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The Gormenghast Trilogy - Mervyn Peake

Fiction - Fantasy - ISBN: 0099288893

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Super

ProThe wonderfully decriptive text unlike anything el...

ConsCab be hard to read in terms of style. His comman...

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 about the comings and goings in the ruinous sprawl...

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Excellent

“A Twisted Masterpiece”

published 12/10/2002

ProA classic of British gothic literature

ConsThe 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 pleasure to these enduring memories with...

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Excellent

“Flights of fancy”

published 04/02/2003

Promind blowing

Consmind 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 remarkable. 'Titus Groan'. Titus is the...

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Excellent

ProA masterpiece of English literature that defies ca...

ConsA 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, no magic and no intelligent races other...

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Excellent

ProDeeply atmospheric, beautifully poetic, memorable ...

ConsMay 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. With a little patience, the lush beauty...

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Excellent

“A world beyond our own”

published 18/01/2001

ProOne of the greatest works of literature in any fie...

ConsSomewhat slow moving plot, third book is strange.

This is, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest works of fantasy fiction - standing proud beside Stephen Donaldson and J.R.R Tolkien. These books are all masterpieces in their own right, filled with rich descriptions of the strange and macabre world in which they are set. The vast majority of...

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Excellent

“The Epitome of Excellence”

published 12/06/2002

ProUnique and enrapturing storyline

ConsLength - not for light reading!

The adverts for the TV adaptation alone intrigued me. After watching all four of the hour-long episodes of the adaptation, I had made up my mind: I HAD to read The Gormenghast Trilogy. So a week later, there I was, curled up in my favourite armchair, cup of tea growing cold on the table beside me...

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Excellent

“Titus Groan”

published 22/11/2000

ProWitty eccentric read

ConsSome dry patches

Titus Groan is a rich allegorical tale enhanced by the fact I’ve heard it read to me as an audio book. The book is read by Edmund Dehn, an actor with such a rich voice and a talent which makes listening a pleasure. The story of involves the gruesome residents of Gormenghast and the ascent to...

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Excellent

“A Masterpiece.”

published 04/11/2000

ProPeake creates a whole new world that you can feel ...

ConsVery absorbing, you can lose all track of time.

“Gormenghast” is, quite simply, a masterpiece of imaginative works. The superb novel is exquisitely and eloquently written and Mervyn Peake has a talent for writing flowing, descriptive prose and realistic dialogue. A wealth of little details create the world of Gormenghast, where beautifully...

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Super

“not ghastly at all”

published 18/02/2001

ProDark,foreboding,descriptive and powerful

ConsWeak third book,abrupt "unfinished" feel

When I first saw the TV series I knew the book must be something special.It is an amazingly descriptive book;quite dark in places that keeps the reader guessing right until the end.The books surreal touches help detract it from the overall gloom that readers may find overwhelming. The characters...

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Excellent

“Not for the faint hearted...”

published 14/01/2005

ProLong- will keep you busy!

ConsLong- Be prepared!

This is certainly the strangest book I have ever read. I read it because it is my mothers favourite and I made her read Lord of the Rings as that is mine... It starts out ok, characters are strange but also deep. It is not a shallow read. Sometimes I felt that it was amazing and I couldn't put it...

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Excellent

ProFantastical gothic imagery and great characters

ConsThe TV adaptation may have put some people off

If you have been unlucky enough to see the television adaption of this work before reading the books, Please, do yourself a favour delete that part of your memory, the adaptation didn't even come close to capturing the delights of this modern classic. Peake's writing will lead your imagination to...

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Fiction - Fantasy - ISBN: 0099288893

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Type: Fiction

Genre: Fantasy

Title: The Gormenghast Trilogy, Titus Books Gormenghast Trilogy

Author: Mervyn Peake

ISBN: 0099288893

EAN: 9780099288893

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