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.
Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy is one of the most beautiful pieces of work I've ever read.
The first book in the trilogy,Titus Groan,starts with the birth of Titus Groan,the 77th Earl of Gormenghast who will one day inherit the castle.
Very descriptive writing style, can get a little long in spots, but great story and great characters!
I enjoyed reading the novels best. Melvyn peake is a great writer, could not put the book down. Will be looking forward to reading his other booksPublished 11 days ago by Josie
The First two Books of the Gormenghast Castle are fantastic reads. However the Last Book "Titus Alone"
the quality fell down because Mervyn Peake was dying which is... Read more
I wondered if rereading the Gormenghast books after many years would match my fond memory of reading them in college. I was not disappointed! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary Linda Thomson
Great story, great literature. Period. read it and be amazed at it's intricacies, images and adventure. Never mind, English as the beautiful language that it is.Published 1 month ago by Christopher Osborn
Beautifully written but pretty dark and disturbing. I couldn't finish it but plan to one day. You need to be in the mood for a horror type genre.Published 1 month ago by Andrew Lajeunesse
Peake went to the pinnacle of the fantasy genre with (the first two) Gormenghast novels. I dare say that this is probably the apex of recent literature. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Fledglin'
Unlike the books, I'll keep this short and to the point.
Many readers wax lyrical about the writing of these books and at its' best it is good, but not the work of... Read more
Dark, impossibly creative, epic, horrific, beautiful – Peake weaves a world and characters out of something beyond the capability of my dreams and nightmares, so complex and unique... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Emma