there are 12 critical essays and the unfinished fourth nonel, Titus awakes. Some think that Peake is a finer poet than E,A. Poe. Others think that Peake's trilogy is the true fantasy classic of our time, above Tolkien's Lord of the ring.
It took me quite a while to get through this, but it was worth it.
Some of the reviewer's talk about all the symbolism, but I'd recommend reading the book just for the fantasy... Read more
As an avid reader and devourer of English literature, I was prepared to be disappointed in this "classic". Read morePublished on April 27 2004
A good story but needed some editing...has long dry passages that don't seem to add much to the story. Overall a very gothic feeling to the book... Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004
This book is almost impossible to describe. The Author, Mervyn Peake, is the same man who drew the 'Alice in Wonderland' illustrations that we all grew up with. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004 by Scott A. Davis
Actually, this book does have something in common with Tolkiens: they are both "Wierd". (We just forget how bizare the Professors is due to all the Barbara Cartland -... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by Ian Dall
The first few chapters of 'Titus Groan', to my way of thinking, breaks every stated rule of successful fiction writing, and I was so very tempted to put it down, lacking faith that... Read morePublished on Dec 2 2002 by **SkipKent**
Not many people in Canada (or North America in general) know about this book. And I'm the kind of person who likes to keep incredible things like this secret. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2002 by B. Stoller
Gormenghast is, to me, the most beautiful use of the written English language, as Richard Burton's recitation of "Under Milkwood", by Dylan Thomas, is of the spoken. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2002 by jennifer
This is by far my favorite series of books. I am floored by the talent which graces each page. As blasphemous as it may be, Tolkein and Shakespeare need to go back to school in... Read morePublished on July 23 2002 by Brian Fitzharris