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A Twisted Masterpiece

Advantages: A classic of British gothic literature
Disadvantages: The third book in the trilogy is best forgotten

There are some novels that stay alive in your memory after reading them. A few are so fitting, so well crafted that they never dwindle into distant memory. Still fewer draw you back to re-read them time and again adding new layers of understanding and ple ...

TrueSatan 12.10.2002 · Read full review
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Review of The Gormenghast Trilogy - Mervyn Peake

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A Gothic epic of scheming and the macabre. Embrace the ugly!

Advantages: The wonderfully decriptive text unlike anything else, the brooding and plotting so complex.
Disadvantages: Cab be hard to read in terms of style. His command of the language puts you in awe.

First of all, if you like romance, decadence and Mr. Darcy.... this is probably not for you. If you prefer a dark, brooding cave of a novel which will sour your honeyed tea and neglect your daffodils of spring sunlight then read on. This story is abou ...

TitusThunderwulf 28.05.2009 · Read full review
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Flights of fancy

Advantages: mind blowing
Disadvantages: mind blowing

The Gormenghast trilogy are quite unlike anything else. Densely packed with rich and vivid detail, peopled with strange characters and improbable happenings, riddled through with the most diabolical of plots and touching pathos, they really are something ...

Bryn_Pearson 04.02.2003 · Read full review
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A book for people who love the beauty of words.

Advantages: Deeply atmospheric, beautifully poetic, memorable characters.
Disadvantages: May seem too daunting to start reading.

...This book is meant for people who love to read for reading's sake. If you can't bear to read five pages of description on one object, then read a plot summary of this book or watch the BBC movie. Or... you can pick up this book anyway, and be transformed. ...

hallospacegirl 29.09.2004 · Read full review
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A trilogy that should have been two books.

Advantages: A masterpiece of English literature that defies categorisation
Disadvantages: A flawed trilogy, let down by the third book

The Gormenghast trilogy is without a doubt two of the finest books in English literature. Yes, I know a trilogy implies three books, but more of that later. It is often classified as fantasy but this is a misnoma because it contains no fantastic creatures ...

britum2000 09.08.2006 · Read full review
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