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 these engrossing stories. 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 the Gormenghast trilogy 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
So, a warning to those who are preparing to read this book: It will stay with you.
I was again amazed at the vividly dark world that Mervyn Peake has created in such detail, and I felt totally immersed in the characters and images.
Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy is one of the most beautiful pieces of work I've ever read.
Like much of English literature, this writer's prose demands an investment of time and patience. It's detailed. Really, really meticulously detailed. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Holly Wells
An epic story about a phantasy world as dark and depressing as it gets. Don't read this book when you are down, as it will finish the job. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Folkert
Be prepared for the most boring fantasy ever. The comings and goings of the characters amount to nothing. If you think this book has a plot, think again. The perfect soporific.Published 2 months ago by Mr. Ellery H. Kurtz
classic science fiction fantasy novels. this pretty much helped move this genre to the forefront when it was written. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Reality tourist
A perfect used copy, a priceless edition, I will enjoy it :D Thank youPublished 5 months ago by Lucas
Purchased the Folio Society slip-cased edition because I knew it would be worth it. And it was. weeks ago I performed market research and noticed the folio society trilogy was hard... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Trust fund squanderer
The first 2 volumes of the Gormenghast trilogy hold their own compared to just about any work of great literature, in my opinion. Fascinating, fun, original, thought-provoking. Read morePublished 5 months ago by E. S. S.