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... These characters are the young Lord Titus - the 77th inherent of the castle and young Steerpike, the kitchen slave. One pursues greatness through manipulation, scheming and murder. The other pursues escape, through single minded disobedience, lack of respect for ritual and law and a desire ... Read review
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The Gormenghast Trilogy Gormenghast is the vast, crumbling castle to which Titus Groan, is ... more

lord and heir. Titus is expected to rule this
gothic labyrinth of turrets and dungeons, and his
subjects, according to age-old rituals, but things
are changing in the castle. He must contend with
treachery, manipulation and murder and his longing
for a life beyond the castle walls. Full
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Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy has grown out of its reputation as a cult classic and ... more

into the mainstream of fantasy, as a book no
reader interested in Gothic dare to miss. It is
one of the most distinctive, absorbing and
wonderfully strange books ever written. The story
concerns Titus, heir to and afterwards 77th Earl
of Groan and his adventures in the sprawling,
crumbling castle of Gormenghast. Gormenghast is an
entire world and Titus comes to grips with his
prime antagonist, the sinister kitchenboy
Steerpike, amongst a brilliant profusion of
characters and vivid detail. Peake's work is
rarely compared with that other great fantasy
trilogy to come out of the immediately post-war
years, Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings but in ways
the two works do go together. Although Tolkien is
plain and expansive where Peake is elaborate,
poetic and inward-looking, both authors
nonetheless use a detailed imaginative escapism in
order to talk about the concerns of their
day--specifically the passing of the old
certainties of traditional England and the coming
of something new. "'Equality is the great thing',
said the sinister Steerpike, pulling the legs off
a stag beetle and preparing to take on the whole
hierarchy of Gormenghast, 'equality is
everything'."  This is why the short, surreal
oddity of Titus Alone, the third novel, is the
best: finally leaving his castle home Titus finds
the larger world stranger even than his
birthplace.The new television series, with which
this edition ties in, promises great things but
the best part of Mervyn Peake is to be found in
his ornate, poetic writing; his grasp of the
Dickensian oddities of character and the utterly
unique atmosphere of the books. --Adam Roberts

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Titus, now almost twenty, as he escapes from the Castle, and becomes lost in a sandstorm. ... more

Helped by the owner of a travelling zoo and his
ex-lover Juno, Titus ends up stranded in a
bustling city. And now Titus, the deserter, the
traitor, longs for his home, and looks for it all
the time to prove, if only to himself, that
Gormenghast is truly real.

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Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born, he stands to inherit the miles of ... more

rambling stone and mortar that stand for
Gormenghast Castle. There are tears and strange
laughter; fierce births and deaths beneath
umbrageous ceilings; dreams and violence and
disenchantment contained within a labyrinth of
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Community Level 1TitusThund...

TitusThunderwulf

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

AdvantagesThe wonderfully decriptive text unlike anything else, the brooding and plotting so complex.

DisadvantagesCab be hard to read in terms of style. His command of the language puts you in awe.

"...read on. This story is about the comings and goings in the ruinous sprawl of stone, ivy, dust and rust that is Gormenghast - the old and decaying castle that neglects the poverty of the population outside the castle walls. For all castle inhabitants, including Lord Sepulchrave the 76th head of the blue-blooded dynasty, life is steeped in ritual. Each hour, minute and second is lived as per the rules of tradition and all must adhere, all lives which ..." Read review
28.05.2009

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Community Level 6Bryn_Pearson

Bryn_Pearson

Flights of fancy

Advantagesmind blowing

Disadvantagesmind 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 latest arrival in a long line of Groans. The baby is born to a mother more interested in cats and a distracted father (how they came to conceive him i cannot ..." Read review
04.02.2003

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Community Level 2hallospace...

hallospacegirl

A book for people who love the beauty of words.

AdvantagesDeeply atmospheric, beautifully poetic, memorable characters.

DisadvantagesMay seem too daunting to start reading.

"...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 of Mervyn Peake's words will truly touch you. The story is centered around a large, imposing dark and ancient castle in the land of Gormenghast. Inside, rules Lord Groan, his wife Gertrude, and his daughter Fuschia. They are surrounded by their many subjects, including a doctor, the doctor's sister, Fuschia's ..." Read review
29.09.2004

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Community Level 5britum2000

britum2000

A trilogy that should have been two books. Review with images

AdvantagesA masterpiece of English literature that defies categorisation

DisadvantagesA 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 than its citizens. To refer to Gormenghast as fantastic would be a more appropriate description of its almost gothic, often surreal style. The real strength ..." Read review
09.08.2006

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Community Level 3Spongly

Spongly

A world beyond our own

AdvantagesOne of the greatest works of literature in any field

DisadvantagesSomewhat slow moving plot, third book is strange.

"...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 the story is set within the crumbling, labyrinthine castle, Gormenghast. The place is so well described by Mervyn Peake that you can almost feel the brooding, oppressive ..." Read review
18.01.2001

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Type Fiction
Genre Fantasy
Title The Gormenghast Trilogy
Author Mervyn Peake
ISBN 0099288893
EAN 9780099288893

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