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Mervyn Peake's gothic masterpiece, the Gormenghast trilogy, begins with the superlative Titus Groan, a darkly humorous, stunningly complex tale of the first two years in the life of the heir to an ancient, rambling castle. The Gormenghast royal family, the castle's decidedly eccentric staff, and the peasant artisans living around the dreary, crumbling structure make up the cast of characters in this engrossing story. Peake's command of language and unique style set the tone and shape of an intricate, slow-moving world of ritual and stasis:
The walls of the vast room which were streaming with calid moisture, were built with gray slabs of stone and were the personal concern of a company of eighteen men known as the 'Grey Scrubbers'.... On every day of the year from three hours before daybreak until about eleven o'clock, when the scaffolding and ladders became a hindrance to the cooks, the Grey Scrubbers fulfilled their hereditary calling.Peake has been compared to Dickens, Tolkien, and Peacock, but Titus Groan is truly unique. Unforgettable characters with names like Steerpike and Prunesquallor make their way through an architecturally stifling world, with lots of dark corners around to dampen any whimsy that might arise. This true classic is a feast of words unlike anything else in the world of fantasy. Those who explore Gormenghast castle will be richly rewarded. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
In this illustrated Gothic trilogy, a young heir matures within the confines of bleak Gormenghast castle. Volume three includes 12 critical essays and Peake's unfinished Titus Awakes .
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
There is not one author who can write like Mervyn Peake. This man had such a command of the english language that when he writes, he creates vivid images and pictures in your mind... Read morePublished on June 10 2002 by Steve R.
I do like this book. However, I don't think it should even be considered as being on par with Tolkien. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2001 by "catofninetails"
After an hour and 40 minutes I had to shut the tape off. Seems as though the writer has forgotten that the plot is the most important piece of a book. Total torture. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2001 by speerstra
The Gormenghast Trilogy consists of two wonderful books, Titus Groan and Gormenghast, and one dreadfully confused book Titus Alone. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2001 by W. Weinstein
I certainly won't say that "You don't REALLY like fantasy if you don't like this book." However, giving this book a try will help you self-identify, as to whether you... Read morePublished on March 6 2001 by Extollager
This begins Mervyn Peake's epic trilogy. The trilogy can stand with anything in Western Literature (By the way is there really an Eastern Literature?). Read morePublished on June 2 2000
Titus Groan is a novel that's hard to classify. It's sort of a fairy tale for grown-ups. All the characters take place in this large kingdom/castle called Gormenghast, and the... Read morePublished on June 1 2000 by lazza
Titus Groan and Gormenghast, the first two books in the Gormenghast trilogy, are easily the best books I have ever read, the best books I can even imagine reading. Read morePublished on May 17 2000 by Thomas Hackney