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Highly recommended to fantasy, science fiction, and/or gothic fiction readers!
I'm giving it a five for the uniqueness of the characters, the vividness of the prose, and the poetry of the language.
The book begins with the birth of the 77th Earl of Gormenghast, a gigantic castle were ritual rules all.
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 13 days 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 23 days 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 1 month ago by Joshua Frost
It seems like a well done book, but I read about a third of it, and had to put it down. I couldn't get into it. I wouldn't say 'dont read it' but I had to share my viewpoint.Published 2 months ago by LLit604
It took me ages to get into the book but once I did, I was hooked. Peake's language is beautiful and I enjoyed traipsing, scuffling and scurrying the ever dusty corridors of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Catriona
(this review is the same as I wrote for volume 2.)
The first 2 volumes of the Gormenghast trilogy hold their own compared to just about any work of great literature, in... Read more
I re-read Titus Groan after reading Game Of Thrones and thinking about how Mervyn Peake had hit fantasy on the head and turned it into something better, while also making fun of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Surferofromantica
Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan (Tusk/Overlook, 1946)
[originally posted 26Feb2002]
Few fantasy epics are as revered as Mervin Peake’s Gormenghast novels, and for... Read more