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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
My thirty-year-old memories of this book were not as clear as those of "Titus Groan." I remembered, vaguely, that it was about the growing-up of Titus, seventy-seventh Earl... Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Dan'l Danehy-Oakes
The writing is very dense, and yet, doesn't come across that way. There's nothing I can say about this great series that hasn't been said across the net, but it's definitely... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ethan
I had heard all the hype over the years about it being on par with Tolkien or even better, but it's just okay at best. Peake suffers from an extreme case of verbosity. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Robert Henderson
All I can say , this is some of the most breathtaking Englishs language I have ever read. The man was a poet in prose. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Doug Reedy
In my view the Gormenghast Trilogy might be the most neglected of the 20th Century's "Great" Works and it may be many more years before it gets the recognition it deserves. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tj Hanlon
This is one of my all-time favorite novels -- but I lost my old paper copy long ago, and have wanted to re-read it for years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by W. Lindsay Koob, III
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 3 months ago by Holly Wells