Titus Groan - Mervyn Peake

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Titus Groan - Mervyn Peake

The first volume of the GORMENGHAST trilogy of fantasy novels. Titus Groan is born the heir to Gormenghast castle, and finds himself in a world predet...

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Review of "Titus Groan - Mervyn Peake"

published 15/10/2000 | Alishas
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Pro Striking characters.
Cons Self indulgent.
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This book starts with a wordy introduction to Gormanghast as the huge sprawling castle, that reads very easily. This is the problem in my eyes. Despite its density, it is a light book, one that is wordy without ever being marginally taxing. It is after reading half the novel and discovering that it has only chronicled twelve days, that the reader realizes that they have been told nothing of importance. It reeks of self-importance, but delivers nothing; I was left dissatisfied. The main reason I carried on reading was because I had seen the BBC production and knew what would happen. Usually I am against watching TV - film adaptations before I have read the book, but luckily it served to be the other way round, otherwise I would have done something I see as inexcusable - abandoning it before the end. Having said all of this, there are things to enjoy, such as the characters that are extremely original. I especially liked the Prunesquallors and may even consider reading Gormanghast for the characters, but only for a light holiday read.

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  • 034keb published 05/09/2006
    Not a bad review but needs a bit more information about the book.
  • Mauri published 19/11/2004
    You haven't told us anything about the book.
  • Gildor_Inglorion published 03/10/2003
    Now if i'd only heard this before i bought the Gormenghast Triology i might have reconsiderd. Self Indulgent it may be, yet i couldn't help but be drawn to Peakes wonderfull Characters, i finished Titus Groan, and will finish the trilogy again some time.
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The first volume of the GORMENGHAST trilogy of fantasy novels. Titus Groan is born the heir to Gormenghast castle, and finds himself in a world predetermined by complex rituals that have been made obscure by the passage of time. Along the corridors of the castle, the child encounters some of the dark characters who will shape his life.

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Type: Fiction

Genre: Fantasy

Title: Titus Groan

Author: Mervyn Peake

ISBN: 0413523705; 0749300515


Listed on Ciao since: 15/10/2000