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"[The Gormenghast Trilogy] is one of the most important works of the imagination to come out of the age that also produced The Four Quartets, The Unquiet Grave, Brideshead Revisited, The Loved One, Animal Farm and 1984." Anthony Burgess "A master of the macabre and a traveller through the deeper and darker chasms of the imagination" The Times "Peake's books are actual additions to life; they give, like certain rare dreams, sensations we never had before" -- C. S. Lewis --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) wrote plays, painted, as well as being poet, illustrator, short-story writer, and designer of theatrical costumes, as well as a novelist. Among his many books are the Gormenghast novels, Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone.
If my memories of "Gormenghast" were vague and incomplete, those of "Titus Alone" were practically nonexistent. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dan'l Danehy-Oakes
I had read a third of the book before the “aha” moment – when I grasped what was going on. I had assumed that I was reading a puzzling, strangely over-written, saga of an ancient... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Albert
Bizarre cast of characters inhabit an even more bizarre castle somewhere and devolve into jealousy, arson, hatchet murders, ritual and manipulation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Linda Jacobs
This trilogy is made up of the only books in the world, I know of, that I can not only read more than once, but can read endlessly without break. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Saavedra
Mervyn Peake's "Titus Groan" is among the most unique works in the annals of fantasy fiction. It is not a book for a reader looking for a fast paced adventure or a tightly plotted... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gary Battershell
It took me more than 30 years to read this book. After originally abandoning it a few chapters in, I nearly gave up at the same point. Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. Morris
This first book of a trilogy requires the reader to suspend themselves in a work of fiction that expends the notion of eccentric families and claustrophobic surroundings. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael St.B. Harrison
I got through 11% of this. I know that people always cry when someone leaves a negative review on a book they didn't finish reading but garbage is garbage. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joshua Frost